The Reunited Flamin’ Groovies Play The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow

July 5th, 2013

Before there was punk music or power pop, the protopunk Flamin’ Groovies began making music in 1965. The original lineup—Cyril Jordan (guitar and vocals), Roy Loney (vocals and guitar), George Alexander (bass and vocals), Tim Lynch (guitar and vocals) and Danny Mihm (drums)—released their debut LP, Supersnazz, in 1969. And despite it not selling well, it ended up becoming a cult classic. They followed it with 1970’s Flamingo and Teenage Head a year later. This left the Flamin’ Groovies with three terrific albums but not much commercial success. So when Loney left for a solo career, Jordan brought in Chris Wilson (vocals and guitar), pushed the band toward a more folk sound and moved them from San Francisco to England, where they had a bigger following. Their fourth album, Shake Some Action, proved to be their biggest hit. There were a few more albums and some lineup changes before the Flamin’ Groovies (above, performing “Shake Some Action”) disbanded in 1992. But earlier this year they reunited for several sold-out shows in Australia, Japan and San Francisco, and tomorrow night they play The Bowery Ballroom.