The Standells

Why Pick On Me Why Pick On Me

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.

For their second Tower album, Why Pick On Me, the Standells received a significant sonic boost with the move to American Recording Company. Legendary engineer Richie Podolor cut the best sounding records of the era; from the Standells, Chocolate Watchband, and Electric Prunes to Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night. The drum tracks on this album are simply not to be believed, the bass drum sound possibly registering on the Richter scale. Here the Standells build on their strengths with tough originals from producer Ed Cobb, equally-hard driving outside material (“Black Hearted Woman,” “Mainline”), and notably, the emergence of Larry Tamblyn as a songwriter (his “Mr. Nobody” arguably the album’s highlight).

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. Why Pick On Me
2. Paint It Black
3. Mi Hai Fatto Innamorare
4. I Hate To Leave You
5. Black Hearted Woman
6. Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
7. The Boy Who Is Lost
8. The Girl And The Moon
9. Looking At Tomorrow
10. Mr. Nobody
11. My Little Red Book
12. Mainline
13. Have You Ever Spent The Night In Jail
14. Don’t Say Nothing At All (instrumental)

Album Details

Artist

The Standells

Album Title

Why Pick On Me

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

090771633927

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

SC6339

Album Details

Artist

The Standells

Album Title

Why Pick On Me

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

090771554710

Box Lot

25

Catalog #

LP5547

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