Friday, July 31, 2009

Fran O’Toole –Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet

Fran O' Toole 8th February 1947 -31st July 1975

Fran O’Toole –Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet/Drift Away –Emerald –MD.1179 (1974 IRL)
As part of the ongoing saga of chronicling the countless versions of CYHASYF that appeared around the world, here is the Irish version that was actually a top hit in Ireland in 1974. It’s a really good version with a different restrained stomping arrangement on the chorus and a key change at the end. This version has the added poignancy of what happened to Fran O’Toole who also sang and played keyboards for The Miami Showband. That name is still synonymous with one of the more horrifying outrages that occurred during “The Troubles”.

Fran was murdered on the 31st of July 1975 during an ambush by the UVF along with Miami Showband members Brian McCoy and Tony Geraghty -Read the story here:

There is a later Miami Showband single (under the name Miami) Reelin’ N Rockin With Susie (Mint), which features a similar, but inferior re-working/re-mix of CYHASYF on the B side.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Leather Head –Gimme Your Money Please

Leather Head –Gimme Your Money Please/ Epitaph –Philips 6006371 (1974 UK)

On first hearing you could believe that this is a recording of an embryonic Stranglers. The approach is pretty punked out with the keyboard a dead ringer for Dave Greenfield on this BTO cover. This single appears to have been the sole release by this local band from Leatherhead, which is just up the road from Guildford where The Stranglers plied their trade. Not sure of the whole line up but Geoff Boswell was on bass and Marcus Bird played keyboards...was there a link between Dave Greenfield and Marcus? The B side is quite a proggy epic, running at over 6 minutes, again featuring that same organ sound - Junkshop Prog anyone?
Thanks to PK for the turn on

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shiva –The Legend of Tutankhamun

Shiva –the Legend of Tutankhamun/ Valley of The Kings –D’art –ART 2017 (1972 UK)
Released as a tie- in to the 1972 Tutankhamun exhibition, The Legend of Tutankhamun is a memorable and fun novelty cash in by the mysterious Shiva. The vocals have a great drone effect going for them and come across like some earthy pagan hurdy gurdy. This is on a par with and a great companion piece to The Dynasty release on Phoenix from the same year:

Go Boy King Go!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Story –Teenage Fighter

Story –Teenage Fighter/I Want You –RCA PB 4541 (1980 NL)

This is Belgo –Glamsters Lennart & Dagleth (Hush) landing in the 80s armed with two great tunes but at the mercy of some 80s studio technology trappings, especially the LinnDrum. However it’s easy to rise above any sonic imperfections as both tracks are sublime Powerpop/Glam/Bubblegum workouts with a heavy dose of FUN. You can’t usually go wrong when you have the word Teenage in a song title and Lennart and Dagleth hit the jackpot here. The arrangement on Teenage Fighter presents quite a few twists and turns without hindering its hooky simplicity. The B side is heavier and in some ways sillier, a bit like Cheap Trick covering The Troggs with syndrums straight off the soundtrack of Cannibal Holocaust...

Enjoy Teenage Fighter

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Left Side - Can't You See Me

Left Side -Morning Sunrise/Can't You See Me - Philips 6012610 (1976 NL)
Can’t You See Me is the B side of the last ever Left Side single. The mawkish A side is not worth talking about, but the Peter Koelewijn produced B side is stomping crunching action of the highest order. The track is pure riffarama perfection and the lead vocal is on a par with Earl Vince And The Valiants with its Neo -Rockabilly stance and delivery. The track was probably recorded at an earlier session than the A side and is also available on the hard to find Best Of LP.

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Saturday, July 04, 2009


It may have been an obvious choice of words to merge, but the coining of the term NederGlam has really taken on its own momentum since the breaking of the jar...
Now the time has come to welcome into the world the NEDERGLAM website !!!!
Created by Jos as a companion to the Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet comp, it will feature interviews, facts and pics and much much more...
It's still early days but interviews with Mark Boon (Smyle) and Cor De Boo (Dump) are already up with much more to come including Frank Klunhaar (Pantherman!!!!).


Friday, July 03, 2009

Norman Kenway –Black Lady

Norman Kenway –Black Lady/Blackwater Hill –J.J. Records J.J. SP 002 (1974 UK)
Although not sporting the wildest first name in rock, this is the sound of our Norman rattling the cage of his chicken-in-a-basket cabaret world in attempt to join the boot stomping sexually rampant drug induced rock scene of 1974. OK, it’s not that wild, but Black Lady is a nice obscure rockin’ number at the periphery of Junkshop Glam. The B side is interesting too as the guitar also gets a bit fuzzy during an otherwise understated performance.
The single came with an autographed photo signed by “The Kenways”. I assume that Norman is the blond bloke, but who is the peroxide lady and her older male strummer?

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