THE SHEPPARDS - 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home'/'Poor Man's Thing' (Impact Records 1018) August 1966
I first heard 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' on a 60s folk-rock collection from the late 80s called 'From The New World' and it ticked all the right boxes so I needed to buy an original copy of the 45. This proved difficult as it seemed to be quite hard to find, however I managed to secure my copy a couple of months ago.
The top side is an updated folk-rock version of an old song believed to have been written during the American Civil War. The Sheppards add some toughness and jangle, very cool interpretation. It was also compiled on 'Garage Punk Unknowns' Volume 5.
Another gem can be found on the flip. 'Poor Man's Thing' is a tough folk punker with some cutting vocals, this singer is pissed off that his girl has chosen another guy over him. All ain't lost though as the singer is not gonna hang around and go all wimpy. Hell no, he's got another chick lined up already.
"You've got another feeding you a line
He's got money and a car and looks real fine."
followed by "I ain't waiting for you no more."