The Remains

The Remains

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American garage rock band, sometimes credited as Barry & The Remains

The Remains formed in 1964 at Boston University, where all four members were first-year students living in the same dorm in Kenmore Square. Singer-guitarist Barry Tashian and keyboardist Bill Briggs were from Westport, Connecticut, drummer Chip Damiani from Wolcott, Connecticut, and bassist Vern Miller from Livingston, New Jersey. They began playing r&b and rock'n'roll covers, as well as some Tashian originals, at The Rathskeller, a tavern across the square from their dorm. Soon, fans were lining up from Kenmore Square to Fenway Park to see them, and management had to clear out a disused basement to accommodate the crowds

The band became a popular live act throughout New England, and, after signing with Epic Records, enjoyed local hits with a catchy, swinging Tashian original, "Why Do I Cry", and their hard-driving version of the Bo Diddley/Willie Dixon classic "Diddy Wah Diddy". In 1965 the Remains relocated to New York City - where they appeared on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' - and then, after about a year, moved on to California. They recorded an album, The Remains, appeared on NBC TV's 'Hullabaloo', and released the soulful, hard-rocking single "Don't Look Back".[3]

In 1966 came the opportunity which might have broken the band nationally, but proved instead to be their last hurrah: they were offered a three-week stint as an opening act for the Beatles, on what would turn out to be the fab four's final tour. Immediately before the tour, drummer Chip Damiani quit the band, to be replaced by future Mountain drummer N.D. Smart. Said Tashian in a 2012 interview: "We had always been the four of us and we’d played hundreds and hundreds of gigs as the four of us and all of a sudden this big tour comes up and boom! We have to play it with a new drummer who didn’t have the same feel that Chip had. I mean he was a fine drummer but it wasn’t the same band. I just felt like the flame was burning down without our original drummer."[2]

The band broke up in late 1966, and Epic released their self-titled debut album to little fanfare
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The Remains Discography Tracks

Albums

The Remains The Remains (Album) Epic US 1966 Sell This Version
EVA 12024 The Remains Live In Boston(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Eva Records (2) EVA 12024 France 1983 Sell This Version
The Remains A Session With The Remains (Album) Sundazed Music, Sundazed Music US 1996 Sell This Version
TX 2073 2 TA The Remains Movin' On(CD, Album) Taxim Records TX 2073 2 TA Germany 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Remains I Can't Get Away From You (Single) Epic US 1965 Sell This Version
The Remains Why Do I Cry / My Babe (Single) Epic US 1965 Sell This Version
5-9777 The Remains Talkin' Bout You(7", Single, Promo) Epic 5-9777 US 1965 Sell This Version
EP 9018 The Alley Cats (3) / The Remains The Alley Cats (3) / The Remains - The Alley Cats / The Remains(7", EP) Epic EP 9018 Spain 1965 Sell This Version
The Remains Diddy Wah Diddy (Single) Epic Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
The Remains Don't Look Back (Single) Epic US 1966 Sell This Version
EP 9068 The Remains You Got A Hard Time Coming(7", EP) Epic EP 9068 Spain 1967 Sell This Version
LYN 14086, Flexilarm 1 The Remains Talkin' 'Bout You(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo, Tra) Lyntone, Larm LYN 14086, Flexilarm 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SEP 10-162, P 31968 The Remains I'm Talkin' 'Bout You(10", EP) Sundazed Music, Sony Music Special Products SEP 10-162, P 31968 US 2000 Sell This Version
The Remains Don't Tell Me The Truth (Single) Penniman Records Spain 2003 Sell This Version
The Remains Let Me Through / Why Do I Cry (Single) Sundazed Music US 2011 Sell This Version
5-9910 The Remains Don't look back / You got a hard time coming(7", Single) Epic 5-9910 Greece Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

EVA 12007 The Remains Diddy Wah Diddy(LP, Comp) Eva Records (2) EVA 12007 France 1982 Sell This Version
The Remains The Remains (Comp) Fan Club France 1985 Sell This Version
EGK 46926 Barry* & The Remains Barry* & The Remains - The Remains(CD, Comp) Epic, Legacy EGK 46926 US Unknown Sell This Version