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The Flamin’ Groovies were an American rock music band of the 1960s and ’70s. They began in San Francisco in 1965, founded by Cyril Jordan and Roy A. Loney. The Flamin’ Groovies’ early recordings reveal a debt to the Lovin’ Spoonful. Their first album, 1969’s Supersnazz, stylistically was something of a mixed bag, containing as it did both re-creations of 1950s rock and roll and more melodic, somewhat rueful songs that anticipated the movement of the 1970s—a genre to which the Flamin’ Groovies would eventually contribute significant work.

Their second album, 1970’s Flamingo, revealed a musical approach that continued to draw upon ’50s rock and roll as well as upon the work of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Flamingo is notable as well as the only album by the group to feature an apostrophe after “Flamin” (all the others are credited to “The Flamin Groovies”).

Their next album, and last with Roy Loney, was the classic, Teenage Head. This album (1971) appears in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was acknowledged by Mick Jagger as an excellent album with parallels to the Stones’ Exile On Mainstreet (released same year) which, like Teenage Head,revisits the 1950s and roots rock. Teenage Head is also considered to be a classic in the proto-punk canon.

In 1971, after Teenage Head, Roy Loney left the Flamin’ Groovies, and was replaced by singer and guitarist Chris Wilson, who, along with Jordan, began to move the group in a more overtly power-pop direction. Between 1971 and 1976, very little was heard of the group except maybe their 1972 anti-drug song Slow Death.


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  • altmusikk

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  • Hugo_A-Go-Go

    I can't believe how few little plays "can't stay away" has had. Killer track.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
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    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Dani_Gabarrot

    One of the best bands from their era (which includes such "lightweights" as the beatles, the who, stones, kinks, etc) why such little love here? WHAT THE HELL?

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Part-progenitors of both American punk AND American power pop, how cool is that?

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • strajnic

    The last band with original 50's r'n'r spirit!

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bedvelvet

    would have been cool if they had actually made their record with Gene Vincent.

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Always a BIG band :)

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Nicast

    Totally underrated !

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • tomo84

    These should be as big as the Stones, damn amazing! Flamingo! [2]

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • AnaAerophina

    First three albums are great. After that, not so much. The stuff that sounds like they are trying too hard to bring the 60s back is audibly pleasing but sort of weirds me out for some reason.

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Pdna2

    @smichaelgbg--- 13th Fl Elevators might have been the ultimate SF band if they were not from Texas. As for The Flamin' Groovies, they were pretty much out of step with the whole SF acid rock scene anyway. They just played the way they wanted to, regardless of west or east coast fashions. Good thing too-- their first 3 albums (with Roy Loney) contain some of the most direct and heart-felt rock'n'roll ever recorded, imo.

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • reefhifi

    ; D

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
  • smichaelgbg

    Ultimate SF band = 13th Floor Elevators. Great band though.

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • TheMcEneaney

    Ultimate San Francisco band.

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Dogasm

    They kind of remind me of the Germs.

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • lewisbaines

    These should be as big as the Stones, damn amazing! Flamingo!

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • IanCurtis13

    the whole Teenage Head album doesn't seem to be scrobbling properly, the album ain't showing up

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • Touchmetallic

    many critics consider the Flamin' Groovies to be one of the earliest West Coast pre-punk bands.

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • TowserBugs

    great band ^^

    4 May 2010 Reply
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