Classic Singles #17: The Burgundy Runn – Stop! / How Far Up is Down (1967)

BRunn_labelThe Burgundy Runn were from Albuquerque, New Mexico (like our good friends The Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2), and their lone single was released on Lindy Blaskey’s Lavette label, also home to that garage monsterpiece The Chob’s ‘We’re Pretty Quick’ (definitely a Classic Single in its own right somewhere down the line).

BRunn_band‘Stop!’ is a fast and furious garage jangler so revered by ultimate neo-garage outfit The Chesterfield Kings that they not only covered the song but made it the title track of their second album.

‘How Far Up is Down’ is infectious and upbeat with one of those melodies that embeds itself in your consciousness. It’s a great shame that these guys didn’t record more material.

Reissues: ‘Stop!’ is on Teenage Shutdown Volume 9 or Eva’s New Mexico Punk from the Sixties; ‘How Far is Up’ is on Total Raunch. The single has been reissued by Garage Greats (though I have heard that the sound quality of their 45s isn’t stellar and of course they aren’t in any way official – but neither are many of the compilations).


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