The last couple of bands I’ve been in have covered “Dirty Water” by The Standells, one of the first wave of bands that played what would variously be known as garage or 60’s-punk music. As Allmusic observes, however, they weren’t the typical suburban/small town kids busting out instruments in the wake of the Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan. They were guys from the Hollywood scene, most notably including Larry Tamblyn (Ross’s brother) and former Mouseketeer Dick Dodd, who played drums and provided vocals for the group.
Unfortunately, Dodd died yesterday after a lengthy illness. So ave atque vale, sir, and thanks for your part in this music that I love. Maybe we’ll bust “Dirty Water” back out for the next Berries show (currently scheduled for late January.) In the meantime, here’s one I’ve posted before, but still like a great deal.