Reviews of tasty and obscure hook-filled rock'n' roll releases (Glam, Heavy Bonehead Crunchers, Powerpop, Pop/psych,Garage, Surf, 60s Girl Group Rock)...Plus any quirky musings that tickle my fancy...
I created this blog in order to stimulate interest, share discoveries and encourage people to go out and search for the original vinyl. Hopefully this blog might also encourage labels to actually compile some of this stuff officialy.
What it is with Danish bands and perfect hair? As with The Children and Walkers, Speers sport perfectly groomed barnets. What of the contents? Well B.C.R is a rampant and crunchy ode to The Bay City Rollers no less. In fact it is probably one of the best Roller tributes, it certainly is the fuzziest and rockiest of the bunch. Lyric-wise who knows? If there are any Danes watching, a translation of the lyrics would be most welcome.
PS: A copy of this single was recently put for sale at an exorbitant starting price on ebay by a well- known dealer couple. It has now appeared in their online shop if anyone feels that way inclined…
The Euclid Beach Band –There’s No Surf in Cleveland/Laugh in The Dark –Scene Records SR 45001 (1978 US) With summer finally giving us a belated showing, it’s time to dust down our boards and enjoy some summer sounds 70s style. There’s No Surf in Cleveland is a novelty surf number, but it’s beautifully produced and arranged with a killer tune. It’s as good as Cruisin' Music and there’s a further Raspberries connection as the song was remixed by Eric Carmen. It appears that some of the members were at one time or another part of Eric’s backing band. The single was then picked up nationally by Epic and Eric was more heavily involved on the ensuing LP.
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Chalice –Nine To Five Girl/Nearly Gone –Clarion Records K 5740 (1974 AUS)
Transplanted from Manchester to Perth, Chalice released two earlier singles that have already been reviewed here on Purepophttp://purepop1uk.blogspot.co.uk/2009/12/chalice-in-my-world.html andhttp://purepop1uk.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/chalice-ebenezer.html Nine To Five Girl was the 3rd Chalice single on Clarion prior to their move to Polydor. Whilst In My World betrayed a strong Who influence, Nine To Five Girl and its flip highlight their knack for laying down harmonies in a West Coast Sunshine mode. In fact Nine To Five Girl sounds like a Sunflower outtake, but it’s a top catchy pop number in its own right. The same applies to Nearly Gone which could have been a Bruce Johnston penned number from the same period.
The What –The Devil’s Game/The End –Smite LH-16664 (1977 US)
From 1977, but sounding from much earlier, comes this prime example of Heavy Bonehead. I can’t find any reference for the band or the label for that matter, but from its heavy dirge to the answer and call choruses, it’s a boner-fide addition to the heavier side of the Bonehead spectrum
5 years ago Record Collector commissioned me to write a Junkshop Glam piece for their magazine, covers and labels were scanned, it was all set to go and then....nothing happened. So here is the link to the unedited article...enjoy
Jumbo –She Said/Wasting My Time –CBS 7820 (1972 UK)
This was the first of three singles released by Jumbo (including the sought after Round and Round on Epic). She Said is a fine near Glam up-tempo pop tune with a mid-60s song construction. It’s catchy as hell with great production touches and it’s another case of a song escaping instead of gaining the exposure it deserved. The B side is more CSNY sounding so of less interest. Jumbo were originally from Swansea and were discovered by TheTremeloes. Two of the members Bob Benham and Aaron Woolley then joined Alan Blakley and Chip Hawkes on some of the more Glam inspired Trems singles.