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The Checkerlads

The Checkerlads - Baby Send for Me / Shake Yourself Down - 7

Baby Send for Me / Shake Yourself Down - 7"
Gaiety - 1966

Michael Panontin
In their brief existence, the Checkerlads released just three singles, the best of which has got to be this scorching piece of garage punk. The Regina quintet of Arnold Rippliner, Robert Frei, Robert Bucholtz, Harvey Frasz and Larry Reich issued the first of those records on the Thunder Bay-based Gaiety imprint in 1966. And though the band's self-penned Rolling Stones clone on the a-side seemed the better of the two tunes, it was the frantic flipside that managed to tweak the charts. 'Shake Yourself Down' and its cheeky pilferage of 'Louie, Louie' entered Vancouver's CFUN 1410 Canadian Runners-up chart the week of October 29th. South of the border, the suits at RCA Victor obviously took note, reversing the two sides for the U.S. release. Near-mint copies of this record will set you back three bills on either label, but the holy grail is definitely the ultra-rare picture sleeve that came with Gaiety promo copies.

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