SONG OF THE DAY Butch Engle & The Styx – Going Home


Secondary, 2 of 2This little box of delights hits the senses like a mouthful of popping candy!! Tasty explosions of sensory textures unravel in the form of tight organ melodies, kaleidoscopic vocals and unravelling, interchanging rhythms. It hits you, you swirl and then its gone!

Going Home was the B-side to a single released by Butch Engle & The Styx in 1966! Issued on Warner Bros’ subsidiary label, Loma, it was one of only a small handful of singles that the band put out in the early/mid-1960’s. I Like Her was the main track on the flip-side but, as is often the case, definitely the weaker of the two tracks (in my humble opinion?).

Butch Engle & The Styx (originally known as The Showmen) were a San Francisco band active from 1964-1968. In that time released one 45 as The Showmen and two as Butch Engle & The Styx. Much of their material was written by or co-written by Ron Elliott of The Beau Brummels and has since met much criticism by many who see this material as of a lesser standard. The author and music journalist Richie Unterberger even went on to suggest that their music was, “weak by Elliott’s own high standards and in fact were basically leftovers that were not deemed strong enough for the Beau Brummels to record”.

The band formed in Mill Valley, California and consisted of Butch Engle (vocals), Bob Zamora (lead guitar), Mike Pardee (organ), Harry “Happiness” Smith (bass), and Rich Morrison (drums). Not too productive in that the four years of their existence, three singles later and they were disbanded by 1968. Though a compilation album featuring all of their recordings was later released in 2000 entitled, No Matter What You Say: The Best of Butch Engle & the Styx. See what you think….

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