THE ROGUES - 'Say You Love Me'/'Secondary Man' (Thunderbird Records 507) 1967

updated entry from March 2008

The Rogues hailed from Buffalo, New York and were the same Rogues that released the awesome folk punk jangler 'You Better Look Now' on Audition in 1966. Check it out on Teenage Shutdown Volume 5. The R'n'B rave up 'Train Kept A Rollin' can be heard on Teenage Shutdown Volume 14.

Back to this 45 on Thunderbird. Here The Rogues sound like a completely different band than on their earlier offering. The A-Side 'Say You Love Me' is a straight 60s pop song in the style of The Association. Their song 'Windy' comes to mind.
The excellent flip 'Secondary Man' is a magical slice of Beatlesesque 'Revolver' era psychedelia with stunning backwards tape effects.

The Rogues issued a further single 'Should You Care'/'The Rest Of The Way' (Thunderbird Records 511) Thunderbird Records also released choice 45s by The Druids and William Penn Fyve.


* Just wanted to call your attention to the songwriterz "Calandra/Mallaber" on The Rogues single. Tom Calandra waz the bass player in another Buffalo band RAVEN, who cut a couple of singlez and an album for Columbia Recordz. A live album recorded at local club The Inferno also waz released on a small label Discovery Recordz by a former manager. Gary Mallaber waz the drummer in thiz same band and went on to major fame playing with Van Morrison (Moondance) and the Steve Miller Band among otherz. Tom Calandra (now deceased) waz a very close friend of mine and I know Gary also. Currently he iz drumming for the Chicago Bluez Reunion project with Harvey Mandel, etc. Thought I'd send you some trivia.

Best alwayz----

* Heard The Rogues in their 'club': Rogues Gallery. Think it was on or near Niagara Falls Blvd.

* The Rogues were the Best !!!
They could sound exactly like any of the bands whose songs they played, Beatles, Stones, R & B groups, etc.
When they did concerts back in the 1960's girls would scream as if it was the Beatles.
They released 3 "45's" but it seemed like the B sides were always the best, like Secondary Man and You Better look Now.
Michael Spriggs, the lead guitarist has had the best post-Rogues career playing with CW bands in Nashville, and is still an A-list session player.
Love them still !!
Does anyone have any tapes of any of their live performances???

* Also, you mentioned Raven aka the Rising Sons with Tommy Calandra and Gary Malabar. The lead singer was Tony Galla, who is still singing and playing blues in Los Angeles, California.
He is still awesome.
I saw him recently and he did a great imitation of a duet that James Brown and Luciano Pavarotti did of It's a Man's world. Tony Galla sang both parts to perfection.. now that's talent.
check out him doing a 60's hit,
In Love...