The Rationals

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The Rationals
OriginAnn Arbor, Michigan, United States
GenresGarage rock
Years active1964–1970
LabelsA-Square, Cameo, Capitol, Crewe Records, Rouge Records
Past membersScott Morgan
Steve Correll
Terry Trabandt
Bill Figg

The Rationals were an American rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The Rationals formed in 1964 and first recorded a single for a local label, A2 Records, in 1965. After scoring a local hit with the tune "Gave My Love",[1] they recorded a remake of Otis Redding's "Respect". This won them a contract for national distribution by Cameo/Parkway, and the single ended up reaching #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3] The record didn't break everywhere in the U.S. at the same time, so it had a tough time making a decent showing on the national charts. Several further singles, including "I Need You" and "Hold On Baby", were successes in Michigan but didn't catch on nationally. Lead singer Scott Morgan was asked to join Blood, Sweat & Tears, but he declined the offer.[1] The group's only full-length, a self-titled effort, arrived on Crewe Records at the beginning of 1970, and the group split up soon after; Morgan went on to play with several other Detroit-area groups over the next three decades, including Sonic's Rendezvous Band (with Fred Smith of MC5) and several of his own bands.[1]

The lyrics of Iggy Pop's track "Get Up And Get Out" from his 1980 album "Soldier" are mostly lifted from the band's 1967 single "Leavin' Here," (written & first recorded by Eddie Holland on Motown in 1963) which was included on Goldenlane Records' 2009 compilation, "60s Garage Nuggets."

In 1995, John Sinclair released a live recording of a 1968 Rationals benefit concert entitled Temptation 'bout to Get Me. Sinclair also named his book Guitar Army after the Rationals song of the same name.

The band's version of The Kinks' "I Need You" was also featured on the compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968.[4]

The Big Beat record label released Think Rational!, a two-CD anthology of the mid-1960s phase of the Rationals’ career, in July 2009.[5]

In 2010, The Rationals were voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame.[6]


  • Steve Correll – lead guitar, vocals
  • Bill Figg – drums
  • Scott Morgan – guitar, vocals
  • Terry Trabandt – bass, vocals




Release Date Title US Release Billboard
1965 "Look What You’re Doing (To Me Baby)"/"Gave My Love" A² 101
1966 "Feelin' Lost"/"Little Girls Cry" A² 103
1966 "Respect"/"Leavin' Here" [Version 1] A² 104
1966 "Respect"/"Feelin' Lost" Cameo 437
1967 "Hold On Baby"/"Sing" A² 105
1967 "Hold On Baby"/"Sing" Cameo 455
1967 "I Need You"/"Get The Picture" A² 402
'B'-side by SRC
1967 "Turn On"/"Irrational" Danby's 125850/1
Danby's Men's Shops promotional copy
1967 "Leavin' Here" [Version 2]/"Not Like It Is" A² 106
1967 "Leavin' Here" [Version 2]/"Not Like It Is" Cameo 481
1967 "Leavin' Here" [Version 2]/"Leavin' Here" [Version 2] Cameo 481
DJ copy
1968 "I Need You"/"Out In The Streets" A² 107
1968 "I Need You"/"Out In The Streets" Capitol 2124
1969 "Guitar Army"/"Sunset" Genesis No. 1
1969 "Handbags And Gladrags"/"Guitar Army" Crewe 340
1969 "Handbags And Gladrags"/"Handbags And Gladrags" Crewe 340
promotional copy


  1. ^ a b c Richie Unterberger, The Rationals at Allmusic
  2. ^ Billboard, Allmusic
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles. 12, edn, 2009.
  4. ^ [1] Archived February 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Old Ann Arbor band The Rationals gets some long-overdue exposure with new anthology,, September 4, 2009
  6. ^ "Michigan Rock and Roll Legends - Home". Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.

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