Sunday, August 1, 2010
SLAVES TIME! - SHUT UP!
Over here at the Nitro-Retro lounge cave, we have many favorite groups and favorite songs, but it's a strong consensus that one of our all-time top favorite European bands from the mid-60's was Austria's THE SLAVES.
There is not much information out there on these guys. Maybe this adds to the mystery, obscurity and dark quality to The Slaves? Comparable to the rawness of The Pretty Things & The Q65, and often listed as a Swiss garage band, they were an originally from Vienna, Austria. These guys were deeply entrenched in the local Swiss band scene in the mid-60's. There were actually two Swiss musicians that played with the SLAVES for a while: Jelly Pastorini (of later SHIVER fame) and Peter Rietmann (of The DYNAMITES and The SAUTERELLES fame) on bass. The core band members, however, were from Austria. But the band lived, played, recorded and released their records in Zurich, Switzerland - at least until they were forced to leave Zurich due to the use of "forbidden substances". At that time they returned to Austria where they slowly faded away into the history books.
The SLAVES only released 3 singles in their short life-span, (all incredibly rare and very expensive) but what a trio! All 3 singles were recorded and released exclusively on the Philips label in Switzerland, with great picture sleeves of the band - looking very cool indeed. Mysteriously, all 3 singles were apparently released at the same time, not helping sales & promotions.
"Slaves Time" is a masterpiece. A classic mid-60's primitive, maraca-laden mod-punk workout. But what can one say about the singer's vocal style in the song "Shut Up"? It sounds like he's a disgruntled and/or demented drunk, mumbling through his lyrics and continuously trying to catch up with the band's tempo - finally catching up at the end of each verse. Just Beautiful.
Footnote: "Slaves Time" was compiled on the second Rhino Nuggets boxset.
Turn it up and ENJOY!!
Here's a YouTube video/jukebox of their 3rd single, "Panic".