Flamin’ Groovies Doco

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Award-winning filmmakers, William Tyler Smith and Kurt Feldhun, have announced that they are making a feature documentary about the Flamin’ Groovies, the legendary San Francisco rock band that enjoyed a few hits in the late ‘60s and 70’s, but met with an untimely and difficult break up in the early 80’s.

Formed in 1965, the band’s ‘hit’ songs, ‘Slow Death,’ ‘Shake Some Action’ and ‘Teenage Head,’ have been heard on movie soundtracks such as Clueless and numerous CD compilations and a version of the band has been performing over recent years at events such as The Ponderosa Stomp. The band toured Australia in 2013. The band’s latest single, ‘End of The World’ was also released late last year.

Sometimes labeled as the Godfathers of Punk Rock and progenitors of power pop, the Groovies’ music has been covered by numerous others including The Dictators and The Hoodoo Gurus. Legend has it that the Flamin’ Groovies’ album, Teenage Head (1971), was Mick Jagger and Keith Richard’s favorite album at the time. They are often referred to as “the biggest band you’ve never heard of” and their fans have included Rock Hudson, Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, Mick Jones (The Clash), and Marc Maron to name just a few.

Having recently teamed up for a documentary about iconic Door’s keyboardist Ray Manzarek and legendary Delta Blues guitarist Roy Rogers, Smith and Feldhun decided to collaborate again. The new documentary is entitled The Incredible Flamin’ Groovies.

Smith and Feldhun have already shot some concerts, interviews and
recording studio footage and have compiled a trailer. They have also
launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film.

The trailer and Kickstarter page can be seen here: The Incredible Flamin’ Groovies

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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