Don't Be Bad! 60s Punk Recorded In Texas Various Artists (Huey Meaux)


Psych / Garage
Big Beat
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Raunchy Gulf Coast garage from the vaults of Huey Meaux’s Crazy Cajun empire. Sourced from master tapes. 10 tracks previously unreleased.

Maverick Texas-based producer Huey Meaux hit paydirt with Sir Doug’s ‘She’s About A Mover’ in early 1965 and immediately threw out a cattle-call in order to rope in the next bunch of teenaged longhairs who could deliver him a hit. That didn’t happen, but over the next few years he amassed a catalogue of superb grassroots punk and rock’n’roll recordings, spread across his Pacemaker, Tear Drop, Pic 1, Ventural, Capri and other imprints.

While there were occasional visitors from out of state – the Phinx from Mississippi, the Pirates from Louisiana and the Trashmen of Minneapolis – the bulk of Meaux’s acts hail from Texas, ground zero for the raunchiest, gnarliest 60s punk. Mostly taped at Gold Star in Houston or Meaux’s Pasadena Sounds facility, “Don’t Be Bad!” celebrates his garage rock legacy. All tracks are from the golden punk period of 1965-66, as Meaux’s tastes, not to mention the start of his lifelong problems with the law, precluded much investigation of the psychedelic era.

This is the first time these tracks have been officially reissued. Master tape sound on classics such as Barry & Life’s ‘Top-Less Girl’, Destiny’s Children’s ‘The Fall Of The Queen’ and the Passions’ ‘Lively One’ guarantees a punchy listen. And extensive research into the vault located at Houston’s Sugar Hill studios provided unreleased sides from the Driving Wheels, Sands, Gaylan Ladd and others.

In recent years the Ace team has enjoyed many weeks within this rarely tapped archive, blowing the dust off countless tape boxes. We were frequently joined by Texas expert Andrew Brown, who would raise his thumb in appreciation whenever a reel revealed some punk gem or gutbucket blues workout – and would just as easily point it downward if the contents proved to be schlock-y pop or wretched white gospel.

The fruit of all this pleasurable labour is now a power-packed punk set list guaranteed to impress even the most hardened 60s garage collector. Don’t be bad and miss this one!

Alec Palao


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Top-Less Girl - Barry & Life

  • 02 Preview Don't Be Bad - The Driving Wheels

  • 03 Preview The Fall Of The Queen - Destiny's Children

  • 04 Preview Girl Said No - What's Left

  • 05 Preview Cuttin' Out - The Pirates

  • 06 Preview Her Loving Way - Gaylan Ladd

  • 07 Preview I Don't Need You - The Sands

  • 08 Preview Again - The People

  • 09 Preview Lively One - The Passions

  • 10 Preview Better Come Get Her - The Triumphs

  • 11 Preview It's You - The Actioneers

  • 12 Preview Lost In A Crowd - The Dodads

  • 13 Preview To No Place Of Its Own - The Phinx

  • 14 Preview Farmer John - The Argyles

  • 15 Preview Baby, I Need You - The Eccentrics

  • 16 Preview She Comes Running - The Driving Wheels

  • 17 Preview Gotta Tell Her - The Blue Diamonds

  • 18 Preview Dirty Dirty Game - Gaylan Ladd & The East Side Transfer

  • 19 Preview Open Your Eyes - The Sands

  • 20 Preview Don't Tell Me - The Chancellors

  • 21 Preview Honey Hush - The Loafers

  • 22 Preview Mona / Who Do You Love - The Pirates

  • 23 Preview Don't Go In My Room Girl - Bob & Gaylan

  • 24 Preview Everything's Right - The Phinx

  • 25 Preview Hour Glass - Burner Amburn

  • 26 Preview Bring Me - The Dodads

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