1.17.2009

The Raik's Progress: Sewer Rat Love Chant (US, 1966)


The Raik's Progress made just one garage-psychedelic single, "Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?"/"Sewer Rat Love Chant," in 1966. Though the song titles might lead you to believe the group dealt in weirdness along the lines of early Mothers of Invention or the Red Krayola, actually the songs were not as strange lyrically as the titles seemed to portend. The music, though, was fairly strange for its time, with "Sewer Rat Love Chant" one of the earlier examples of raga-rock to filter down into the garage substratum. The less distinctive, but still worthy, flip side, "Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?," had a similar approach, but bore a more audible folk-rock Byrds influence. Both sides were reissued on the Sundazed CD Sewer Rat Love Chant, which added ten previously unreleased live songs from a 1966 concert, most of them bearing a more standard British Invasion R&B influence from the likes of Them and the Animals.

The Raik's Progress might be best known for including in their ranks the teenaged Steve Krikorian, who in the late '70s and early '80s would become better known as Tonio K. Back in the 1960s, however, he was a singer and bassist for this Fresno band, which got a contract with Liberty Records through a connection with Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville). Although they did some gigs in Hollywood and played in the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 1966, they petered out in early 1967. Aside from Krikorian/Tonio K., the member of Raik's Progress to go on to the greatest subsequent visibility in the music business was Duane Scott, who went on to work as a recording engineer.

Although the Raik's Progress only released one single in their brief career (both sides of which are included here), Sundazed magically conjured the Sewer Rat Love Chant album out of their legacy by tacking on ten songs from a live 1966 performance at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno. It's the studio single, though, that's the highlight of this disc, as "Sewer Rat Love Chant" is an above average piece of early minor-keyed raga-rock.


Alcantarillado Rata Amor Chant

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11 comments:

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

gracias germt*
No Pass

*administrador del garage este mes!

Anonymous said...

A VERY GOOD GROUP!THANKS!!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this very much thanks for the post, great blog you have

binguero said...

Fantástico disco, lo descubrí hace un tiempo y la verdad es que me encanta. Muy recomedable. Enhorabuena por tu trabajo Pablo, te sigo desde hace mucho, pero no suelo tener ocasión de dejar comentarios, ya sabes que también colaboro en otros blogs (además de tener el mío propio) y suelo ir siempre justo de tiempo, así que hoy que estoy más desahogado y tengo la oportunidad, quería dejarte un saludo y, repito, darte la enhorabuena por tu maravilloso blog, de lo mejorcito que se puede encontrar uno por la red. Un saludo.

Anonymous said...

Why Did You Rob Us, Tank? Great song! Thank You

Anonymous said...

Why Did You Rob Us, Tank? Great song! Thank You

Alana said...

my dad was in this band. cool!

Alana said...

my dad was in this band. cool!

The Bomber said...

Ohhh thats great dear Alana!

happens to share some pictures of him and the band with us? do you have some? wanto to show us some??

:::)))

Yeah...thanks for visiting...

Anonymous said...

Muy buena banda, ese garage sicodélico siempre tan esquisito, fantásticos. Tanto el fuzz como la farfisa esplendidos. La versión del Baby, Please don't go se sale, en All night long veo la esencia lisérgica de un buen año el 66.

The Bomber said...

Gracias por la pasada viejo !