The Left Banke was a band from New York City in the 1960s. They only had a couple of bona
fide "hits" before sadly self-destructing, but their unique style, dubbed "baroque rock" by critics, is still admired and
influential among pop musicians to this day. What amazes me is that among the many "few hit
wonder" bands of the 60s, most showed little depth in their album tracks. This is not true of
The Left Banke, whose output was always of high quality.
I originally created this page because I couldn't find much devoted to The Left Banke
on the WWW. It has grown with the help of many fans who've written and contributed.
So check out the biography, the discography, the stuff that people have sent me, and obscure links to all the notable references to the group I could find on the WWW. Any suggestions or other feedback would be a great help, too. Enjoy!
Visit The Left Banke Discussion Group at YahooGroups.
There's also LeftBankism, sometimes called the "back-up Left Banke list."
What about this? A newsgroup tidbit from Tom Finn that suggests The Left Banke may reform. Stay tuned.
Left Banke references found on the WWW:
THE RECORDS / THE SONGS:
- Left Banke videos at YouTube.com -- two of 'em [as 08/21/2006].
- Is there a bootleg 2-CD set of unreleased Left Banke rarities and Left Banke-related material?
- Here are reviews of There's Gonna Be A Storm by Amazon.com contributors. [link added 08/14/01]
- Left Banke artist entry at 45s.com. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- The Left Banke Lyrics Archive. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- A Left Banke tribute album is out on Brobdingnagian Records. [link verified 01/14/2007]
- An image of a label from a 10" studio acetate by the Left Banke, of an unknown song called Be With You Sometime, courtesy of Kevin Walsh, who reports that it was a random find, label discolored and not dated, among miscellaneous 10" 78-RPM discs in a Berkeley CA salvage shop. [link added 11/28/2000, improved image from Kevin uploaded 01/14/2007]
- Walk Away Renee is on the WABC All American Survey for Week of 11 October 1966. [link verified 01/14/2007]
- And the song is also on the WMCA Fabulous 57 Survey for October 12, 1966. [link verified 01/14/2007]
- A Walk Away Renee article from
Rolling Stone's Top Singles issue. [link verified 01/14/2007]
- A MIDI rendition of Walk Away Renee ready for immediate download. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- Another MIDI version of Walk Away Renee thanks to Johnny Johnson. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- Walk Away Renee guitar tablaturedone by Andrew Rogers by way of Mike Edelman.
[link verified 05/09/2004]
- Pretty Ballerina guitar tablature,
courtesy of Andrew Rogers. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- Direct links to some lyrics (thanks to Martin Venator):
- Walk Away Renee is on
The Musicradio WABC Top
100 of 1966. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- Here's a discussion group post about
The Cherry People, who had a hit with The Left Banke's And Suddenly in the late 1960s. It also claims that a
guy named Ed Gold was an early member of The Left Banke. One member of The Cherry People,
went on to form Angel
in the 70s, who recorded an unreleased version of Walk Away Renee. [links verified 05/29/2005]
- The Left Banke did one of those Coca-Cola rock band commercials in the 60s, and it is included on the
Things Go Better With Coke compilation CD, available from Trash Palace. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- Lou Barlow reveals, as Left
Banke fans have known all along, that Folk Implosion's Natural One (from the Kids
Soundtrack) was built on a sample of The Left Banke song I Haven't Got the Nerve. [link is gone]
Just to prove how many people don't know this, here's a page of musical comments (from one guy) that
references both Natural One and The Left Banke in
different entries (see the one for the Ladybug Transistor) but doesn't make the connection. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- The Rolling Stone 100 Best Singles from 1964-1989 list contains Walk Away Renee. [link is gone]
- Walk Away Renee made it onto the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's list of
500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- A review of the Montage LP by Kurt Sampsel.
[link verified 05/29/2005]
- Another review of the Montage LP from UZine. [link added 05/29/2005]
- The band is listed in Top 40 Hits of 1967.
[link verified 05/29/2005]
- The Left Banke is featured in an issue of the zine, The Big Takeover, Issue No. 52 2003. [link verified 05/29/2005]
- They're also featured in Issue 28 of The Bob. [link verified 05/29/2005]
- You can look for original Left Banke vinyl LPs and 7" singles at these sites:
California Albums |
Hot Platters |
Krohn's Boulevard Records |
Midnight Records |
The Other One |
Record Finder |
Roozer's Records |
Sound Exchange |
Stardust Classic |
Time Warp Record Store |
Tunnel Records |
Vinyl Vendors |
Vinyl Vinyl and more Vinyl |
Whirlin' Disc |
World Wide Wax, and of course at
- An interview with Tom Scholz of Boston,
who reveals that his song More Than A Feeling was inspired both lyrically and musically by Walk Away Renee. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- What else happened on the day
Pretty Ballerina peaked in the charts? [link verified 05/09/2004]
- Apparently, The LB is associated with something called
The Purple Mustard
Sound according to this page. [link verified 05/09/2004]
- The Four Tops,
Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Alexander, Southside Johnny, and
are just some of the other artists who've recorded covers of Walk Away Renee. [links verified 07/05/01]
- Here's a fun tidbit from a musician who wrote, "In 1980, I was playing guitar for Ian Matthews (an English folk/rock guy) and we were doing an album in London. We started to cut "She May Call You Up Tonight" but couldn't make out some of the lyrics. So through various management/publishers a phone call was arranged between Ian and
one of the Left Banke guys (I think Michael Brown) who called Ian at his manager's office in London from a phone box in NYC at his lunch break from his day job. He read Ian the lyrics over the phone. The track appears on Spot Of Intereference and it's a rockin' number! Originally released on Rockburgh Records (Rockburgh 2383 582-A) in the
U.K. and RSO Records (RS-1-3092) in North America, Spot of Interference was recorded at Chipping Norton Studios in Oxfordshire, England Spring 1980. I believe this is the last record released by RSO Records before their untimely demise in 1980." (name withheld by request) [link added 07/05/01]
- A Richard Thompson interview
in which he says The Left Banke deserve a tribute album. Little did he know that they'd eventually get one.
Drawing by Len Small. Thanks!
|To get a hold of the music from The
Left Banke's 1967 and 1968 albums, seek out Polygram's 1992 compilation CD called There's
Gonna Be A Storm. It is out of print and hard to find, but gemm.com, musicstack.com, and ebay.com are good places to start looking.
If you have stuff to add, or if you find expired links, please let me know.