“…an auteur with few peers. Pierre Tubbs’ previously unacknowledged talent is finally getting its proper due.” RECORD COLLECTOR (UK)
One of a number of British ‘60’s bands fronted by charismatic eccentric Pierre Tubbs and recorded by him at his parent’s garage in leafy Dorking, Surrey, England, The Jeeps had clearly been listening to the embryonic Surf Sound of The Beach Boys from across the water when the faders were pushed up on this catchy set.
While ‘Stick It There!’ is (astonishingly) the first ever release for these evocative tracks, the band had done time with a brief slew of singles, most notably “He Saw Eesaw”, described latterly as a ‘high tempo ramble through children’s nursery rhymes and daft harmonies’: in other words, very much of its day.
You can find The Jeeps performing on Market Square’s 1999 compilation of Tubbs’ 1960s output, “Pierre’s Plastic Dream” along with more of Tubbs’ cult bands like The Silence and Our Plastic Dream. The Jeeps tracks include two singles “He Saw Eesaw” / “The Music Goes Round” (Strike JH308, 1966) and “Ain’t It A Great Big Laugh” / “I Put On My Shoes” (Strike JH 315, 1966). In his booklet notes from the day, Kieran Tyler wrote:
“…Laugh”, with its home counties Lovin’ Spoonful approach, is unusual in English pop, while its B side, “…Shoes”, recalls nothing so much as a rougher Gary Lewis And The Playboys in “Just My Style” mode.
If the released Jeeps tracks with their American influence are intriguing, the unreleased ones prove unique. “Love Is A Sometime Thing” matches elements of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” to modal-style guitar lines and a beaty DD, D, B, M & T chorus. A mixture that sounds as though it couldn’t have failed, except that it never came out. “Don’t Come Running Back” is Pierre’s clearest statement of a Four Seasons influence, albeit with a bonkers guitar solo dumped on the top.
The American influence is further highlighted on “That Was The Good Life”, one of the few convincing UK surf-styled songs. “Here’s A Heart” did come out – in a weedy DD, D, B, M & T ballad version. But the Jeeps version is something else, a garage tour de force which again has little parallel 60s UK pop. “Don’t Do It” takes this style even further with a performance – and guitar solo – that sounds like it crawled off an independent L.A. label of 1966 (and that’s praise).”
“STICK IT THERE! British Beat ‘60s Smashers” is available from all reputable download and streaming sites, including Amazon via this link
(You’ll find the wonderful ‘Pierre’s Plastic Dream’ out there, too!)
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