Sunday, June 26, 2011

Artist: Ugly Ducklings, Album: Somewhere Outside, Song: Hey Mama (Keep Your Big Mouth Shut)

The Ugly Ducklings were one of the first garage rock acts to rise up from the streets of Yorkville in Toronto during the mid sixties.  Their music was fashioned after the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger himself, would later proclaim them as his favourite Canadian band.  They had two popular singles in 1966 and 1967 entitled, Nothin' and Gaslight.  The latter was actually first recorded in New York with only the lead vocalist of the Ugly Ducklings who was in turn backed by the Tonight Show Band.  By 1968, the band was done, however, a full length release, entitled, Somewhere Outside, was released which included all their singles.  The album also featured some well known covers like My Little Red Book, I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore and this track, previously recorded by Bo Diddley and the Pretty Things, Hey Mama (Keep Your Big Mouth Shut).  They do a nice job with it and you can hear it on You Tube (  The band would reform in 1980 to play some shows and release another album entitled, Off The Wall.  Their 1968 debut release was re-mastered in the nineties.  As well, a couple of compilations have been released since and have combined tracks from their 1968 release along with other rare and unreleased material.  One such self-titled compilation is available for download on Itunes.  You can check out their legacy for yourself at  Lastly, Pacemaker Entertainment has two new remastered albums set for release that feature rare, unreleased live and studio tracks (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!