Classic Singles #20: The Fabs – That’s the Bag I’m In / Dinah Wants Religion (1967)

Fabs_labelAnother humdinger, this time from Fullerton, California’s The Fabs. They take an already brilliant “everything I do seems to go wrong” song by legendary singer-songwriter Fred Neil and transform it from a subtle folk number into a garage stomper. Some of the lyrics are changed in the process; it seems The Fabs needed to address some of their own problems – like not being able to get the girl.

Flip ‘Dinah Wants Religion’ is another rip-roaring garage gem.

Fabs_bandChicago hipsters H.P. Lovecraft also covered ‘That’s the Bag I’m In’ in 1967 on their first album but in more of a psychedelic vein. And of course The Fuzztones paid homage to The Fabs’ version on their 1985 Lysergic Emanations long player.

Value: around $300 to £400.

Reissues: there is a vinyl reissue on Torchlite Records; ‘That’s the Bag I’m In’ is on Back From the Grave Volume 1 and ‘Dinah Wants Religion’ on Back From the Grave Volume 2 or Acid Dreams Epitaph.

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