THE MERRY-GO-ROUND -- YOU'RE A VERY LOVELY WOMAN • LIVE (1967) This week's One Album Wonder is the 1960s baroque pop band The Merry-Go-Round, who released their only album in October 1967. Although several members played in the band, few would challenge the claim that the ringleader of the band was a prodigious then-teenager named Emitt … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The Merry-Go-Round
OPAL - HAPPY NIGHTMARE BABY (1987) Opal was an American band associated with the Paisley Underground and whose guiding force was David Roback, a guitarist and songwriter from Pacific Palisades. Roback graduated from high school in 1975 and in 1981 formed The Sidewalks who, renamed Rain Parade, were seminal within the Paisley Underground scene. Roback quit Rain Parade in 1983 after the release of their … Continue reading One Album Wonders: Opal’s Happy Nightmare Baby
The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog NORTHSIDE - CHICKEN RHYTHMS (1991) My introduction to the quartet named Northside came in my second year of college, I believe, a few years after the release of their only album, Chicken Rhythms. As a teenage fan of all things Madchester, I'd heard of them, of course, but it … Continue reading One Album Wonders Northside’s Chicken Rhythms
Real life siblings Priscilla, Albeth, and Sherrell began cutting records as The Paris Sisters in 1954. In the fifteen years that followed, they only released on full-length studio LP and in their final year as a recording unit. The San Francisco trio did appear on more than 25 singles, however, and are best remembered for … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under the Sun!!!
In 2000, Pearl Jam treated their audience to a cover of The La’s’ “Timeless Melody.” Eddie Vedder, addressing the Mancunian audience characteristically mumbled, “Hey! There’s a good, uh — fuckin’ good? -- a great band who made one great record and they’re called The La’s and I think they’re from your town… I believe. A … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The La’s
The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog THE MUSIC MACHINE -- (TURN ON) THE MUSIC MACHINE (1966) Los Angeles's The Music Machine are one of those bands which was not only a one album wonder but aone hit wonder as well (there are a few of them). The Music Machine’s big hit was “Talk Talk,” … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The Music Machine’s (Turn On) The Music Machine
The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog For this edition of One Album Wonders we take a listen to Sonic Boom, who released one album, Spectrum, in 1989. Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, an English musician born in Rugby in 1965. In 1982, whilst at Rugby Art College, he co-founded The Spacemen (later Spacemen 3) with Jason Pierce. After releasing … Continue reading One Album Wonders: Sonic Boom’s Spectrum