More 45’s!

4-30-13          More 45’s

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On 4/30/66, the LP “Aftermath” by The Rolling Stones was No. 1 in England.  Richard Farina dies in a motorcycle crash, 1966.

There’s a store in Orange County that purchased a rather amazing collection, “Port Of Sound” in Costa Mesa, actually 2 collections – one is a collection of very clean British 45’s previously owned by someone who moved here (and took very good care of their records!); the other is a guy in Orange County who I presume passed away – who used to stick his return address label on the label of his 45’s, and write the date he got the 45 on the label – I’ve also seen a few stickers, “The Record Man” – and I don’t doubt it.  The British 45’s were a bit more, but the US stock copy 45’s cost anywhere between $0.19 and $3.99, with most at $0.99!  And some promos from the same age…This is a combination list of 2 trips to “Port Of Sound”, folks!

ATKINS, CHET – YAKETY AXE, RCA US 7″ re-issue

ATWELL, WINIFRED – PLINK, PLANK, PLUNK, LONDON US EP 7″ W/PS Disc is “Made in England”

BAJA MARIMBA BAND – FOWL PLAY, A&M US 7″ EZ

BAJA MARIMBA BAND – I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER, A&M US 7″ EZ

BAND, THE – I SHALL BE RELEASED / WEIGHT, CAPITOL US 7″ not credited to “The Band, but all of their individual names!

BECK, JEFF – HI HO SILVER LINING, EMI / COLUMBIA UK 7″

BERNSTEIN, ELMER – MAIN TITLE – MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, DECCA US 7″ O.S.T.

BOXTOPS – SOUL DEEP, BELL UK 7″

CHAD & JEREMY – PAINTED DAYGLOW SMILE / EDITORIAL (Vocal), COLUMBIA US 7″ from “Cabbages & Kings”!

CHERBANG BANG, IMPERIAL US 7″

CHICAGODOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

CLARK FIVE, DAVE – GLAD ALL OVER, EMI/COLUMBIA UK 7″

CLASSICS IV – SPOOKY, IMPERIAL US 7″

CLASSICS IV – STORMY, IMPERIAL US 7″

COLDER, BEN – ALMOST PERSUADED #2, MGM US 7″ Sheb Wooley

COSTA, DON – ILLYA DARLING / TRINI’S TUNE, VERVE US 7″ EZ, promo

COWSILLS – INDIAN LAKE, MGM US 7″ also got a picture sleeve for “We Can Fly”

DEEP PURPLE – KENTUCKY WOMAN, TETRAGRAMMATON US 7″

DEEP PURPLE – RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH, TETRAGRAMMATON US 7″

DONOVAN – CATCH THE WIND, PYE UK 7″

DOORS – TELL ALL THE PEOPLE, ELEKTRA US 7″

DOORS – TOUCH ME, ELEKTRA UK 7″

DRAKE, CHARLIE – MY BOOMERANG WON’T COME BACK, U.A. US 7″

DYLAN, BOB – I WANT YOU, CBS UK 7″

DYLAN, BOB – KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR, CBS UK 7″

DYLAN, BOB – LIKE A ROLLING STONE, CBS UK 7″

DYLAN, BOB – SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES, CBS UK 7″

FABRIC, BENT – CHICKEN FEED / THAT CERTAIN PARTY, ATCO US 7″ EZ

FABRIC, BENT – DRUNKEN PENGUIN, THE / ALLEY CAT DANCE, ATCO US 7″ EZ

FAME, GEORGIE – PEACEFUL. CBS UK 7″ ’68

FARLOWE, CHRIS – OUT OF TIME, IMMEDIATE UK 7″ produced by Mick Jagger

FELICIANO, JOSE – HI-HEEL SNEAKERS, RCA US 7″

FELICIANO, JOSE – LIGHT MY FIRE, RCA US 7″

FLEETWOOD MAC – ALBATROSS, BLUE HORIZON UK 7″ original issue!

FOUNTAIN, PETE – LICORICE STICK, CORAL US 7″ EZ

FREBERG, STAN – ANY REQUESTS?, CAPITOL US EP W/PS

FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS – I WILL / I UNDERSTAND, EMI/COLUMBIA UK 7″

FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS – I WILL / I UNDERSTAND, MERCURY US 7″

GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS – HOW DO YOU DO IT?, EMI / COLUMBIA UK 7″

GRASS ROOTS, THE – MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS, DUNHILL US 7″

HARMONICATS / JAN AUGUST – BEWITCHED, MERCURY US 7″

HARMONICATS / JAN AUGUST – BUFFALO BILLY, MERCURY US 7″ with vocals!

HARMONICATS / JERRY MURAD – HALF A CROWN / WHEN I’M WITH YOU, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

HASKELL, JIMMIE / ORCH. – LOVE THEME FROM…”PAULA SCHULTZ”, U.A. US 7″ promo

HAWKINS, ERSKINE – TIPPIN’ IN / AFTER HOURS, RCA US 7″ re-issue

HENDRA, TONY / NICK ULLETT – MUMMY DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (CHICKEN SONG), COLUMBIA US 7″ promo; Tony Hendra from Spinal Tap film!

HERMAN’S HERMITS – SILHOUETTES, MGM US 7″

HERMAN’S HERMITS – SUNSHINE GIRL, EMI/COLUMBIA UK 7″

HIRT, AL – EVIL ONE, THE / THEME FROM THE MONKEES, RCA US 7″ EZ

HOPKIN, MARY – GOODBYE, APPLE UK 7″

JIMENEZ, JOSE – ASTRONAUT, KAPP US 7″ W/PS from his hit album

JOHN, ELTON – YOUR SONG / INTO THE OLD MAN’S SHOES. DJM UK 7″

JONES, SPIKE – I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, RCA US 7″ W/PS

JONES, TOM – THUNDERBALL, PARROT US 7″ W/PS

KAEMPFERT, BERT – THREE O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING, DECCA US 7″ EZ

KING, JONATHAN – EVERYONE’S GONE TO THE MOON, PARROT US 7″

KINKS, THE – LOLA / BERKELEY MEWS, PYE UK 7″ with ‘coca-cola’ lyric

KINKS, THE – WATERLOO SUNSET, PYE UK 7″

LOS BRAVOS – BLACK IS BLACK, DECCA UK 7″ finally!  A clean copy of this!

LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – NEVER GOING BACK, KAMA SUTRA US 7″

NEW YORK ROCK & ROLL ENSEMBLE – BEAUTIFUL, ATCO US 7″

RANDI, DON – MEXICAN PEARLS, PALOMAR US 7″ promo

RARE EARTH – BORN TO WANDER, RARE EARTH US 7″

REED, JERRY – FINE ON MY MIND / REMEMBERING, RCA US 7″

REED, LOU – WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, RCA UK 7″ with Ronnie Ross

ROLLING STONES – OFF THE HOOK / LITTLE RED ROOSTER, DECCA UK 7″ original!

RUSSELL, LEON – LADY BLUE, SHELTER US 7″

RUSSELL, LEONSWEET EMILY / BALLAD OF MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN, SHELTER US 7″ promo-only

SILVER, HORACE – FILTHY McNASTY, BLUE NOTE US 7″ in 2 parts!

SIMON & GARFUNKEL – FAKIN’ IT / YOU DON’T KNOW…, CBS UK 7″

SINATRA, NANCY / LEE HAZLEWOOD – SOME VELVET MORNING, REPRISE US 7″

SMOTHERS BROTHERS – YOU GO THISAWAY / JENNY BROWN, MERCURY US 7″

SPANKY & OUR GANG – SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, MERCURY US 7″

SPIRIT – 1984, ODE US 7″

STEVENS, CAT – ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT, ISLAND UK 7″

STEVENS, RAY – GITARZAN / BAGPIPES – THAT’S MY BAG, MONUMENT US 7″

STEVENS, RAY – SPEED BALL / IT’S PARTY TIME, MERCURY US 7″

T. REX – RIDE A WHITE SWAN, FLY UK 7″ EP

TEN YEARS AFTER – BABY WON’T YOU LET ME…, COLUMBIA US 7″ stock copy

TURTLES, THE – SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME, WHITE WHALE US 7″

TURTLES, THE – STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, WHITE WHALE US 7″

TYRANNOSAURUS REX – DEBORA, REGAL ZONOPHONE UK 7″

WANDERLEY, WALTER – MINHA SAUDADE / ON THE SOUTH SIDE…, VERVE US 7″ EZ

WANDERLEY, WALTER – SUMMER SAMBA, VERVE US 7″ EZ

YANOVSKY, ZALMAN – AS LONG AS YOU’RE HERE, BUDDAH US 7″ Lovin’ Spoonful

YOUNG, NEIL – HEART OF GOLD, REPRISE UK 7″

YOUNGBLOODS, THE – EUPHORIA / WINE SONG, RCA US 7″ produced by Felix Pappalardi

YOUNGBLOODS, THE – TEARS ARE FALLING / GRIZZLY BEAR, RCA US 7″ produced by Felix Pappalardi

The Coasters

Coasters on Rhino Handmade

4-29-13          The Coasters

Happy birthday to Carl Gardner of The Coasters (Born 1928) and Hugh Hopper (of The Soft Machine), born 1945.

Been following The Coasters for about 45 years or so.  For many years, I let their “Greatest Hits” take care of my Coasters needs, then I started finding their 45’s, which were usually something different from their 3 or 4 proper albums.  Rather than listing all of what I have, I’ll list what I am still in search of:

–         One Kiss Lead To Another / Brazil (Atco US 45-6073) 1956 (probably red 50’s Atco label?)

–         Shopping For Clothes / Wrap It Up (Atco US 45-6178) 1960, variant only with this particular B-side, if it actually exists (I have it with “The Snake & The Bookworm” on the B-Side)

–         P.T.A. / Bull Tick Waltz (Atco US 45-6251) 1963

–         Wild One / I Must Be Dreaming (Atco US 45-6321) 1964

–         Let’s Go Get Stoned / Money Honey (Atco US 45-6356) 1965

–         Crazy Baby / Bell Bottom Slacks (Atco US 45-6379) 1965

–         She’s A Yum Yum / Saturday Night Fish Fry (Atco US 45-6407) 1966

So, these 7 out of goodness knows how many Coasters 45’s are all I look for these days.  I will likely never ever see a copy of “Crazy Baby” for sale, as it sometimes gets lumped in with “Northern Soul” titles.  I know all the songs here, though.  “PTA” b/w “Bull Tick Waltz” are probably the weakest sides on this list, with the B-Side “Saturday Night Fish Fry” being the strongest (“Wild One” is a close second, for ‘strong title’).  I actually saw “One Kiss Lead To Another” up in Seattle, but it was too expensive ($20+?) – and fairly beat up.

Come to think of it, there must be an EP or two.  Likely wouldn’t have any interesting variants on songs, but maybe a nice sleeve?  And, yes, probably interested in foreign variants; I think I only have “Youngblood” b/w “Searchin’” on London UK 45rpm!

For someone really wanting to get the whole idea of The Coasters output on Atco Records, I recommend the CD boxed set “There’s A Riot Goin’ On – The Coasters on Atco” (Rhino Handmade) – it’s 4 discs that really have the neatest stuff, incl. stereo variants and even a few previously unreleased cuts, such as “Sexy” (with the couplet, “I never seen a sweater looking better”!).

So, can you help me?  Does your local ‘oldies’ store have any of the above Coasters 45’s?  Get in touch, and I am sure we can work something out, if you know where any of these Coasters 45’s are!

Time Machine – March 1973

4-25-13          Time Machine, March 1973

Procol Harum

On 4/27/63 The Beatles 45 “From Me To You” charts at No. 1 in England.  On 4/28/73, the LP “Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd charts for the first time at No. 1 in the US.  On 4/26/69 The Beatles 45 “Get Back” charts at No. 1 in England.  Also on 4/26/69 the Cream 45 “Badge” charts at No. 18 in England.

From Strange Days magazine in Japan – these are the March 1973 LP releases:

Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon” (Harvest Records via EMI UK; LP comes with 2 posters and 2 stickers); King Crimson “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” (Island Records UK); Roxy Music “For Your Pleasure” (Island Records UK); T. Rex “Tanx” (T. Rex Records via EMI UK); Led Zeppelin “Houses of the Holy” (Atlantic Records UK); Procol Harum “Grand Hotel” (Chrysalis Records via Island Records UK; LP comes with a large booklet); Argent “In Deep” (Epic Records via CBS UK); Mahavishnu Orchestra “Birds of Fire” (Columbia Records US); Donovan “Cosmic Wheels” (Epic Records via CBS UK); Humble Pie “Eat It” (A&M Records UK); Todd Rundgren “A Wizard, A True Star” (Bearsville Records via Warner Brothers US); and Tangerine Dream “Atem” (Ohr Records, Germany).

I believe I heard Pink Floyd before “DSOTM”, so I didn’t rush to it.  I was all over the King Crimson LP, even saw them live on this tour.  Bought the Roxy Music pretty much straight away, too.  Wasn’t too interested in T. Rex by 1973, but I did eventually buy a copy.  No go on the Led Zep LP – no interest.  The Procol Harum LP was a real favorite.  Eventually got the Argent LP, but not at the time.  Didn’t get the Mahavishnu Orchestra until I found a Japanese CD of it – never owned an LP of it.  A pretty good Donovan album, US copy had more elaborate packaging than the UK copy.  No go on Humble Pie or Todd Rundgren.  Hadn’t done Tangerine Dream yet, all of that started with “Phaedra” about 1974 or so.  I just checked, and I don’t even have a copy of “Atem”!

In 1973, I was still in Junior High School.  I don’t think my brother had gotten out of the Air Force yet, so there wasn’t anybody to discuss rock music, at that time.  I was desiring to expand my horizons, mostly with European music.

Jethro Tull

4-24-13          Jethro Tull

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Happy birthday, Glenn Cornick (bassist of Jethro Tull), born 1947.

On my recent visit to Seattle, I found a book about Jethro Tull.  I “discovered” them when Warner / Reprise put them at the front of one of their famous sampler double LP’s, the song being “My Sunday Feeling”.  Sounded great, really different, even in 1969.  It wasn’t hard to find their LP’s – they were in each and every hippie record store!  I quickly got “Stand Up”, and in 1970 – “Benefit”, what I consider to be their finest hour (or 43 minutes).

Being a popular band, Jethro Tull quickly became somewhat less of a concern for me; it was somebody else’s band now; mainstream press would write about them; I refused to read it etc.  Last new album I got by them comtemporarily was “Thick As A Brick” in 1972.

40 years on, I still have a soft spot for the first 5 or 6 LP’s by Jethro Tull.  I am always interesting in illuminating their career from 1968 – 1972, with variant pressings, 45’s and, more recently, 5.1 versions of both “Aqualung” and “Thick As A Brick” (and for you quad / 5.1 fans, I know there are other multi-channel J.T. albums, as they made some quad LP’s!)

Recently, I found a copy of “Aqualung” from Germany with a pink “Island Records” label!  Certainly never saw that before; every copy of the “Aqualung” LP that I ever saw had the green Chrysalis label, right?  (Gee, I wonder if there are pink Island labels for “Benefit” in Germany?).

So, my vault has a few Jethro Tull DVD’s, lots of 45’s, a few 5.1 titles and lovely original UK copies of their first 5 or 6 albums.  I’ve seen them live (San Francisco, with It Bites opening for them), but no autographs.  I don’t think I ever tried writing to any of them; in 2013, I wonder why?  I had good results writing to King Crimson!  (P.S.  I did eventually warm to later releases by J.T., with a few boxed sets, some decent live albums etc.)

Always found it interesting that Ian Anderson plays on the 3rd album by Brian Protheroe, “I / You”.  Guess they were label-mates at Chrysalis.  And there’s always Tull-periphery:  Wild Turkey, Blodwyn Pig, Mick Abrahms…When I was working at Poo-Bah’s in the early 90’s, I believe Glenn Cornick came into the store one evening.  Rick must’ve recognized him.  I should’ve gone and got an LP of “Benefit” and hit him up for an autograph, but I didn’t.

All hail Ian Anderson and his fish farm…or whatever kind of farm it is – up in Scotland.  If the GF drags me to Scotland, will there be odd, unusual Jethro Tull periphery waiting for me up there?  Blodwyn Pig 45’s?  More variant pressings?  Bring on the first 3 album variants!

Lovin’ Spoonful / Badfinger

4-23-13          Lovin’ Spoonful / Badfinger

Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful

On 4/23/66 the Lovin’ Spoonful 45 “Daydream” charts at No. 2 in England.  Peter Ham of Badfinger croaks, 1975.

Today’s calendar provides the subject matter.

I first heard about The Lovin’ Spoonful when I was about 7 or 8 years old, when “Do You Believe In Magic?” walked down the pike – on the AM radio.  At that time, it was still whatever was on the radio – I wasn’t (typically) buying a lot of LP’s in the mid-60’s.  The first Lovin’ Spoonful LP I got was their 3rd album, “Hums” – with “Summer In The City” as the hit single.  Still my favorite Lovin’ Spoonful album, in 2013!

Imagine my surprise / pleasure when I found a Deutsche Grammophon (German) pressing of “Hums”!  Finally a decent pressing of an already good-sounding LP!  Sweet!

Seems insane to consider The Lovin’ Spoonful without John Sebastian; I guess he finally became the solo artist he’d always threatened to be, after “Woodstock”.  None of his Reprise Records albums ever particularly caught my ear, however.  They’re good, but not…eternally so.

Not sure how The Lovin’ Spoonful ended up on CD – whether or not the mastering finally got it right etc.  I don’t think Sundazed Records has re-issued those albums as LP’s…yet!

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Badfinger was like anything else I heard in 1969.  There was a magic to it’s construction; almost the Beatles without being The Beatles (by association, of course).  It didn’t hurt that their debut 45 “Come & Get It” was written by Paul McCartney!  And any Badfinger fan worth their salt had to immediately go see “The Magic Christian” film; their music appears in that film.  The other Badfinger hits were good, “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” etc. – but I guess something was obviously ‘not right’ in the Badfinger camp, once Apple Records went away.

After hearing about it for years, I finally had the opportunity to hear the album by The Iveys, the group that became Badfinger, “Maybe Tomorrow”, it’s called – it came out in the early 90’s, having been recorded in the late 60’s.  All I ever knew about The Iveys was that there’s only one Apple Records 45, “Maybe Tomorrow” b/w “Her Daddy’s A Millionaire” (which I absolutely love!).  My 45 of it sounds better to me than the CD re-issue.  Not quite sure why, as most Apple Records CD’s sound pretty darned good!

So, a lament for Badfinger.  Unfortunate, unlucky – whatever you want to call it.  Some groups are destroyed by drugs, others by fame itself – or a lack thereof.  Their “Best Of” album is definitely worth owning (“Very Best Of”, Capitol / Apple Records CD, 2000).

The Iveys

San Diego, CA

4-22-13          San Diego, CA

Frank Zappa 45, 2013

Happy birthday, Charles Mingus!  (Born 1922).  On 4/22/64 The Dave Clark 5 45 “Bits and Pieces” charts at No. 3 in England.  On 4/22/67 the Pink Floyd 45 “Arnold Layne” charts at No. 20 in England.  On 4/20/85 Stephen “Tintin” Duffy “The Ups and Downs” LP charts at No. 35 in England.  On 4/21/84 Wang Chung “Points On The Curve” LP charts at No. 34 in England.  And happy birthday to Robert Smith of The Cure (yesterday, on 4/21) – no idea how many candles on his birthday cake!

Yet another short trip to San Diego, CA – in fact, I was there for both a record collector swap meet and Record Store Day!  It’s a nice place, I really enjoy going to San Diego – all the different stuff to eat and drink; just a different experience to Los Angeles county.

The swap meet was very different to an L.A. one; different dealers etc.  And funky stuff awaited me, as usual!

The list:

BARDENS, PETER – FURTHER THAN YOU KNOW, MIRAMAR US CD

DAMNED, THE – NEAT NEAT NEAT – ALTERNATE ANTHOLOGY, SANCTUARY US 3CD

DJ SHADOW – PREEMPTIVE STRIKE, TOYS FACTORY JPN CD kami sleeve

ROSA LUXEMBURG – BEST OF, MIDI JPN CD Japanese punk band

SARDOU, MICHEL – SARDOU, TREMA FR CD ’88

V.A. – VOICE OF TOTALLY WIRED Vol. 5, ACID JAZZ UK CD

 

BOWIE DAVID – STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT), SONY US 7″ W/PS 2013 release

CHEECH & CHONG – SANTA CLAUS AND HIS OLD LADY, ODE US 7″ W/PS

DONOVAN – EPISTLE TO DIPPY, EPIC US 7″ W/PS

FIXX, THE – RED SKIES, MCA UK 7″ W/PS

MITCHELL, JONI – RAISED ON ROBBERY, ASYLUM US 7″ promo-only

O.S.T. – JAMAIS LE DIMANCHE, BARCLAY FR 7″ EP W/PS Melina Mercouri

PRESTON, BILLY – NOTHING FROM NOTHING, A&M US 7″ W/PS ’74

RUBETTES – TONIGHT, POLYDOR US 7″ promo-only

WHO, THE – REAL ME, TRACK RECORD BELGIUM 7″ W/PS

ZAPPA, FRANK – I’M THE SLIME, ZAPPA US 7″ W/PS re-issue, green vinyl, 2013 release

 

BACK STREET CRAWLER – SECOND STREET, ATLANTIC UK LP ’76

COLLINS, JUDY – IN MY LIFE, ELEKTRA UK LP re-issue

ESPERANTO – DANSE MACABRE, A&M MEX LP

HARRIS, ROLF – TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT, CAPITOL CAN LP ’63

HAWKINS, RONNIE – s/t, COTILLION US LP ’70

KATZ, FRED – FOLK SONGS FOR FAR OUT FOLK, WARNER US LP ’59 stereo

MARTHA & THE MUFFINS – METRO MUSIC, VIRGIN CAN LP (V 2142)

MAURIAT, PAUL – SAN FRANCISCO, PHILIPS COL LP EZ

PANDIT, KORLA – CHRISTMAS WITH, FANTASY US LP blue vinyl

TAKEMITSU, TORU – QUATRAIN, D.G. DE LP ’80

V.A. – OLDIES, U.A. US LP Oddball collection

WANDERLEY, WALTER / LUIZ HENRIQUE – POPCORN, VERVE US LP jazz

WILLIAMSON, ROBIN – LEGACY OF THE SCOTTISH HARPERS, FLYING FISH US LP Incredible String Band

YES – CLOSE TO THE EDGE, ATLANTIC UK LP orig UK issue, with inner sleeve, silver on front cover

4-18-13

4-18-13   

Happy birthday, Mike Vickers (of Manfred Mann), born 1941.  On 4/19/69 the Bob and Earl 45 “Harlem Shuffle” charts at No. 7 in England, as a re-issue.  Also on 4/19/69 the Mary Hopkin 45 “Goodbye” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 4/18/70 the Juicy Lucy 45 “Who Do You Love?” (on Vertigo Records) charts at No. 14 in England.  On 4/21/73 the LP “Billion Dollar Babies” by Alice Cooper charts at No. 1 in the US.  And on April 19th: Happy birthday, Mark Volman (of The Turtles & The Mothers!), born 1947.

No new post today, folks – just the date listing.  New blogs coming up shortly, likely next week.  This stuff doesn’t write itself!

– Ron

 

Smash Hits 1980

4-17-13         Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 8) April 17 – April 30th, 1980

SH 800417_NEWHappy birthday, Lester Square! (of The Monochrome Set) (Born 1954).  On 4/17/65 The Beatles 45 “Ticket To Ride” charts at No. 1 in England.  Also on 4/17/65 the Roger Miller 45 “King Of the Road” charts at No. 1 in England.  Happy birthday, Roy Estrada (of The Mothers of Invention and Little Feat), born 1943.  Happy birthday, Pete Shelley (of The Buzzcocks), born 1955.

Madness on the cover.  What?  No flexidisc or free badge?  Lyrics to “Clean Clean” by The Buggles.  An article about…The Monkees?  An advertisement for The Revillos “Scuba Scuba”!  The Vapors in colour!  “The Face” is coming soon!

45’s:

Delta 5 – “Anticipation” (Rough Trade Records)

Orange Juice – “Falling and Laughing” (Postcard Records)

Paul McCartney – “Coming Up” (Parlophone Records)

Telex – “Eurovision” (Sire Records)

The Cure – “A Forest” (Fiction Records)

Martha & The Muffins – “Saigon” (Dindisc Records)

LP’s:

The Undertones – “Hypnotized” (Sire Records) (Limited edition containing free mobile!)

Mark Andrews and The Gents – “Big Boy” (A&M Records)

Martha & The Muffins on tour, England 1980!

The Marquee (April 22), Newcastle Mayfair (April 25), Huddersfield Poly (April 26), Birmingham Top Rank (April 27), Tiffany’s, Edinburgh (April 29), Sheffield Poly (May 1), Manchester Russell Club (May 2), The Electric Ballroom (May 3), East Anglia (May 5), Canterbury Odeon (May 6) and Brighton Top Rank (May 7).

I believe I saw them play live in Los Angeles @ The Whisky A-Go-Go shortly thereafter.

I really liked Delta 5’s album on Pre / Charisma.  I didn’t get Orange Juice then, but I like them just fine right now.  Sir Paul’s 80’s style!  OK Telex 45, but likely not as good as “Dummy”.  I remember this Cure 45 coming out so well – seemed to be like progressive rock, didn’t it?  And I easily bought anything I could find by Martha & The Muffins.

I more recently found some 45’s by Mark Andrews and The Gents, but I do not recall ever seeing this LP.  The Undertones didn’t exactly do it for me, so this one never troubled my shoulder bag.

The Gordons

4-16-13          The Gordons win an award in NZ!

The Gordons

Happy birthday, Henry Mancini!  (Born 1924).

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I had the good fortune to actually see The Gordons in NZ on one of my earlier visits.  They were unbelievable energetic – so much so that they had to stop playing after a few minutes, because the guitarist had torn some strings off of his guitar.  As there weren’t “any rules” at that time, they just stopped playing, and Alastair just sat and re-strung his guitar while on-looking Wellington punks stared at him, mumbling “Strings are all broken”.

Their debut EP, “Future Shock” (1980), is something not easily forgotten – where were you when you first heard “Adults & Children”?

In a turn-around in historical resonation, The Gordons have been given an award (“The Taite Music Prize: Independent Music NZ Classic Record”) for their debut album, “The Gordons” (1981) as the inaugural award in the category, with Grant Smithies saying “This first Gordons record remains unsurpassed for it’s nasty beauty , it’s ice-cold pessimism and white-hot intensity” – and I don’t disagree!

So an almost-unknown band in a distant country wins an award, and I’ve seen them live, I bought the record in question when it was a new release and, in 1987, I got to meet them all formally in Christchurch, NZ – although by that time, they were known as Bailter Space.

So, if I sold you a copy – whip it out and admire all the qualities as detailed by Mr. Grant Smithies (the guy who wrote the book on “Great NZ Albums”).

The Taite Music Prize 2013 event is held on Wednesday, 17th April in Auckland and is an invite-only ceremony. Julia Deans and Street Chant, both finalists in previous Taite Music Prize events, are scheduled to perform live sets for the gathered guests. The event will live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online and will be recorded by Radio NZ.

The Taite Music Prize

Presented by:

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)

Official Partners:

PPNZ Music Licensing / NZ On Air (NZOA) / the Taite Family

Supporting Partners:

NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) etc.

Media Partners:

NZ Herald Online / Kiwi FM