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Starting out in San Francisco as early as 1965 (actually predating the Grateful Dead!), the Flamin Groovies were always out of step with the rock world. Ten years before bands routinely released their own independent records, the Groovies issued a 10-inch mini-album, Sneakers; in the '70s, when that same do-it-yourself spirit was inspiring countless innovative bands to try and challenge the old boundaries, the Groovies retreated to make albums of beat group nostalgia, wearing period clothes and refusing to acknowledge that times had indeed changed. Always more cult-popular and influential than commercially successful, the Groovies, led by irascible but talented guitarist/singer Cyril Jordan and (until 1971) singer Roy A. Loney, always embodied the rebellious, youthful spirit that fueled punk, but held tenuously to their musical roots — '50s American rock'n'roll and '60s British pop. In effect, they provided inspiration for countless bands (how many covers of "Slow Death" can you name?) and are legendary for good reason. After Loney left the band in the early 70's they headed in a heavily Merseybeat influenced direction, but displayed on the fansstic Shake Some Action LP on Sire, which features the now classic title track. In 2009 Loney and Jordan reunited for some appearances backed by The A-Bones, a New York based rock'n'roll combo largely fueled by their love of The Groovies (drummer Miriam Linna was once head of The Flamin' Groovies fan club). These shows have been action-packed, much to the delight of an adoring and dancing public. This Bell House show is currently the only appearance scheduled for the U.S. in 2011.


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