women for brothels”. From 66 to 68 he played Jack of all trades for the Bellaphon label. With Eve, he formed the poor man’s Sonny & Cher and had a couple of gruesome hits sung in German. Their only LP documents most of these, but surprisingly offers the great and absolutely untypical “Desert Song”. J.C. Dee was sentenced to six years in 75 for some near fatal stabs in the back of his girlfriend, broke out of the Dieburg jail soon after and vanished in France, where he probably still ducks and covers.

Less glamourous was the story of The Mascots from Aarau, Switzerland. They existed from 63 to 65 and had just one 45 on Eurex in 64. Though they put their names under “40 Days”, it’s actually Chuck Berry’s “30 Days”, obviously scrounged from the Ronnie Hawkins version, who gave the girl 10 more days to come back home and also got away with the royalties without Chuck suing him.

Though credited on their Etzel 7” as Mambo Band, these guys were better known as The Mambos all over the Lower Franconian hinterland. A rare case of early German frat rock, these kids looked like acolytes on a joyride, but could do a neat Sonics imitation, when fuelled with enough homebrew. Remember: There’s nothing dirty about sax, except you know how to blow right...