music historian Greg Shaw, owner of Bomp! Records
In early December of 1974, The Flamin' Groovies emerged from years of silence to release a new single, perhaps the grooviest of their career. The perfect pop confection, released as the first single ever on Greg Shaw's Bomp! Records, was "You Tore Me Down" b/w one of their Paul Revere and the Raiders covers "Him Or Me". ( They also did "Sometimes" on 1976's Shake Some Action).
"You Tore Me Down" was written in just ten minutes by guitarist Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney's replacement, the more pop-minded Chris Wilson. They recorded it, "Slow Death" and "Shake Some Action" all on the same night in April of 1972 and spent years shopping it around before letting Shaw release the 45. Good thing they did. Shaw's friend Seymour Stein was about to become head of Sire Records. In 1976, with the help of Dave Edmunds, the Groovies would fill out the rest of what would become Shake Some Action, a true power pop classic.
Yo La Tengo's cover !!