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“SCRATCHY” – 1964
from the album “That Scratchy Guitar From Memphis”
00individual was thirteen in 1964 when this totally unique guitar Rocker “Scratchy” was released and it was purchased immediately – 00individual knew the good shit instinctively.
As a child prodigy, Travis Wammack wrote and recorded his first album at eleven and it was released at twelve. He was seventeen in 1964 when he co-wrote recorded and released “Scratchy” which soared to #80 on the charts in 1964.
This 2 minute 27 second track is a mini-masterpiece with a hip take on the wildly popular zeitgeist of the James Bond theme with excursions into classical, neo-country, surf rock and caffeinated spaghetti western licks – all delivered with the simplest of backup but with the most intricate, fast, fun solos and hooks, passages and interludes that never miss a beat, unless done deliberately, and are certainly never out of tune, unless done perfectly.
Plus “Scratchy” has the best mid-song run of lyrics ever, better than Pink Floyd’s “One Of These Days” rant!
While the ’50s and ’60s were the Pinnacle of Novelty Songs, this track was a very calculated artistic Album Track Gem, disguised as a “novelty”.
Travis is still “scratchin” today!
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