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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Tidal Waves- BIG BOY PETE

This is a pretty classic psychedelic cover of the ever-romping Big Boy Pete. I had no idea these guys looked so fuckin goofy. I couldn't find out much about them except that they opened for Sam the Sham. The Olympics had a mild hit with the song, before it was reworked by the kingsmen into "Jolly Green Giant." It seems like the kingsmen's sound was prolly more the inspiration for this version, with ramped up guitars and oversung vocals, but also the Grateful Dead covered this a lot in the early garage days. It's a perfect fit for any garage/retro night, esp coupled with Mitch Ryder or even something by Junior Parker, due to the shouting storytelling or barroom drunken delivery. But, like any good song, it has a moral: don't be flashin or packin unless you can take the action.

The Tidal Waves with "Big Boy Pete"

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