3.30.2008

The Gestures: S.t. (1964-65)

BAND INFO

This Mankato based group had a fab top 50 Billboard hit in 1964, "Run, Run, Run". Soma couldn't keep up with the record demand and the band folded soon (about 1 year) after. Gus Dewey went on to play with City Mouse. Gus passed away in January, 2004.Page down for more info on Gus.

One of the first American garage bands to write and perform British Invasion-derived material, the Gestures only recorded two singles in the mid-'60s. But one of those, "Run, Run, Run," was an excellent effort indeed, with its blend of surf-styled guitar, terrific pummeling drums, and Beatlesque harmonies. It made #44 nationally in late 1964, and made the Top Ten in several cities, but the Minnesota group only made one follow-up before disbanding. Recording for a tiny regional label, there wasn't enough of a support network to build the Gestures into a bigger act, although some strong original songs — which employed pleasing harmonies and unusual, almost jazzy chord structures — indicated that the group had considerable potential. As it was, they're just another in a line of young groups whose prospects were short-circuited by limited opportunities, although "Run, Run, Run" is now acknowledged as one of the earliest and best garage 45s, especially after it was reissued on Pebbles, Vol. 9.

ALBUM REVIEW
The Gestures never released an album during their brief existence. This 16-track disc was patched together by combining all four songs from their two singles with 12 previously unreleased cuts that were recorded for a projected (but unreleased album). "Run, Run, Run" is a stone classic, from its opening rush of ascending chords to its final chorus. Gestures songwriter Dale Menten penned a couple of other neat, more subdued tunes that bridged surf-frat rock with British Invasion styles. Most of the unreleased stuff, though, is competent, but not overly stunning, covers of mid-'60s hits from both the U.K. and the U.S. As such, it's more a testament to what might have been than a notable document, although garageheads will find it entertaining.

THIS ALBUM CONTAINS THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS OF THE BAND, THEY NEVER RELEASED AN OFFICIAL ALBUM, SO HERES THEIR STATMENT, RAW EARLY GARAGE SOUND, ITS A GREAT ALBUM FOR ME, CONTAINING THE CLASSIC "RUN RUN RUN".

17 comments:

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

Password ( hard one ):

gestures

pd: is dedicated for you man... yes the one who insulted me a couple of hours ago.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

hello pablo, thank you for this album! the password does not work! can you help? Annie

Henry the 2nd said...

annie what`s the problem ? ? ? , the password it`s working fine.

gestures

Henry II

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Anonymous said...

Sorry, my working pw is not the one Pablo told.
But it is the normal one used in this blog mza-garage. No problem...

Anonymous said...

I was very confused and made a mistake!
PW: gestures

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

Yes man ,thanks , look usually the first comment is the pass... sometimes not, but look closely for MY FIRST COMMENTS.
thanks , hope you like this one

Pilonious Ponk said...

Hey Pablo, thanks for this great album, but the password still does not work. give me a hand, please.

Pilonious Ponk said...

forget it, man. everything working good.
thanks a lot.

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The Bomber said...

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