I love a good 7″ 45 rpm single… I also love a chance to “wax nostalgic”. In an era of instant gratification and convenience (I love convenience but with it comes sacrifice sometimes..) it is nice to have something tangible, something physical, oh – like a great single backed with an equally great b-side. I met Matt Beld, guitarist of Vicky and the Vengents on father’s day of this year, at Groovers Records in Riverside when I was killing time before actually visiting my father on said fathers day. With the friendly prodding of KUCR’s DJ Tina Bold, Matt gave me a copy of Vicky and the Vengets single Sha Na, backed with “Not Your Little Girl” as the b-side, with the promise I’d listen to it and give it a write-up here on the Vinyl Review. Months later I finally got to it!
Like I said, we live in an era of ultra convenience. Want to find a song from your favorite artist? Odds are you’ll look it up on YouTube. Some say the idea of downloading a song for .99 cents on iTunes ruined the concept of the album. But really, nothing can replace the 7″. You’re holding music in your hand when you hold a record! Vicky and the Vengents harkens back to that time with the subject matter of Sha Na and the two songs couldn’t be more perfect for the 7″.
This is a great single. Both songs do what they need to do in under 3 minutes (isn’t that the best rock and roll?). And on top of that this is a wonderfully pressed 7″ from Groovers Records (which is also operates as a record store in Riverside, CA). I hope nothing but great things from this band and as I type this they’re already happening. Legendary LA music scene fixture Rodney Bingenheimer recent spun/played Sha Na on his long standing Rodney on the ROQ show on Los Angeles’ KROQ FM.
Check out the video for Sha Na: