For the past several years, the Ponderosa Stomp has lived up to its name and provided the best representation of rock n’roll and have featured several of the best. They have had classic bands grace their stage, such as The Trashmen, Link Wray, The Seeds and The Alarm Clocks, among many others. These bands ignited the “teenage raves and rebellious rioting on stages across the US, becoming icons of a movement that continues to flower.” 2013 will continue this tradition with similar bands such as The Sloths, Ty Wagner, and The Standells performing with precursors to punk rockers of New Orleans, the Gaunga Dyns.
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Ponderosa Stomp will have The Standells gracing their stage as headliners for the festival, that begins on October 3 and lasts through October 5 in New Orleans. The Standells had a hit with “Dirty Water,” and solidified “the youth movement in Hollywood during the 60s, where the kids clashed with over-zealous cops while beatniks ran amuck.” With their rising popularity during this time, the band was featured in the cult classic of the same mini-doc title, “Riot on Sunset Strip,” along with several movies and TV shows, including the Bing CrosbyShow and as themselves on The Munsters. Their other hits included “Try It,” and “Why Pick On Me,” and the darker “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White.” The hit single, “Dirty Water,” is a legend as it is played after every home victory by the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. With an even bigger honor, it is listed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that cultivated rock n’ roll.
The Gaunga Dyns were much more grittier with their sound in the 60s and created an explosive scene. They only produced two 45 records, yet their impact was massive. Their records were recorded by Cosimio Matassa for Minit Records (of Busy-B), and their singles such as “Rebeca Rodifer,” and “Clouds Don’t Shine,” shed a light on social and political issues, including abortion, depression and mood disorders; pretty heavy stuff to sing about in the 60s. The Gaunga Dyns are featured in the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation’s exhibit, Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock ‘n Roll, at the Louisiana State Museum.
California-based, The Sloths, were only in existence from 1965 to 1966, but their singles “Makin’ Love” and ” You Mean Everything” were so popular that they have melded classic memories on those fans who remember them best. After 1966, the band went 46 years without playing their instruments or performances. Only after a private detective located each of the band members did they find the want to reform.
In 1966, Ty Wagner, also hailing from California, was a frontman for the Scotchmen and the Ones, and during his time with them wrote popular punk anthems, “Slander,” and “I’m a No Count.” His recording companies, Chattahoochee and Era Records had hits with both of the singles. He performed dozens of TV appearances and was a staple of the 60s Sunset Strip scene with engagements at It’s Boss, The Trip, the Brave New World, and many more. Wagner will be performing at 2013’s Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans with his brand new record in over 40 years, that features two previously unreleased singles from his earlier recordings in the mid-60s.
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