Members of the local and nationally famous band Spur and the Unknowns to sit in on Time Warp Radio

Spur of the Moments LP with 4 tracks off the original and more from the bands vaults.

After last Friday’s very successful co-host program with one of the first DJs to play rock music on the FM dial, Steve Rosen…I’m pleased to announce that at 6:30 a.m. Central this Friday, July 2,  2 members of the former popular local band “the SPUR/Unknowns” will be joining me in the KDHX studio. That’s right, both Steve Bratzke (guitar) and Rick Willard (vocals, bass) will be sitting in during Time Warp Radio with their new re-issue “Spur of the Moments” (4 tracks from the original LP and rare cuts from the vaults). The disc is available now on Drag City Records. The band’s original LP “Spur of the Moment” is presently selling for over $300 a copy!

Spur A. the palace in Belleville

The Spur/Unknowns were a part of the 60′s and 70′s music scene and played shows with many notable acts, including the Grateful Dead, The Byrds, Cream, Bob Seeger, The Rascals, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Vanilla Fudge, and more. Of course they also played at the Castaway, Rainy Daze and all the famous local spots. The band’s local favorite track was “Don’t Ever Trust a Women” which received lots of FM air play. The band’s manager was the infamous Prince Knight. Rick is going to bring in a clean copy of “Don’t Ever Trust a Women” as mine is pretty worn out! I don’t know if we will be able to coax him into singing it live.

Please tune in and say hi to the guys. It’s going to be a total gas!

• For 60s psych enthusiasts, or really just fans of anything essentially rock ‘n’ roll, there is a grove of treasures on this lone LP. The earliest Spur days — back when they were known (or really unknown) as The Unknowns — find them in absolutely heartbreaking folk-garage mode, recalling the best of The Blue Things, The Choir, Beau Brummels or even The Beatles. They evolved quickly into full-tilt west coast-style psychedelia, pouring on the fuzz with a laid-back tunefulness that certainly gives outfits like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Relatively Clean Rivers and The Grateful Dead some competition (indeed Spur opened for Jerry Garcia and crew in the day, as well as Cream). By the 70s Spur had expanded even further, at last answering the age-old question: “What if Buffalo Springfield had hung in there and totally kicked ass by 1971?”

spur B. playlist

• Gorgeous harmonies soaring above utterly driving guitars amid heady studio trickery paints a picture not unlike the sainted pop of Big Star or Badfinger. So if you’re a fan of bands that
seamlessly and viscerally integrated country, rock, psychedelia and folk, a la The Byrds, Moby Grape or even The Flying Burrito Brothers, prepare to have your doors blown off by a band that will soon be regarded as esteemed contemporaries of all of them.
Track List of the New album of original recordings from the late 60′s and early 70′s:
Mind Odyssey * Mr. Creep * Tribal Gathering / We Don’t
Want To Know * Modern Era * Time Is Now * Be Tender,
My Love * You Could Help Me Ease The Pain * All Over The
World * Help Me I’m Falling * Eight Days A Week *
Yield Not
Check out the Spur video reunion at this link. It is amazing.


  • Jim Powers

    At last these guys are coming out of hiding! That’s great!

  • Tony C

    Great show. Used to catch The Unknowns at Panorama Lanes in Belleville 1965-66.They sounded like a cross between The Young Bloods,and The Beatles.Prince Knight’s Palace also holds many great memories of shows by this group and the Acid Sette

  • johnthei

    more SPUR!

  • Jim Markham

    Can’t wait for SPUR’s CD. “The Time Is Now” is a great song.

  • Stacey

    Spectrum Culture just reviewed this record, you can find the article here:

    Hope it’s OK to post the link, it’s something I thought Spur fans would like to read!

  • Cat

    Did the Unknowns/Spur play at Millas Steakhouse in Illinois?