Skip to comments.Paul Revere & the Raiders: 'KICKS' - 1966
Posted on 01/31/2013 12:23:22 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
Perhaps the hottest rock act to ever come out of Boise, Idaho was (and is) the group Paul Revere & the Raiders, who saw considerable commercial success in the 1960s and early 70s with hits such as 'Kicks' and 'Hungry' (1966), 'Him Or Me- What's It Gonna Be?' ('67) and then in 1971 their only #1 single, 'Indian Reservation' ('Cherokee people, Cherokee pride...' -you know, that one).
The band was together as early as 1958 as The Downbeats, and enjoyed an early Northwest-only regional hit with 'Like, Long Hair' in 1961. Influenced by British Invasion bands such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, and The Animals, their sound evolved over time to include those influences but with more of an American, 'R-n-B' feel to it.
Even though keyboardist 'Paul Revere' -born Paul Revere Dick in Harvard, Nebraska- was a conscientious objector who worked in a mental hospital to avoid overseas combat assignments -so not much of a patriot really- the band featured a 'patriotic' look to play off his name -an American answer to the British Invasion.
They appeared in Revolutionary War uniforms, three-pointed hats, etc to play off the New England 1770's period theme. This created a visual appeal/gimmick that was a natural for TV, and they appeared on Dick Clark and other shows of the day for (lip-synched) appearances, as below.
Trivia: in November 1966, Paul Revere & the Raiders were scripted into the original Batman show for an episode entitled 'Hizzoner The Penguin'...
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Before Vietnam, being a conscientious objector who performed over public service was a respectable thing to do.
One of my favorite bands from way back when - they would play at dance halls around the Puget Sound area. Used to watch them on Lloyd Thaxton and “Where the Action is” after school. They also did a great version of “Louie Louie”.
There was a local band (Portland OR) that was like the AAA minor league band from which The Raiders got new/replacement members (such as Jim Vallet aka “Fang”)
They were called Don and the Goodtimes and wore uniforms similarly (three cornered hats) as well.
I recall many night (as a 14 year old) standing up by the stage at the local Sons of Norway Club dance floor listening to them. Which might explain why I can’t listen to much now (am age 62) !!
Took away our native tongue, And taught their English to our young... Though I wear a shirt and tie, I'm still part red man deep inside....as if learning English is a bad thing! And why be a "red man" when you can be an American.
For some reason, I always conflate the Raiders and the Monkees in my mind. Don’t know why.....
Where the Action Is
Lloyd Thaxton.....now there’s a blast from the past! King of the one-inch ties!!!!
That’s a great video of “Kicks,” which is just about my favorite Paul Revere & the Raiders tune. I assume that the song is about a cat.
Remember watching ‘Where the Action Is” very well. Even liked Freddy Boom-Boom Cannon. Also remember watching Hootenany and another similar show prior to that time. Used to have the Raider’s Greatest Hits Album.
Paul Revere and a handful of “new” Raiders played at Decatur, IL Days around 7 or 8 years ago. They were good, but I have to tell you Paul looked more like Ben Franklin.
Last I knew they were still doing a hundred or more shows a years, but don’t know.
Mark Lindsey played in Columbus, GA here last year in an Oldie’s Show.
I saw this band in person in 1966 and noticed how clumsy the lead singer, Mark Linday, was. The man had no grace in his movements on stage, none at all. The voice was pretty mediocre, too.
They’re still touring, although Mark Lindsay isn’t with them any longer. https://www.facebook.com/paulrevereraiders?ref=ts&fref=ts