Gary Lewis and The Playboys

Count him in, blue, madly and found, but don’t count Gary Lewis out

As one of America’s staunchest defenders in musical resistance to the British Invasion of the 1960s, Gary Lewis and The Playboys racked up seven Top 10 songs on the Billboard charts between 1965 and 1966. Despite their chart success, the group tends to be dismissed as a footnote to an epic era, and that’s a shame.

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Coco Montoya

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Seven and Saturn is Cream Puffs for the Dead. Or, forthcoming fisheries, part four….


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Grandpa Egg. It’s like Comus playing reggae. With Bonus Praying Mantis Power.


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A Fishy Feast with Clear Light Fronds. Part Three in the continuing story of seven. And seven.


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Fast Eddie Clarke reveals the 10 albums that changed his life

Fast Eddie Clarke. Publicity photo.

Fast Eddie Clarke came to prominence in Motörhead, but the guitarist also is known for forming Fastway, an ’80s supergroup that originally featured UFO bassist Pete Way and ex-Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley. Fastway scored a hit with the hard-rockin’ “Say What You Will.” In 2012, Clarke got the band back together (this time with vocalist and bassist Toby Jepson) to release “Eat Dog Eat,” Fastway’s first studio album since 1990. In April, Clarke released the solo LP “Make My Day (Back to Blues)” on Secret Records. One thing that’s not much of a secret? The blues’ influence on Fast Eddie. Check out the 10 albums that changed his life.

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