Wildweeds

From: Connecticut, USAThe Wildweeds

The Wildweeds are best remembered today for their lead singer, Al Anderson. Anderson would go on to join NRBQ, but in the 60s, he was at the helm for The Wildweeds. The Wildweeds are said to sound like a garage version of The Rascals, playing soulful music with a bit of an edge. The band only recorded a handful of singles, which were released on the Chess Records subsidiary Cadet. Some of these releases were fairly big hits in their area, although only one, “No Good To Cry For,” was even remotely successful on a national level.

The Wildweeds were not soley a Rascals knockoff band; they explored rather eclectic territory mixing soul with garage rock, folk-rock, and commercial pop. Anderson’s growling vocals were impressive, as was his songwriting. The original lineup split in 1969, when Anderson went into country rock with a new version of the Wildweeds. This version of the band would release a self-titled album on Vanguard in the early 1970s. Anderson released one more obscure album as a solo artist on Vanguard before joining NRBQ.

Artist info: An article by Richie Unterberger at Allmusic.com

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From the 1968 single “I’m Dreaming”
I'm Dreaming

  • I’m Dreaming

From the 1970 album Wildweeds
Wildweeds

  • An Overnight Guest