Friday, June 19, 2009

Sir Winston and The Commons - Not The Spirit Of India/One Last Chance (1966)



Personnel:
DON BASORE A
HERBIE CRAWFORD A
RONNIE MATELIC A
JOHNNY MEDVESCEK A
JOE STOUT A

EP:
1 SIR WINSTON AND THE COMMONS (PS) (Sundazed SEP 144) 1999

45s:

1 Come Back Again/We're Gonna Love (Soma 1454) 1965
2 Not The Spirit Of India/One Last Chance (Nauseating Butterfly 2207) 1966

This Indianapolis band developed a large local following - indeed they once opened for The Byrds at the Indianapolis Coliseum in July 1966. Their stage shows were wild! We're Gonna Love is a real grungy garage number with lots of fuzz. One Last Chance is a slow melodic folk-rock ballad, whilst Not The Spirit Of India is an Eastern-style piece of psychedelia.
The band had evolved out of an outfit called The Pickups back in 1963 and Ron Matelic and John Medvescek later went on to Anonymous.
Compilation coverage has included: We're Gonna Love on Back From The Grave, Vol. 3 (LP), Back From The Grave, Vol. 2 (CD), The Big Hits Of Mid-America (Dble CD) and Soma Records Story, Vol. 1 (LP); One Last Chance on Hoosier Hotshots (LP); Not The Spirit Of India on Sixties Rebellion, Vol. 15 (LP & CD); and Come Back Again on Soma Records Story, Vol. 2 (LP). The Sundazed EP couples their two 45s with notes from Jud Cost and quotes from Ron Matelic.
(Max Waller / Vernon Joynson)

Tracks:
1. Not The Spirit Of India
2. One Last Chance

1 comment:

John said...

I was one of the privileged masses to see Herbie Crawford lead Sir Winston and the Commons in Indianapolis in the 60s. Alas, they left to find fame and fortune in San Francisco. When they returned to Indy they were masters~ awesome~ etcetc. What great times those were. One of my fellow guitarists in our band THE WEB jammed often with Herbie.