Before he became Patti Smith’s lead guitarist, 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 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 41/118: Going All the Way by The Squires
Release Year: 1966
From: Bristol, Connecticut
Aphoristic Rating: 10/10
GOING ALL THE WAY – The Squires [2:18]
Personnel/MIKE BOUYEA: vocals, drums * TOM FLANIGAN: lead guitar, vocals * JIMMY LYNCH: guitar * KURT ROBINSON: organ * JOHN FOLCIK: bass
Produced by BOBBY DIO
Recorded in New York, NY
Atco single #45-6442 (9/66), Pop #90
If the purpose of the Nuggets box set is to compile overlooked gems, it’s hard to find anything more overlooked or gem-like than The Squires ‘Going All The Way’. The Squires, from Bristol, Connecticut, aren’t even the best-known band of that name from North America in the 1960s. If you search Google for “The Squires”, the first article is about a Winnipeg band, formed in 1963, featuring Neil Young on guitar.
The Squires were originally known as the Rogues and were formed by high school friends. They released a local single as The Rogues, titled ‘It’s the Same All Over’. They seemed poised for success when they signed to Atco who insisted on a name change to The Squires. They released their first single as The Squires, ‘Going All the Way’. It’s great, but it sank without a trace, only reaching #90 on the charts.
With the spooky organ, harmonies and minor chords, it sounds inspired by The Zombies’ ‘She’s Not There’. It’s arguable that the song itself doesn’t deserve a 10, but there’s an excellent guitar solo at the end that elevates the song and takes it in a different direction. This band could play well – there’s a sophisticated bassline giving the song momentum.
The band never released another single – two members left, while songwriter and lead vocalist Mike Bouyea was drafted into the Vietnam War. Bouyea later tried to start a solo career, with some singles in the late 1970s and a theme song for the Toronto Blue Jays, but found more success as a radio personality.
While the band barely released anything, a compilation of their complete recordings was released in 1986. The song’s b-side, ‘Go Ahead’, was later covered by Pop Art Toasters, a New Zealand indie supergroup featuring The Chills’ Martin Phillipps and The Clean’s David Kilgour.