Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Stig –Crazy Clown –Obscure Danish Glam 1974

Stig –Crazy Clown/Living Was For You and Me –Sonet T-7268 (1974 DK)

Stig is one Stig Kreutzfeldt who first came to prominence in Denmark as part of the Stig & Steen duo, but here he is in 1974 fronting a melodic Glam infused ditty, that takes on airs of grandiosity within its simple but effective mid-tempo crunching beat. It’s commercial, yet not irritatingly so, helped in some way by the fine production with some of the habitual Glam tricks and features of the time. Later in life, Stig would end up heading CBS in Denmark

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Cleo – I Don’t Mind/Take It Easy -Obscure US Powerpop 1973

Cleo –I Don’t Mind/Take It Easy –Garlin Records GSP 108 (US 1973)

Apart from a link to a Van Nuys newspaper article from 1973, there is zilch in terms of information on this one. Its total obscurity doesn’t increase its musical merit, but both sides are rare examples of early 70s Beat updates, however its Californian provenance soaks up the prevalent atmosphere of the time while showing similarities with the burgeoning Powerpop ethics of the likes of Blue Ash, or The Raspberries on a national level.

I don’t Mind is the more obvious 60s beat update number, similar to the Poppees, while Take It Easy has a beefier White album grounding with a more contemporary Californian feel in the chorus. Neither tracks re-write history in any way, but are further examples of succinct pop induced ditties of which there are bound to be further examples remaining to be uncovered out there

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