CHARLIE BROWN'S GENERATION - 'Fast Retreatin' Female'/'Trash' (Atco 45-6438) Sept 1966

A relatively unknown band from New York put together by funnily enough a guy called Charlie Brown. He originated from Columbus, Georgia but headed off to the Big Apple with some guitars to get into the music biz.

He formed his band Charlie Brown's Generation sometime in '66 and signed a one off deal with Atco Records to release this rather cool twin spin.

Diggin' around the internet months ago I found online, a copy of a magazine called Teenstar '69 and in among all the famous faces was a very small pic of Charlie's band revealing that they consisted of three longhairs and a square.

There ain't nothin' square about this music though!'s got a fast pace with fuzz and has become a firm favourite of mine.


  1. Love, love, love this one. One of the greatest examples of fuzzy rockin' crashin' headlong into country music in my opinion. Outstanding!!!!

    Needs to upgrade on my fuzzed out copy...

  2. I def. share Westex's enthusiasm for this one! Here are some add'l details I'm cutting 'n pasting from research I did on this outfit several months ago:

    Charlie actually got his start in Tokyo (yep, Japan!) with an outfit called The Teen-Tops. They were regulars on a live Far East Network Saturday morning radio show called Teenagers On Parade and even put out an album, Teen Tops On Parade, on Japan's Universal label. Back stateside in the mid-'60's, Brown sat in with several combos in his hometown of Columbus, Georgia before making his way to the Big Apple, where he quickly landed a gig on staff at Atlantic Records doing session work on tracks by Solomon Burke, Barbara Lewis and The Drifters, among others. In '66 he put together Charlie Brown's Generation and waxed the 45. He was quite a live attraction in NYC for a while--an early example of NYC's odd hipster fixation with country twang, which was a pretty big facet of the early NYC punk scene (a fact that seems to grow more obscure with each passing year!)

    Charlie formed a second aggregation called Players in early '67, but exited to take a job as Musical Director for Van Morrison's first post-Them tour, just as "Brown Eyed Girl" was scaling the charts. In the late '60's, Charlie landed a gig playing guitar in the Broadway production of Hair, and cut a couple of solo albums during that show's spectacularly successful run on Broadway, '68-'72. In '73, he teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Eric Weissberg, who'd performed the music in the "Dueling Banjos" scene in the film Deliverance. That combo was called, yep, Deliverance, and they cut a moderately successful album titled Rural Free Delivery. Since the mid-'70's, Brown has stayed behind the scenes, doing advertising jingles, voiceovers and the occasional studio gig.

    1. He also sang "Somebody To Love" on the movie soundtrack! That was how I first found out about him and his output seems very interesting the bits I've heard so far.

  3. Awesome info transoniq, so with me, you and Westex that makes three people who think 'Fast Retreatin' Female' is killer kool.

    By the way, I think the square lookin' bloke in the picture is Charlie.

  4. Yeah, Charlie's gotta be the square one! Never saw the '60s pic you included on your post, but there's a more recent shot of him out there on the web somewhere.


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