Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Kingsmen -Today

The Kingsmen -You Better Do Right/Today –Capitol 3576 (1973 US) 

This single came out a long way along The Kingsmen career. It seems that by 1973, they tried to actualise their sound  away from the Jolly Green Giant/Louie Louie workouts towards a more contemporary Hard Rock sound. Not sure what permutation of the band was behind this, but on this B side Today they rock out in a surprisingly assured manner with some fine lead guitar. You Better Do Right is also good, more melodic  like a cross between the Raspberries I’m a Rocker and a convincing Bob Seger number. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Wolfman and The Pack -Gimmie Gimmie Good Lovin'

Wolfman and The Pack -Gimmie Gimmie Good Lovin'/You're So Fine -New Deal NDR 0001-45 (1969 US)

From the wilds of West Kentucky, comes this spirited cover the Crazy Elephant hit. It’s raw and rockin' and features some killer guitar from the 1 minute mark making it the perfect mix of Bubblegum and Hard Rock. Wolfman and The Pack was a long serving outfit featuring Robert “Wolfman” Crider on Guitar and lead Vocals, James Stanfill (bass), Gary Holder on drums and Lannie Wall on the cutting lead guitar. There also had an album out on New Deal as well as another single on Century Records "Give Me Back What's Left of My Heart". The Wolfman passed on a couple of years ago

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Time’s Up: The TNS story

Posting on Purepop sometimes helps to uncover fascinating back stories to hitherto unknown but key releases. In this instance the band members were blown away that their sole private label single was being talked about over 40 years after its initial release and contact was made. The original review can be found here

Time’s Up is a a remarkable no holds barred overdriven Michigan Rock Classic and the archetypical example of the perfect Proto Punk performance. Following a couple of calls with drummer Dave DeHoog, here’s the lowdown
TNS were born as a trio comprised of Dave DeHoog (drums/lead vocals), Steve Barkwell (bass) and guitarist Randy Nichols. Based in Grand Rapids, the band was formed around Dave and Randy’s friendship. After trying out another couple of guys they met Steve (bass). He didn’t play an instrument but really wanted to be in the band, so Steve went off to buy a Silvertone bass and Randy taught him some basic moves. Dave: “After 6 months he learned so much that we put him in the band. He just took right off…” In 1971 they auditioned Al (lead vocals) who then joined the band

Live at Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids 1972
They were known as The TNS Blues Band from 1969 onwards heavily inspired by UK Blues Boom acts such as Chicken Shack or early Fleetwood Mac. But why the name TNS? The reason screams out attitude…Dave: “Originally we would play anywhere including wedding receptions and our music didn’t fit that kind of thing and we were done being yelled at during wedding receptions because the music was too loud. TNS stands for Take No Shit! We are the Take No Shit Blues Band and we are going to play what we want, where we want and we are going to play as loud as we want…”

The change from TNS Blues Band to simple TNS was not due to a shift in direction or even a concerted decision, but due to practicality and graphic design issues! Dave: “There wasn’t room on the label for TNS Blues Band!
Although heavily inspired by the UK blues sound, Michigan/Detroit high energy wasn’t far away Dave: “We used to go and see the MC5 about twice a month, we loved Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson, but we weren’t really aware of The Stooges and never saw them. Detroit was about a three hour drive away and there was a lot of talent there…”
The sound on the record is incredibly raw with an exemplary guitar sound. Dave: “When we got to the studio there were 2 engineers. We started rolling in those 100 W Marshall stacks in and that one dude didn’t want anything to do with us and left, so we were just left with one engineer…” That lone engineer did a great job in capturing the performance with the amps cranked up to maximum to get the overdrive and sustain needed. The band played the tracks live in the studio and added the vocals later.
The recording of the single was the only record session they did, but there is a live ¼”  tape waiting to be uncovered. Their live set included other originals as well as some choice covers such as MC5’s Ramblin’ Rose or Alice Cooper’s Return of The Spiders along with more bluesy material such as Taste's  Catfish Blues or Messin With The Kid. I hope that we will get to hear this live tape one day.
Time caught up with TNS and although they remained friends; by 1974 the band started to dissolve due to other commitments taking precedence. Now 40 years later, TNS are gaining wider interest. Time’s up has since shown up on Michigan Meltdown Volume 2 and may be making another appearance on a Numero group compilation. But there’s still nothing quite  like playing Time’s Up as it was intended on a glorious 45.
From Left to Right -Randy, Dave, Allen and Steve
Thanks to Dave DeHoog
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Twelve o’ Clock –Easy Come, Easy Go

Twelve o’ Clock –Easy Come, Easy Go/Baby, Baby, Baby –Imperial 5C 006-24 643 (1972 NL)

A bit of a Dutch mini-supergroup (featuring various ex Brainbox, Cobra, Machine and After Tea members) who only managed this one single during their 72-74 existence. Easy Come, Easy Go is a delightful overtly pop number that didn’t know shame; repeating its chorus over and over…Anyhow it sticks in the mind and fits right in with the best in Dutch 70s Pop with a sprinkling of late 60s Kinks and early T. Rex with a very evocative lead vocal and a mighty hook. The B side is more dreamy with some nice backward guitar.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Primevil –Too Dead To Live

Primevil –Too Dead To Live/Fantasies –LM 7144 (1972 US)

Yes, this is the same Indiana combo who released the coveted Smokin' Bats at Campton’s LP in 1974. This is the group 2 years previous with a rarely documented  self-released single. Although the B side was later re-recorded for Smokin' Bats, Too Dead to Live is exclusive to this release. Too Dead To Live (great title) nearly lives up to expectation. It’s a raucous basic Riff -Heavy Rock-Blues Work-Out with a good line in twiddling leads and mouth organ exhalations. Supposedly the band were not too enamoured with the sound on the single and destroyed most copies

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Image-Witchcraft 71 vs. Frog-Witch Hunt

Image –Witchcraft 71/Hot Blood –Chaparral C1306 (1971 US)

Frog-Witch Hunt/ Living Dead –Jam 39 (1973 UK)

70s Exploito-Occult Fun this time... Here we place a British entry by John Cameron which was featured in Psychomania…(you know the film - wild youth biker gang commit suicide to come back as the Living Dead under the gleeful eye of Beryl Read) vs an obscure US entry that screams out to have featured in a movie. I couldn’t find anything on Image; just that they were from Illinois. The pressing is poor (all 3 copies I have heard have noisy intros), but the track builds nicely and goes into Heavy Psych mode with a wild manic African Black Magic bit. HEAVY!

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Psychomania Trailer

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Transfer –Play It Cool

Transfer –Play It Cool/How Can You Change Me –Self Release - S80 24809 (1969 US)

Time to name a mini genre here…. I could just about file this under "Records that sound like The Flamin’ Groovies" (Flamingo period), as it has that tight gritty rhythm guitar groove very much like FrÜt’s Snatch n’ Grab It in fact. Other tracks in the genre could include Midwest’s Heaviness or Homegrown’s Loaded. It’s not heavy enough to be classified as a Bonehead Cruncher, it’s not Rural Rock, but it stands at the tail end of Garage with a tight and streamlined sound featuring a noticeable Stones influence. Anyhow not much can be found on Transfer, they seem to have operated out of Duluth Minnesota and that’s about it, unless someone out there knows more. Thanks to Collin for another hot tip. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dwarf -Another Chance

Dwarf -Another Chance/Perfect Pair -Merlyn 3380 (1977 US)

Onwards and forwards with the third release by Michigan teen sensations Dwarf. We are now 2 years on from Gotta Get Louder
and the boys would soon turn into men, but were still a long way from being drink legal. Nick Piunti’s Another Chance has a certain air of disillusionment about it. Although a vibrant and a great Proto Punk’ tune, you could initially be led to believe that the boys were nearing burn out (at 17!!!). However, the song itself was more about not fitting in and a plea to be heard above Disco and the Prog AOR morass prevalent at the time. Nick explains: “I wrote that song because Disco was in full tilt and I thought that rock bands were being replaced by DJ.'s, hence we weren't gigging as much as we would have liked… I think the band was in a bit of a lull because we didn't sound like any of the bands that were on the radio at the time. Boston, Kansas, Journey, we didn't connect with that kind of thing. And it was before I discovered Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and others that I could relate to…” Melodic and riff strong the single is further enhanced by a sublimely chaotic delay that provides an interesting mish-mash of sounds and makes it quite unique.

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Nick has just released a solo album that is now available on vinyl
 The lead track 13 In My Head is superb and harks back to his days in Dwarf. I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially on vinyl!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Terry Williams -Wig Wam Bam

Terry Williams -Wig Wam Bam/Where Did All The Good Times Go? – MGM K14611( US 1973)

I don’t know what’s more absurd – the fact that this solo effort by the lead guitarist from KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION exists OR the fact that it’s so good. …cos it’s both: extant, absurd and beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt essential. Ex-NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS Terry Williams, by 1973, after more than five years of touring and mind-boggling strings of consecutive hits, had begun to show ‘signs of middle age with weight gain and patches of gray in his beard…Although he made up for it by wilder dress and hair.’ Not my words, people, but the words of Wikipedia dot com. So, in whatever burrito-truck-funk Williams found himself in, he – after releasing a few other solo singles – found himself in the sunken-living-room clutches of perpetual KIM FOWLEY companion, MICHAEL LLOYD. One can only guess that it was Lloyd who initially hipped Terry to THE SWEET’s year-old hit; perhaps suggesting that it might go down a storm with the hot-panted and panting jailbait crowds crowding the miniscule mirrored dance floor at Rodney’s English Disco. In any event, he was wrong and it didn’t and Terry went back to Kenny Roger’s Roasters where he continues to check in on what conditions audiences’ conditions are in to this day. That said, this song more than belongs in the pantheon of great U.S. Glam Rock-n-Roll with great Skydog FLAMIN’ GROOVIES’ guitar and exquisite production by Lloyd. If you thought THRILL’s take on LOU REED’s ‘Hangin’ Round’ was a reductive improvement, then ladies and gentlemen welcome to Heaven.Oh. I didn’t include the 45’s b-sde as it’s a soppy ballad later covered by DONNY OSMOND (real talk). You’re welcome!

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Thanks to infrequent collaborator Collin the enlightened and inspirational scribe for digging this one up and writing about it so eloquently. Visit his blog

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Drive –Castle in The Sky

I Drive (Superstar) –Castle in The Sky/Coming on Home –BN 45-114 (1974 Spain)

I Drive were an Altringham based band who took a trip to Germany and ending up staying there when their van broke down! As I Drive they had a collectable LP released on Metronome in 1972, then for some reason two band members  relocated to Spain where this fine single was recorded and released. Castle in The Sky has a bit of everything, but somehow doesn’t lose its sense of direction. It has a firm identity and features great playing with ample riffage. Of particular note is the lead guitar sound which has a nice slapback delaywhich really comes into its own over the two sides. Castle in The Sky is probably the stand out part Hard Rock, Glam (you can just about hear the eye make-up) with a sprinkling of not too invasive prog. Coming on Home is a sturdy T. Rex type rocker again featuring fine guitar and some Move-like bass lines.
Read the story here

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Desperated Company –Higher

Desperated Company –Higher/Can Somebody Tell Me –Foon F4535026 (1977 Belgium)

Higher was the first of the two singles that Belgium’s Desperated Company released in 1977, but Higher is their stand out moment being a prime example of 60s Beat influenced Powerpop sounding like something that could have easily been released on Titan (or on Outrage) at the time. The B side is also cool, melodic but with a more straight ahead Boogie flavour. At least 2 members of the band are still active today as Desperated Company still ply their trade as a cover band servicing the local Belgian population at private functions, clubs and other forms of merriment…

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Scorpion –It’s All Over Now

Scorpion –It’s All Over Now/Wolf’s Mouth Song –Green Light/MNW 0020-MNW-37 S (1971 Sweden)

One year on from the Kim Fowley infused I Am The Scorpion LP, Bo Anders Larsson returns with this two sided Killer single. Kim Fowley doesn’t appear to be present this time, but both sides are strident examples of top notch early 70s rock at its best. It’s All Over now is the Valentinos/Stones classic, although credited to Wally Whyton who recorded a song of the same name in the late 50s. Anyhow the version here is full of proto punk venom, wild yet fully realised in its own setting. Wolf’s Mouth Song is a heavy stoner instrumental with hard guitar to the fore which positively screeches by the end. Hot stuff!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Utrecht Record Fair Day 2 / Phil Spector unreleased Acetate -Lucy in London

Just a gentle 7 hour walk around the stalls today...

Some nice if not midblowing stuff...BUT

.... -There is the little matter of this unreleased Phil Spector acetate from 1966 which featured in the Luclle Ball in London TV special...It looks like it was one of only 4 acetates made...

You can watch a newly edited clip from the show and hear the song loud and clear. It's a great tune and performance with a wonderful wall of sound and a near Pet Sounds middle bit. It appears that this is Phil Spector singing himself

Watch the video here

The rest...
A nice Dutch Sister Morphine and an upgrade of the Pussy single

Friday, April 11, 2014

Utrecht Record Fair April 2014 -Day 1

Reporting back from Utrecht where the first day was not always the usual fair...

First things first. The records. One thing that has changed in the last couple of years, it that it has become more and more unlikely to pick up cheap  Glam/Proto Punk singles. There are still plenty of cheap singles, but where you could unearth gems before, the word is now out and you are now likely to find them in the €20 -€50 bracket. Some dealers  even have Junkshop Glam sections on their stalls. Still there is plenty of great stuff out there although you may now have to pay a price.

A great mixture of classic Garage Punk (Haunted / Oxford Circle and Freakbeat (The Dakotas' The Spider and The Fly) along with great Supachief and Jerusalem pic sleeves. The choice of the bunch might well be Scorpion's It's All over Now/Wolf's Mouth Song (Sweden)

At Last The 1958 Rock and Roll Show features Ian Hunter on bass.

Some more Glammy stuff including 2 entries from East Germany, fierce Gallic Punk and the  pre Fickle Pickle single by Samsun. Particularly nice is the I Drive Superstar single.

Thanks to Mauro who got a full cheese fondue together behind a record stall (with Absinthe!) which provided much relief from the Frikadelen and frites...

Guerrilla Fondue
Fondue Terrorist

Bring on tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Utrecht Record Fair April 2014

God how  time flies. November seems like it was only a few weeks ago...

Anyhow I fly off tomorrow. I will have time to check out the small outdoor fair on Thursday then it's back to the wonderful madness from 7am on Friday. There are bound to be some prized hot ticket items with the Swedish mob bringing back a good chunk of Michel Terstegen's collection. So  will it be a case of 10 expensive buys or 100 cheap ones?...let's see

Friday, April 04, 2014

Carriage Company –The Beasts

Carriage Company –The Beasts/Come Along –CBS 4144 (1969 Belgium)

The Beasts was the first of 5 singles released by this great Belgian outfit. It is also the most far out of their releases. The Beasts is just full to the brim of ideas from the Biblical opening to Fuzzed out Heavy Rock through Easybeat chord changes all the way to the Sleazy Blues/end Freak Out. The Beasts is an incredible trip, but God knows what they were trying to do. The singer does a wonderful job out-taxing Wally Tax and shines across both sides while the guitar playing is cutting and a model of controlled lunacy. The B side Come Along is slightly more sane, but still a raucous affair featuring again some great guitar and further tempo shifts

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Rippa –Witches Brew

Rippa –Witches Brew/Same –Rocky Coast Records RC 19762 (1976 US)

Here are the Galahad boys Gerry Morris and Tony Atkins on what must be the most obscure entry in their catalogue. Although a bit overblown; the production values apparent in Rocket Summer still linger. It is a strange Heavy Rock/Glam concoction, with a severe case of–“OK we have this new mixing desk and all this outboard –how far can we go? Oh that’s handy, there is a horn section in the next studio...” I suspect drugs and too much time to mix. Enjoy

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hog –Cop Killer

Hog –Cop Killer/Driving Pusing –You T579-422 (197? US)

This is probably one of the most basic, shambolic yet gripping slices of Bonehead you will ever find. The playing is just so…well crap, but somehow riveting, it’s just like watching a car crash, or in this case a band implode, in front of your eyes, well ears. COP KILLER!!!! Are these a bunch of bikers who had free time in a pal’s studio? Did they ever get to even rehearse this opus? With names “Jew” on lead guitar, ”Mad Dog” on bass, “Biggy” and “Sticks” on drums they give Peppermint Ridge a good run for their money and deserve your full attention. This is actually the B side to Driving Pusing (sic) a gooey piece of rambling stoner absurdness by what might be a different bunch of people. Ah those mysteries…

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Clapham Junction –Emily on Sunday

Clapham Junction –Emily on Sunday/Good Time Music –Du Monde SDM-309 (1970 Australia)

Emily on Sunday is a classic piece of Aussie Freakbeat/Powerpop with crashing Who-like powerchords and Anglophile inflexions similar in approach to what the Raspberries would emulate later on. It’s not a full frontal assault, but a great performance making all the right melodic noises. Clapham Junction were from Sydney and this was their sole release with singer James Willebrant then moving on to Toby Jug. Emily on Sunday is backed an OK cover the Katz/Kasenetz workhorse Good Time Music

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Cagney –Gypsy Sunrise

Cagney –Gypsy Sunrise/Sun on The Run-Cagney 6093-198 (197? US)

Apologies for all the crackling on this one, but it’s worth it. Gypsy Sunrise is a fabulous Bubblegum tune played with loud conviction with a fuzzed-up yet tasteful guitar player ably supported by a monolithic cowbell Imagine a garage version of Boston attempting the Archies catalogue... It’s tuneful, rockin’ and a real classic in my book. No information on this one (Mark Dutton get in touch!) but it’s near perfect in construction and execution.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

38 Singles and 6 LPs on ebay: Glam, Bonehead Proto Punk, Psych and Powerpop

I have a bunch of choice singles on ebay along with some LPs. All low starts, most with sound clips

You can find them here:

Good luck!

Jimmy Jukebox -Motor Boat (KIM FOWLEY) ORIGINAL UK Picture sleeve
Ohio Express -That's The Way a Woman is-RARE MOD Dancer/Bubblegum 1970
Flamin' Groovies -Feel a Whole Lot Better EP 7" (NOT the 12") UK Pic sleeve
Renegade My Revolution/ A Little Rock 'n' Roll -Killer Hard Glam1974 Demo
TALES -Rockin' Suzanna -Raucous Rock -Flamin' Groovies/Stones-DEMO- 1973
Neil Christian -She's Got The Power -Fuzz Freakbeat/Glam Stomper UNIQUE SWISS Sleeve!
Chaos -Guitar Man- UK Top (hat) GLAM German Pic Sleeve-1975
Dawn Chorus/Galahad -Little Green Men BUBBLEGLAM PSYCH -1973
Hetherington- Teenage Love Song-Powerpop 1973
Dwarf -Backstage Queen-- US-Private Proto Punk -Rare -1976
Dils -I Hate The Rich - US Punk 1977-original
Candy -Whatever Happened to Fun -Great US Powerpop
Wild Angels -Jo Jo Ann -R'n'R Revival/Glam-1972
Wild Angels -Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet-Killer Rockin' Glam 1973
Day 'N Night -I Just Need Somebody -Phased Psych -1970
Simon Turner-SEX Appeal -Stomping Glam JK -1974
Rescue Co. No. 1 -I Want To Save You - Psych/Glam -DEMO-1972
Savwinkle and Turnerhopper -Your Mother Thinks I'm a Hoodlum DEMO-1970
Capital City Rockets -Little Bit o' Fun - US PROTO PUNK/Glam 1973
Jon Symon -Silver Star -Wild PROTO PUNK/Glam Scorcher 1975
Whizz Kidds-Big Teaser - US Glam/Proto Punk-Promo
Tiger B Smith -Morning Bird -Bonehead Glam Stomper 1975
Incredible Hog -Lame-Bonehead Cruncher -HEAVY Glam!-1973
Don Fardon -Don't Do That -Geordie-Blitzkrieg GLAM -1974
New York Dolls -Jet Boy- Rare Dutch Picture Sleeve -Original EX -1973
April-Rollin' It Over - GLAM-Autographed photos etc..." 1975
Christ Child -Let' Em Eat Rock -US Bonehead Crunching PUNK -1978
Shambles -Hello Baby -ORIGINAL UK Glam Cruncher-1975-Demo
Albatross-Rock 'n'Roll Boogie Man-BOOGIE GLAM Pic Sleeve!-1974
Good Habit -Find My Way Back Home -Crunching Glam 1974
Richmond -Peaches - Top UK GLAM 1973
Rockmore Williams -Lady Rock -Raucous Junkshop Glam -Demo -1973
Barry Ryan -Do That - GLAM classic - German pic sleeve! 1975
Mustang -Man On The Radio -German Teen Glam ROCKER-Promo sheet
Rockits -Livin' Without You -Badfinger -Nimbo -Powerpop-DEMO – 1973
John Black -Accordion -Crazy Gallic Glam -1974-Promo
Ritz -Jenny Gentle/Why Love -RARE UK Crunching Glam 1974 Demo
Robin Goodfellow-You Know Me Now- Great Purepop/Glam-1974

Plus 6 LPs
BONEHEAD CRUNCHERS VOL.1 proto-punk obscurities from the USA
BONEHEAD CRUSHERS (Crunchers) VOL 2 14 Demented Fuzz-Faced Monsters from the USA
BONEHEAD CRUNCHERS VOL.4 Streetlight Fight Boot-Stomping Low-life Heaviness

Barracudas -Mean Time Limited Edition PICTURE DISC!!! 30th anniversary Release

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Gidians League - Hey! Did You Know You’ve Got Your Face On Upside Down

Gidians League -Hey! Did you Know You’ve Got Your Face On Upside Down/You’ve Got a Mind of Your Own –Parlophone R 5933 (1972 UK)

Let’s stick then with Robin Goodfellow (see review below) for this bouncy Bubblegum ditty he wrote and produced prior to signing to Pye and being relegated to Dawn.
OK, it is a lightweight piece of fluff but a most enjoyable one thanks to its catchy chorus. It harks back to the pure Bubblegum sound of ’68 but adds a quintessential Englishness to the proceedings. What a great title anyhow...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Robin Goodfellow -You Know Me Now

Robin Goodfellow -You Know Me Now/I'm Suddenly Alive -Dawn DNS 1057 (1974 UK)

Here’s a great classic unheralded UK 70s pop single with a nod to Glam. It reminds as much of Hetherington as it does Marc Bolan, that guitar is pure T. Rex in any case. You Know Me Now is damn catchy tune with a nice and bouncy production and the B side is also cool too. Robin had another earlier single on Pye (Why Am I Waiting) which is nearly as good while leaning more torwards David Bowie. I haven’t found much relevant information on the Net, so if anyone want to fill in the bits. You're  more than welcome...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sugar –Hot Damn

Sugar –Hot Damn/Let It Roll –Lady Records UR-898 (1976 US)

Driven by a gleaming cowbell, Hot Damn is a thumping piece of Riff Rock leaning towards Bonehead Boogie with Glam overtones provided by the camp vocals. These guys were not Glitter clad cross-dressers, but the singer comes across like a truck driver in stilettos with his amusing delivery. The lyrics are a real hoot -Good ol’ boy ethics on how Atlanta boys only want to rock while dissing non-Southerners and wussy English accents. Hot Damn is a joyfully dumb yet juicy Georgia peach.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

US –He’s Coming Back/You’ll Never Know

US –He’s Coming Back/You’ll Never Know –Straita Head Records (1975 US)

This looks to be a San Diego band who enlisted Johnny Almond (Ex Zoot Money/John Mayall and half of Mark –Almond) as a guest on the A side of this single. Not sure why 20 seconds of Sax warrants such star billing…Anyhow -He’s Coming Back has a heavy early 70s Who influence, but is even closer to Side Three/Overnight Sensation Raspberries or Artful Dodger stuff. Enjoy the stunning lead guitar over the ending…Very tasteful. You’ll Never Know is Almond-free and it’s a blistering high energy rocker again with a bit of Raspberries thrown in with some top lead guitar. Straita Head was a production company and a well-known Hair Metal club in the San Diego are in the 80s, but you can safely date this single to the mid-70s as Johnny Almond signed to ABC in 1975. A killer double-sider.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ian Stuart Lane and The Davelto Swingers - Don't Rock Me Baby

Ian Stuart Lane and The Davelto Swingers - Don't Rock Me Baby (If You're Fine And Fair)/ See What You Can Do With Your Life -Greenwich Recording Company GSS 103 (1972 UK)

Here is a sublime piece of early 70’s UK lushness recalling Sunflower era Beach Boys with some unexpected chord changes. It also has a certain Spectorian elegance in its production values which predates some of Roy Wood’s Wizzard’s releases. There isn’t much about Ian Stuart Lane or his swingers to be found, although he sang backing vocals on Cherry Vanilla’s Bad Girl LP 6 years further down the line.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bill Case –I’m Your Hero

Bill Case –I’m Your Hero/ You Gotta Know –Bellaphon BF 18529 (1977 German issue)

Here is a weird one, created by Alan Blakley and “Chip” Hawkes as an extra-curricular Tremoloes excursion. Slip inside the cover and you will find two striking examples of top notch Crunching Glam. I’m Your Hero is a real stunner; a wild intense performance enlivened further by some fine specimens of Moog noodlings. Gary Glitter joining Black Sabbath channeling Chicory Tip. You Gotta Know starts in a quieter yet meaty fashion. It has a certain T. Rex meets Led Zep feel and really rocks out by the end. Both songs seem curiously out of date for 1977 and all the better for it. I believe this only got a German release and I can’t just see some Bellaphon A&R guy complaining with the lack of Punk potential on the label and coming across the sleeve photo in a draw. Ja  Ja das ist Punk! So I wouldn’t be surprised if this project had been hanging around for a couple of years. As for Bill Case? Who knows…but what a midriff! It’s nice to know that there are still oddities such as this one still laying around out there

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Factory –Time Machine

Factory –Time Machine/ Castle on The Hill –OAK RGJ 718 (1971 UK)

Here is a real MONSTER that doesn’t know when to quit. This is essential Heavy Psych cum Bonehead Crunching Proto Punk madness…Think of The Stooges if born in an East Sussex barn fed on exclusively on fermented scrumpy and ‘shrooms. The proceedings start all quiet and subdued then it all literally burst out of the vinyl with blistering lead breaks and a crazed lead vocal falling somewhere between a Jesse Hector and a goat-like Roger Chapman. The whole performance approaches the grandeur of Open Mind’s Magic Potion, only here Time Machine just goes on and on and on; squeezing as much sleazy noise and prolonging the madness until it reaches its delirious fuzzed-out ending. This Factory is not to be mistaken for the Factory who issued the psych gem Path Through The Forest, this lot were formed around the nucleus of Andy and Tony Qunta with Lol Cooksey and Geoff Peckham. Based in Hastings; Factory were in operation between 1970 and 1976. Although encouraged at different times by Robin Gibb and Roger Daltrey, Time Machine was their sole release. The B side is tamer, yet a fine example of early 70s Brit Psych owing a large debt to 1968.. There is plenty more information and photos of the band scattered around this great website

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

Burning -I'm Burning


Burning -I'm Burning/ Johnny B. Goode -Utopia 42520 (1975 French Issue)

This is the last Spanish installment on Purepop for a while and this time we feature the English language version of Burning's first single "Estoy Ardiendo". Burning is a long standing Spanish institution, but to these Anglo-Saxon ears this is their finest moment mixing Crunching Glam with straight-ahead Hard Rock moves. The B side is no more than perfunctory.

Hear a full version of I'm Burning