The Innocents

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The Innocents were a mid-'60s outfit from Southern California, consisting of Danny Wheetman (vocals), Jim Pettit (lead guitar), Woody Minnich (rhythm guitar), Richard Majewski (bass), and Bill Schnetzler…
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The Innocents were a mid-'60s outfit from Southern California, consisting of Danny Wheetman (vocals), Jim Pettit (lead guitar), Woody Minnich (rhythm guitar), Richard Majewski (bass), and Bill Schnetzler (drums), which later evolved into the Humane Society, who rated a recording contract with Liberty Records that lasted for one single. The Innocents never got past a demo session at Golden State Recorders, but they made it pay off big, musically at least, with their original version of "Knock Knock," which was two minutes of ominous, angry romantic recriminations by Wheetman, sounding wasted and nasty, while Pettit's jangly lead guitar licks looped around Majewski's bass and Schnetzler kicked the hell out of his drum kit. This recording (re-cut by the group for Liberty) was never heard, which was a pity because somewhere out there in the late '60s was a biker movie (like maybe Gus Trikonis' The SideHackers) that could've used it as a love theme.