Last week, a reader sent me a link to a video and asked if I could identify the Milwaukee locations where the 1968 music clip was filmed.
The song is "Strawberry Tuesday," by Milwaukee’s The Sidewalk Skipper Band, which released three singles around that time. The discs, of which "Strawberry Tuesday," backed with "Cynthia at the Garden" -- released in March 1968 -- was apparently the first, are much-sought-after by collectors of American psychedelia.
What struck me most about the video, was how rooted in its moment it was -- and that gorgeous Rickenbacker played by frontman Dave McDowell -- and the fact that it doesn’t actually appear to be filmed in Milwaukee. You can, of course, correct me if I'm wrong by sending me an email or posting a Talkback below.
Early on, I tried to ID some of the buildings in the background and couldn’t. Then, at about 1:20, there’s a segment filmed right in front of a distinctive building that is most definitely not here. It strikes me that the video might’ve been shot at the Chicago lakefront.
According to the Flower Bomb Songs blog, "They hailed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and first attracted attention at Marquette University where they had regular gigs...They managed to secure a recording contract with Capitol Records, who as a major label, had the necessary clout to get the group to a higher level but despite some promotion including a full colour sleeve showing The Sidewalk Skipper Band in their finest psychedelic gear, the record appears to have sank."
Another single -- "Seventeenth Summer" backed with "(Would You Believe) It's Raining Flowers In My House" followed two months later and was recorded at the same February 1968 session at Chicago’s Universal Recording that spawned the debut.
In addition to McDowell, the band included guitarist Rick Novak -- these two wrote the songs on the first two 45s -- drummer Tom Jukem and the Balestreri brothers -- Brian on organ and Joe on bass.
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