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Opposite Six

Curious that two middle-’60s Bay Region groups should share the same handle — yet this Sacramento-based outfit existed simultaneously with an identically named Marin Region combo — the second option group eventually spawning the Sons of Champlin. The Sacramento music group first shaped in 1965 as the surf-rocking Avengers and included Ed Dunk (vocals), Don Wright and Hal Hanefield (tempo guitars), Larry McGlade (lead acoustic guitar), Brent MacIntosh (bass), and Jack port Androvich (drums). The name Opposite Six, Wright described, was a spin-off from a youthful (scrapped) moniker — Six as well as the Solitary Young lady — an homage for an Un Camino High performing Jezebel the lads briefly fancied a link with. The Six’s singular release, Wright’s I’M GOING TO BE Eliminated (Spectre, January 1966), was cut at regional media personality Expenses Rase’s primitive studio room. Acknowledging the Kinks as having influenced the tune’s “gronky” chords, Wright’s shuffling tempo (similar to a Turtles’ 1965 B-side, “Nearly There”) was grafted to a loping acoustic guitar riff and a stuffy mind cool vocal. The resultant proto-punk rave rests somewhere within the Castaways as well as the Sonics. An enormous local preferred, it became the Six’s personal song. With senior high school graduation, the contrary Six proceeded to go their separate methods. Wright consequently cut “Why Do You Lay?” b/w “Draft Dodger Blues” (Spectre, Fall 1966) with previous bandmates MacIntosh and Androvich as Don Wright and the top Set. “Lay,” a folky 12-string jangle, have been the B-side to the initial Opposite Six solitary. Its remake, and “I’M GOING TO BE Gone,” show up on the various-artists compilation Nuggets Through the Golden Condition — The Audio of Youthful Sacramento (Big Defeat CDWIKD).

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