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An Alternative History of "Pop" Music

Started by jamiefairlie, August 15, 2020, 09:27:00 PM

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jamiefairlie

Shelagh McDonald - Ophelia's Song

https://youtu.be/RJog85plrcc



Born in 1948 in Edinburgh and moved to Glasgow, at the age of 12,  On her first two albums, McDonald was backed up by many notables within the folk-rock scene, including Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Danny Thompson, Keith Tippett, Keith Christmas & the Fotheringay rhythm section. During the recording sessions for her third album in 1971, she mysteriously disappeared following a bad LSD trip.

Phil_A

Erm, mate you might want to look one post up there?

daf


jamiefairlie

Ha, that's two now. literally less than 2 mins apart :-)

jamiefairlie

Steeleye span - All things are quite silent

https://youtu.be/nFs8CnxmiWM



We're now deep into the British folk-rock wave now, complete with wassellin, roisterin and all sorts of fey and witchy goins on in the village 🙂

Steeleye Span formed in late 1969, when Ashley Hutchings departed Fairport Convention to pursue a direction based on more traditional folk material. This is from their debut album, Hark! The Village Wait

daf

Basil Kirchin - I Start Counting



Theme song to the 1970 British coming-of-age thriller starring the lovely Jenny Agutter.

QuoteBasil Kirchin's original idea for the opening song of the film 'I Start Counting!' was to have it sung by Scouse foghorn Cilla Black or the lovely Jenny Agutter, but in the end Lindsey Moore, the daughter of jazz chum Barbara Moore, stepped in.

Basil Philip Kirchinsky was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. He debuted at age 13, playing drums with his father's Big Band orchestra at the Paramount, Tottenham Court Road in London. After the war he left his father's band to play with the bands of Harry Roy, Teddy Foster, Jack Nathan and Ted Heath, but he returned to work with his father again in 1951.

By 1957, the rise of Skiffle and Rock and Roll had brought an end to the Big Band era and Kirchin decided it was time to move on "because you're a prisoner of rhythm. And I was fed up playing other people's music". He traveled to India in search of spiritual fulfillment and spent five months in the Ramakrishna Temple close to the Ganges river, before traveling on to Australia.

In 1961, Kirchin returned to Britain and began working on experimental pieces and "soundtracks for unmade films", in Hull with local musician Keith Herd. In 1967, the Arts Council awarded him a grant to purchase a Nagra tape recorder. This he used to collect ambient sounds and animal noises.

Basil Kirchin : "It's gonna sound quite ridiculous but theres a certain corner in Zurich that when it rains and the rains come around this corner if you have the ability to do so you can slow it down to 834ths of a second its a whole symphony orchestra. Take birdsong: all those harmonics you can't hear are brought down – sounds that human ears have never heard before."

 

His work composing music for horror and sci-fi films helped to finance his experiments with sounds.

Brian Eno : "Basil realised long before the rest of us did that sound could become a malleable material. He was like a painter. That idea of music as painting was something that became very important to me."

jamiefairlie

"Basil Kirchin - I Start Counting'

Aye, that's a belter that one, love it.

jamiefairlie

Susan Christie - Paint a Lady

https://youtu.be/GOig_hnCj-w



Taken from the album of the same name, it was recorded in 1970 but never released until 2006 when it was discovered by a label specializing in obscure records of this era.

Brundle-Fly

Loot's The Root - Steve Ellis.  Released as a single on Licorice Soul in 1970





The stonking title track from an all-round stonking Keith Mansfield soundtrack for a not so much stonking comedy caper movie based on Joe Orton's play of the same name.

INFO
Stephen John Ellis (born 7 April 1950, Edgware, Middlesex) is an English rock/pop singer, who now lives in Brighton. His biggest success was with the band Love Affair, best known for the songs "Everlasting Love", "A Day Without Love", "Rainbow Valley" and "Bringing On Back the Good Times".

Ellis subsequently had limited chart success with the rock band Widowmaker, releasing the album Widowmaker in 1976. Widowmaker toured the UK with Nazareth, and in June 1976 joined the stadium tour, The Who Put The Boot In opening for leading rock acts such as Little Feat, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Streetwalkers and the headline act The Who.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asItTWbTF0E

daf

Love Children - Paper Chase



Released in June 1970 - did not chart.

Features the amusingly titled 'My Turkey Snuffed It' on the flip side.

jobotic

Having gone through the last few pages properly last night, there are some crackers in there.

I'm also still laughing at Agnetha's "My Other Car's a Jag".

Brundle-Fly

I Like London In The Rain - Blossom Dearie.  Released on Fontana in 1970



Gorgeous little tune and funky beat, Blossom's paean to our wonderful capital when it's pissing down. Much like today.

Margrethe Blossom Dearie (April 28, 1924 – February 7, 2009) was an American jazz singer and pianist. She had a recognizably light and girlish voice. Dearie performed regular engagements in London and New York City over many years and collaborated with many musicians, including Johnny Mercer, Miles Davis, Jack Segal, Johnny Mandel, Duncan Lamont, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg and Jay Berliner.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT1Dm6Ni1eQ

daf

Mike D'Abo - Arabella Cinderella



Released as the B-side to 'Miss Me In The Morning' - featured in the film 'There's a Girl in My Soup'

QuoteMichael David d'Abo was best known as the lead vocalist of Manfred Mann from 1966 to their dissolution in 1969, and as the composer of the songs "Handbags and Gladrags" and "Build Me Up Buttercup". His musical career began while he was still at Harrow School. He had minor success with a group of Old Harrovians, A Band of Angels, that had their own comic strip in a UK pop music weekly, Fab 208.

Mike D'Abo : "We weren't right for each other. We weren't a group. They didn't want me to be too outstanding, a thing that happens naturally in most groups.... Also we looked old-fashioned when we started. I knew I looked wrong but I didn't want to change, I looked like me and what I am. It is just lucky that fashion now agrees with me."

In July 1966, after leaving A Band of Angels, D'Abo joined Manfred Mann as a replacement for lead singer Paul Jones, who was leaving to start a solo career. In 1970, he composed and performed the music for the Peter Sellers film 'There's a Girl in My Soup'.

daf

Marianne Mendt - A Glock'n, die 24 Stunden läut'



Released as a single in 1970 - reached #12 in the German charts

QuoteBorn Marianne Krupicka in Vienna, Austria in 1945, Marianne Mendt trained as a jazz singer and toured around Europe as a singer and bass player, with group The Internationals.

She was talent-spotted by Gerhard Bronner, who wrote the song "A Glock'n, die 24 Stunden läut'" ['A bell that rings 24 hours'] for her - which was used as the theme tune for a television drama. A hit single, the song was included on her 1970 debut album as "Wie A Glock'n...'

 

In 1971, Mendt was chosen to represent Austria with the song "Musik" in the 16th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin. The song ended up at 16th place out of 18 entries, after a somewhat nervous and hesitant performance from Mendt - aw, bless!

jamiefairlie

Trees - The Garden of Jane Delawney


https://youtu.be/hF2GHHCLFTM



Title track of their debut album. They went on to release just one more album and a single before quitting in 1971.

daf

Andrew Bown - Tarot



Released in July 1970 - did not chart

QuoteAndrew Bown's first major band was The Herd. After The Herd dissolved he spent two years with Judas Jump who were the opening act of the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. He played keyboards, and occasionally bass for fellow ex-Herd member Peter Frampton in the 1970s.

Bown released a number of singles in the 1970s, including "New York Satyricon Zany" and "Another Shipwreck", none of which charted. His most well-known song however was "Tarot Bananaman" - the theme tune to the Thames TV children's series Ace of Wands. He also released five albums, the first of which, 'Gone to My Head', was released in 1972.

In 1973 whom he started playing keyboards for Status Quo as a session musician, first appearing on their Hello! album in that year; performing on every album by the band from 1977's 'Rockin' All Over the World' onwards, and supporting them in concert. He joined Status Quo as a full member in 1982, and has been with them ever since.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Brigitte Bardot - Tu veux ou tu veux pas



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlxP5Yhg7S4

A groovy little number from the legendary sexpot and notorious racist (no trace of the latter in this, so we're fine).

jamiefairlie

Vashti Bunyan - Rose Hip November

https://youtu.be/ETQTDMP17Ks



A slice of gentle perfection from her debut album, Just Another Diamond Day. Magic!

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band - Mama Nantucket



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaIzTs24OZc

*Ballad mentions Michael Nesmith*

A charming gallop of yodelling country rock. Goofy, zonked, cosmic. Contains a sly reference to one of the Monkees' biggest hits.

Nez formed The First National Band after leaving The Monkees in 1969. They are, as y'all know, among the early pioneers of country rock, but they were so much more fun than the Eagles and all the dreary Americana bores that followed in their wake. He was such a great songwriter.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Quote from: jamiefairlie on October 09, 2020, 09:58:15 PM
Vashti Bunyan - Rose Hip November

A slice of gentle perfection from her debut album, Just Another Diamond Day. Magic!

Utterly beautiful.

jamiefairlie

I just love how fragile her songs are, like they could just evaporate into nothing.

jamiefairlie

Agincourt - All My Life

https://youtu.be/YRcPS_O9d4w



Another incarnation of the John Ferdinando, Peter Howell songwriting team. This is from Fly Away, their only album under this name.

Brundle-Fly

Love Has Gone - Mary Anne Paterson Released on Joy in 1970.





Another female folk singer (Scottish) who made one album fifty years ago and then came out of retirement decades later. Beautiful voice.

Here's the skinny
https://www.popmatters.com/mary-anne-paterson-me-2495682282.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EANITyN6Qi0

jamiefairlie

Fairfield Parlour - Eye Witness

https://youtu.be/U31bzhrwKEw



This 1971 single by the band (ex-Kaleidoscope) is the title song, of the British film "Eyewitness" (filmed in 1969 and released in 1970) and was only made available in Japan.

daf

Ayshea - Mister White's White Flying Machine



Released in May 1970 - did not chart

QuoteAyshea Hague was born in Highgate, London, and was trained in ballet, music, drama and dance. She made her film debut at the age of nine as an uncredited extra in the 1958 film, Tom Thumb. At sixteen, she was signed to her first record label, for the Fontana label, who released her debut single, "Eeny Meeny" in 1965.

Granada TV's producer Muriel Young hired Ayshea to host her own pop show, Lift Off with Ayshea in 1969. The series ran for 144 episodes lasting until 1974. Scandalously, none of the episodes still exist - thanks to the useless twats "looking after" the archives!

     

As an actress, she appeared on Jason King and had a recurring role on UFO, the Gerry Anderson live-action series. After starring in pantomimes and summer shows all over the UK, Ayshea then built up a large following for her live cabaret performances. In 1975, she represented Great Britain at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo with a song written for her by Elton John, entitled "The Flowers Will Never Die".

 

After being romantically linked with Steve Winwood, Chas Chandler and Rod Stewart, she married Cat Stevens' record producer, Chris Brough (the son of ventriloquist Peter Brough), who produced her records and was her manager.  Ayshea and Brough divorced in the 1970s. Following an engagement to Roy Wood, who wrote and produced her single "Farewell", she later married Steve Alder who had the lead role in the London stage production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

jamiefairlie

Bread, Love and Dreams - Purple Hazy Melancholy

https://youtu.be/j4T0lti-J3I



From their second album, "The Strange Tale Of Captain Shannon And The Hunchback From Gigha" (come on, it is 1970!).The album features guest appearances from Danny Thompson and Terry Cox, of Pentangle.

Brundle-Fly

(A Play on Music) (Goodnight) - Tea & Symphony.  Released on Harvest in 1970

Goodnight, indeed.





Darius blog

Formed in Birmingham, England, this adventurous ensemble was part of the city's Big Bear management stable. Although Tea And Symphony originally comprised James Langston (vocals, guitar), Jeff Daw (guitar) and Nigel Phillips (drums, 'exotic' instruments), they were often augmented by musicians from the agency including Bob Lamb and Mick Hincks from the group Locomotive. Tea And Symphony's debut An Asylum For The Musically Insane, was an enchanting, if self-indulgent collection, but its period-piece madness was sadly jettisoned for the more formal follow-up, Jo Sago. Guitarists Bob Wilson and Dave Carroll were now part of the group's fluid line-up, but the ensemble broke up in 1971 when both of these artists, and drummer Bob Lamb, joined the Idle Race. The three individuals remained with their new-found outlet when it became known as the Steve Gibbons Band.

Tea and Symphony was a British musical group of the late 1960s and early 1970s whose style may be described as "progressive folk". From Birmingham, they recorded two albums for Harvest Records, had one track, "Maybe My Mind (With Egg)", included on the Harvest sampler Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air, toured Britain with Bakerloo (Blues Line) and were guests on John Peel's BBC radio programme.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQGGfb9LzxQ

jamiefairlie

Harvey Andrews - England My England

https://youtu.be/yCbHHUwDDPg



An English singer-songwriter and poet, this is from Places And Faces, the first of over 20 albums he's produced.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Quote from: jamiefairlie on October 09, 2020, 11:21:01 PM
Fairfield Parlour - Eye Witness

A third vote for Fairfield Parlour here...

Fairfield Parlour - I Will Always Feel the Same

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEaK1d6Rleg

A recurring theme in this thread so far, but this sounds so much like Belle & Sebastian. Murdoch and co are clearly steeped in baroque 60s/early 70s pop.

jamiefairlie

Jennie Pearl - Maybe in Another Year

https://youtu.be/udTyB9nsDUc



Only one of two tracks ever recorded by her. It was included an a contemporary Folk Anthology and she was never heard from again.

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