The Swamp Rats were an American garage rock band that hailed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band achieved regional success with singles mostly consisting of cover versions of popular songs . Lee signed the band to the small St. Clair label, and produced their debut single, "Louie Louie" b/w "Hey Joe". The recordings were a contrast to their previous band's material as they were more heavier and punk orientated. Soon after their debut, Hocko returned to the group as lead vocalist along with bassist Paul Shalako being added.
Written-By – Richard Berry. Companies, etc. Published By – Limax Music Inc. Published By – Third Story Music. Hey Joe, Louie Louie (7").
Artist: The Swamp Rats. Album: Taboo Garage, Vol. 4. Release year: 2012. The Swamp Rats: best 2 tracks. Bob Hocko, Bob Hocko & The Swamp Rats, The Swamp Rats - Hey Freak Disco Still Sucks!, 1998 02:20. Bob Hocko, Bob Hocko & The Swamp Rats, The Swamp Rats - Till the End of the Day Disco Still Sucks!, 1998 03:09. Artist: The Swamp Rats.
Bob Hocko & the Swamp Rats – Hey Joe. 2:23. Bob Hocko & the Swamp Rats – I m So Glad, Unknown Title demo. Bob Hocko and the Swamp Rats – Louie Louie. Bob Hocko & The Swamp Rats 1967 – Hey Freak. Bob Hocko and the Swamp Rats – No Friend of Mine.
A compilation album of the Swamp Rats recordings entitled "Disco Sucks" was released in 1979 by Keystone Records. Several of the Fantastic Dee Jay singles were reissued by Get Hip Records in 1995. In 1996 the Fantastic Dee Jays album was reissued by Millennia Records. Terry recorded their debut single "Louie Louie"/"Hey Joe" with Dave Canon on lead vocals. Critic Jason Jason Nardelli of the risingstorm. net wrote: This single was issued by St. Claire in 1966 and is one of the essential garage 45s – don’t miss this one. The way I see it is that only two groups other than the Kingsmen did right by Louie Louie, one of them was the Sonics and the other was this masterful version put down on wax by the Swamp Rats. Shortly after the Louie Louie release former Dee Jay member Bob Hocko joined as lead singer.
Bob Hocko & the Swamp Rats – Hey Freak. The Swamp Rats – Louie Louie. Bob Hocko & the Swamp Rats – Tobacco Road.
NotesOriginal 1st pressing. Very hard to find. Limited pressing.
|MF - 69, MF - 70||Swamp Rats*||Louie Louie / Hey Joe! (7", Single)||St. Clair , St. Clair||MF - 69, MF - 70||US||1966|