FLAMIN’ GROOVIES + guests The Distractions
19th Sep 2017
The Flamin’ Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as The Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called “Sneakers”, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, “Supersnazz”, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin’ Spoonful): “Flamingo”, and the now revered classic “Teenage Head”.
Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson taking over as front man. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early ‘70s. In ‘76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: “Shake Some Action”, “Flamin’ Groovies Now”, and “Jumpin’ In The Night”.
The band’s upcoming new album “Fantastic Plastic” will receive a very limited European release on Otis Recordings and will be available ONLY at their live dates.
“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine. USA)
The Distractions in the late 70s and early 80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade
labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.
They played all corners of the UK, Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up. The present group has two of the original members: Mike Finney on vocals and Alex on drums as well as ex members of The Things and The Blue Orchids, all steeped in the Manchester music tradition. The Distractions (live) have been gigging regularly since the start of the year and are building up a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!