It’s hard to imagine anyone bettering the What Four’s storming “I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy” on Columbia from ’66. It is a girl-garage cult classic. But big-time soul collector Matt Weingarden (aka Mr. Fine Wine) has dug up a less-frenzied yet far cooler version (dig that organ!) on an acetate given to him by his uncle Morris Last. We know nothing about the artist singing this spectacular rendition; not a single name is listed on the acetate. All we have to go on is “a typewritten song title and the name of the company in New York’s Brill Building where it was cut,” writes Mr. Fine Wine in the accompanying sleeve notes. B-side “Watch Out” is an even greater mystery, apparently sung by the stunning gal featured on the cover. But this acetate offers even less information on the label. Mr. Fine Wine could’ve easily just given us these two fantastic rarities from his vast collection and left the stories well alone, but instead we’re taken on a detective’s trail, stumbling upon clues that lead us not to the names behind the songs, but to a more personal place—the story of Matt’s Uncle Morris, who was once a music biz mover and shaker in ’60s Detroit. For anyone who has heard Matt’s long-running radio show on WFMU or has attended his weekly soul party at Botanica in NYC, hearing about Uncle Morris is the moment when you truly get Matt’s fantacism for ’60s Detroit 45s. It’s in his blood. His Uncle Morris hobnobbed with many of Detroit’s soul stars, labels, and music biz operators and ran his own label, Tuba. Those who champion vinyl regularly refer to the thrill of cover art, label copy, and inserts, and how hearing the personal stories behind the artists and songs can only enhance your relationship with the record. I can say that’s definitely the case here!
You can purchase “I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy/ Watch Out” from Forced Exposure.
Tonight—Wednesday July 16th, 2014—Mr. Fine Wine will be hosting a record release party for “I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy” at Botanica, 47 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10012.
Party starts at 9:30 pm. All are welcome!
‘Destroy That Boy’ Record Release Party: http://www.facebook.com/events/511075802355758/
I’ll be spinning along with Phast Phreddie (Boogaloo Omnibus), Greg Tormo, DJ One Mint Julep, Benjamin Wright, and Mr. Fine Wine.