49. THE TANGENTS - Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?

THE TANGENTS - 'Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?'/'Stand By Me' (Impression Records 111) April 1966

Folk rock standard 'Hey Joe' was performed and/or recorded by countless 60s groups particularly outfits from Los Angeles. The Tangents were one such band who offered their version in April '66 on the hip Hollywood label, Impression.

It's been decades since The Tangents had any comp action, the last time was on Highs In The Mid Sixties #2. Their take is a straight forward folk rock interpretation with no frills. I'd like to have heard some tambourine in the mix for instance, but at least it's way better than the horrendous version by The Byrds.

I've recently been in contact with Tangents bassist Terry Topolski and he kindly sent me this promo picture of the group from 1966. Terry confirmed The Tangents line-up as:

from left: Bob Shelton, rhythm guitar & lead singer; Terry Topolski, bass guitar; Warren Brodie, drums; and Jim Janesick, lead guitar

THE TANGENTS - Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?


  1. ...and just when I thought I had heard every version of "Hey Joe"... Impossible!

  2. It's been ages since I heard anything by The Byrds referred to as horrendous and even longer since I agreed. But you are quite right here. I wasn't familiar with this version but I put it right up there with Love and The Stillroven's fantastic versions of this song.


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