THE PILGRIMAGE - 'Bad Apple'/'You Satisfy Me' (Mercury 72631) Nov 1967
Essential two sided 45 from an obscure act from Long Island, New York.
Mercury Records appear to have had some faith in The Pilgrimage with a full page colour advert for this release in a November '67 edition of Billboard. It's a shame that no one cared because the record bombed.
The red label stock copy doesn't exactly grow on trees either, most copies I've seen are the white label promos, surely an indication that the release was not widely distributed.
'Bad Apple' starts off with some pounding drum action, the kind of primitive beat that almost makes me wanna jump outta the window in search for some skulls to crack open. The singer handles lead vocals with assurance and the guitar and organ parts colour the garage noise.
The song was written by the songwriting team of Burton & Sawyer. Their most famous song is 'I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore' recorded by The Young Rascals and numerous other 60s groups. Lori Burton also released her own records on Mercury. Also check out 'Nightmare' by The Whyte Boots.
THE PILGRIMAGE - Bad Apple