Let Us Praise the Bobby Fuller Four

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For the love of God, people. It's high time Bobby Fuller got his own thread.

For the longest time, I thought he was just the dude who sang I Fought The Law. How wrong I was. Let Her Dance, Never To Be Forgotten, Another Sad and Lonely Night...holy moley these are good songs.

Bobby Fuller Fever....catch it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kornrulez6969, Friday, 24 June 2011 01:48 (eleven years ago) link

This is a goddamn good idea for a thread, especially what with his apparently mysterious death and all.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 June 2011 01:59 (eleven years ago) link

Was thinking about the mysterious death but didn't want to mention it second post in, but now that Ned has gotten that out of the way...

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2011 02:04 (eleven years ago) link

*shrug* Might as well! But yeah, talking about his work as a whole = a good idea. Is there a key anthology/starting point?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 June 2011 02:09 (eleven years ago) link

Isn't there a chapter on him in one of those Richie Unterberger books?

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2011 02:14 (eleven years ago) link

i jsut posted this on tumblr about an hour ago

http://youtu.be/ulMfnYLLSd0

surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally, Friday, 24 June 2011 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

Also think there is some novel based on his death- The Dead Circus, maybe?

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2011 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

Is there a key anthology/starting point?

The Rhino best of disc is a good place to start. I think Ace released a 2CD version of this also. If you like what you're hearing and want to dig deeper look for the two volume "El Paso Rock" series that Norton released.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 24 June 2011 03:29 (eleven years ago) link

If anything, just make sure that whatever comp you're getting has "Magic Touch" on it. It's his last single and my fave of his - really packs a wallop.

His instrumental surf tracks are pretty essential - rivaling Dick Dale on some cuts.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 24 June 2011 03:31 (eleven years ago) link

I never see his old records where I live (San Diego). Wonder if it was a regional thing. Don't know anything about the other artists on Mustang either:

http://www.globaldogproductions.info/m/mustang.html

timellison, Friday, 24 June 2011 03:48 (eleven years ago) link

the first records I acquired were two 45s I conned my mom into buying at the grocery store: "I Fought The Law" and "Nowhere Man"

byron coley once called bobby fuller "the true son of buddy holly" or something similar and that still fits

backlash stan straw man fan (m coleman), Friday, 24 June 2011 10:11 (eleven years ago) link

There is that Sonny Curtis connection

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2011 10:54 (eleven years ago) link

does the el paso rock series duplicate the stuff on that long out-of-print del-fi set (which i proudly still own!) that collects the stuff he recorded in texas. that is fucking amazing.

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 25 June 2011 04:26 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

The mono version of "I Fought the Law" is so killer. I have been listening to it obsessively. It's such a perfect rock and roll song, and their version is the best recording of it. I love "Another Sad and Lonely Night" too. Beautiful voices. Such a good sound. It makes me sad that there aren't any '60s music stations in my city anymore.

she was giving it to two friends ...Aaay! (crüt), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:30 (nine years ago) link

I have a live e.p. as part of a 4 disc pack (various bands) of French origin. "Wine, wine, wine" and so on. It is Fierce!

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:53 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

New bio co-authored by Miriam Linna and Bobby's brother:

http://bobbyfullerbio.blogspot.com/

timellison, Saturday, 26 April 2014 04:48 (eight years ago) link

nice

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:49 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...

This article says the book solves his murder

http://www.laweekly.com/music/new-book-may-finally-put-to-rest-the-mystery-of-bobby-fullers-death-5420456

Poliopolice, Saturday, 7 March 2015 23:23 (seven years ago) link

Believe it when I read it.

Cartesian Dual in the Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 March 2015 00:04 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

It doesn't. Did you read it, James Redd?

timellison, Saturday, 26 March 2016 05:44 (six years ago) link

No, never did.

Woke Up Scully (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:15 (six years ago) link

Delightful book. I've seen some criticisms of its structure and editing but I liked it a lot.

timellison, Saturday, 26 March 2016 18:20 (six years ago) link

Thanks for the rec. There was another, fictional book which touched upon this topic which a pair of us discussed once.

Woke Up Scully (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 March 2016 19:24 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I Fought the Law has to be a contender for the best rock album of 1966. As consistent as a Beatles album.

timellison, Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:50 (six years ago) link

I like that the only reason I ever knew his version of "I Fought the Law" before I knew the Clash's was because of that episode of Cheers where Sam keeps playing it on the jukebox to taunt Rebecca after he boyfriend is arrested.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:52 (six years ago) link

has the mono mix of the I Fought the Law LP ever been released on CD? I can only find mono versions of individual tracks online, and I haven't come across any vinyl rips of the mono LP. the mono version of 'I Fought the Law' (the song) has so much more punch than the stereo version.

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Sunday, 10 April 2016 19:42 (six years ago) link

http://img.cdandlp.com/2014/11/imgL/117268173.jpg

^^^
This

Mark G, Monday, 11 April 2016 10:54 (six years ago) link

the mono version of 'I Fought the Law' (the song) has so much more punch than the stereo version.

so otm

ejemplo (crüt), Monday, 11 April 2016 11:27 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Would have been 77 today.

timellison, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:34 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

When it's playing, "Let Her Dance" is the greatest rock song of all time.

Unbearably tragic loss, such lost potential. Also just learned he started taking LSD not long before he died; he probably would have made some primo psych rock (imo you can already kind of hear it in the jangling wall of guitars and propulsive garage beat of "Let Her Dance")

J. Sam, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 16:45 (one week ago) link


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