Piranhas, The

Band members               Related acts

- Larry Cole - lead guitar (1965-)
- Dave Cunei - vocals, trombone (1965-)
- Scott Liggett - trumpet, sax (1965-)
- Rick Murphy - vocals, rhythm guitar (1965-)
- Bud Owings - drums (1965-)
- Rick Walsworth - bass (1965-)
- Big Mark Williams - vocals, trombone, trumpet (1965-) 



- none known 




Genre: garage

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Somethin' Fishy ...

Company: Custom Fidelity

Catalog: CF 1452

Year: 1965

Country/State: San Marino, California

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG+

Comments: minor ring, edge and corner wear

Available: 2

GEMM catalog ID: 4016

Price: $300.00

Cost: $52.00


The early/mid-1960s saw the advent of thousands upon thousands of surf/garage bands. While hundreds managed to record isolated singles, a relatively small number found the support and resources necessary to record a full album. Among that select group - San Marino, California's The Piranhas.


Lead guitarist Larry Cole, rhythm guitarist Rick Murphy, drummer Bud Owings, bass player Rick Walsworth and horn section Dave Cunei, Scott Liggett and Williams first met while attending San Marino High School. Playing at talent shows and local dances provided the band with a local following, eventually attracting the attention of the small Pasadena, California-based Custom Fidelity label. 

Produced by Scott Liggett, 1965's "Somethin' Fishy ..." was a little bit different than your standard surf band offering. First off, few of their contemporaries included a three piece horn section. Although the debut offered up a fairly standard mixture of popular covers and isolated originals, musically these guys were difficult to peg; falling somewhere in the cracks between surf outfit and garage genres. Horn-propelled instrumentals such as 'Peter Gunn Theme' and 'James Bond Theme' were enthusiastic, if not particularly innovative. Far more impressive were the band's isolated vocal performances. Snotty and suitably raw, material such as 'Hitchhike', 'My Babe' (be sure to check out the hysterical spoken word segment) and a great cover of 'Louie, Louie' were all worth hearing. Sure, it wasn't going to have a major impact on your lifestyle, but it was somehow uplifting to hear these guys struggle through the ten tracks - any group of eleven year olds could probably handle 'Bubbles' with the same degree of professionalism.

"Somethin' Fishy ..." track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Virginia Woolf (instrumental) 
2.) Peter Gunn Theme (instrumental) 
3.) Hitchhike
4.) James Bond Theme (instrumental) 
5.) Louie, Louie

(side 2)

1.) Watermelon Man (instrumental) 
2.) My Babe 
3.) Bubbles (instrumental) 
4.) Help Yourself
5.) Tough Talk (instrumental) 

Clearly none of you would be so shallow as to allow outside critics to influence your buying habits. As such we won't tell you that this one's listed in Hans Pokoras' 2,001 Record Collector Dreams.



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