Songs You May Have Missed #22


The E-Types: “Put The Clock Back On The Wall” (1966)

The original, Beatles-led British Invasion was unkind to American bands trying to get a record deal or even book a gig. So to avoid extinction, they adapted in various ways. The New Colony Six (from Chicago) and Paul Revere & The Raiders (Idaho) dressed like this:

At the River's EdgePaul Revere & The Raiders - Greatest Hits

Bands like the San Antonio-based Sir Douglas Quintet or Chicago’s Buckinghams took a slightly more dignified approach, adopting band names they hoped would fool club owners into thinking they were booking an act from across the pond. And some, like the Beau Brummels and the E-Types, (both from California) focused on sounding like the Hollies, the Zombies, or Peter and Gordon.

“Put the Clock Back On the Wall” was penned by the hit writing team of Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon, who wrote “Happy Together” and “She’d Rather Be With Me” for the Turtles. It’s actually probably the band’s least-British Invasion-sounding song, leaning closer to a garage rock sound. This band sounded pretty consistently good even when they were covering the Beatles. Even so, none of the E-Types’ singles charted–no doubt due in part to competition from the Brits they idolized.

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