the late 70's and early 80's while most bands were trying to ride the
New Wave, Rochester New York's Chesterfield Kings set their own course
into the past... destination 1966. Since their first single ("I Ain't
No Miracle Worker" b/w "Exit 9" Living Eye Records, LSD-1), released in
1979 on their own Living Eye label, the Chesterfield Kings main
objective has always been to record their own collectible garage 45's.
With a repertoire recognized by only a handful of 60's
garage-rock-fanatics, and by keeping the early pressings small (only
500 of the first single, a mere 50 of the third), the Kings not only
have achieved their goal, but in the process became the pioneers of the
then flourishing garage rock revival, and continue to this day to raise
the bar on the once again reborn scene.
The first release was
followed in 1981 by a track on Greg Shaw's Bomp Records compilation
Battle of the Garage (1981Bomp Records). Walking away with the "Battle"
crown the Kings traveled from Rochester, for what would be a series of
dates at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City, where they would carve
out their statue, educate the next crop of bands, and draw the praise
of rock journalists and New York "hipsters" alike.
1982 Here Are The Chesterfield Kings 1 Hustler 2 You Better Look Now 3 Outside Chance 4 Little White Lies 5 Won't Come Back 6 I'm Going Home 7 Expo 2000 8 No Way Out 9 Come With Me 10 Fluctuation 11 Satisfaction Guaranteed 12 99th Floor 13 Time to Kill 14 60 Second Swinger
1979 I Ain't No Miracle Worker 01 I Ain't No Miracle Worker 02 b/w Exit 9