Chris Such and his Savages were really The Headless Horsemen. I wrote about this talented band previously (check out the labels down the right hand side of my blog)
It turned out to be their final release and was a fitting end to their brief existence.
This four song EP recorded in glorious mono and released on Chaos Records in '89 was very much a 'back to basics' early 60s rock and roll beat approach delivered in the usual Horsemen style.
Back in June 2008 I was contacted by Peter Kohman (Stuart) who usually played bass guitar and sang in the band. I asked him about this four track EP and this is what Peter had to say.
Can you shed any light on the Chris Such and his Savages 12" EP...I've read that this is really The Headless Horsemen?
Yes, that's us, plain and simple...just doing somestage favorites. We used to do a lot of that stuff in our extended sets (I'm a huge 50's R+R and Merseybeat fan) and finally started doing whole shows!
As we wanted to keep the Headless Horsemen a primarily original band, at least on record, we created an alter ego band. "Such"was a mutilation of "Cush" he picked up somewhere.
Someone gave us a ridiculously small amount of $$ and we cut the whole thing in a day or two at Coyote Studios. I think it was about the last thing we did. It was supposed to be a 7" and the mix got all screwed up, folded from stereo to mono.
Elan Portnoy played piano and I played some guitar on "Hog". There's a lost 5th track, Arthur Alexander's "Girl That Radiates The Charm", a great song but it didn't quite fit with the others.
Overall, it's one of my favorite things I've ever done...quick, dirty, ragged but right. I couldn't get the vocal right on "Stupidity" somehow, tho, that still bothers me. Everything else, I like...especially the bass, it was a Burns Sonic thru an SVT.
Songs on EP:
Sick And Tired
Leave My Kitten Alone
I'm A Hog For You