The Stumps "Think of the Good Times" b/w "My Generation"
Boyd Records BB159, Spring 1967
A Daytona band releases a record on an Oklahoma label recorded in Nashville, which was "overhauled" in Phoenix using a Tucson band for backup! This didn't happen during the digital age—this happened in 1966. The result? A prime slab of American '60s garage; teenaged breakup lyrics, searing fuzz guitar, coated in that classic '60s Farfisa organ sound. The Stumps manager, local Daytona DJ Bob Holiday secured the group a recording contract with Oklahoma-based Boyd Records. The group cut "Think of the Good Times" in Nashville but the version was less than satisfactory. The Grodes manager and top local DJ Dan Gates got hold of the master from Bobby Boyd and arranged for Tucson's Grodes to "fix it up" up at Audio Recorders in Phoenix. By the time they were finished with the multi-track, the only thing left from the original was the vocal. The Grodes' Manny Freiser and his bandmates were quite proud of their afternoon's work, but received no credit for saving the track. The flipside, a cover of "My Generation" was salvaged from The Stumps' Nashville session. The Stumps toured the southwest, opening for the likes of The Buffalo Springfield and The Five Americans, on Dick Clark's Happening '67 tour. (Thanks to Manny for helping to sort out the facts of this story!)
Lee Joseph grew up in Tucson. He's a DJ (Luxuriamusic.com), marketer of cool shit (Reverberations Media) and founder/CEO of internationally respected Dionysus Records, an indie that has long specialized in releasing super-rare music, and more. He came of age in the first wave of Tucson punk rock and is an expert on Tucson music. He now lives in California. Vintage Vinyl is a new, recurring addition to the Tucson Weekly.