Sunday, December 06, 2009

Thirteen –Girls Aren’t the Same/ Teddy Boy


Thirteen –Girls Aren’t the Same/ Teddy Boy –RCA PB 4501 (1979 Dutch Issue)

Girls Aren’t the Same is a fine Powerpop performance which somehow didn’t gain a release in the UK at the time. The harmonies and guitars are spot on, although the instant melody/hook can become a tad repetitive after a few plays. The B side is the killer in my book. Featuring Ian McKean driving and cutting guitars, Teddy Boy rocks out in fine straight ahead Stones/Streak mode. Ian’s style is pure Rock N Roll and he later also played lead guitar on 2 or 3 tracks of the second Fortunate Sons LP (Karezza) in 1986.

From the 45 Revolutions book:

A Power Pop three-piece formed in 1977 by Mark Ferrick (v/b, who composed the A-side of Dean Wyman’s lone 1978 single, see listing), Jim Ferrick (d) and Ian McKean (gtr), Thirteen never managed to gain press coverage and their lone 7” was released in France, Germany and Holland, but not in the UK. Recorded in summer 1978 with Phil Cordell co-producing, drums on the 7” were played by Mark Ferrick following the death of his brother Jim shortly before the session. Ian McKean resurfaced a few years later with Twenty Flight Rockers and with Balaam & The Angel, a New Wave combo born from the ashes of U.X.B. Note: a different Oxford-based five-piece group also called Thirteen issued a 7” on the Square label in 1980. You can get a copy of the bible here:
http://www.hurdygurdy.it/


Hear a full version of Girl Aren’t the Same




Hear a full version of Teddy Boy


9 comments:

roberto said...

great single,I remember giving my copy to Mario around ten years ago,just the other day I converted my mini-disk saved copy of these songs to mp3...cheers,your blog is great fun!

duck_stab said...

Been looking to hear the other side of this one for awhile. Where'd you find it?

duck_stab said...

And I meant to add that the Chris Stamey/LX vocal styles on the A are pretty undeniable. Great!

Heavens2Murgatroid said...

Not previously familiar with this, but I LOVE the way the guitars sound on the A-side!

Sarah said...

"Girls Aren't The Same" is an absolutely brilliant pop song and the B side is also fantastic. Excellent post. I've added PurePop to our blog.
Cheers,

IM said...

Wow I haven't heard that in years. I played guitar on a 320 Rickenbacker through a Vox on the A side and a Tele through a Ampeg Bass stack on Teddy Boy. It was recorded at Wessex Studios soon after the tragic death of Jim Ferrick our drummer so Mark,his brother played drums with a session guy on the B side.

Silver Dagger said...
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Purepop said...

Silver Dagger said...
Th1rt3en were a brilliant power pop band that unfortunately came out at the wrong time, just as punk gave way to the mod revival. Had they come out five years later, or during Brit Pop or at any time in the noughties they would have been huge. Mark Ferrick, group founder and songwriter had an uncanny Beatles trained ear for writing concise and catchy pop songs. But with brilliant, pure rock'n'roll guitarist Ian McKean to give the songs a rough edge they also had a Stonesy quality about them. Mark unfortunately left London a broken man after failing to secure a proper recording contract after his music unbelievably fell on deaf ears. I have a tape of the band's demos that would have any power pop fan foaming at the mouth. Yes, they were THAT good.

Bruce Williams said...

You can learn more about Mark Ferrick on my memorial page. Mark was one of my dearest friends:
http://www.brucesblues.com/inmemory.htm
Just scroll down a bit. Unfortunately, you'll also see a segment there on Mark's older brother Billy, who was also a talented musician and composer. He died last year.
Bruce Williams
www.brucesblues.com