THE TROPICS - 'For A Long Time'/'Black Jacket Woman' (Thames Records T-103) 1966
The Tropics were one of the leading bands to emerge from the Tampa Bay scene that included The Rovin' Flames, The Roemans, Hoppi and the Beau Heems, The Savages and The Outsiders. This rather GREAT! double sider is my favourite 45 that they released mostly because it has an abundance of glorious jangle.
'For A Long Time' written by songwriter Travis Fairchild has all the elements I dig in a 60s garage record (ie) punky vocals, jangle guitar, cool musicianship and production as well as lyrics that are full of fucked off attitude.
For a long time you've been hangin' me 'round
I tell you girl I ain't your clown
I tell you girl I ain't gonna hang around....for a long time.
'Black Jacket Woman' is a slow tempo folk rocker, very Byrdsian in song structure and melody. I could listen to this type of coolsville all day and all of the night. The Yorkshire Puddin' and Zone V also recorded versions.
Both songs were produced by Jim Sessody and Vince Palmer.
An excelent interview with Buddy Pendergrass (guitar/organ) from The Tropics can be found in Issues 1 & 2 of a fanzine called Kaleidoscope.