Wow! What a song! This hits you with a curve ball right from the start, so don’t be fooled (like I was) by its soul-sounding opening! Rather promptly after this track begins, it takes an unexpected garage’y twist and all manner of genres start intervening as shades of soul, funk and psych-rock colour this sonic collage!
The Sundae Funnies, a.k.a The Fabulous Impacts, were active around the latter part of the 60’s, changing their name about a year or so after they emerged. Apart from a couple of 45’s I can’t find any other releases, so maybe they were just one of the many garage-rock outfits that came and went in those times.
Featuring Lester Abrams on drums, Joe Olivo on bass, Dave “Barney” Barnhart on guitar, Ed Finney on organ, Harry Roberts on trumpet/sax and Mike Hatfield on lead vocals, The Sundae Funnies certainly succeeded in making the few tracks they did release really count. Take today’s song for example! Released on the 60’s label, Dad’s Records, Tell Me was the b-side to their single, Get Out Of My Life Woman which was released in 1967. It’s got a whole lot of soul coursing through its veins, whilst sounding very Spencer Davis Group’s I’m a Man in its raw garage rock edginess….though this is a curious one! Both tracks came out in ’67 so who sounds like who may require further investigating……Anyway, it’s a little corker and I’m certainly enjoying this on such a sunny evening! Check it out above.
After the group went their separate ways, singer-songwriter/producer and musician, Lester Adams went on to do many more great musical ventures! He played with an array of artists including, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson, Quincy Jones, Manfred Mann, Brian Auger, The Average White Band, The Doobie Brothers, Rufus and many more!…..