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GARAGE | Leor Galil

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Two weeks ago local label Priority Male Tapes reissued "To Find Out" b/w "Girl," the only known recording by 60s Detroit garage band the Keggs, on vinyl. The long-defunct Orbit label released it in 1967, and the originals are extremely hard to come by—a couple years ago a shattered copy sold for almost $400.

"The whole story goes that there were only 75 copies made, and most of them burned in a studio fire during the race riots in Detroit," says Priority Male honcho Matthew Hord. Further enhancing the Keggs' mystique, one of their guitarists was supposedly decapitated in a motorcycle crash shortly after the release.

Hord first heard the single in 2008, when he was living in San Francisco with a garage-loving roommate, Benjamin Phillips, who played a bootleg for him (Phillips also helped fund this reissue). Lots of bootlegs exist, and the songs appear on the fifth and sixth volumes of Crypt Records' Back from the Grave series, both released in '85. Hord got the idea to reissue the single himself about a year ago, and used an uncompressed .wav file he found on a message board in 2009—making his version a bootleg too.

Hord did try to get the band's blessing, though. "I talked to some juggalo on Facebook that had the same last name as the guitar player [Art Lenox]," he says. "He told me, 'That was my dad. He passed away, but he wouldn't care.'" To buy a copy, e-mail prioritymaletapes@gmail.com.

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