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An Alternative History of "Pop" Music

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

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Brundle-Fly

Quote from: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on October 11, 2020, 08:17:09 AM
Bobby Sherman - Hey, Mister Sun



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suvhbVV2Nh8

Pure 'hat on the side of me head' bubblegum euphoria, Hey, Mister Sun invents the Polyphonic Spree 30 years before the fact.

Fantastic brassy arrangement.  Just discovered Sherman's last acting role was in Frasier playing himself.

jamiefairlie

Magna Carta - Seasons

https://youtu.be/dUeVaode41c



Another track from their Seasons album, and a 20 minute conceptual mini-suite no less!

daf

Blue Yogurt - Lydia



Released in August 1970



QuoteKenny Young, the brawn behind Blue Yoghurt, was a prolific pop scribbler in the 60's, and later had a smash hit with 'S-S-S-Single Bed' hitmakers Fox in the 70's. For more info, here's an interview with him.

Brundle-Fly

Seduction - Black Widow  Released on UA in 1970





I could've gone for the obvious 'Come To The Sabbat' but no, Seduction is my favourite track from one of my favourite ever debut albums. They squeeze in so much into five minutes. They're supposed to be this satanic rock band but suddenly burst into a bossa nova stylee that sounds like the sort of music a cruise ship magician would have accompany him while sawing his assistant in half. It's majestic, absurd and oddly affecting.

TRIVIA: The group photo isn't the original line up for this track but I posted this snap because it keep forgetting Romeo Challenger, soon to be the drummer of Showaddywaddy was in Black Widow.

Black Widow were a rock band that formed in Leicester, England in September 1969. The band were mostly known for their early use of Satanic and occult imagery in their music and stage act.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wkqf0_jWWQ

daf

Oh Bravo, sir!

One of my favourite bits of radio ever is Danny Baker fading the increasingly hysterical "Come Come, Come to the Sabbat! Come to the Sabbat, Satan's there!!" chant up behind some caller while they recounted how they'd sell their soul to Satan if their football team weren't relegated . . .

Also popped out the cloven hoof for horrible old Gaunty


daf

Kuno & The Marihuana Brass - Marihuana Mantra



Released in Germany as the B-side of "Lass Uns Doch Mal Haschen" in 1970 - did not chart.

QuoteKuno and the Marihuana Brass was a studio collaboration of Achim Reichel and Frank Dostal, both ex-members of The Rattles, and ex-The Rivets bass player Michael 'Kuno' Dreysse.

jamiefairlie

Trees - Epitaph

https://youtu.be/yp_EI8vsBGk



Another track from their only album, The Garden of Jane Delawney

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Quote from: daf on October 11, 2020, 10:15:44 PM
Oh Bravo, sir!

One of my favourite bits of radio ever is Danny Baker fading the increasingly hysterical "Come Come, Come to the Sabbat! Come to the Sabbat, Satan's there!!" chant up behind some caller while they recounted how they'd sell their soul to Satan if their football team weren't relegated . . .

"This is the only thing playing on Radio One right now..."

jamiefairlie

Susan Christie - Rainy Day

https://youtu.be/oLeFH1dr804



Another track from her Paint A Lady album

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs



The apotheosis of psychedelic soul. One of my favourite pieces of music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1kDd6yBQZ4


jamiefairlie

Shelagh McDonald - Peacock Lady

https://youtu.be/F_D7amKyHaY



Second selection from her debut album.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

The Buoys - Timothy



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXn0uIF60iU

A harrowing tale of cannibalism to a driving pop beat!

QuoteTimothy is a song written by Rupert "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" Holmes. It presents the unnerving story of three men trapped in a collapsed mine, two of whom apparently resort to cannibalism, eating the third - the eponymous character Timothy.

Timothy attracted little attention when it was first released, in large part because the label didn't promote the record. Soon, however, it became popular among young listeners who were able to deduce Timothy's fate from the lyrics. Only as the song became more frequently requested did radio stations begin to take note of it and its unsettling subject matter.

Then the song started getting banned. And, as was usually the case with banned records in those days, it became a cult hit, despite receiving very little airplay.

It was never played on the radio at all in the UK, obviously.

daf

"If you like piña coladas
And getting trapped in a mine,
If you're not into yogurt
If you'd prefer half a brain,
If you like chewing bones at midnight
Severed foot on a plate,
Then I'm the bloke that you've looked for
Rescue me, and my mate"

daf

Frosty - Organ Grinder's Monkey



Released as the B-side of 'I Want To Know' in February 1970 - did not chart

Brundle-Fly

Tomorrow's People/The Children Of Today - McDonald & Giles.  Released on Island in 1970 according to Discogs or Jan 1971 according to Wiki.



The companion album to the Giles, Giles & Fripp classic. Funky prog pop at it' best. Oh, and the reverb...verb...verb...verb

McDonald and Giles is an album of music released by British musicians Ian McDonald and Michael Giles. The album was recorded at Island Studios between May and July 1970. Although McDonald and Giles remains popular among King Crimson fans, its commercial success was limited. The duo did not record a second album.
Michael Giles' drum solo in "Tomorrow's People – The Children of Today" has been sampled by a number of rap and hip-hop artists, most notably the Beastie Boys, on the track "Body Movin'" from the album Hello Nasty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-bmLdprvVg

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Quote from: daf on October 12, 2020, 09:24:25 AM
"If you like piña coladas
And getting trapped in a mine,
If you're not into yogurt
If you'd prefer half a brain,
If you like chewing bones at midnight
Severed foot on a plate,
Then I'm the bloke that you've looked for
Rescue me, and my mate"

He should've stuck with that version. Far less creepy than the one he ended up with.

daf

High Noon - Dragonfly



Released in September 1970 - did not chart

QuoteHigh Noon were formed by Rob Freeman and Ian McLintock. They had first worked together as members of The Others, whose lone single was a cover of Bo Diddley's "Oh Yeah", released in 1964.

By 1966 the Others had split and Freeman and McLintock had formed a new band, the more pop-oriented Sands - who we previously met in this thread with their cover of the Bee Gees' "Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator".

After one single Sands fell apart, Freeman and McLintock formed Sun Dragon, which scored an almost-hit with their cover of "Green Tambourine" in 1968 - which was scuppered when their label's pressing plant went on strike as the single was starting to gain radio play, prematurely ending its run on the charts. It's a shit bizniz!

daf

Move over, Roy Wood . . .

Angel Pavement - Jennifer



Recorded in 1970 for their unreleased debut album

QuoteAngel Pavement, named after a 1930 novel by J.B. Priestley, were formed by guitarist/songwriter Alfie Shepherd out of the remnants of a soul-based outfit Wesley Hardin's Shotgun Package, with Paul Smith (lead vocals), Dave Smith (guitar), Graham Harris (bass), and Alan Reeve (drums). With a pop-oriented psychedelic sound, with lush harmonies, they managed to build a large following in their native York.

The group's attempt to crack the London club scene coincided with their starting work on a debut album at Morgan Studios, but those efforts were interrupted by an offer to play a series of gigs for a few days in Mexico City in early 1969. Instead, they stayed for five months, and returned to London to pick up work on the album.

A pair of singles, "Baby You've Gotta Stay" and "Tell Me What I've Got to Do", issued through Fontana Records, failed to elicit any serious chart action in late 1969 and early 1970; a third single and their announcement of a forthcoming LP all ended up missing in action because of disputes between Shepherd and the studio's publishing arm, and they broke up at the end of 1970.

Brundle-Fly

Sorcerers - Jan de Dukes Grey Released on Decca in 1970.





Patchouli drenched folk for thee.

Jan Dukes de Grey is a short-lived English psychedelic/progressive folk and progressive rock band that was primarily active in the early 1970s. Despite a relatively meager total output and a lukewarm contemporary reception in terms of sales, the band has attracted a cult following and has seen a moderate revival of interest following the 2010 release of their previously completed but unpublished 1977 album, Strange Terrain. Jan Dukes de Grey is considered to have been among the least conventional musicians associated with the progressive folk scene and in particular, their 1971 album, Mice And Rats In The Loft, has come to be viewed as a seminal British acid-folk album and as one of the wildest relics of the florid post-hippie era.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyIpTgCIWIY&feature=emb_logo

jamiefairlie

Quote from: Brundle-Fly on October 12, 2020, 06:59:46 PM
Sorcerers - Jan de Dukes Grey Released on Decca in 1970.





Patchouli drenched folk for thee.

Jan Dukes de Grey is a short-lived English psychedelic/progressive folk and progressive rock band that was primarily active in the early 1970s. Despite a relatively meager total output and a lukewarm contemporary reception in terms of sales, the band has attracted a cult following and has seen a moderate revival of interest following the 2010 release of their previously completed but unpublished 1977 album, Strange Terrain. Jan Dukes de Grey is considered to have been among the least conventional musicians associated with the progressive folk scene and in particular, their 1971 album, Mice And Rats In The Loft, has come to be viewed as a seminal British acid-folk album and as one of the wildest relics of the florid post-hippie era.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyIpTgCIWIY&feature=emb_logo

Yeah, nice one.

jamiefairlie

Pearls Before Swine - The Jeweler

https://youtu.be/6OutFBRNQTw



Taken from their fourth album, from The Use of Ashes. Another track later memorably covered by This Mortal Coil.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Francoise HardyFleur de Lune   



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulq_jb7MhT0

That voice, those strings... beautiful.


daf

Meic Stevens - Y Brawd Houdini



Co-written with Geraint Jarman, and released on a 4 track EP in 1970 - did not chart

QuoteGeraint Jarman was born in Denbigh, North Wales, and grew up in Cardiff. His career began in the 1960s as a poet and composer, writing for Heather Jones. He was a member of Y Bara Menyn with Jones and Meic Stevens before establishing himself as a solo artist. He also wrote "Y Brawd Houdini", one of Stevens' most popular recordings.

   

He introduced genres such as reggae into Welsh music and released many albums as a solo artist and with his band as Geraint Jarman a'r Cynganneddwyr. In the late 1970s he was championed by John Peel who introduced him to a wider audience through his BBC Radio 1 show.

Gruff Rhys : "Jarman helped to sever ties with Celtic folk and serve as a bridge to a new wave of post punk/post Sain Welsh language artists in the 1980s and beyond who had a less self-conscious relationship with their Welsh identity."

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier - Danger



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAp0E0N04KY

From the soundtrack of the French film Cannabis, starring Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin and - old cannabis like it used to be, himself - Paul Nicholas.


jamiefairlie

Oriental Sunshine - Visions

https://youtu.be/2dPL5kdVCi0



Second track taken from the Norwegian trio's only album, Dedicated to the Bird We Love.

daf

Quote from: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on October 12, 2020, 11:35:01 PM
old cannabis like it used to be, himself - Paul Nicholas.

Ev'rybody was smoking with the captain

daf

St David's Road - Strange Loves of Gwyneth



Released as the B-side of "All Fall Down" in November 1970 -  did not chart.

Sounds like this might have been recorded a few years earlier and forgotten about until someone cleaned out the studio cupboards looking for an emergency B-side. No info on the group, and this wasn't released in the UK - only in Australia, Canada & the US.

jamiefairlie

Steeleye Span - The Blacksmith

https://youtu.be/QRb6GSj12wU



A traditional English folk song, this folk-rock version appears on the band's debut, Hark! The Village Wait.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

Quote from: daf on October 12, 2020, 11:55:55 PM
Ev'rybody was smoking with the captain

I suspect/hope that will be the blonde-permed roots reggae purist's only appearance in this thread.

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