THE FIVE BUCKS - 'Now You're Gone'/'No Use In Tryin' (Afton Records 1701) April 1966
This teenage garage band formed at the University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor during August 1965. All group members had played in earlier outfits before relocating to Michigan and were all solid musicians. That tightness is in evidence with their debut single on Afton Records, released some eight months after their formation.
The top side 'Now You're Gone' is a wonderful moody ballad with some great vocals and mournful organ. The flip 'No Use In Tryin' is one of the best '66 punkers to come out of Michigan and is notable for it's superb vocal harmonies and killer farfisa break.
By 1967 The Five Bucks had changed their name to Byzantine Empire and were releasing quality Association style harmony pop on Amy Records.
THE FIVE BUCKS - No Use In Tryin'