Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Honeycombak –Sex Change Sadie


Honeycombak –Sex Change Sadie/It’s My Life –Carousel CAR 1 (1971? UK)

Now this is a strange one! Most likely a product of the very early 70s, this single is the creation of the Honeycombs erstwhile leader Martin Murray, who left the band at the height of their success in 1964. The give-away is in the artist’s name, but the Honeycomb pre-Glam thump is in high evidence if ever the clue was missed. The lyrics? Oh boy -they make The Sad’s It Ain’t Easy (Phoenix) sounds positively subtle...It would be nice to think that the song was a direct reaction to The KinksLola, but the focus is on wink wink nudge nudge outsider observations ...Woodford Green a haunt for gender bending activities??? Who knows...Anyhow this is great fun!

Hear a full version of Sex Change Sadie


5 comments:

T. Tex Edwards said...

Wow, thanks...
Goes into that Gender-Bender file alongside the Hollies' "Hey Willie" etc.

duck_stab said...

Martin Murrary was not immediately available for comment.

VaTAga said...

Great blog! The wonderful multicolour necklace of the best music in the world! Thanks

Olli said...

Fantastic post thanks. I shall be linking to this from my website at http://www.thehoneycombs.info/martinmurray.php

Olli said...

Oh, I now know that this song was inspired by someone at the Mildmay Tavern back in the pre-Honeycombs days. Martin changed the name but there was a cross dresser who worked in the pub collecting glasses. Martin himself was and is conventionally straight, but he was surrounded by people who weren't not least of which were Joe Meek, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.