“Tall Order for a Short Guy” – Earth Quake

One of my favorite tracks from the famous “Beserkley Chartbusters” compilation album from the mid-1970s is this very cool, rockin’ cover of Jonathan King’s “Tall Order for a Short Guy.”

The band Earth Quake had been around since the mid-1960s, recorded two albums for A&M Records, and then later joined the fledgling independent label Beserkley in the early 1970s, where they achieved greater success. While Beserkley is better known as the home of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, the label was formed by Earth Quake’s manager Matthew King Kaufman, when Kaufman received compensation when Earth Quake’s music was used against their knowledge or permission in Sam Peckinpah’s “The Getaway.”)

One of the earliest and best examples of what later became known as power pop in the late 1970s.

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