HAIRCUTS AND THE IMPOSSIBLES- CALL IT SOUL!
Here’s another GREAT low budget exploito supermarket psychedelia cash-in album, this time by the Haircuts and the Impossibles. The album is called “Call it Soul!”, which is what they do, and it’s on the Somerset label. Some claim this dates from 1966, which is impossible since they cover the Beatles “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road” – so unless they had access to Paul’s demo reels or a time machine, 1968 or 1969 is more like it. Note that this album sports the same photograph of groovy frugging go-go girls that was on the front cover (uncropped) of the Mustang’s “Organ Freakout!” from 1966, also on the Somerset label. For what that’s worth. Now, onto the music – and I’m not sure WHAT these “hip” studio bands back then were smoking, but these guys seem to just go NUTS with the fuzz guitar, saturating the grooves with a dense layer of fuzz and distortion that major label bands wouldn’t DARE match. The title’s slightly misleading – only some of the time are they “calling it soul”, and when they do, you wish they wouldn’t. But when they call it go-go, or call it punk, that’s when the Haircuts and the Impossibles REALLY shine – take “Bun Buster”, a cool funky go-go instrumental that lets loose with TWO wicked FUZZ guitar solos, one in each speaker! Now THAT’S what we’re talking about! “Inside Looking Out” imagines Creedence Clearwater Revival scoring a dance club scene for the film “What’s Good for the Goose” – it’s a cool as heck bluesy go-go shaker with funky Hammond organ and snakey swamp rock rhythm. But the best thing on here BY FAR is the AMAZING “Sock it My Way”, an absolute MONSTER trippy psychedelic instrumental with some KILLER super-delayed trippy fuzz guitar chords that SLASH their way through the maelstrom like the knife-edged fuzz scrapings of vintage Smoke on “My Friend Jack.” Add some rolling drums and trippy sound effects, and this one comes off like the budget label version of Pink Floyd’s “Careful With That Axe, Eugene.” And just because the Haircuts and the Impossibles had only one THOUSANDTH of the budget given to Roger Waters and company, doesn’t mean their ambitions were any less huge. Which is why you’ll get just as big a rush out of this cosmic head trip as you did when you first heard “Saucerful of Secrets.” Cover is M- still in the shrink! Disc is also M-!