The Aardvarks

AardvarksFrom: Muskegon, MI, USA

Daryl Dingler (lead vocals)
Bill Poplaski (drums)
Tim Smiley, Don Harold (guitar)
Jim Britton (lead guitar)
Garey “Sticks” Walker (drums)
Neal Stone (drums)
Rick Kuerth (keyboards)
Terry Potts (bass)

Erroneously thought to be a Chicago band, this act were in fact from Muskegon, Michigan. They were formed in late ’64 under the name The Hitch Hikers, but later pulled the “Aardvarks” monicker from the first page of the dictionary.

Released on their own Vark label, “I’m Higher Than I’m Down,” despite the title, wasn’t a “drug” song. The flip, That’s Your Way, is another fine number full of jangly guitar. The Vark release was recorded / produced and pressed by Fenton Records from Grand Rapids, Michigan, for whom they also recorded their second 45. The ‘A’ side to this, I Don’t Believe, is a reasonable punker.

The Let’s Move Together single was originally released on Forte, but was later re-issued by the band’s ex-manager, after he had left town with a bunch of their money.

The band also recorded two unreleased songs: I Can’t Explain which is a moody guitar and organ original and People Of This Land a sparse protest tune with lonesome sounding harmonica.


Tracks played on Psychedelicized…


Vark 2058 – 1966

  • I’m Higher Than I’m Down