The Hatch / Agravation
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When Tommy McGee was 13 he scraped enough money together to purchase a reel-to-reel tape recorder. In 1963 he used it to record two jazzy instrumentals with his band, and sent the tapes off to a custom record manufacturer. Some time later the 45s arrived with the initials TMG inscribed at the top of the label. The acronym would become the band’s calling card as they cut their chops playing local clubs and events.
By 1967 they had developed into a tight-knit bunch, so they hired some studio time to make a record. What happened during that session was one of the wildest organ funk instrumentals ever recorded - ‘The Hatch’. Tommy played the organ at and recalls, “I had taught the song to the fellas on the same day it was recorded, and we were all excited to record it”. Only a few 45s were pressed, and it was the sole release on his new Soul Shake label. It gathered little, exposure outside of western Michigan; little did they know then that nearly 40 years later it would be one of the rarest and most desirable funk 45s of them all!
McGee would continue to record into the ‘70s, and following a line-up change would release another 45 by the TMG’s entitled the misspelled ‘Agravation’, this time on his TMG label. This song was to be included amongst several others as his first album – and although the album was recorded, it was sadly never released. Never mind though, ‘Agravation’ is included here with ‘The Hatch’, two tough, tough tunes – on one glorious 45!