Garage Gold #29: The Caravelles – Lovin’ Just My Style / Self-Service (1966)

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‘Lovin’ Just My Style’ by The Caravelles opens impressively with pounding drum rolls and staccato fuzz guitar chords before quickly settling into a sparkling up-tempo garage rocker with confident vocals from singer John Fitzgerald, stinging guitar, and a catchy chorus. And if that wasn’t enough, the band treat us to not one but two Yardbirds style rave-ups, one for the break and the other to conclude the song. There’s some great ‘call and response’ interplay between first guitar and bass, later guitar and keyboards and some truly frantic fret work. Awesome!

The band were from Phoenix, Arizona and their 45 was released in September 1966 on the Onacrest label. They were managed by Hadley Murrell, a DJ at the local soul station KCAC. He produced many of Phoenix’s soul acts at the time, including a group called The New Bloods, whose 1964 single on Madley, ‘Found a Love, Where It’s At / Self-Service’ had created enough of a local stir to be picked up for national distribution by 20th Century-Fox. The Caravelles covered the b-side on the flip of their 45, speeding the song up and adding some neat swirling keyboards.

‘Lovin’ Just My Style’

‘Self-Service’

Shortly after the release of the single the band changed name to The Holy Grail and relocated to San Francisco, but no further recordings appeared.

Reissues: ‘Lovin’ Just My Style’ is on Boulders Volume 1 and Pebbles Volume 8. Dionysus Records also released a picture sleeve EP with both sides of the single and an instrumental take of the a-side.