Forty Fives Get It From Brit-Rockers

If its name referred to the calendar rather than the turntable, the Forty Fives would be called the Sixty Sixes. The 1966 pop charts were dominated by British invaders and Stateside garage combos with their feet in R&B and their heads in the psychedelic clouds.

That year, the Seeds hit with "Pushin' Too Hard," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" climbed to #11, and Johnny Rivers took "Secret Agent Man" to #3. The Forty Fives have studied them all: "More Than Ever" is more than slightly Seedy, "Don't Wanna Be the One" is a revved-up rewrite of the Donovan hit, and "Secret Undercover Man" isn't subtle in its homage.

Even more obvious are the echoes ("Drinkin' With No. 3," "All Now" and "Anytime At All") of a certain Fab Four from Liverpool. But the Forty Fives don't sound stale, thanks to a righteously reckless rhythm section, a manic organist and a guitarist — Bryan Malone — who slathers the whole fine mess with tasty licks (copped from Chuck Berry, of course).