the standells why pick on me vinyl lp

Why Pick On Me|Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White

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MONO Edition, on RTI pressed vinyl!

Cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.


The Standells’ key albums for the Tower label (Dirty Water, Why Pick On Me, and Try It) perfectly bottled a rebellious wave of sound sweeping across Mid-1960?s teen clubs, radio playlists and record racks. Starting with the genre-defining, proto-punk smash “Dirty Water,” through a series of equally memorable underdog anthems (“Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White,” “Why Pick on Me”) and obscenities (the banned “Try It”), the Standells left an indelible mark on their era. Those three Tower albums are a veritable feast of three chord, fuzz-drenched, Vox Organ-driven “squares”-repellant.

For their second Tower album, Why Pick On Me, the Standells received a significant sonic boost with the move to American Recording Company. Legendary engineer Richie Podolor cut the best sounding records of the era; from the Standells, Chocolate Watchband, and Electric Prunes to Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night. The drum tracks on this album are simply not to be believed, the bass drum sound possibly registering on the Richter scale. Here the Standells build on their strengths with tough originals from producer Ed Cobb, equally-hard driving outside material (“Black Hearted Woman,” “Mainline”), and notably, the emergence of Larry Tamblyn as a songwriter (his “Mr. Nobody” arguably the album’s highlight).

  • A01
    Why Pick On Me2:42
  • A02
    Paint It Black3:15
  • A03
    Mi Hai Fatto Innamorare2:27
  • A04
    I Hate To Leave You2:32
  • A05
    Black Hearted Woman2:37
  • A06
    Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White2:50
  • A07
    The Boy Who Is Lost2:29
  • B01
    The Girl And The Moon2:52
  • B02
    Looking At Tomorrow2:10
  • B03
    Mr. Nobody2:37
  • B04
    My Little Red Book2:21
  • B05
  • B06
    Have You Ever Spent The Night In Jail2:27
  • B07
    Don't Say Nothing At All2:30