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THE QUILL RECORDS STORY
Collectables CD 0662, May 1, 1997
THE VERY BEST OF
THE MGM RECORDINGS
LOU CHRISTIE &
THE SINGLES AND
RARE RECORDINGS 1962-1964
BILLBOARD JULY 05, 1997
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
Indies Provide Crucial Documentation
Of Music Past
BYLINE: CHRIS MORRIS
LEGENDS OF THE LOST: As our protracted vacation drew to a close, we wound up loafing around the house--what else?--listening to indie records and musing about the way indies become the caretakers of their own history.
Just as independent labels have served as the promulgators of the most forward-looking music, they also act as the ultimate archivists of music that was misplaced, buried, or ignored in its own day. Nothing serves as a better reminder of this crucial role than four fascinating current historical packages, which focus on obscure but vibrant developments during the '60s and '70s in Chicago, Memphis, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.
We'll admit that, even though we claim Chicago as our hometown, we were unfamiliar with the Windy City's Quill Records until the arrival of "The Quill Records Story --The Best Of Chicago Garage Bands" from Narberth, Pa.-based Collectables Records. We're glad that Collectables rectified the situation.
Quill was one of several Chicago-based indies that sprouted up in the mid-'60s, when the city's top 40 station WLS, with its butt-kicking 50,000-watt clear-channel signal, was able to turn a local act into a national commodity: In1966 alone, the Buckinghams' "Kind Of A Drag" climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, while the Shadows Of Knight's "Gloria" hit No. 10.
Quill was the brainchild of Peter Wright, manager/producer of mellow Chi-town act the New Colony Six. Wright scooped up a variety of young groups from Illinois and Wisconsin, and, while he never hit it big, his eclectic roster might find favor today with garage band enthusiasts whose collections bulge with the "Nuggets," "Pebbles," and "Back From The Grave" compilations.
Among the gems on "The Quill Records Story" are two lush Beach
Boys-inflected tracks by the Exceptions, a Chicago unit that included a pre-Chicago Peter Cetera; snarling garage punk by the Exterminators, the Delights, and the Riddles; and lots of derivative but entertaining folk-rock, pop, and power punk. There are a few nifty photos of band members stylin' with doggie-bowl haircuts and houndstooth suits, too.
June 6, 1997 Friday, NORTH SPORTS FINAL EDITION
SECTION: FRIDAY; Pg. 52; ZONE: CN; Music. Album reviews.
BYLINE: Rick Reger.
The Quill Records Story (Collectables) (star) (star) (star)
This compilation of singles recorded for Chicago's Quill Records between1965-67 bills itself as "The Best Of Chicago Garage Bands." But this collection does preserve some essential Windy City nuggets, which generally alternate between raw rave-ups and harmony-soaked crooning. For example, the Exterminators' "Voo-Doo" bashes out a nasty trash-rock rumble, while the Skunks' "Don't Ask Why" wobbles with a memorable case of psychedelia. The Riddles' "It's One Thing to Say," is an infectious organ-guitar shuffle that cries out for covering by the Lyres. Chicago rock historians should note that a number of the bands represented here (Ronnie Rice & the Gents, the Night Flight) eventually
contributed members and tunes to the New Colony Six, while the Exceptions boasted future Chicago bassist Peter Cetera.
GRAPHIC: PHOTO: The Quill Records Story.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Thursday, August 21, 1997
Section: GET OUT
By Patrick Daily
The Quill Records Story: The Best Of Chicago Garage Bands
Various Artists, Collectables Records
"In 1776 our land had been over-run by a tyrant. And in this
time of need the country was saved by the Minutemen. Now, in
the year 1965, our land has again been over-run by the same
tyrant. But this time it will be saved by the Exterminators!"
That's the intoned intro to "Declaration of Independence `65,"
by, you guessed it, the Exterminators. And I have no idea who
these guys were. Despite their rowdy chorus of "Who likes short
hair? We like short hair!," it seems the girls preferred mop
tops, and the Exterminators are as little remembered today as
Peter Cetera, on the other hand, was apparently a young man who
could tell which way the wind blew. Before he helped found the
band Chicago, he sang and played bass in the Exceptions, a band
that graces the cover of this collection of 25 songs by 15 Midwestern bands that, from 1965 to 1967, released singles on
the long-defunct Quill label in Chicago.
Imagine four Beatle Bobs staring at you from hooded lids, their
blank faces matched by the gleam of their zippered boots.
Imagine a whole club of these dandies, then sink back to the
joys of "The Quill Records Story."
Ronnie Rice & The Gents serve up some blue-eyed soul with "Warm
Baby," and Jimmy Watson & The Original Royals burn it down with
the R&B of "I Wanna Do It." The otherwise superb liner notes
describe the Delights as "Chicago's answer to the
Zombies," and the aforementioned Exterminators are hilariously
punk on "Voo-Doo."
To be sure, no act here matches the professional or artistic
quality of the Small Faces, let alone the Beatles. The
Exceptions is probably the most accomplished group here, but
the band's "Business As Usual" already displays the fruity
lyrics and instrumentation that would mark the long run of
Chicago. (Collectables Records, P.O. Box 35, Narbeth, PA 19072,
The Des Moines Register
August 28, 1997, Thursday
SECTION: Datebook Pg.8
By KYLE MUNSON,
Register Music Critic
HEADLINE: 'Quill Records Story' is for historian's ears
This compilation specializes in songs that didn't register on a pop chart.
"The Quill Records Story (The Best of the Chicago Garage Bands)" assembles
forgotten pop, folk-rock and pre-punk recordings from 1965 to '69 that were
released on Chicago's now-defunct Quill indie label.
The Exterminators start the album with two
rollicking, tongue-in-cheek songs: "Voo-Doo" and "Declaration of Independence
'65." The Rooks, through three songs, nod favorably toward psychedelic
influences without sacrificing melody; their album-closing song, "Free Sunday
Paper," rocks with more assurance than does any other track on the set.
A couple of familiar musicians pop up in unfamiliar places on "The Quill
Records Story. " A young, pre-Chicago Peter Cetera was a member of The
Exceptions, who contribute two tracks, and Iowa's own Ellery Temple (a former
member of the Blue Band) plays on two tracks with the Night Flight.
serious archivists and Chi-town fanatics take note: "The
Quill Records Story" doesn't escape its historical context. Thank God.
- Kyle Munson
"The Quill Records Story (The Best of Chicago Garage Bands)"
Various Artists (Collectables)
Rated: *** 1/2
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
August 19, 1997, Metro Edition
SECTION: Variety; Pg. 3E
HEADLINE: CD reviews
BYLINE: Elysa Gardner; Wayne Bledsoe
Discs of the week
FLEETWOOD MAC, "The Dance" (Reprise)
Like movie sequels, band reunions are often marred by the hubris of artists
trying to outdo their own classic work. Fortunately, the five members of
Fleetwood Mac's most successful lineup, who recorded the megaseller "Rumours" 20
years ago, were smart enough to realize that the trademark sound they
perfected on that monumental pop album could hardly be improved upon. So they
staged a concert for MTV featuring spirited but faithful versions of the
lyrical, folk-based tunes that make up their rich catalog and a few new
graceful, guitar-driven numbers by principal songwriter Lindsey Buckingham.
The most striking thing about these performances is how well the veterans
still play and sing as a team. Standouts include the warmly glowing "Silver
Springs" (an outtake from the "Rumours" sessions) and a poignant, dynamic
"Rhiannon," both featuring lead vocals by Stevie Nicks, whose burnished alto
hasn't sounded this vibrant in years.
For these expert purveyors of Me-Generation romantic angst, the thrill is
clearly not gone.
- Elysa Gardner/ Los Angeles Times
VARIOUS ARTISTS, "The Quill Records Story: The Best of the Chicago Garage
In the 1960s, a band seasoned at high school hops could sign with a small
label and land some local radio play. With the occasional miracle, the group
might even end up with a national hit. The most touted act on this Quill Records collection is
the Exceptions, a group that contained future Chicago vocalist Peter Cetera.
However, this recording is a fascinating time-capsule of entry-level bands
of the mid- to late '60s. Much of the music is goofy and amateurish, and very
little of it could actually be called good, but nearly all of it is
The most intriguing aspect is hearing how ground-level acts borrowed from
more popular artists. The Night Flight just nearly nicks Dylan's "My Back Pages"
for its own "To Color Turn"; the Prophets' "Yes I Know" uses Them's "Gloria" for
inspiration. And the High-Schoolers' oddly ingratiating "The Graduation Song"
simply adds senior-class sentiment lyrics to Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance."
- Wayne Bledsoe/ Scripps Howard News Service
Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
August 03, 1997, Sunday
SECTION: Showtime; Pg. T2
HEADLINE: Quill Records Story is nostalgic trip back to '60s
BYLINE: Wayne Bledsoe
"The Quill Records Story: The Best of Chicago Garage Bands" (Collectables)
In the 1960s, small independent record companies were abundant. With luck, a
band seasoned at high school hops could sign with a small label and land some
local radio play. With the occasional miracle, the group might even end up with
a national hit.
most touted act on "The Quill Records Story: The Best of the Chicago Garage
Bands" is the Exceptions, a group that contained future Chicago vocalist Peter
Cetera. However, the disc is a fascinating time-capsule of entry-level bands of
mid- to late-'60s. Much of the music is goofy and amateurish, and very little of
it could actually be called good, but nearly all of it is entertaining.
Like similar collections from minor '60s soul and pop labels, the most
intriguing aspect of this Quill set is hearing how ground-level acts borrowed
from more popular artists.
The Night Flight just nearly nicks Dylan's "My Back Pages" for their own "To
Color Turn"; the Prophets' "Yes I Know" uses Them's "Gloria" for inspiration.
And, the High-Schoolers' oddly ingratiating "The Graduation Song" simply adds
senior class sentiment lyrics to Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance."
GRAPHIC: Peter Cetera is among the vocalists found on "The Quill Records
April 19, 1997
Tower Records' Pulse!
May 23, 1997
Byline: Peter Margasak
Lumpen Quill CD review by Rev. Forestter
June 20, 1997
July 16-22, 1997
Both Sides Now #45
Ugly Things, Issue 16, 1998
BYLINE: Laurent Bigot
...Collectables surprised me with this one featuring 25 cuts from Quill Records, of which only a couple have been reissued before. It's true that it's not perfect and all great--you can hardly be worse than stuff like "Graduation Song" by the High Schoolers--but for the cheap price of Collectables' releases, you get your money's worth.
Just listen to the first two cuts by the Exterminators: "Nobody loves me / Everybody hates me" --how much punker could you get in 1965?--and what about "Who likes short hair/We like short hair"?
"I'll Have You Cryin'" by the Chances R is pretty punky too and could have found its place on Shutdown 66. There's more punkers from the Commons Ltd, the Riddles and the Prophets, but like the '66 scene, Quill stuff is mostly pop -- and probably way too much so for the average Brian Jones clone or Billy Childish worshipper.
...I can't tell you you need this CD, but I'm glad I have it and I love to listen to it, so you might be wise to give it a try.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 28, 1997 Thursday All
SECTION: Cue Pg. 1
HEADLINE: Bringing memories to life
Maritime Days to host a grand reunion of our music from the past
BYLINE: DAVE TIANEN
SOURCE: Journal Sentinel pop music critic
It should be the ultimate in resurrection shuffles.
Bud Light Maritime Days will host Milwaukee's Rockin' Party, a harmonic
convergence of Milwaukee musical memories, on Sunday at Veteran's Park.
Brought together for this occasion are Milwaukee's top bands from the '50s,
'60s and '70s. Included on the bill are Harvey Scales & the 7 Sounds, The
Skunks, The Esquires, Freddie & the Freeloaders, The Destinations, Snopek, Bad
Boy, Tony's Tygers, The Siegel-Schwall Band, The Wrest and Little Artie and
Pharaohs. Also appearing will be Jim Liban, formerly of Short Stuff and Legend's
leader Sam McCue with The Spanic Boys. The show starts at noon on the Plymouth
Many of these bands have not shared a stage in more than 25 years. They've
broken up and drifted off. Most of the band members are no longer full-time
musicians. In a few cases, gaps are being filled for band members who have died.
Here is an update on the whereabouts of some of the bands' original members.
Not all of the original members of each band will be performing this weekend:
Hits: "Don't Ask Why," "Little Angel," "Doin' Nothin'" and "I Recommend Her."
Last Gig: August 1986.
Best Memory: Playing the Beechnut Bash in Nashville before 75,000 people.
What they are doing now:
Randy Klein worked primarily as a musician until
three years ago. Lately, he's been working in photography. Paul Edwards has a
recording studio and limo service in Thiensville. Jack Tappy works for a home
improvement firm installing siding. Larry Lynn recently got married and is
living on the Mississippi River.
Hits: "Debbie On My Mind" (Larry Henley-Marc Mathis) and "Little By Little"
Last Gig: Probably 1971.
Best Memory: When "Little By Little" was out. "It was a minor brush with
actual success," Tony Dancy recalls.
What they are doing now:
Tony Dancy, composer of "I'll Know," is still in music and divides his time playing
clubs in Los Angeles and Wisconsin. Craig Fairchild is in Rocket '88. Dave Kuck
is a rancher in Wyoming. Dennis Duchrow operates an upholstery shop. Fred Euler
manages a Hyatt hotel in Chicago. Joe Turano plays keyboards in Michael Bolton's
If you go
What: Bud Light Maritime Days - Milwaukee's Rockin' Party.
When: Noon Sunday
Where: Plymouth Main Stage, Veterans Park
Admission: $5 for adults, $1 children 6 through 12, free for children 5 and
under and seniors 62 and older
Press Card: People with a Journal Sentinel Press Card enter free from 2 to 4
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel August 29, 1997
GRAPHIC: Photo 1
The Esquires: Sam Pace (left) Miller Edwards, Gilbert Moorer
and Alvis Moorer.
The Skunks were known for "Don't Ask Why," "Little Angel," "Doin' Nothin" (Larry Henley-Marc Mathis) and
"I Recommend Her" (Larry Henley-Marc Mathis-Nolan Brown).
Photos 3, 4
Far left: The Legends, as they appeared on an album cover, included:
Larry Foster (left) Jerry Schils, Sam McCue and Jim Sessody (front).
Left: The Siegel-Schwall Band gave their fans "Three Pieces for Blues
Band and Orchestra." Below: Sigmund Snopek III, as he appeared in 1972
when he led the band Snopek. Photos 5, 6, 7, 8
Sam McCue, formerly of the Milwaukee band The Legends and also
The Everly Brothers, performs earlier this month at Mollica's Pub,
4631 W. National Ave. Right: The Siegel-Schwall Band will join others
Sunday at Maritime Days.
Below: The Skunks today.
Below right: Sigmund
Snopek continues to record and perform live shows.
July 31, 1997, Thursday
SECTION: WILLIAMSON, Pg. 4W, JUST EAT
HEADLINE: FILL UP ON COOL EATS AND DRINKS TO BEAT THE WEEKEND HEAT
BYLINE: BARBARA NOWAK
With outdoor temperatures hitting the 90s and only the random thundercloud to
bring relief, you can eat to beat the heat. Williamson County eateries offer a
variety of foods and beverages to help you keep your cool.
Jack Russell's An American Cafe (2179 Hillsboro Road, Franklin) features cold
cucumber soup for both lunch and dinner. It's a creamy rendition consisting of
pureed cucumber, cucumber chunks and half-and-half accented with dill. You can
enjoy it sitting in the shade of a tree the papier mache tree that stands in
the middle of the room and adds to the restaurant's casual, outdoors atmosphere.
Jack Russell's owner and Skunks' "Don't Ask Why" producer Tony Moon says he doesn't change his menu
significantly for the summer, but he suggests a couple of regular menu items
that you'll find refreshing. One is the Circle of Life Salad, a serving of lemon
yogurt surrounded by a melange of fresh fruit, including mango, cantaloupe, kiwi
and grapes. The other is the Strawberry Chantilly, which is sliced strawberries
in raspberry cream.
Since it was first concocted on a blistering hot day at the 1904 World's Fair
in St. Louis, American have been drinking iced tea and lots of it. Iced tea
variations have multiplied in recent years and are now available as soft drinks
in bottles, cans and boxes.
September 5, 1996, Thursday CITY EDITION
SECTION: WILLIAMSON, Pg. 1F
HEADLINE: More of the good times roll;
Unique offerings keep leisure dollars inside Williamson County.
BYLINE: CHUCK MORRIS and LAURA HILL Staff Writers
Growth may have brought more traffic to the county, but it also means that
residents don't have to drive so far anymore for entertainment or dining.
Williamson Countians can cruise down a national parkway, sip espresso in a
musical night spot, go in-line skating around a new rink, or sample ethnic
cuisines at several new restaurants.
The activities are more diverse than ever as proprietors look for ways to
keep Williamson County's leisure dollars in the county. Their solutions include
unique enterprises, taking advantage of the county's diversity and selling a
less-crowded atmosphere than neighboring Green Hills, Bellevue, Antioch or
"There's not the humongous wait," Moon said. "The food, the atmosphere we
have a better mouse trap," said Tony Moon, Skunks' "Don't Ask Why" producer and owner/chef of Jack Russell's, a new
restaurant on Hillsboro Road north of Grassland.
Newest on the list of change-of-pace restaurants is Jack Russell's, on
Hillsboro Road in Grassland. Named for the "dog du jour of the horsey set," the
casual restaurant specializes in what owner/chef Tony Moon calls "Nouveau
American food. Comfort food with an edge," served in an atmosphere he cheerfully
describes as "Cracker Barrel visits the 106 Club at F. Scott's." Got that?
"This is a neighborhood restaurant," said Jack Russell's owner Tony Moon.
"It was designed to be unique. All restaurants are not created equal."
Jack Russell's is the only full-service restaurant on Hillsboro Road between
Franklin and Green Hills.
The emphasis is on creative, regional dishes, often with a Cajun or Southwest
note, and very hefty portions. Jack Russell's is licensed to sell only beer,and
has an interesting list. For a $ 5 corkage fee you may tote your own wine. The
restaurant serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
October 22, 1995, Sunday CITY EDITION
SECTION: BUSINESS, Pg. 8E
Name: Jack Russell's, An American Cafe Inc.; Address: 2179 Hillsboro Road,
Franklin; Agent: Tony Moon, producer of the Skunks' masterpiece "Don't Ask Why."
The Skunks, Tony's Tygers & New Colony Six rocked Milwaukee's Performing Arts Center on November 6, 1969.
Getting Started LP
Teen Town TTLP-101
Side 1: Elvira (USA 865, 9194-01, Billboard Feb 25, 1967,
Cash Box Mar 11, 1967)
It's Only Love (QUILL)
When I Need Her
I Need No One (World Pacific)
The Night Before
Side 2: Little Angel (QUILL)
It's Too Late
Knock On Wood
Somebody To Love
Watch The Flowers Grow
Three Skunks shown on LP cover:
"The Klink," Randy
"Mr. Excitement," Pauli
PO Box 66
Thiensville, Wisc 53092
Portions of the Skunks LP recorded at Target Recording Studios, Appelton, Wisconsin.
LP Produced by Jon Hall
Skunks producer (?) Jon Hall directed "The Monster From the Surf," "Beach Girls and The Monster" and "Surf Terror" in 1965. Jon Hall was the executive producer and director of photography for the May 1969 Crown International Motion Picture "The Sidehackers" aka "Five the Hard Way," LP Soundtrack on Amaret.
Jon Hall's TEEN TOWN label
102 Tony's Tygers
103 Skunks = World Pacific
105 Tony's Tygers
107 Tony's Tygers
109 Unchained Mynds = Buddah 111
Buddah 119 Unchained Mynds
118 Today's Tomorrow
122 Jon Hall and the Lemon Drop Band
Battle Of Wisconsin's Greatest Bands
Skunks, Tony's Tygers
Blue Ribbon Records CD 0001, 1998
1.) THE SKUNKS:
I Recommend Her
(Larry Henley-Marc Mathis-Nolan G. Brown)
© March 18, 1968
Acuff-Rose BMI 2:38
World Pacific 77889, 1967 = Teen Town 103
2.) THE SKUNKS:
(Larry Henley- Marc Mathis)
Teen Town 110
3.) THE SKUNKS:
Saturday Music BMI
4.) THE SKUNKS:
Blue Crest Music BMI 2:15
USA 865, Billboard February 25, 1967
Cash Box March 11, 1967
5.) THE SKUNKS:
Small Town Girl
(Marc Mathis- Larry Henley- Dean Mathis)
© September 20, 1967
Teen Town 106
6.) THE SKUNKS:
I Need No One
Jab Music BMI 2:00
© December 26, 1968
World Pacific 77889 B = Teen Town 103 B
7.) THE SKUNKS:
Listen To The News Today
Jab Music BMI
Teen Town 110 B
8.) THE SKUNKS:
It's Only Love
Maclean Music BMI
9.) THE SKUNKS:
(no composer credit listed)
10.) RANDY (Klein)
(Roy Orbison- Joe Melson)
Acuff-Rose BMI 3:28
Teen Town 104
11.) TONY'S TYGERS:
Little By Little
(Tony Dancy- Dave Kuck)
Jab Music BMI 2:46
Teen Town 102
12.) TONY'S TYGERS:
Debbie On My Mind
(Larry Henley- Marc Mathis)
Teen Town 107
13.) TONY'S TYGERS:
Sing It All Together
(Tony Dancy- Dave Kuck)
Jab Music BMI 2:35
14.) TONY'S TYGERS:
I Can't Believe
Jab Music BMI 2:30
Teen Town 105
15.) TONY'S TYGERS:
I Still Love Her
Jab Music BMI 2:14
Teen Town 105
16.) TONY'S TYGERS:
Days And Nights
(Tony Dancy- Dennis Duchrow)
Jab Music BMI 3:22
17.) TONY'S TYGERS:
Jab Music BMI 2:27
Teen Town 107 B
(Tony Dancy-Joe Turano)
Jab Music BMI 2:00
Jab Music BMI 2:55
4 page b&w booklet.
CD liner notes:
Please let me take this opportunity to personally thank all the fans, friends and relatives of these two great groups. It's been a 33 year love affair (sometimes a little anger, right Tony?) that I would not have changed for anything. I personally produced all the songs. I have spent the last year in my attic, basement, closets and wherever else master tapes might find themselves.
I have included Passion cuts because that project was the work of The Tygers.
To Randy, Jack and Paulie. To Tony, Fred, Dave, Craig, Dennis, Lanny and Joe. It's been a special love affair working with you guys over the years. Through your efforts I have had the honor of being part of the Great Rock and Roll History of Wisconsin.
Thanks to Teens-Ville in Thiensville and all its members for all the wonderful memories.
A special thanks to my wonderful children, Debbie, Phil and Cindy (Sam). Thanks for putting up with your Father's endeavors--sometimes successful, sometimes not, but always interesting.
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