Friday, September 15, 2006

The Zakary Thaks

We remain in Texas and we move to a southern town called Corpus Christi, home of two great garage bands of the sixties: the Bad Seeds and the Zakary Thaks. The Thaks were a group of teen-agers (the average age was just 16 years) who released six singles between 1966 and '69. Their contribution to the Nuggets compilation is a song called Bad Girl, maybe the fastest and trashiest among the 118 tracks included on the 4 CDs box set.
At the beginning of their career they had been filmed while playing some songs, probably by their manager Mike Taylor, singer of the Bad Seeds, who used the footage to try to get them some gigs. The Zakary Thaks managed to play as an opening act for many popular bands who performed in Corpus Christi.
Luckily the film didn't get lost, so we can see this legendary band in action. Their version of My Little Red Book is certainly influenced by the Love's one, but they express their uncontrollable energy even better with Sock It To Me Baby. This clip really confirms us that punk music was born a decade before the Ramones or the Sex Pistols.

Zakary Thaks - Sock It To Me Baby (1966)
Zakary Thaks - My Little Red Book (1966)





Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an amazing bit of history, thanks.

They're a pretty hot sounding band, as well - I'd only heard one of their tracks before, and this blows it away.

9/16/2006 4:51 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

And it's incredible that the singer Chris was only 15!

9/16/2006 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grazie Mirco per il filmato me lo godrò stasera dato che fuori c'è un nubifragio ed uscire chi ha voglia?

9/16/2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous realdinho said...

excellent stuff!
incredible to get things like this and in full'll be just so amazing to have, say...LOVE or the ELEVATORS in full "psychedelicolours" glory (I love Roky but...yeah, can't beat those Elevators man!!!)...
incidentally there's more of the Thaks footage...
i remember seeing them doing "Love is a beatiful thing"...
Mirco, ultimamente ho avuto modo di vedere vari dei tuoi previous posts...Tim Buckley(magico...)e i vari di Tropicalia (grandi!!!)
grazie tanto, un abrazo desde Chile!

9/21/2006 10:23 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Olá "Realdinho", todo bien? ;-)
L'unico vero criterio che uso per scegliere i video è il mio gusto personale, quindi mi fa particolarmente piacere questa sintonia che travalica l'oceano e l'equatore.
Hasta luego!

9/22/2006 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've "file not found" error when i try to download the videos.
Could you please update the link ?


1/31/2007 3:37 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Many files have vanished, you've arrived too late.

1/31/2007 6:26 PM  

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