Hey, even WE didn’t
know they influenced da Ramones!
By Blurt Staff
East Coast rockers from Queens, New York, the Vagrants were
one of garagedom’s legendary acts, the group spawning guitarist Leslie West who
went on to front Mountain. Reportedly, the members were admired from across the
Forest Hills High School cafeteria by future members
of the Ramones, and they ripped across the city and state with ecstatic abandon
and an explosive stage show. Full of damage and pure dynamics, the Vagrants
provided the blueprint for early punk. They invented their own timeless
interpretations of soul and contemporary rock smashes including their
infectious take on “Respect,” eventually immortalized on the original Nuggets compilation in 1972.
The ace archivists at Light In the Attic are prepped to
return to the Vagrants well on Jan 25 with I
Can’t Make A Friend 1965-1968, available on CD, 180 gram LP, and Digital
Download with re-mastered audio courtesy of Dave Cooley (Elysian Masters). A
deluxe booklet will be included featuring unseen photos (courtesy of Vagrant
vocalist Peter Sabatino) from Strath Shepard (Pacific Standard), plus notes by Mike
Stax (of Ugly Things garage zine
fame). Mark yr calendars, puds!