I’m still mucking about with this Louisiana rock music project. There’s a garage rock comp, Sixties Archives Vol. 3: Louisiana Punk. Turn Me on, Dead Man rates it 6 of 10, but in the giddy mood i’m in this morning, i’d give it 8 of 10. The high quality of the sound recordings has surprised me.
So far i’ve found pages on Souls of the Slain, Dr. Specs Optical Illusion, The Bad Roads, Surrealistic Pillar, The Persian Market, and Zoofs. There’s a zine out Houston called Brown Paper Sack for $6, P.O. Box 1622, Houston, TX. 77251-1622 that’s supposed to have interviews with The Roamin’ Togas (Lafayette, LA) and The Bad Roads (Lake Charles, LA.)
Dr. Spec’s Optical Illusion “Tryin’ to Mess My Mind”
Dr. Spec’s Optical Illusion “She’s the One”
The Little Bits “Girl Give Me Love” I don’t know who these guys are, or if they are really from Louisiana (as i’ve found one band on this comp called Echoes of Carnaby Street seems to be from Miami) but i found a post on the Bomp listserv archives that points out that they might not even be using a guitar. They just howl over the pounding rhythm section with an organ.
There is another lengthy piece on the Bad Roads of Lake Charles on Offbeat. I’ve seen no other mention of this Greek Fountains band until this article. It’s obviously fratrock, and it’s from Lake Charles, but i’ll keep an eye out.