The Spike-Drivers - "High Time" b/w "Often I Wonder"
The Spike-Drivers, a group originally from Detroit, Michigan, have deservedly acquired somewhat of a following around their few mysterious singles. RD Records writes that "[t]hey came as close to making it as possible and still failed," which after reading their story seems to be a fitting summation. The band boasted several members ("not rock stars, just minor asteroids") which would go on to be in acts such as The Perth County Conspiracy, Modality Stew, and the Peace, Bread, & Land Band. The Spike-Drivers, however, have a much more raw, dosed-garagey tinge which itches that itch for lovers of vintage '60s sweat & fuzz. This 45 on the private OM label was reportedly the band's (err, at least Sid Brown's) favorite of their commercial releases, since it wasn't plagued by the over-production which the band was pressured into by their major-label cohort. The restoration presented here is a drastic improvement over any existing digital version of this original mono mix.
Many thanks to my friends C.F. and STS for loaning out their M- copies of this 45!
|The Spike-Drivers (L to R): Richard Keelan, Ted Lucas, Larry Cruse, Marycarol Brown, Sid Brown|