“Falling off the Edge of the World” – The Easybeats

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A glorious downer of a ballad from Australia’s Easybeats. This was released as a single, but failed to chart in the US. Despite its commercial failure, it’s a staple on many Easybeats’ “Best Of’s.” According to the liner notes on an Easybeats compilation I had many years ago, Lou Reed allegedly used to play this song over and over again on a jukebox somewhere in NYC.

“Good Times” – The Clinger Sisters

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This is the Clinger Sisters doing a really awesome cover of the Easybeats’ “Good Times.” Just try not to frug too violently when you here this.

Re: the Clinger Sisters, I don’t know much about them, other than they were a group of Mormon sisters from Utah that used to perform with the Osmonds when they were very young, but then got the rock and roll bug and hooked up with the legendary and infamous self-proclaimed “Lord of Garbage” Kim Fowley, a scenario that sounds like the Russ Meyer-directed / Roger Ebert-scripted “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” … but probably not … who knows?

If you’re not sure who Fowley is, he was the manager and producer of Joan Jett’s and Lita Ford’s first band The Runaways. If you see “The Runaways” film, he’s the guy in short shorts and makeup throwing garbage and yelling obscenities at his teenage proteges (a brilliant performance by Michael Shannon, by the way).