Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wisconsin Bands #7.....The Baroques
In 1967, The Baroques released their now classic psychedelic LP "The Baroques" to deaf ears. They were the second Wisconsin band to sign a record deal with Chess Records in Chicago (a Fox River Valley band, The Golden Catalina's, were the first) The Baroques were a Milwaukee band. At the time of their record release they were multi-instrumentalist Jay Borkenhagen, bassist Rick Bieniewski , guitarist Jacques Hutchinson, and drummer Dean Nimmer.
Produced by Ralph Bass, "The Baroques" is frequently mesmerizing and never less than enjoyable. With Borkenhagen responsible for the majority of material (though all four members contributed to the song writing), tracks such as "Iowa, A Girl's Name" and the harpsichord-powered ballad "Seasons" found the band mixing their best Brit impressions with meltdown fuzz guitars, weird time changes and what sounded like oceans of illicit stimulation. Unfortunately, the album failed to sell and the always dreaded "creative" differences with Chess arose. The band was quickly dropped from Chess' recording roster."
The good news is...thanks to intense European collector interest, you can download individual songs or buy a cd re-issue (a two cd set with an included booklet)of this great example of regional psych rock. Just google... "the baroques".