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Collectables CD 0662, May 1, 1997


(RPM 284)


(RPM 330)

Indies Provide Crucial Documentation
Of Music Past

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.

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

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 William Dawes.

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, 1-800-336-4627)

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.

Music collectors, 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 Bands" (Collectables)

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 entertaining.

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.

The 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 Story."

Illinois Entertainer
March 1997

April 19, 1997

Tower Records' Pulse!
May 1997

Chicago Reader
May 23, 1997
Byline: Peter Margasak
Lumpen Quill CD review by Rev. Forestter
May 1997

June 20, 1997

Record Collector
July 1997

Riverfront Times
July 16-22, 1997

Rocktober #19
August 1997

Both Sides Now #45
October-December 1997

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


SOURCE: Journal Sentinel pop music critic

BODY: 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 Main Stage.

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:

The Skunks

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.

Tony's Tygers

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 road band.

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 p.m. Sunday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel August 29, 1997 GRAPHIC: Photo 1

The Esquires: Sam Pace (left) Miller Edwards, Gilbert Moorer and Alvis Moorer.

Photo 2 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 KAREN SHERLOCK STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 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.

The Tennessean

July 31, 1997, Thursday




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.

The Tennessean

September 5, 1996, Thursday CITY EDITION


HEADLINE: More of the good times roll; Unique offerings keep leisure dollars inside Williamson County.



BODY: 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 downtown Nashville.

"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.

The Tennessean

October 22, 1995, Sunday CITY EDITION



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.
The Skunks:
Getting Started LP
Teen Town TTLP-101

Side 1: Elvira (USA 865, 9194-01, Billboard Feb 25, 1967,
Cash Box Mar 11, 1967)
The Journey
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
I Believe

Three Skunks shown on LP cover:
Happy Jack,
"The Klink," Randy
"Mr. Excitement," Pauli

Fan Club:
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
104 Randy
105 Tony's Tygers
106 Skunks
107 Tony's Tygers
108 Carousel
109 Unchained Mynds = Buddah 111
Buddah 119 Unchained Mynds
110 Skunks
116 Carousel
118 Today's Tomorrow
122 Jon Hall and the Lemon Drop Band
124 Bretheren

Battle Of Wisconsin's Greatest Bands
Skunks, Tony's Tygers
Greatest Hits

Blue Ribbon Records CD 0001, 1998

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

Doing Nothing
(Larry Henley- Marc Mathis)
Acuff-Rose BMI 2:30
Teen Town 110

Little Angel
Saturday Music BMI 1:50

(Dallas Frazer)
Blue Crest Music BMI 2:15
USA 865, Billboard February 25, 1967
Cash Box March 11, 1967

Small Town Girl
(Marc Mathis- Larry Henley- Dean Mathis)
Acuff-Rose BMI 2:00
September 20, 1967
Teen Town 106

I Need No One
(Randy Klein)
Jab Music BMI 2:00
December 26, 1968
World Pacific 77889 B = Teen Town 103 B

Listen To The News Today
(Randy Klein)
Jab Music BMI 2:15
Teen Town 110 B

It's Only Love
Maclean Music BMI 2:30

I Believe
(no composer credit listed)
ASCAP 1:45

10.) RANDY (Klein)
(Roy Orbison- Joe Melson)
Acuff-Rose BMI 3:28
Teen Town 104

Little By Little
(Tony Dancy- Dave Kuck)
Jab Music BMI 2:46
Teen Town 102

Debbie On My Mind
(Larry Henley- Marc Mathis)
Acuff-Rose BMI 2:21
Teen Town 107

Sing It All Together
(Tony Dancy- Dave Kuck)
Jab Music BMI 2:35

I Can't Believe
(Tony Dancy)
Jab Music BMI 2:30
Teen Town 105

I Still Love Her
(Tony Dancy)
Jab Music BMI 2:14
Teen Town 105

Days And Nights
(Tony Dancy- Dennis Duchrow)
Jab Music BMI 3:22

I'll Know
(Tony Dancy)
Jab Music BMI 2:27
Teen Town 107 B

(Tony Dancy-Joe Turano)
Jab Music BMI 2:00

Genesee Depot
(Joe Turano)
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.

--Jon Hall

For more information:

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Theinsville, Wi. 53092
(414) 242-1500

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