Formed in Milwaukee, WI, in 1965, Joey Gee & The Come-Ons only cut 4 singles in their brief recording career – though lead vocalist Joe Giannunzio had been in bands prior to this!
Recorded via the Sauk City’s, WI, label, Cuca Records, the band’s releases included today’s track, She’s Mean b/w You Know, Till the End of Time, as well as Jenny, Jenny, a top ten smash for Little Richard in 1957, and Little Latin Lupe Lu, a hit for the Righteous Brothers, Kingsmen and Mitch Ryder.
Unfortunately, Giannunzio’s second single didn’t strike hot at the radio, although She’s Mean has gathered many admirers over the years. Because 45’s released on small independent labels lacked the distribution muscle, production values and promotional budgets of the major labels, such records rarely registered on the national charts. Still, She’s Mean and it’s b-side have featured on a few compilation albums over the years including Ace Records’ Garagemental! The Cuca Records Story Volume 2 and if you are ever lucky enough to acquire a copy of this 45, you can expect to be paying a good whack for this! The only one online right now has an asking price of £114!! Released on Cuca Records’ subsidiary label, Sara, She’s Mean is a cool garage track with cutting vocals and a nifty harmonica/guitar solo and if i had a spare £114 kicking about, I’d buy myself a copy! Check it out above.