December 11, 2012
REDHEAD - We Ran And We Ran / Lookin' For You ( UK 1973)
I finally got a copy of this brilliant two sider released on Jonathan King's UK label. "We Ran And We Ran" is a superior glam rock cruncher with pounding drums, catchy guitar and great production values produced by John Edward, who put his signature on other great junk shop glam singles such as Crackers and The Sensation. Enjoy!
We Ran And We Ran
Lookin' For You
December 4, 2012
FAT CHANCE - Driftin' / Good Times We Had (Decca 1972)
Here's a great version of US Potliquor's "Driftin", released by Dave Hunter's British pop act Rescue Co. No. 1 under the pseudonym Fat Chance. Nick Tauber, who produced such junkshop glam gems as Bubbles and Iron Virgin, and later such punk rock legends as Cock Sparrer and Slaughter And The Dogs, also puts his signature on this single. UK issue.
November 29, 2012
COBRA - So Dissatisfied / What Next (Polydor 1972)
Loud guitars and a cool synth sound on this tough rocker released by Dutch quartet Cobra (not to be confused with the German Cobraa). The band released about four singles before disbanding in 1973.Produced by Craig Bolyn, Dutch issue.
November 19, 2012
BOND - Back Seat Driver / Back Seat Driver (CBS 1975)
A great glam pop number released by Canadian outfit Bond. Originally called Common Bond, they changed their name in 1970, signed with CBS four years later and released a few singles and one LP between 1975 and 1976, all produced by Bob Gallo. US issue.
November 6, 2012
GIGGLES - Glad To Be Alive / High School Girls (EMI 1975)
Another great junkshop glam piece by British outfit Giggles. The band released four singles on EMI, and also recorded the great, unreleased "Giggle Wiggle" (check the Purepop blog) before they changed their name to Giants in 1978. UK issue, produced by Brian Wade.
October 25, 2012
VIKIVAKI - Crazy Daisy / Lonely Road (CBS 1977)
Vikivaki were a Swedish band formed by brothers Hans and Jon Gislason. They were active in the second half of the 1970s, releasing about four singles and one LP called "Cruising". "Crazy Daisy" is a good, hard glam rocker with a tough guitar sound. Swedish pressing.
Thanks to Enrico.
October 8, 2012
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE - No.1
Here are two different versions of a heavy psych-proto-glam number with catchy analog synth riffs by two obscure bands, The Damned and Kid Rock. It's difficult to work out who wrote the song because the labels show two different authors. The A Side of both records are another little mystery. On The Damned single the A side is "Morning Bird", which was also released by a German band called Tiger B Smith. Kid Rock's A side "Ice Cream Man" came out on an EP attached to the magazine Strange Things in 1990 and was credited to a band called Clover.
Come on, VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE!
THE DAMNED - Morning Bird / Theta (Young Blood 1974)
UK pressing, produced by Miki Dallon.
KID ROCK - Ice Cream Man / Doctor Rock (Young Blood 1973)
Spanish issue, produced by Tony Rockliffe.
October 2, 2012
REDHOUSE - Thank You / Snapshot (EMI 1977)
A brilliant hardrocker released by obscure Australian band Rehouse. "Thank You" is a tight, powerful piece recalling "Boys Will Be Boys" by Taste, another Aussie band active during the same period. Australian issue, produced by Rod Coe.
September 15, 2012
PAUL KENDRICK - Let's Do It Now / Teenage Smash (A&M 1974)
Great junkshop glam rocker with a loud fuzzed-up guitar, released by British songwriter/producer Paul Kendrick, who was a member of psych-pop band Tuesday's Children before he formed the prog rock combo Czar.
"Let's Do It Now" was his first solo single and the only one released on the A&M label. Produced by Tony Ashton.
August 24, 2012
TEARS - Ditt Minne / Anywhere, Any Time, Any One (Efel 1973)
Here's the first single released by Swedish band Tears. "Anywhere, Any Time, Any One" is a catchy glam-pop song that seems very infuenced by the early Sweet sound.
Another great Tears single called "Ooh Lah", which was released one year later on Gazell label, is already on this blog.
August 7, 2012
THE RAVING MANIAC - Rock'n'Roll Man / Freedom (Criket 1973)
Here's a hard rocking US obscurity released on Portland, Oregon's label Criket. The Raving Maniac also released another single one year later called "Driving Me Crazy", which I still haven't had chance to hear .
US issue, produced by Greg Branson.
July 18, 2012
SUNFIGHTER - Drag Race Queen / Riding On Your Star (EMI 1976)
A brilliant song from pop British outfit Sunfighter, who were active from 1975 to 1978 and released three singles. The line-up featured Rob Boughton and John Hardman on guitar and vocals, Jeb Milne and Rikki Peebles on vocals and later Melvyn Smith. "Drag Race Queen" was their first single and was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, which explains the Queen vibe.
July 10, 2012
GURU'S - Meditation Mama / Country Boy Blues (Philips 1971)
A crude and rough glam rocker with some cool guitar sounds from another obscure British outfit. "Country Boy Blues" was penned by Hogback And Pig, which is the name of another British band who released a couple of singles in the same year and who are probably behind this single too. UK issue.
June 29, 2012
KRAZE KAT - Thirty Love / Melody Maker (Mountain 1976)
Cool powerpop tune by British outfit Krazy Kat who released two singles and two LPs between 1976 and 1977. Tony Ferguson, Grahame White and Roger Willis (all members of Harmony Grass and Capability Brown) were behind this band. UK pressing, produced by Chris Thomas.
June 12, 2012
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE - No.3Here are three different versions of one of the greatest songs written by one of the best songwriting duos, Harry Vanda and George Young.
Come on, VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE!
STEVIE WRIGHT - Hard Road / Guitar Band (Albert 1974)Australian pressing, produced by Vanda and Young.
PETER D. KELLY - Hard Road / 100% Rock And Roll Melody (RCA 1973)German issue, produced by George Alexander.
GUY DARREL - Hard Road / We'Ve Thrown It All Away (Santa Ponsa 1973)UK issue produced by Roger Easterby and Des Champ.
May 26, 2012
FOGG - Water In My Wine / Just Like Me (EMI 1974)First single from Newcastle outfit Fogg, who released about five singles and one LP between 1974 and 1975 and who's line-up included Derek Rootham (who joined Geordie in 1978), David Robson, Chris McPherson and Robert Porteous. "Just Like Me" is a high-energy rocker that can really make you stomp your feet! Produced by Ian McLintock, UK pressing.
May 14, 2012
BLACKFOOT SUE - You Need Love / Tobago Rose (DJM 1974)
Here's the fifth single by Birmingham outfit Blackfoot Sue, a band formed by twin brothers Tom and David Farmer and Eddie Golga in 1970, who reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart with the great "Standing In The Road". "You Need Love" is a superb powerful glam rock tune with a great melody, rough guitar and handclaps. UK issue, produced by Noel Walker.
May 3, 2012
CHERRY - Mommy's Little Baby / We'Re Gonna Move It Up (Barclay 1975)Belgian issue of this cool single released by obscure band Cherry.
Both sides are good but my favourite is "Mommy's Little Baby", a groovy T-Rex-style number produced by Keith Bonsoir who was also behind the fuzzed-up Bear Brothers's "Bondiago" and Bo-Jangles' "Run For Your Life". Enjoy!
April 24, 2012
DUKE AND THE DRIVERS - What You Got / Like I Want It (ABC 1975)
April 11, 2012
ONE HUNDRED TON AND A FEATHER - Don't Forget Me When You're On Your Island / Let's Not Get Dirty (UK 1976)
Here's another brilliant piece by British pop genius and UK records creator Johnathan King, who penned, produced and performed this powerful sounding tune under the pseudonym of One Hundred Ton And A Feather.
March 26, 2012
SKIN ALLEY - You Got Me Danglin' / Skin Valley Serenade (Transatlantic 1972)
"You Got Me Danglin'" is a Superior glitter rock piece by progressive West-London quartet Skin Alley, a band who came from the Hawkwind, High Tide, Trees, Pink Fairies circuit. The band split up in 1974 after releasing a bunch of singles and four albums. German issue, produced by Fritz Fryer.
March 14, 2012
ZEUS - Complete Discography
Here are two great records by Austin based band ZEUS. Both singles came out the same year on Texas-based specialist jazz label, Fable.
Although my favourite track is "On The Steet", all their songs are great concoctions of hard rock, proto-punk and glam. High energy, catchy melodies and great production values. Enjoy!
ZEUS - On The Street / Don't Ask Me (Fable 1976)
Produced by Chet Himes and Zeus, US issue.
On The Street
Don't Ask Me
ZEUS - You Got Me / Take a Ride (Fable 1976)
Produced by Jay Podolnick, US issue.
You Got Me
Take a Ride
March 7, 2012
February 28, 2012
AXE - Running Wild / Sing, Sing, Sing (MCA 1972)
First single released by British obscure outfit, Axe. "Running Wild" is a great hard glam number which precedes the excellent "People Come, People Go" and "Puttin' Me Down" that's already on the Blog.
UK issue produced by Bill Kimber and Rod Alexander.
February 17, 2012
AGNES STRANGE - Give Yourself a Chanche / Clever Fool (Bird Nest 1975)
Formed in Southhampton in 1972 by John Westwood, Alan Green and Dave Rodwell, Agnes Strange released two singles (check Purepop blog) and two LPs between 1974 and 1977.
Hard rock, glam, proto punk, boogie rock...Both sides are great!
Produced by Dave Travis, UK issue.
Give Yourself a Chance
February 3, 2012
PALADIN - Sweet Sweet Music / Get One Together (Island / Bronze 1972)
Formed in Gloucestershire, England, Paladin released two singles and two LPs between 1971 and 1972. "Sweet Sweet Music" is a great glam rocker with a loud and rough guitar riff. German issue, produced by Gerry Bron.
January 26, 2012
FUNKY FAMILY - Little Girl / Rita (Aronda 1971)
First single by German band Funky Family who released the astonishing "Part Of My Life" a year later.
"Little Girl" is a beautiful psych/bubblepop piece with fuzzed-up guitar and handclaps, written and produced by the band leader Rainer Maria Ehrhardt.
January 13, 2012
January 3, 2012
SINBAD - Come Back / Good Time Woman (EMI 1974)
The British prog band Graphite is behind this production. They released only two single, the first "Gimmie Your Number" / "Chestnut Loke" came out on Beacon label in 1972, the second was released two years later under the pseudonym Sinbad. "Come Back" is a loud glam/boogie piece with crunching guitar and handclaps. A Subiddu production, UK issue.