THE CHARLES - MOTORCYCLE



THE CHARLES - "Motorcycle" / "Down By The Riverside" (Calliope 138) January 1970

According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem', The Charles hailed from Williamsville, NY. There are a few YT uploads and some other information on the internet advising that the record was released in 1966. This is wrong. The recordings took place sometime in 1969.

"Motorcycle" is a tough rocker with heavy organ, decent guitar leads, harmonies and what I like best "handclaps." The song portrays a biker gang, one of them murders someone, then they take off on their bikes.

The flip, "Down By The Riverside" is a very different sound altogether, reminding me very much of The Lovin' Spoonful. Both sides are decent and it's a record to look out for. "Motorcycle" has been compiled on "Scum Of The Earth"

John Valby from The Charles still performs today.



Comments

  1. Nice score. I've had this one for a while and considered it one of the better local 45s. John Valby a/k/a " Dr. Dirty" does still perform doing the same off color humor that made him a very popular act in this area. Great record.
    Cheers! Dan.

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