Though I find his political disposition and public behavior rather distasteful – to put it mildly - Theodore Anthony Nugent is, was, and always will be a rock and roll force to be reckoned with. His mighty Amboy Dukes were among the seminal proto-punk bands of their era, and their influence on a generation of rockers cannot be denied. Bassist Greg Arama, who came on board for their classic Journey To The Center of the Mind (1968) slab, worked the pocket and rendered countermelodic motifs borne of a soulful, rhythm and blues approach and round tone which cut through the sonic din of his mates, which, to my ears, put the Dukes a cut above their peers. Right said Ted: "And everyone knows that The Amboy Dukes are the ultimate garage band on planet earth!" And that’s the only statement made by the aforementioned Motor City madman that I actually agree with!