Sean and the Brandywines - 'She Ain't No Good'/'Cod'ine' (Decca 31910) January 1966

Little is known about Sean and the Brandywines, indeed they only left this one Gary Usher produced 45 behind. According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem' they were from Tujunga, California.

'She Ain't No Good' is a choice cover version originally recorded by London mods The Knack. The latter group were signed to Decca records in England so it's not inconceivable that the song was given to their American associates for consideration.
Another London outfit The Clique also recorded 'She Ain't No Good' in 1965.

The other side (not sure which was the top side) is a fine folk rock rendition of 'Cod'ine'.

By the way, if you look at the picture of the 45 you'll see a price tag of 5 cents. I paid a lot more for it a couple of years ago!

Sean and the Brandywines - Cod'ine


  1. What a great rendition. Actually not that far from the Charlatans version, even though that's a bit freakier. It's obvious that this is a Gary Usher production. That clean, bright sound.

  2. I don't think Vernon Joynson author of 'Fuzz, Acid and Flowers' digs the 45 much, then again I don't think he's got much taste anyway.....

    "A Los Angeles-based combo, whose 45 was produced by Gary Usher. The 'A' side, She Ain't No Good, is a cover of the U.K. Clique's song although it's a pretty lame effort. The flip is one of the weaker covers of Codine I've heard".

  3. Think the same...long time ago, started reading Fuzz, Acid & ... & not just Vernon but lots of guys wrote weak opinions...so perhaps I believed that lots of bands were medium or bad perhaps, till I got the oportunity to listen to em, I my opinion was wayyyy back different what was written. Well, a matter of tastes...

    This is not a weak version of Codine to me...

  4. ANON said:
    Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "22. SEAN AND THE BRANDYWINES - COD'INE":

    You have to take into consideration that Vernon and some of the other contributors to Fuzz, Acid & Flowers are psych LP guys and don't really "get" the 45 side of things.

    As for how good a particular track is, it's all down to personal taste - and I'm glad to say that Flower Bomb Songs is a testement to the good taste of Expo67.

    Keep up the good work!


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