50 Years Ago This Month in Detroit and the Metro Area – Wild Flicks and Classic Sounds

1-13-67, Detroit – The second week for Russ Meyer’s Mondo Topless  at three theaters including the Oakdale in the Hazel Park area. Although it did better than the influential Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! through The US, Detroit was an area where both films did well. The Variety used to be the Surf in it’s Art Film era (usually playing films with the Cornet back then) and the Guild was normally in connection with it until the Early 70’s.

1-4-67, On a lower end of the Adult scene, the Downtown Gem was playing The Couch and The Thrill Deviants while the Capri and Harbor was showing Hip, Hot, and 21 for a second week with two DIs added to the showing. In Dec., 1966, the Lorna Maitland film was also showing at the Gem and Art. the Capri was in the Eastpointe district while the Harbor was in the Ecorse area on W. Jefferson, the home to at least two Punk shows in 1988 (where your humble Blogger went to see the UK Subs and Broken Bones).

The Thrill Deviates should be a bit familiar to Something Weird Video fans as it was the film that contained two perverted stories slapped into one film, one of them being Follow That Skirt. The cross-dresser killer part, originally unleashed as a short in 1965, was among the rare flicks of the day to follow up on HG Lewis’ films when it came to gore. The other chapter of the film focuses on someone who preys on younger women.


The Couch is certainly not the 1962 flick nor is it the Andy Warhol film (simply titled Couch). I’m still looking for what it could be. featuring “The Lovey Karin”.


1-6-67, the Friday ad for the double at the Gem Downtown.

1-13-67 – From Florida, and Co-Starring Tempest Storm, is the sleazy humor of Mundo Depravados at the Capri, Harbor, and Gem. Available on DVD with the Psycho Lover.


1-16-67, The Evil Pleasure and The Slut (known through most of The US as the Slot!) were released through I. R.M.I., which I think was Nick Millard’s San Fransico-based company which went (kind of) mainstream with Criminally Insane. The main feature had a story that included a mention of LSD and was AKA Pornografi, trying to make it look like an imported film (one of the company’s main strategies).



1-13 and 1-18-67, the Wild Angels was an easy pick to play as the biker film proved to be a serious classic that never wore out among fans of these films. In Detroit, where the classic :Blues Theme” would actually be a #1 local hit on the WKNR survey later in the year long after it’s release. At the Grand Circus, it played with Larry Buchanan’s Under Age starring July Alder, who appeared in several Adults Only films through the Mid 60’s including the Michael Findlay-made portions of Satan’s Bed.

The AIP Winter 66-67 spectacular featured some good time wasters including Ski Party, featuring the Beach Party gang running amok in the snow, some cross-dressing, and a classic appearance by James Brown. Nashville Rebel stars Waylon Jennings as a singer who is just out from the US army and ready to sing and proved to be a winner with programs focused on those who were not buying the hip and Mod happenings of the Blow Up era.


1-19-67 – The Case of the Stripping Wives was unleashed by American Films Distribution, the home of Olga and the Flesh Trilogy, but was one of their more tease-rific flicks featuring Natasha from Kiss Me Quick.


1-18-67, Five Wild Girls was another film unleashed by American, although this time it was a Max Pecas film that was one of the company’s few imports. Playing in the Hazel Park area at the Oakwood, a screen known for hosting a number of Roughies until it’s closing later that year, it was re-titled for The US as Five Wild Kids would certainly make censorship hounds go after the theaters playing it. Today, Pecas’ film is offered through Something Weird Video.


1-25-67 – The one and only Another Day, Another Man would hit the Art/Capri/Gem Unholy Trinity of theaters. Doris Wishman’s Roughie was a hit in the Adult Movie business, playing many areas with a screen ready to play these films with a classic campaign to go with it. The theme song was “Hellraisers” by Syd Dale, a simple Library Music track back then which is a very recognizable song now.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Rock scene was happening in a strong way. After an exciting 1966, the music would have some serious challenges to face with the changing times including the Psychedelic scene, but the leading bands had what it took to keep their listeners expecting only the good stuff. The fast-rising MC5 and sharp-sounding bands like the Underdogs and Bob Seger and The Last Heard made sure that 1967 was going to be a good one, especially with the growth of the Grande Ballroom (The 5’s main stage) and other places to go for those who want to take part in the action turning into the “In” spots of the day…I’m sure with some kids having fake IDs to catch what I have reported about!


1-17-67 – The Grande scene was only a couple of months old and the MC5 were already worthy of serious attention after some time getting their sound ready for action. Everything would be perfect by 1968 with the controversial performances of the classic “Kick Out the Jams” giving them a dangerous reputation, but they were already sounding great at this early stage although it took a couple of months the band to catch up with guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith in the super cool image department.

WKNR’s survey had The Underdog’s classic version of  the H-D-H classic “Love’s Gone Bad” in the Detroit Top 10 in Early 1967, #2 on Keener.

About to grace the Keener list is Bob Seger’s “Persecution Smith”, one of the many great sides of the early days. Although “East Side Story” and “Heavy Music Parts 1 and 2” are the ones to start off with when introducing one to why his Late 60’s-Early 70’s recordings matter (except a few parts of the ill-fated Noah album), this single was good, this is still a good side.


~ by screen13 on January 10, 2017.

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