Before he became Patti Smith’s bass player, Lenny Kaye compiled the 2 album set, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. Released in 1972, the two-LP set covered American garage rock and psychedelia from the years from 1965-1968, and was a major influence on punk rock. Rhino Records reissued an expanded version of the set in 1998, with 118 tracks in total. I’m profiling and rating each of these 118 tracks, working backwards.
Track 112: Hold Me by The Rumors
Release Date: 1965
From: Los Angeles, California
Aphoristical Rating: 8/10
The Rumors are one of the most obscure bands compiled on Nuggets – they only released one single, and they don’t even have their own Wikipedia article.
Their only single, ‘Hold Me Now’ was composed by singer and organist Ben Turner and drummer Norman Prinsky. The composition of ‘Hold Me Now’ is clearly indebted to ‘Louie Louie’, but there’s enough happening in the mix to make it a fun record. The swirling organ part and Eddie Burkey’s surf-influenced guitar provide lots of energy, while Turner’s vocal is assertive.
It’s hard to find much information about the band, but Pinsky went on to earn a Ph. D in English, and became a professor at Augusta State University, Georgia.