An unfortunate printing error on the label of this Brooklyn, New York band’s sole 45, issued on Roulette in October 1967, has meant that First Crew To The Moon will always be remembered as First Crow To The Moon. The correct name of course was very topical in the late 1960s, in the midst of the space race between the United States and Russia to put a man on our nearest celestial neighbour. But the misspelled version is perhaps more memorable; it certainly conjures up an unusual image in the mind!
‘Spend Your Life’ reels you in straightaway with it neat little guitar intro and those driving organ chords. The guitar sound is clean – no fuzz pedal excesses for these guys – but it’s hardly an issue when a song is this finely constructed, with an ultra-catchy melody to boot.
‘Spend Your Life’
The flip is an even more up-tempo swinger, again dominated by that clean guitar sound and the organ, and the echoed vocals on the chorus add a hint of psychedelia to an already heady brew.
‘The Sun Lights Up The Shadows Of Your Mind’
It is sometimes speculated that Chris Stein of Blondie fame was a member of the band but that wasn’t the case, though apparently he was a friend and used to hang out at rehearsals.
On a sad note, the band broke up in January 1968, only a few months after the single was released, following the untimely death of guitarist Alan Avick from leukaemia.
Reissues: You can find both sides on Psychedelic Microdots Volume 3, which also includes another, previously unreleased number ‘We Walk The Rain’. The a-side is also on Psychedelic Unknowns Volume 2 and the flip on Ah Feel Like Ahcid.