11/19/2012

JESSE HECTOR - Gorilla Garage: The Jesse Hector Story


JESSE HECTOR  Gorilla Garage: The Jesse Hector Story  cd  2005
J. Hector & The Gatecrashers: Carolina / In My Soul / Summertime Blues // J. Hector & The Sound: Leavin Town / Running Wild // The Gorillas: Foxy Lady / Outa My Brain / I'm a Liar / New York Groover / Last Train / Message To The World / Gatecrasher / She's My Gal / The Hammersmith Gorillas: You Really Got Me / Leavin' Home // Helter Skelter: I Need You / Goodbye Baby // Crushed Butler: Factory Crime / Love Is All Around Me // J. Hector & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio: Fact Train To Memphis.
Jesse Hector was born in 1947, in Kilburn, northwest London, England. He played in bands from the age of 11, first the Rock and Roll Trio, and then the R&B-influenced band The Cravats.Cravats bassist Adrian Stambach joined mod outfit The Clique in 1963. Hector reformed the Rock and Roll Trio before starting two more short-lived bands, The Way of Life and the Mod Section. Then he went on to form the proto-punk band Crushed Butler in 1969 with drummer Darryl Read and bassist Alan Butler. After a brief flirtation with EMI Records, the band was renamed Tiger, until Darryl left to join the glam rock group Dizzy. After Darryl's departure they changed name again to Helter Skelter. With the addition of drummer Gary Anderson, the band became The Hammersmith Gorillas, taking their name from London's pro-Castro activist group the Hammersmith Guerillas.


The band's debut release was a cover version of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" on the Penny Farthing label, produced by Larry Page, and timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the original release. They then signed to Chiswick Records, recording two singles for the label, and building a loyal fanbase, before moving on to Raw Records.In 1976, they played at the Mont-de-Marsan Punk Festival in the south of France along with The Damned and Eddie and the Hot Rods. After two more singles in 1978, the band's debut (and only) studio album "Message to the World" was issued on Damaged Good Records. Hector was noted for his extravagant sideburns, and was a keen self-publicist, declaring The Gorillas to be "the future of rock music". He was influenced by several dead rock stars, and several tracks on the band's album were performed in the style of his heroes, including a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" and "Going Fishing" performed in the style of Marc Bolan. They returned to Chiswick in the early 1980s for the "Move It" single, before splitting up after Butler died. Hector continued to regularly perform live around London, working with a new band, The Jesse Hector Sound, in the early 1990s, with bassist Kevin White and drummer Gilles Baillarguet. The band issued a single in 1991, "Leavin' Town" on the Clawfist label. When the group split in 1993, Hector assembled a new band, The Gatecrashers, named after a Gorillas single, contributing to several retro-garage rock compilations and releasing an EP in 2000, "Keep on Moving".
Hector now works as a cleaner at The Royal Geographical Society, and was the subject of a documentary film in 2008, A Message To The World, directed by Caroline Catz, which was shown as part of the Raindance festival, and at the Barbican as part of its "Pop Mavericks" season.
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21 commentaires:

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

JESSE HECTOR "Gorilla Garage: The Jesse Hector Story" cd 2005

It is fair to say that the immediate appeal of the incredible Hammersmith Gorillas was triggered primarily by the fascinating sleeves of their first singles.
These guys, if anything, deserved total respect simply for being brave enough to look the way they did. Their bizarre display of totally over-the-top hairdos combined with the most incongruous dress sense became an endless source of wonder and speculation for a generation of French fans. Who on Earth were they? Where could they possibly come from?

P. Korpar-Migrenne June 1998

Anonyme a dit…

Hi MIDNIGHT RAMBLER,
No Link For This One ???
Cheers.

Pubbi61 a dit…

Wow! Superbe! I Love Them Oh So Much! I Bought The CD Maybe 2 Years Ago And It's My Most Played Since Then. Great Stuff!

Pubbi

Pubbi61 a dit…

Wow! Superbe! I Love Them Oh So Much! I Bought The CD Maybe 2 Years Ago And It's My Most Played Since Then. Great Stuff!

Pubbi

Anonyme a dit…

Due to it's being out of print and selling for over $200 on Amazon US, I sincerely hope you are planning to post a DL link. It looks great!

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

Hi guys
Sorry...fixed now !!!

Harry The Bastard a dit…

Pure class, the man is a fucking genius ... thank you, thank you, thank you!

back to the oldies a dit…
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back to the oldies a dit…

Super groupe, j'en suis un grand fan !!!
Cette compile de tous ses groupes est vraiement tip top...
Decidement, tu as le don de nous alimenter en bons groupes

Anonyme a dit…

Thanks For The Link !!!
Great Stuff !!!
Cheers.

DEE DEE a dit…

One of your greatest post ever!!! Jesse inspired a lot of french bands indeed: The Coronados from Paris for instance... Merci beaucoup

Anonyme a dit…

thanks for the post. look forward to listening to this one.

Anonyme a dit…

les comments poster en double
jamais penser à ca pour
gonfler les posts
une fois de plus
BRAVO !!!!
trop fort le Mr MR



roy vita a dit…

thanks for this one!!!

Can you Re-up edie ray porter / dance on the earth?

thanks again

roy vita a dit…

thanks for this one.
Can you re-up the eddie ray porter albums?
thanks again

Anonyme a dit…

Grosse claque pour moi ! Ca rock et ca roule, c le top dans cette grisaille de tous les instants !!
Merci Mr Midnight !
En fait, fascinant !!!!!!!!!!
JC FROM LH

Anonyme a dit…

20$ / amazon.fr

Anonyme a dit…

Ah oui! Merci mille fois!! Quelle bonne surprise! Ça c'est de la dynamite en rouflaquettes!

J'ai tous les vinyls des Gorillas depuis leur sortie, mais pas en numérique...

Je me demande si le mec qui a écrit le texte ne s'est pas planté en disant que le groupe dérivait son nom d'un groupe de militants pro-castristes.

Je pense qu'il viendrait plutôt d'une chanson du même titre du groupe Third World War.

En tout cas, c'est canon!!

Merci encore.

Marc (Canada)

jeffen a dit…

Cool post, Jesse's a hero!

Anonyme a dit…

Philippe K.-M. hits the hammer on the nail or the nail on the hammer or the hammer with the nail. Philippe get in contact if you read this.

Hans-Jürgen "hartbeat!" Klitsch
at hjk@shakin-all-over.de

Jesse is bigger than Jesus!

kingofsoul a dit…

Salut M.R. Ne serait-il possible de passer par autre chose que Rapidshare pour lequel il faut s'inscrire? Merci de me le faire savoir. J'ai le cd des Hammersmith Gorillas, mais celui-ci, non,JE LE VEUX! a bientôt.