Monday, April 28, 2008

The story of my life

Continuing a recent trend, here's another band from Detroit. This time it's the Unrelated Segments. Both of the band's first two 45s were Top 10 in Detroit while the band was still in high school.

Guitarists Rory Mack and John Torock asked Ron Stults to sing for a band they were forming. Torock named the band The Unrelated Segments after a term he learned in an Economics class. The band wrote their first original song - "The Story Of My Life" - at their second rehearsal. A Michigan label called SVR Records signed the band and chose "The Story Of My Life" to be the Unrelated Segments first 45 in early 1967. The single (backed by "It's Unfair") was a Billboard Regional Breakout in April 1967. It did not make the Billboard Top 100 but was popular enough to get the Unrelated Segments 10 appearances on local TV.

The band also played a lot of shows in 1967. They appeared on bills with The Jeff Beck Group, The Spencer Davis Group, The MC5 and the Who. One night, the Unrelated Segments had The Amboy Dukes featuring Ted Nugent opening for them.

The local success of the band attracted Liberty Records, who released the Unrelated Segments' second single "Where You Gonna Go" was released in 1967. It is a good song. I prefer the b-side, a slow menacing song called "It's Gonna Rain".

Things started to fall apart in 1968. The band's third single "Cry, Cry, Cry" was not a hit. The flip side was "It's Not Fair", the same song (with a minor name change) that had been the flip of the first 45. Barry Van Engellen was drafted then drummer Andy Angolleti was let go after a disagreement with the band's manager. The band shortened their name to U.S. and then broke up.

Later, members of the Unrelated Segments recorded some demos for Rare Earth Records using the name Lost Nation. The songs were not released at the time.


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