Only hardcore collectors of 1960s rock, and of 1960s Eurobeat, specifically, are even aware of the Dutch group the Jay-Jays, who released one LP and seven singles on Philips in Holland between 1966 and 1968. Starting off as an extremely Kinks-influenced band -- three of the four tracks on their first two singles were based on early Kinks' recordings -- they also tried their hand at soul, soul-pop, folky pop/rock, and bashing pseudo-garage-punk. Like a lot of the second-level bands from the Continent, though, they never really came to grips with any one style; they didn't write compelling material; they weren't brilliant singers or instrumentalists, sometimes even sounding clumsy in their approximation of Anglo-mod stylings, though they were reasonably competent and at times fiery. All of their tracks were compiled for the 1995 CD compilation The Complete Story on Mercury in Holland.
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