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VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men

VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men

Return Of The Tokoloshe Men: Demented Sounds from the 60s Teen Scenes of Jo'Burg, Cape Town, Durban and Beyond!

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It's pretty impossible to list highlights from this set--there's just too many. This is one of those sets where there's very little (if any) filler. Every track seemingly is another relatively unknown gem of innocent yet primal rock. Most of these bands will be unknown to all of us except someone with a very deep knowledge of South African garage rock, from places like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and other areas from that region of the world. Listening to this collection it's obvious that bands were forming in a lot of areas Americans typically don't think of as hotbeds of snarly garage rock.


In 1971 the South African musician John Kongos released two of the best singles ever to make the UK Charts - He's Gonna Step On You Again and Tokoloshe Man. 
 What is a Tokoloshe Man? Does it (he?) actually exist? Is it a creature of this world? Or is it from another, perhaps imaginary, place entirely? Thanks to the internet I now know exactly what a Tokoloshe Man is. It is an other-worldly creature in African mythology. A creature that comes out at night. A creature with a sinister, even threatening, presence. And a creature that provides a perfect name for this quite wonderful collection of singles from a whole host of South African garage bands.  Bands that deliver over 160 tracks of first class, in-yer-face, searing, relentless, garage rock. The kind that convinced our parents in those long ago days that doors needed to be locked, hatches needed to be battened down, and sons and daughters needed to kept safe at home.

Apart from John Kongos himself - referred to here as Johnny Kongos - together with Sharon Tandy who later moved to London, and Mickie Most who lived in South Africa for a period in the mid-60's, all other performers are completely unknown to me. There are a couple of bands here - The Zombies and Them - who share their monikers with rather better known Irish and British performers. But there the connection ends. However what does not end is the quality of the product. The performances here are every bit as good as anything produced by Van Morrison & Co in Belfast, and by the earlier incarnations of The Zombies (UK) in Hertfordshire.

A glance at the track-listing shows that a great deal of the material here consists of cover versions. As ever the works of Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, The Rolling Stones, Barrett Strong and John D Loudermilk to mention just a few, are strongly represented. But, and this is really crucial, the interpretations here have a ferocity and a relentlessness I have never encountered in such profusion before. The performers really bazooka their way through each recording, assaulting your ears - delightfully - with a blitzkreig of hard driving, fuzzed-out, freaked-out, rock'n'roll you just have to hear for yourself. And lest I have not yet convinced you of the merits of this material, there are plenty of original numbers too - several dozen of them. Each of which is very much in the premier league of garage band performances world-wide. ~ Stuart Jefferson; Gerard Hennessy


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VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men

VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men



Disc 1 1. Them One Time Too Many 2. The A-cads Watch Your Step 3. The Upsetters Daddy Rolling Stone 4. Bill Kimber & The Couriers I Wanna Know 5. The Invaders Chief Bull 6. John E. Sharpe & The Squires Lsd 7. The Invaders No Money, No Honey 8. Tall Emma & His Skippers Hammatan 9. The 004s I’ve Got News For You 10. The Mad Munks Lucille 11. Bill Kimber & The Couriers Life Without You 12. The Shake Spears I Can Tell 13. Johnny Kongos & The G-men It’s All Over Now 14. Danny Rivers & The Savages Rhythm And Green 15. The Navarones Blue, Blue Feeling 16. Bill Kimber & The Couriers When You Gonna Say 17. The A-cads Down The Road Apiece 18. John E. Sharpe & The Squires She’s Fine, She’s Mine 19. The End They Talk About You 20. The Zombies Let’s Have A Party 21. Hank Squires I’ll Never Get Over You 22. The News Wild Face 23. Them I Want To Be Rich Again 24. The Gonks You Can’t Stop Me Loving You 25. Bill Kimber & The Couriers I’m A Hog For You Baby 26. The Shangaans Yeh Girl 27. The Etonians Gates Of Eden 28. The Kynd Dimples


VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men


Disc 2 1. The Gonks Woman Yeah 2. Them It’s A Day 3. John E Sharpe & The Squires Bo Diddley 4. The A-cads Zip-a-dee-doo-dah 5. Johnny Kongos & The G-men 900 Miles 6. Bill Kimber & The Couriers Come On, Come On, Come On 7. The A-cads Hubble Bubble Toil And Trouble 8. Rigar 5 A Flying Start 9. John E Sharpe & The Squires Yours For The Picking 10. The Dominos Bye Bye Johnny 11. The Bats That’s Us 12. John E Sharpe & The Squires Monkey Shine 13. The Flames Don’t Ask Me What I Say 14. The Staccatos The One To Lose 15. The Kynd Talking ‘bout You 16. The Upsetters Pain In My Heart 17. The Kynd Shy Girl 18. Mickie Most & His Playboys Boney Maroney 19. The Five Come Back 20. The News Why Do 21. The Kynd Hideaway 22. The Hobos Hasie (Bunny) 23. The 004s It’s As Easy As That 24. The Kynd I’ve Been Wrong 25. Johnny Kongos & The G-men Money 26. John E Sharpe & The Squires I Gave My Love A Diamond 27. The A-cads Sha-la-la-la-lee 28. The Shake Spears Give It To Me 29. The 004s Parchman Farm


VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men


Disc 3 1. John E. Sharpe & The Squires Take It Easy 2. Bill Kimber & The Couriers That’s What I Want 3. The Bats Get Your Baggies On 4. The Anchor Beat Group What A Day 5. Bill Kimber & The Couriers Be Mine 6. The Bats The Chicken And The Hawk 7. John E. Sharpe & The Squires Back Door Man 8. The A-cads In The Midnight Hour 9. The Invaders Thinking About You 10. The Bats All I Got 11. The Chequers Bundu Beat 12. John E. Sharpe & The Squires Walking The Dog 13. The Zeroes Work All Day 14. The 004s I’ve Found Her 15. The Hoochie Coochies I’m A Boy 16. John E. Sharpe & The Squires I’m A Man 17. Hank Squires Sick And Tired 18. The Difference I Wonder Why 19. The Vedettes Please Don’t Feel Too Bad 20. The Invaders Painter Man 21. The Shake Spears What Happened 22. The Etonians Mr Spaceman 23. The Bats Lean On Me 24. The Kynd Too Much Monkey Business 25. Johnny Dean & The Apaches Deep Feeling 26. Bo Street Runners One Girl To Love 27. The Crescendoes Oh! What A Fool 28. The 004’s Beverley 29. Johnny Kongos & The G-men Tobacco Road 30. The Shangaans Taboo


VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men


Disc 4 1. The Shake Spears How Does She Look 2. The 004s She’s Going Back Home Today 3. Dunny & The Showmen You Ain’t Got Enough Love 4. The Bats That’s How I Feel 5. The Shake Spears Mah-pah 6. The Fireflies Cathy Come Home 7. The Leemen Ltd Under My Thumb 8. The Drifters Ode To An Undertaker 9. Finders Keepers Orient Green 10. The Bats Stop Exchange 11. The Staccatos New York Mining Disaster 1941 12. Dave Anthony Quartet Semi-detached Suburban Mr. James 13. The Bats Listen To My Heart 14. The Rising Sons I Wanna Take You Home 15. Una Valli Stop Thief! 16. Freedom’s Children Satisfaction 17. The Attraction Tax Man 18. Mccully Workshop Fast Car 19. Quentin E Klopjaeger Lovers Lane - Wednesday 20. The Staccatos Spicks And Specks 21. The Dominos Tabatha Twitchet 22. Freedom’s Children Little Games 23. The Flames Purple Haze 24. Finders Keepers Reflections 25. The Lunar 5 Feat: Bernie Brown Stone Free 26. Mccully Workshop Four Walls 27. Birds Of A Feather Love Is A Beautiful Thing 28. Ray Coussins Uptight 29. Una Valli Yum Yum 30. Birds Of A Feather Come On Up



VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men

Disc 5
1. Floribunda Rose One Way Street 2. The Bats It’s So Hard To Get Up In The Morning 3. The Outlet Lazy Life 4. Mccully Workshop Séance 5. The Square Set Night Then Comes The Morning 6. The Attraction A Day In The Life 7. Quentin E. Klopjaeger & The Gonks Long Way Home 8. The Flames Streamliner 9. Scrugg I Wish I Was Five 10. Allan Gold Topsy Turvy 11. The Bats Waiting For You 12. Quentin E Klopjaeger Not Going To Mersey Square 13. John & Philipa Cooper The Mad Professor 14. The Flames Useless Illusions 15. Humphrey Down Down 16. Quentin E Klopjaeger Weatherman 17. Emil Dean Lonely Boy 18. William E. Crazy How Love Slips Away 19. Leemen Limited Heartaches 20. The Attraction Moving Underground 21. The Staccatos Butchers And Bakers 22. Scrugg Sandwichboard Man 23. The Third Eye Valley Of Sadness 24. John Phillips Permutation Child 25. Ronnie Cline’s Expressions Jumbo 26. The Influence Dream Woman 27. Mccully Workshop Head For The Moon 28. Una Valli & The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Nowhere To Run


VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men



Disc 6 1. The Flames Solitude 2. Quentin E. Klopjaeger Chimes Of Ages Lost In Time 3. The Staccatos Imitations Of Love 4. Scrugg Lavender Popcorn 5. John & Philipa Cooper Gypsy Spell 6. The Flames You Keep Me Hangin’ On 7. The Third Eye Snow Child 8. Candid Camera Michaelangelo 9. Scrugg Only George 10. Bryan Miller’s Destruction Blue Machines And Dreams 11. Humphrey Time To Change 12. The Omega Limited The Boy And The Bee 13. Dickie Loader The Wind Keeps Howling 14. John Phillips The Bird With The Plastic Feathers 15. Colored Rain Planes Of Afterlife 16. The Bats Race With The Devil 17. Aerophone Of Tomorrow 18. Tidal Wave Spider Spider 19. Dickie Loader Feat: Freedom’s Children The Eagle Has Landed 20. The Wild Things Groovin’ Is Easy 21. Abstract Truth Jersey Thursday 22. Sharon Tandy Daughter Of The Sun 23. Dickie Loader & Friends Hey Devil Woman


VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe Men



Special thanks to Cor!


McCully Workshop Inc - McCully Workshop Inc (1969)

McCully Workshop Inc  - McCully Workshop Inc  (1969)


Excellent debut album (the first of four by this South African Group) and a real rarity from 1969. A great album with a Pretty Things meets The Beatles vibe; psych blended with R 'n' B and garage punk tunes. Excellent songs with lovely vocals strong harmonies and super distorted guitar work. A beautiful package in a quality mini-LP style jacket with insert, new liner notes, lyrics and original liner notes. Limited to 1000 copies.

The Psychedelic-Music.com Website describes McCully Workshop's first album like this: "Of all the albums we've heard from South Africa this one is topscore. What a beautiful masterpiece. Pepper-influenced Underground music with great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitarwork."

Since 1965, the McCullagh brothers, Tully (born Terence on 31st May 1953) and Mike (born Michael on 7th April 1947), have become an integral part of the South African pop and rock scene. 

"My brother [Mike] who plays drums and myself would play around and record ourselves in the lounge, I was about nine at the time. We recorded a track called 'Swinging Time' with some other friends when I was thirteen and sent it to a record company. The track didn't get anywhere but it was quite interesting. We grew a bit more and when I was sixteen (and Mike 22) we started a band called McCully Workshop and a whole string of other bands and I started a garage studio." – Tully McCully

McCully Workshop have had many line-up changes over the years, but the brothers have always surrounded themselves with superb musicians.

In 1965 they started as a folk-rock trio with Richard Hyam and called themselves the Blue Three. Richard had been in a folk duo, Tiny Folk, with his sister Melanie.

After a few personnel- and name-changes, like The Blue Beats and Larfing Stocke, the line-up settled down (for a while) in 1969 and they called themselves the McCully Workshop because they used to rehearse in Mrs McCullagh's garage. 

Glenda Wassman later married Richard, and they formed the pop band Pendulum and had a big hit with 'Take My Heart' in 1976. Glenda then went on to major success with the all-girl group, Clout, who had a huge hit with 'Substitute' which went to #2 in the UK in 1978. 

'McCully Workshop Inc' was produced by the great South African singer and producer Billy Forrest. The cover photo was taken by Sigurd Olivier and the cat's name was Sirikit.

'McCully Workshop Inc' was released in June 1970 and included the epic and powerful 'Why Can't It Rain' which went to #12 on the Springbok Radio charts in July 1970. 

The album shows a variety of styles and influences including The Beatles, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd.

McCully Workshop also played on country-pop singer Jody Wayne's 'The Wedding' in 1970 which hit #1 for 3 weeks on the Springbok Radio charts. 

The follow-up to 'Inc' was an album titled 'Genesis' released in 1971. It was a concept album based on the book of Genesis from the Bible and included a number of long tracks with sub-sections, typical of other prog-rock albums of the time. 

Crocodile Harris (real name Robin Graham, from Cape Town), recorded the brilliant haunting pop classic 'Miss Eva Goodnight' (Springbok #5, April 1974) which was written by Mike & Tully and featured the musicianship of all the then current McCully Workshop members. 

'Ages' was released in 1975 and reflected musical styles from different ages of music and various influences could be heard: Uriah Heep, The Beatles, The Kinks and The Beach Boys, for example.

Their 4th album, 'Workshop Revisited', released in 1977 shot them to prominence when it introduced South African fans to hits like 'Buccaneer' and 'Chinese Junkman'. The album also saw Mike McCully winning the 1978 'Songwriter Of The Year' award. 

They used to play in the late 70s at the Canterbury Inn in the Fairmead Hotel in Cape Town and wonderful renditions of classic rock songs could be heard on a Sunday night. Chicago's 'I'm A Man' (with a lo-o-ong percussion solo), Barry Ryan's 'Eloise', Grand Funk's (or Traffic's) 'Feeling Alright' and of course their own brilliant 1977 hit single 'Buccaneer' could all be heard; of course no dancing was allowed on a Sunday in those dark days, so the audience had to just sit and listen... and listen they did. 

In 1998 the line-up from the late 70s reformed and re-recorded the old McCully Workshop classics and hits as well as 6 new songs and released the album 'Buccaneer'. 'Why Can't It Rain' also received a make-over losing none of its power and gaining an even stronger production.

In 2002 Tully is still running his successful Spaced-Out Sounds Studio in Cape Town and Mike regularly packs out concert halls with his nostalgic revue shows 'Sixty Something' and 'Music Of The Millennium'. ( ChrisGoesRock)

McCully Workshop Inc  - McCully Workshop Inc  (1969)


McCully Workshop Inc  - McCully Workshop Inc  (1969)

Dicky Loader And The Blue Jeans - Exclusively Yours (1963)

Dicky Loader And The Blue Jeans - Exclusively Yours (1963)

Dicky Loader And The Blue Jeans - Exclusively Yours (1963)

One of best 60's groups from South Africa, blends beat, pop, mod, surf, Liverpool sound, "Colette" and "Monkey Jump" are mod thumpers, then there's killer "Surfin' South Coast" and great Beatles cover "Do you want to know a secret" and others.


Dicky Loader And The Blue Jeans - Exclusively Yours (1963)

The Flames - Ummm,Ummm, Oh Yeah / Ball Of Flames (1965/1970)

The Flames - Ummm,Ummm, Oh Yeah / Ball Of Flames (1965/1970)



The Flames - Ummm,Ummm, Oh Yeah / Ball Of Flames (1965/1970)

Members: Blondie Chaplin, Brother Fataar, Ricky Fataar, Steve Fataar

The Flames was a musical group from Durban in South Africa. The band was originally formed in 1963 by guitarist Steve Fataar, bassist Brother Fataar (real name Edries Fataar), drummer George Faber and guitarist Eugene Champion. However, this line-up would only be together to record a couple of songs. Ricky Fataar replaced George Faber as the band’s drummer around 1964 and Edries Fredericks replaced Eugene Champion as the guitarist. Baby Duval briefly replaced Edries Fredericks  in 1967, although it is unclear whether he was involved in any of the recordings that were released. Blondie Chaplin then replaced Baby Duval in 1967. This was to be the line-up from 1967 until their demise as a group in 1970.
Steve Fataar has confirmed that Baby Duval is featured as a performer on the Flames second album That’s Enough, which was released in early 1967.
Moved to London in 1968 and then to California in 1969. They recorded the album "The Flame" under the supervision of Carl Wilson from Beach Boys

In 1970, they recorded the only non-Beach Boys album on the Brother records label, produced by Carl Wilson under the name "The Flame” (to avoid confusion with James Brown’s The Famous Flames)
In 1972 Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin joined The Beach Boys.. 

The Flames - Ummm,Ummm, Oh Yeah / Ball Of Flames (1965/1970)




The Flames - Ummm,Ummm, Oh Yeah / Ball Of Flames (1965/1970)



Dan Hill and His Sound Electronic - Music To Watch Girls By (1967)

Dan Hill  and His Sound Electronic - Music To Watch Girls By (1967)


Legendary South African producer, jazz clarinettist and band leader of Russian heritage. 

His 1958 album "Happy Days Are Here Again" was the first South African album to go gold (more than 25,000 sales), and he gained further fame and notoriety with his Sounds Electronic series of records. In 1967 he co-founded RPM Records, opening the RPM Studios in 1979. 
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Hill was also known for his own albums, particularly the Sounds Electronics series of dance records launched in 1967 said Garth Chilvers.

These - and Music to Watch Girls By - caused a stir with their provocative album covers of scantily clad women - pictured on www.rock.co.za - and many had to be manually covered up with sketched on bikinis.

"Covers of best-selling records banned," shouted one newspaper headline. Another pointed out that what the model's own father had found acceptable, the censors had not, according to the website.

Hill's album Happy Days Are Here Again was the first South African album to go gold with more than 25 000 sales. His first Afrikaans album was Kom Dans Vanaand, Unika.



A1.1 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
A1.2 I'm A Believer
A1.3 Cry Softly
A2.1 The More I See You
A2.2 Gonna Get Along Without You Now
A2.3 Paint Me A Picture
A3.1 No Milk Today
A3.2 Single Girl
A3.3 The Green Green Grass Of Home
A4.1 Work Song
A4.2 Happy
A4.3 Good Vibrations
A5.1 Sugar Town
A5.2 Sunny
A5.3 Mellow Yellow
A6.1 Thoko
A6.2 Black Is Black
A6.3 Bend It
B1.1 Music To Watch Girls By
B1.2 Winchester Cathedral
B1.3 There's A Kind Of Hush
B2.1 I Love Onions
B2.2 Mame
B2.3 Remember When
B2.4 Tippy Toeing
B3.1 Wednesday's Child
B3.2 This Is My Song
B3.3 Somethin' Stupid
B4.1 Matthew & Son
B4.2 Sweet Pea
B4.3 Sunshine Superman
B4.4 Guantanamera
B5.1 Little Man
B5.2 What Would I Be
B5.3 Save Me
B6.1 Lady Godiva
B6.2 Dear Mrs. Applebee
B6.3 Games That Lovers Play

Dan Hill  and His Sound Electronic - Music To Watch Girls By (1967)

Dana Valery With The Dan Hill Combo - Everybody's Doin' The Twist (1962)

Dana Valery With The Dan Hill Combo - Everybody's Doin' The Twist  (1962)


Dan Hill (Dan Illchillchick)

Legendary South African producer, jazz clarinettist and band leader of Russian heritage. 
His 1958 album "Happy Days Are Here Again" was the first South African album to go gold (more than 25,000 sales), and he gained further fame and notoriety with his Sounds Electronic series of records. In 1967 he co-founded RPM Records, opening the RPM Studios in 1979. 

Dana Valery With The Dan Hill Combo - Everybody's Doin' The Twist  (1962)

Dana Valery,Dan Hill & The Diamonds - Way Back When (1963)

Dana Valery,Dan Hill & The Diamonds  - Way Back When   (1963)

Dan, Dana, and The Diamonds, (Dan Hill, Dana Valery, The Diamonds & Mike Shannon)

Italian-born South African-reared singer, actress, and television performer who started her career in the entertainment industry at the age of 16 in Johannesburg, South Africa where her family emigrated from Italy in 1947. The Codogno-born singer has performed on television, radio, Broadway and in live concert performances worldwide, including major cities such as New York, London, Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Johannesburg. 


Dana Valery,Dan Hill & The Diamonds  - Way Back When   (1963)

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WANTED :
I'll Remember Summer (Arr and Conducted by Dan Hill) – CBS ALD 6969 1967

Dana Valery,Dan Hill & The Diamonds  - Way Back When   (1963)




VA -- Return Of The Tokoloshe MenMcCully Workshop Inc  - McCully Workshop Inc  (1969)Dicky Loader And The Blue Jeans - Exclusively Yours (1963)The Flames - Ummm,Ummm, Oh Yeah / Ball Of Flames (1965/1970)The Meteors - In Orbit (1963) / Step Out (1964)Dana Valery - Dana (1964)Dana Valery - I'll Remember Summer (1967)Dan Hill  and His Sound Electronic - Music To Watch Girls By (1967)Dana Valery With The Dan Hill Combo - Everybody's Doin' The Twist  (1962)Dana Valery,Dan Hill & The Diamonds  - Way Back When   (1963)

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