Six Feet Under – “What Would You Do?” (1969/1970)

 

Band : Six Feet Under (Formed in 1966 out of the ashes of the Marc 5 and Sonix, in Colonia, New Jersey, U.S.A.)

Country Of Origin : U.S.A.

Track : “What Would You Do?” (A3 track, studio recording)

Album : “In Retrospect 1969-’70″ (Compilation album, including studio/home recordings and bonus tracks)

Label : Arf! Arf! Records (AA-074)

Date/Year Of Recording/Release : Recorded in 1969-1970, released in 1998

Category/Music Genres : Garage/Psychedelic Rock, U.S.A., 1960s/1970s

Six Feet Under – “What Would You Do?” 

Video on YouTube

The song is included on the album “In Retrospect 1969-’70” (A3 track,  studio recording)

“In Retrospect 1969-’70” album (released in 1998)

Album cover photo (front and back)

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Six Feet Under – “In Retrospect 1969-’70” Full Album Video on YouTube

Tracks

1 Inspiration in My Head – 2:28
2 Freedom – 4:07
3 What Would You Do? – 3:43
4 Baby I Want to Love You – 8:08
5 In Retrospect – 4:04
6 Fields – 3:04
7 Running Around in the Sun – 3:28
8 Black Movies – 3:20
9 Six Feet Under Theme – 2:46
10 Suzy Q – 6:18
11 City Blues – 5:12
12 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (D. Ingle) – 11:52
13 Basement Jam – 0:47
14 Sonix Commercial – 0:58
15 Inspiration in My Head – 2:51
16 Freedom – 4:30
17 What Would You Do? – 5:53
18 Fields – 3:05
19 Boogie Man Bash – 0:44

Six Feet Under

Line-up 

Jay Crystal –  Drums
Nanette DeLaune – Vocals
Jerry Dobb – Keyboards, Vocals
Scott Julian – Guitar
Hector Torres – Drums
Duane Ulgherait  – Bass
Richie – Drums (only on track #9)

Information about the album/band

“This Colonia, NJ ensemble captured the changing times and sociological upheaval of the pre-Woodstock Nation. Like the Jefferson Airplane, Neighb’rhood Childr’n and The United States Of America, Six Feet Under was blessed with a dynamic diva who soared amidst searing fuzz leads, swirling organ chords, and gifted songwriting with prophetic lyrics”. (from their CD-release “In Retrospect 1969-’70”).

“As Bar Mitzvah presents, Jerry Dobb receives an Acetone electronic organ with Kalamazoo Amplifier and Scott Julian receives an Epiphone electric guitar and amp. The friends decide to form a band in the archetypal New York City suburb of Colonia, New Jersey. First band is named the Marc 5 (for no reason that I can now remember – no one named Marc in the band). The band consists of Jerry and Scott, Bob Briendel on bass (he had no idea how to play. Scott showed him where to put his fingers), Phil Mazuski on drums and the only real musician, Joe “Musky” Muscolino on saxophone.
The band had a repertoire of about 10 songs, including “Summertime,” “Tequila” and “The Batman Theme.” Playing a private pool party and someone requested “Moon River.” Musky knew it, so we faked it behind him. It was pretty awful, but the guests were too drunk to care and actually gave us an extra tip for playing it! The thirteen year olds in the band hook up with a seemingly much older, 17 year old singer named Pete (don’t remember his last name) and change the name of the band to the Sonix. Pete is an R&B enthusiast and the song list changes to include “I Got You,” “Mustang Sally” and other soul songs. Pete performs James Brown style with spins, splits and yelps.
The hand uniform is pointy-toed black shoes, black pants, pink Italian high-roll collar shirts and burgundy button front sweaters. The band decides that they’d like to follow a more hip and hippy style of music. Pete departs and the group reforms as Six Feet Under. Phil is replaced by Ritchie on drums. Bob, who never really took to music, is replaced by Duanc Ulghcrait on bass. Joe leaves for an established soul band. A girl singer (name unknown) briefly comes and goes. Ritchie, while an excellent drummer, proves to be volatile and is replaced by Hector “Tico” Torres from Sayerville N.J. Where did the name Six Feet Under come from? Well after the Sonix, the hand wanted a new hipper name.
The first thing decided was that the name shouldn’t begin with “The.” After some brainstorming, someone mentioned that the British band Ten Years After didn’t start with “The” and was kind of cool. So we started coming up with phrases that fit that pattern; a number, a noun, and an adverb. We also wanted a name that was kind of dark and slightly threatening, like the Grateful Dead. Ultimately someone came up with Six Feet Under, and we immediately realized that it was the perfect moniker. Later, when Nannette joined the band the sound softened a bit, but the name stuck until the end.
When the dust settles it’s Jerry on organ and vocals, Scott on guitar, Duane on bass and Tico on drums. Tico plays a drum set that belonged to his dad, circa the mid-1940s. The bass drum was oversized and the tom-toms were nailed onto the bass. A friend of Tico’s paints a beautiful oil painting of a woman’s head floating above a grave with ghostly hands reaching up, trying to retrieve it. This is cut out and inserted into the front of the bass drum. A simplified line drawing of the painting is used as a promotional hand-out.
The band plays at least one night most weekends and improves. Gigs include dances, Rutger’s University fraternity parties, battle of the band competitions and local festivals in and around Northern New Jersey. The songs now include a lot of Doors material, Cream, Hendrix, and the signature song, a relatively faithful rendition of the complete “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The First original songs appear, including “The Six Feet Under Theme” and “Karen.” Around this time the opportunity to record appears.
Fifteen year old Nanette DeLaune joins the band as “chick singer” a la Grace Slick. Jay Crystal begins as drummer. While preparing to record the band continues to play gigs, many times two a weekend. The material now includes songs by the Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Santana, Ten Years After and Blind Faith. Show stoppers include a rousing version of “Soul Sacrifice” and a 15 minute set of songs from the Who’s “Tommy.” Original material is written by Jerry and practised.
The band records at the Scepter Studios. Jerry uses a Hammond B-3 with Leslie tone cabinet for the first time. “Inspiration In My Head” is “released.” The band is angry because the extended instrumental break at the end of the song is edited out. Friends and relatives convince a local record shop to order the single and buy a few dozen copies. A local radio station plays it once on the air. The band listens in a car and can’t believe that they’re on the radio. Nothing else happens. The band goes back to the studio to record more songs.
By late fall of 1970 the band decides to split up. Jerry, Scott and Duane head to college. Jerry assembles an ad-hoc band and records some solo songs. These are never released. Nanette does some further recording also, but nothing comes of it. Jerry studies film-making at college and ultimately becomes a corporate video manager. Scott ends up as a chef in a prestigious hotel. Duane becomes a candy salesman. Musky lands in Utah where he plays and books local bands. Don’t know what became of Nanette, Jay, Bob, Phil, Ritchie, or Pete. But Hector “Tico” Torres, the guy who wasn’t good enough to record, hooked up with a younger boy from Sayerville named Jon Bon Jovi and the rest, as they say”…by Jerry Dobb, (source : “Rockasteria” Blog).
External Links

7-inch Singles/E.P.s Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s Edges Of Wisdom – “That Lonely Road”

7-inch Singles/E.P.s Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s (Tracks) 

Edges Of Wisdom (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.)

“That Lonely Road” (written Paul Mysyk, Perry Johnson) B’ Side single released on Redd Robb Records in December 1966 ( A’ Side single “The Past”)

Don Hudson (guitar) 

Edges Of Wisdom – “That Lonely Road” Single photo (A’ Side)

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Edges Of Wisdom – “That Lonely Road” B’ Side single photo

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Edges Of Wisdom – “That Lonely Road” Video file link on YouTube

Edges Of Wisdom Band’s Page on Discogs

Edges Of Wisdom Band’s Page on Rate Your Music