The Standells

Dirty Water Dirty Water

Marketing Highlights

The Standells’ key albums for the Tower label (Dirty Water, Why Pick On Me, and Try It) perfectly bottled a rebellious wave of sound sweeping across Mid-1960’s teen clubs, radio playlists and record racks. Starting with the genre-defining, proto-punk smash “Dirty Water”, through a series of equally memorable underdog anthems (“Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White,” “Why Pick on Me”) and obscenities (the banned “Try It”), the Standells left an indelible mark on their era. Those three Tower albums are a veritable feast of three chord, fuzz-drenched, Vox Organ-driven “squares”-repellant.

The Standells’ Dirty Water album, their first for Tower Records, was primarily recorded away from their Hollywood home base. Producer Ed Cobb picked a Seattle studio and engineer Kearney Barton (the Sonics), unwittingly unleashing the savage Pacific Northwest Sound on the rest of the country. As Standells founding member Larry Tamblyn tells it, “It really was the Standells raw.” The results include crushing classics like “Little Sally Tease,” “Medication,” and “Why Did You Hurt Me.”

Bio

The snarling vocals fronting the fuzz ‘n’ Farfisa-laced sound of 1966 chart-toppers the Standells epitomized the wild in the streets teenage spirit of Sunset Strip-era Los Angeles as much as anyone! Led by the snotty, post-pubescent voice of drummer Dick Dodd, the entrancing keyboards of Larry Tamblyn and the searing guitar of Tony Valentino, the Standells cut “Dirty Water,” then followed it up with a laundry list of mighty, quintessentially American, garage-rock anthems that would one day fuel the eager young minds (and’sticky fingers) of the Stooges, Ramones and Green Day, as well as legions of adenoidal punk-rockers yet to come!

Tracklist

1. Medication
2. Little Sally Tease
3. There’s A Storm Coming
4. 19th Nervous Breakdown
5. Dirty Water
6. Poor Man’s Prison
7. It’s All In Your Mind
8. Pride & Devotion
9. Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
10. Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?
11. Why Did You Hurt Me
12. Rari
13. Batman
14. Take A Ride

Album Details

Artist

The Standells

Album Title

Dirty Water

Street Date

02/17/2017

Order Due Date

01/20/2017

Genre

Rock/Rock

Label

Sundazed Music, Inc

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD14

UPC

090771633828

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

SC6338

Album Details

Artist

The Standells

Album Title

Dirty Water

Street Date

02/17/2017

Order Due Date

01/20/2017

Genre

Rock/Rock

Label

Sundazed Music, Inc

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP24

UPC

090771554611

Box Lot

25

Catalog #

LP5546

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