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THE GESTURES – “RUN, RUN, RUN” – late 1964
Run, Run, Run was apparently a regional Minneapolis, Minnesota hit, and possibly heard on the East Coast, but out on the West Coast 00individual never heard it on any of the local L.A. radio stations. 00individual is sure of this as he was raised in a home with the top two Los Angeles Top 30 AM radio stations (KFWB and KHJ) playing all day and night each at different ends of the house. It became part of the ambient environment – they weren’t on loud, just all of the time – must’ve been a white-noise calming effect for the parental units with a growing family. In any case, first-born 00individual soaked it up as a child, and teen.
Recently, 00individual was trading fun banter with a female and the words, “run, run, tun” were said, and immediately 00individual’s brain tweaked and an echo coming from way down the cavernous hallways of his hippocampus triggered a long lost memory of a song. A song that 00individual liked very much, but hadn’t heard for over four decades. He had “lost” his 45 RPM collection in the early ’70s, a sad tale for another time, and the Run, Run, Run single was in with many hits and obscurities.
The fun male/female banter ceased as this haunting ghost of a song was fast becoming an obsessive mystery to be solved. Entering the half-remembered chorus “Run, Run, Run” in computer search fields brought up current info and was of no use until 00individual saw the band named The Jesters and it triggered a clue – the song he was after was by The Gestures and the image of the yellow label on the 45 RPM single that he once owned burned bright in his Mind’s Eye.
But what was 00individual doing with this single in 1964?
Back in the early ’60s when there were real discount stores, the kind that advertised “Crazy” sales that really were, the store’s manager would sound bells, sirens and rotating lights and announce over the loud speakers, “full bedroom furniture set, $50.00, five sets available” – people would stampede to the furniture department and chaos ensued and fun was had by all. 00individual’s whole family would go and score all kinds of righteous deals.
But what 00individual liked best were the bins of fresh 45’s mostly by unknown bands with unknown songs. Since they were at deep discount 00individual could get five singles for a dollar, so for a little more than the regular price of two singles, for two dollars he could get ten singles (twenty songs) of his choice!
None of them were popular Top 30 hits and there would be some duds, some decent songs, and some actually good songs, and sometimes the B sides were better than the A sides – one was by Jan and Arnie before they were Jan and Dean and the song was “Gas Money”, 00individual loved that song. And then there was one that was gold! The Gestures Run, Run, Run.
The true magick of this song is, well, everything; The Gestures were able to encapsulate an amalgamation of everything good of the music – that was yet to come!
Bursting forth with a driving drum-roll surf beat and overall Rock staccato tempo of future Spy Jazz themes, The Gestures’ haunting Beach Boy / Brit Invasion-esque perfectly-matched vocals propel the lyrics of the stop-go chorus into an unrelenting highly-pleasurable monster hook.
This song embodies a surreal vibe like no other at the time; a rare combination of complex simplicity.
A very advanced and prescient single and Obscure Album Track Gem.
Run, Run, Run was eventually included in the 1998 Rhino re-issue of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968.
In 1998 00individual was deep into collectible and action figure design and sculpture deadlines and was unaware of this Rhino re-issue.
The following Top 23 are Hard Core 00individual Favorites that he literally grew up with from
twelve in ’63 to sixteen in ’67.
To have heard these songs when they were first released was a thrill as they super-charged his Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul.
These are the best examples of Pure Rock –
short, in your face, full of heart and soul songs, that defined the essence and urgency of Rock.
SURFIN’ BIRD – THE TRASHMEN
LOUIE, LOUIE – THE KINGSMEN
TOBACCO ROAD – THE NASHVILLE TEENS
RUN, RUN, RUN – THE GESTURES
HEY JOE – THE LEAVES
MY GENERATION – THE WHO
I’M A MAN – THE YARDBIRDS
LIAR, LIAR – THE CASTAWAYS
TIME WON’T LET ME – THE OUTSIDERS
SATISFACTION – THE ROLLING STONES
ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT – THE KINKS
DIRTY WATER – THE STANDELLS
I’M DOWN – THE BEATLES
GLORIA – THEM
BLACK IS BLACK – LOS BRAVOS
PUSHIN’ TOO HARD – THE SEEDS
TALK, TALK – THE MUSIC MACHINE
PSYCHOTIC REACTION – THE COUNT FIVE
(WE AIN’T GOT) NOTHIN’ YET – BLUES MAGOOS
WILD THING – THE TROGGS
7 AND 7 IS – LOVE
I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT – THE ELECTRIC PRUNES
A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE – THE BALLOON FARM
Out of the Top 23 there is one that stands out as truly amazing, one that somehow starts even before it starts. One that ends with a beautiful explosion that releases a trippy late night surf lounge riff that drifts off into the ethers.
This song is an epic two minute and twenty two seconds of pure rip ‘n tear sonic guitar swooshes, unrelenting surging drum and bass Raw Rock matched with the best defiant vocals on record of psychedelic lyrics that after the 1,2,3,4 “countdown”, all feverishly-pitched parts finally reach mass containment and BOOM!
Probably the single most powerful Psych Garage Rock song every recorded.
That song is BOO-BIP-BIP-BOO-BIP-BIP-YEAH!
CRANK IT UP!
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