December 26, 2011
RESCUE CO. NO. 1 - Life's Too Short / Then I Think About You (Rak 1971)
Second single released by UK outfit Rescue Co. No. 1, a studio project by Chris Arnold, David Martin and Geoff Morrow who released other records as Butterscotch and Go Go Thunder.
The verse of the song is the same as Sisters' glam stomper "Kick Your Boots Off", which came out two years later. UK issue produced by Arnold, Martin, Morrow.
December 11, 2011
TED MULRY GANG - My Little Girl / You've Got It (Mushroom 1977)
I wasn't sure which Ted Mulry Gang's record to put on this blog because I love almost everything he's done. Born in England but achieving success in Australia, Mulry released several OzRock classics, mainly on the Albert label, before he died in 2001. Here's one of his lesser-known singles, the first released on Mushroom Records. Australian issue, produced by TMG.
You've Got It
My Little Girl
December 5, 2011
November 21, 2011
November 16, 2011
THE HERD - The Game / Beauty Queen (Fontana 1969)
Here's an amazing b side by London outfit The Herd. "Beauty Queen" is a catchy and powerfull dancer with a gritty guitar chords featuring a young Peter Frampton and Andy Bown who also produced the song. Dutch issue.
November 7, 2011
THE PROTECTORS - Loretta / Jump The Sidewalk (Live Wire 1975)
A total obscurity released on Live Wire in 1975. I don't know anything about the Protectors, but Loretta is a good Junkshop tune with cool synth and handclaps written and produced by Keith Bonsor who also penned Zior's "Cat's Eyes" in 1972. UK issue.
October 30, 2011
October 24, 2011
PARKINSON'S LAW - Daughter Of Thunder And Lightning / I Need Your Loving And I Can't Let Go (RCA 1972)
Even though it's not up to the same standard, "Daughter Of Thunder And Lightning" reminds me of the Hamlett's "Vampire Man". An amazing freak/glam rock number penned, as written on the label, by Parkinson - who should be the same person who wrote the incredible Boneshaker's "Sweetness" and the a side of the beautiful P.A.T.C.H.'s "Where Are You Now", already on Proudfoot Sound blog. UK issue.
October 16, 2011
CAPTAIN ROCK AND THE SKYRIDERS - Lupy Lu / Together (Crystal 1977)
Amazing picture sleeve and great glam/proto-punk version of Lupy Lu. After this lonely single released as Captain Rock And The Skyriders, Peter Dye and Kelvin Purcell formed Buzz, releasing two other singles on the Crystal label. UK issue, produced by Peter Dye.
October 9, 2011
TANK - Fast Train / This World's an Apple (Polydor 1973)
Here's another British obscure single. "Fast Train" is a glam/boogie number that reminds me of Blackfoot Sue, while the b side is a rural hard rockin' piece with catchy guitar riffs. Both songs where produced and written by John Bromley, a Polydor songwriter who also released a bunch of singles and one LP by the end of the 60s and Martin Rushent, better known as the producer of bands such as 999, The Stranglers, Buzzcocks and many others. UK issue.
This World's an Apple
September 26, 2011
ALBRATROSS - Anything I Want To Do (197? - Trident Studios Acetate)
The same Albatross who released the singles "The Band Played On" - already on this blog - and "Tobacco Road". Here's the acetate of their second single, a solid rocker with robust guitar riffage. Enjoy!
September 20, 2011
DOUGLAS - Monkey Song / Montego Sunshine (CBS 1975)
This single by Sweden's Douglas Westlunds was already reviewed by Purepop years ago. I'm posting it again just to show you this amazing Italian picture cover and to give you another chance to listen to this incredible catchy track.
September 13, 2011
THE FRONT END - Eeny Meeny / You (Smash 1967)
Amazing tune by obscure US band The Front End. Unfortunately I can't find any info about them, but "Eeny Meeny" is a catchy bubblegum/garage song and is worthy of your attention. Produced by Steve and Bill Jerome.
September 1, 2011
August 24, 2011
August 18, 2011
July 26, 2011
DESIRA - Gorilla / Angel Demonic (Saga To Kong) (Thunder 197?)
Here's a total obscurity released in the US maybe between 1976 and '78. Gorilla is a brutal glam-punker piece with loud guitar and wild vocals produced by Damon Alberti and Sam Kleinman. The single is accompanied by an amazing poster that reads "Don't Listen Alone...Recorded In The Jungle". Enjoy!
July 16, 2011
JETT BLACK - Mademoiselle / You Make Everything Dirty (Fiddlers 1977)
Great single by obscure US outfit Jett Black.
I couldn't find any info about this band, apart from a Canadian 80's AOR band with the same name, but I don't think it's the same group.
However, both tracks on this single are a tough combination of hard rock, glam and punk. "Mademoiselle" was written in 1976 but the single was released one year later. US issue produced by Jett Black & Michael Bruce.
You Make Everything Dirty
July 6, 2011
THE LOFTUS ROADRUNNERS - Queens Park Rangers / Drive Me Down To QPR (Gama 1977)
UK pressing of this amazing football-glam two sider by The Loftus Road Runners. Both songs were produced by Max Hole and Wayne Bardell and written by Bruce Thomas, who also joined Elvis Costello and The Attractions.
With the help of my friend Tim "Purr" and his great compilation, "On The Glitter Ball", other singles like this will be soon on Proudfoot Sound Blog.
Queens Park Rangers
Drive Me Down To QPR
June 27, 2011
June 15, 2011
June 3, 2011
JACK STACK-A-TRACK - Good Time Music / Brother (Chelsea 1976)
"Good Time Music" is a Beach Boys homage written, produced and performed by the popular American recording engineer Jack "Stack-A-Track" Grochmal, who is better known for engineering several albums for Johnny Cash in the '80s and '90s. UK pressing.
May 24, 2011
JUNGLE JIM - Linda Love / Baby Go Down (Pye 1972)
Great rocker b side with fab guitar sound. Here's the second and last single by the British Jungle Jim, authors also of the single "Big Fat Oranguman" (you can listen to it in Purepop blog). UK issue, produced by Flotsam.
May 14, 2011
RENEGADE - Lovin' And Forgiving / Never Let Me Go (Parlophone 1973)
After a short-lived career in Italy with the Sorrows and after releasing the beautiful "You're Still Mine" with Eggy, Pip Witcher and Roger Lomas formed Renegade. They cut this weird, amazing two-sider, following it up one year later with the glam-punker "My Revolution". Portuguese issue, produced by Lomas/Ludvigsen.
Lovin' And Forgiving
Never Let Me Go
May 4, 2011
YELLOW CAT - Little Woman / Sissy (Lark 1974)
A bubbleglam stomper b side from the obscure Yellow Cat, which betrays an Equals influence.
Sound and vocals are strikingly similar to another Dutch nederglam piece called "Do It" by Black Fire. In fact, Van Olm is behind both singles as writer and producer. Probably both bands were his studio creations. Dutch Issue.
April 23, 2011
THE WILDFLOWER - Butterfly / Holly (United Artist 1969)
"Butterlfy" by The Wildflower is an amazing bubbleglum piece with great guitars and catchy vocal. The single was produced by Philadelphia-born producer John Madara and maybe performed by members of Californian band Gulliver, Tim Moore, Tom Sellers and Jim Helmer who released an LP the same year on Elektra label. US issue.
April 17, 2011
TRISTAR AIRBUS - Willie Morgan / Travellin' Man (RCA 1972)
This catchy bubblegum tune by Tristar Airbus was a tribute song to Manchester United’s legendary football player Willie Morgan. The song was co-written by Graham Gouldman (10cc bass player, actually playing on both tracks) and Jeff Smith. UK issue.
April 1, 2011
ANTHONY BYGRAVES - Painted Lady / Love Star Ship (Pye 1974)
I finally found a copy of this astonishing junk shop glam classic and much to my suprise, I was pleased to find out that the b side is on the same level of "Painted Lady"...listen to both sides below. UK issue, produced by David Reilly.
Love Star Ship
March 23, 2011
MECKENBURG ZINC - Hard Working Woman / I'd Like To Help You (Orange 1970)
First and only release by obscure Meckenburg Zinc, this is another Carter/Lewis production. "Hard Working Woman" is a brilliant pop number with a cool vocal arrangement, penned and maybe performed by John Carter together with Tony Maculay. UK issue
March 15, 2011
BENNY - Zwei Wie Wir / Der Erste Kuss - Die Ersten Tränen (Hansa 1974)
Here's a good kraut-glam number by 16 year-old German singer Benny Schnier who also released a cool version of Plastic Bertrand's "Ça Plane Pour Moi", called "Bin Wieder Frei".
"Zwei Wie Wir" is a pure Suzi Quatro performance with crunching guitar, handclaps and HEYs. German issue, produced by Frank Farian.
March 6, 2011
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE - No.2
Originally written and released by Giorgio Moroder in Italian as
"Tu Sei Mio Padre".
The song was reprised by the British Chicory Tip and re-recorded in English, reaching #1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks in February 1972. Come on, VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE!
GIORGIO - Tu Sei Mio Padre / Non Ci Sto (Ricordi International 1972)
Italian pressing, produced by Giorgio Moroder.
CHICORY TIP - Son Of My Father / Pride Comes Before a Fall (CBS 1972)
Dutch issue, produced by Roger Easterby and Des Champ.
March 1, 2011
February 16, 2011
February 6, 2011
ROCKY RHODES - Crazy Eyes / Rocky Rhodes' Boogie (Tiffany 1974)
Great and obscure British junkshop glam rock released on the short-lived Tiffany records. "Crazy Eyes" is a pure Mud-style performance, with prominent synth, ultra compressed drums and catchy guitars. UK issue, produced by Pete Sinfield.
January 29, 2011
January 20, 2011
GLO MACARI - Lookin' For Love / People Like You ( People Like Me) (Columbia 1971)
Recorded at EMI Studios London in 1971, "Lookin' For Love" by Glo Macari and Slowload is an amazing glam rockin' piece with catchy vocals, crunching guitar and, of course, loud handclaps.
Portuguese issue, produced by Roger Ferris.
January 13, 2011
January 8, 2011
January 1, 2011
JAMES HOGG BAND - Gotta Be a Winner / Everybody Smile (Regal Zonophone 1973)
The last and best single from this Welsh combo. Both tracks are tight guitarockers in the mould of pre-AC/DC Marcus Hook Roll Band. James Hogg released two more singles called "Lovely Lady Rock" and "California Blues" both on Regal Zonophone in 1972. Produced by Philip Sampson,
Gotta Be a Winner