The Jagged Edge - 'How She's Hurtin Me' / 'You Can't Keep A Good Man Down' (Gallant GT 3017) June 1966
The Off-Set - 'Xanthia (Lisa)' / 'A Change Is Gonna Come' (Jubilee 45-5542) 1967
Here are 4 excellent songs by a bunch of teens from Brooklyn, New York. The first record on Gallant sold quite well in New York. 'How She's Hurtin Me' is in my top ten folk rockers list. Both sides were written by Drew Georgopulos. Credits on label read A. Georgeopulis. Is this a typo?
Fortunately no one cares because it's a sparkling jangler with rattling tambourine and a teen punk guitar break that pretty much elevates the song into my top ten folk rock list. I'm surprised that it's only been compiled once before on From The New World back in the 8os. This was a vinyl only release. 'You Can't Keep A Good Man Down' is more garagey and far less tuneful but still good none the less.
The band changed their moniker to The Off-Set for their next release a year later on Jubilee. Another cool song, again written by Drew Georgopulos is 'Xanthia (Lisa) This one is a psychedelic effort with weird noises, jangly guitar, finger cymbols and plodding bass. Almost Byrdsian but on a much smaller budget of course.
The other side written by S.Cook is back to the jangle folk rocker mode with what sounds like an opening barrage of fuzz bass. All four songs were produced by Cis-Trans Production team.
Band members on these two 45s were:
Elliot Ingber (vocals)
Harley Wishner (bass)
Kenny Bennett (drums)
Art Steinman (lead guitar)
Drew Georgopulos (rhythm guitar)