THE AVENGERS - "Be A Cave Man" / "Broken Hearts Ahead" (Star-burst Records 125) November 1965
At the tail end of 1965 The Avengers released their second single on the hip Star-burst label that operated out of Hollywood, Los Angeles. I've wrote many times on my site about this ultra fab Bakersfield combo and interviewed key members who have supplied excellent information and previously unpublished photographs.
'Be A Cave Man' is a winner all the way with it's uptempo teen beat groove and 'put down' lyrics...."Be a cave man - keep her in line"...the boys would have the woman's liberation after them these days of course....But who cares? this was 1965, when men were men.
Here's what Gerry Blake said about 'Be A Cave Man'
"I'm not sure we even thought about how politically incorrect Caveman was. We just liked the song. It would get people dancing for sure. I don't think the girls thought much about it either. It was a different time back then. It was just music. We weren't dragging any girls behind the stage by the hair. Although some of them might have gone for it! By the way, the "monkey" sounds was one of us trying to make monkey sounds. Didn't cut it. So Gary S Paxton just looped it and sped the recording up. I was the Tarzan yell."
The flip 'Broken Hearts Ahead' is a pleasant tune that reminds me of the country influenced folk rockers Mike Nesmith wrote for The Monkees.
Footnote: I bought my copy of 'Be A Cave Man' from Avengers guitarist Greg Likins in 2010...
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