Monday, December 11, 2017
Patrick Kerr –Loos of England/Hands Off –CBS 202482 (1966 UK)
Better known as a dancer/choreographer (he tutored how to dance on Ready Steady Go!), Patrick also released an earlier single Magic Potion on Decca in 1965. Read Patrick Kerr obituary
He was also chosen to front the first version of the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich novelty Loos of England, however it is on the B side where the real action resides.
Hands off is a tough and rousing Mod Rocker, built around a driving Eddie Cochran bass riff accentuated by some neat orchestrated horn stabs. The guitar solo is also cool, but would have been improved by Patrick showing a bit more restraint during the break
It seems that this release only got as far as the demo state and didn’t garner a full release
Hear a full version of Hands Off
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Acetate 1: Please -We Aim To Please/ Man With No Name
Acetate 2: Please - We Aim To Please (rougher version) /Paper Anne
Peter Dunton is particularly close to my heart for his brilliant Dave Edmunds produced phased out single Taking Time which was released in 1973 Hear it Here
Although he is perhaps best known as founder of T2, he was also in the Flies (wrote both sides of their Magic Train / Gently As You Feel single) . On top of that he was in Bulldog Breed and even spent some time with the Gurvitz brothers in Gun (Race With The Devil). As evidenced here, he was also in a band called Please which also featured members from The Flies and Bulldog Breed.
You can find more information here Here
Please never got to release anything in their lifetime, yet many tracks were recorded but only released later on ACME. I don’t have access to the released output, but I assume that these acetates were used to compile their posthumous releases (Update it has been confirmed that these are different versions). However the acetates feature 2 very different of We Aim To Please. One version is much rougher than the other, but I love them both for different reasons, although lacking a final sprinkle of fairydust, both songs are long lost gems of UK Popsike and should have been released at the time. There are different B sides which I have included for your listening pleasure.
Hear both sides of Acetate 1
Hear both sides of Acetate 2