Thursday, June 22, 2006


Not to be lazy, but Trouser Press's description is so succinct I'll just, er, borrow, their description:

"In their parents' basement in suburban Fairlawn, New Jersey, during the early '60s, Kenny Collins, his brother Richie and various friends and relatives pounded out rudimentary but undeniably infectious rock with their loosely constructed "band," Menster Phip and the Phipsters, recording delirious originals...surreal-to-the-point-of-unrecognizability covers ("Land of 1000 Dances")...and even a bogus commercial for Great Shakes (remember them?) on a two-track reel-to-reel deck for their own amusement. Though the group never performed publicly or released any recordings in its lifetime, tapes eventually found their way to Hoboken's Telstar label, which redressed history's injustice by releasing a 20-song collection as Phip City!."

Menster Phip and the Phipsters "Angels Up In The Sky" - Is this wonderful tune an original? If so, it's a pity we never heard more from the Phipsters.

Thanks to The Hound!

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