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Title - 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else'
Artist - The Chocolate Watchband

OK, first off, I have to give credit to this band for two major reasons: 1) This album of theirs is just BRILLIANT, truly exuberant, and 2) what a GREAT name for a band (although The Chocolate Teapot and The Chocolate Fireguard, for a band name, have always been go-to's for me, if I had ever had a musical bone in my body to excerpt live!)

Moving swiftly onwards, and for those amongst you that have never even heard of this wonderful band, The Chocolate Watchband is an American psychedelic and garage rock band that was based in San Jose, California. The band, formed in 1965, went through several line-up changes during its existence, but developed a sound heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones.

Led by longtime members Tim Abbott and David Aguilar, this version of the band continues to perform live at garage rock festivals and other special events where they can still kick out frenetic versions of 'Gone And Passes By,' 'Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In),' plus the group's brilliant cover of The Kinks' 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else,' and more!

This brand new release, I'm Not Like Everybody Else is a delightfully fantastic collection of underground classics that The Chocolate Watchband have recently recorded. The full tracklisting is below, but trust me when I say that cuts like 'Expo 2000,' 'I Ain't No Miracle Worker,' 'Sweet Young Thing' and 'Let's Talk About Girls' all now come across with a fresh kick back to the psychedelic counterculture of old!

1. 'Expo 2000'
2. 'Gone And Passes By'
3. 'Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)'
4. 'It's All Over Now Baby Blue'
5. 'No Way Out'
6. 'Misty Lane'
7. 'I Ain't No Miracle Worker'
8. 'Sitting There Standing'
9. 'Sweet Young Thing'
10. 'Don't Need Your Loving'
11. 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else'
12. 'Let's Talk About Girls'
13. 'The Inner Mystique'

Combining typical psychedelic and garage rock components, the band's sound was marked by David Aguillar's lead vocals, and experimental intensity of an early punk band. In addition, the band's rebellious musical posture, combine with psychedelic-inspired guitar distortions and keyboards, made them one of the harder-edged groups of the period.

Indeed, having knuckled down and done my listening homework on the band for the past few days, I have to say that anybody looking to find out more about the band should check out their 2005 double CD, Melts In Your Brain...Not On Your Wrist! The Complete Recordings 1965-1967. The entire history of the band - and more importantly the releases dropped under the name "The Chocolate Watchband" - is laid out on this incredible recording in rather excellent, and full detail.

Whatever you do, whether you buy this brand new CD (which I hope you truly do, as it is available in a 6 panel digipak as well as a LIMITED EDITION colored vinyl - 500 red, 500 gold!), or you delve into the double hits CD mentioned above, one way or another you will soon be "musically wearing" The Chocolate Watchband with pride, my friends.