“Nothing in the whole world seems so fine, than to die and find peace of mind…”
The Nomads was another not uncommon band name in the 60s; this particular bunch came from Mount Airy, North Carolina. This was their second single and it is a raw garage offering, both sides of which are excellent.
‘Thoughts of a Madman’ starts with a great little guitar riff and organ backing, and has an almost understated chorus, before launching into full garage punk mode for the instrumental and outro sections.
The b-side is a raucous frat rocker that finds the band in party mood and doesn’t sound a million miles from something that Tacoma, Washington’s famous sons The Sonics might have dreamed up, with the recording levels in the red for the full duration of the song I wouldn’t be surprised.
By 1968 the band had changed name to Blu-Erebus and, in keeping with the times, put out a more psychedelic single ‘Willowgreen / Plastic Year’ on the King James label.
By the way, 80s Scottish garage revival band The Green Telescope (precursors to The Thanes) recorded a great version of ‘Thoughts of a Madman’ for the b-side of their debut single.
Reissues: Track down the a-side on Vile Vinyl or The Chosen Few, and the b-side on Trip in Tyme Volume 4 or Teenage Shutdown Volume 10.
- How Many Times / Not for Me (Stark, 1966)
- Thoughts of a Madman / From Zero Down (Tornado, 1966)