B.B. Blunder promo shot for Worker’s Playtime, with the inimitable Julie Driscoll disguised as Comely Barmaid.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – B.B. Blunder in Session for Top Of The Pops – 1970 – BBC Radio 1
As promised a few days ago after running Blossom Toes, here is the next logical step – B.B. Blunder came about as Blossom Toes ceased to exist. Together for what seemed like ten minutes, the band actually were together a bit longer, enough time to make the classic (and completely underrated/overlooked Worker’s Playtime), provide backup for a solo effort by Reg King who also briefly joined the band and then drifted back into neglect.
Worker’s Playtime was issued in the States, on the Polydor label, which may have explained why they were overlooked. Polydor was just getting it’s act together in the U.S. and not having an easy go of it in 1971. For some reason, United Artists (the label they were on in the UK) passed on the option to release them in the U.S., which probably compounded the lack of enthusiasm for what was otherwise a great debut album.
But as I’ve said countless times before; it’s almost impossible to predict what people will respond to and whey they won’t respond to where the subject of Pop Music is concerned. Bands you were dead-certain would make it massively came and went almost totally unnoticed.
At any rate – here is one of the rare appearances B.B. Blunder made via The BBC’s Top Of The Pops. Just two numbers, but enough to make you wonder why they weren’t a huge success in 1970.
One more band to wonder about.
Temples – you wouldn’t call it hype – people just like them on their own.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Temples – Prisms
Temples have been getting an amazing amount of good word-of-mouth the past few months. They are eagerly anticipated during the batch of upcoming Festivals this Spring and Summer. They have already been pegged by several blogs, newspapers and The BBC as a Band-To-Watch in 2013. Normally I would say it’s a Publicist going into overtime, cranking up the hype machine. But this amount of positive feedback is coming on its own – and the live gigs they’ve played since the release of their debut single (I ran one of those gigs in Holland some weeks back), were all well received. Clearly, they are making good on the Band-To-Watch prediction.
I’m not sure if they’re slated to appear at Coachella this coming April. But if they are, I would urge you to see them.
In the meantime, here is the b-side of their debut single, Prisms, to give you an idea of what you can expect.
Very trippy, I will admit.
The Kinks – despite the squeaky clean exterior – the interior was mayhem.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1964 -xx-xx Kinks in session – TOTP
Continuing the perennial favorites tonight with a session recorded by The Kinks for the BBC Top Of The Pops programe in December, 1964.
Always one of the more adventuresome and original of the initial British Invasion bands of the early 60s, The Kinks managed to weather all the changes in musical genres and still maintain a freshness.
But in 1964 they were something else, and their first big International hit, You Really Got Me just tore the place up.
Here it is in a live version, along with an interview, Cadillac and huge follow-up hit, All Day And All Of The Night.
Doesn’t really seem to age at all. But what do I know?
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1968-September – Family
You absolutely could never mistake the voice of Family’s Roger Chapman for anyone else. No other singer sounded anything like him. The American press wasn’t all that keen on this distinctive vocal-chord adventure. Reviews were sometimes unkind. But the press has, well . . .that kind of reputation anyway, so it was taken with a very tiny grain of salt.
Family were very popular in the UK and throughout Europe. That they didn’t crack the U.S. market was more of a shame for us than for them. They enjoyed a long and successful run, finally splintering off in other directions in the mid-1970s with Chapman-Whitney/Streetwalkers being one of those directions.
Tonight’s session is their debut appearance on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops program from September 1968. They are in fine form and Roger fairly devastates with his brand of vocal pyrotechnics. They were, and still are one of my favorite bands.
Factoid: Not many people know that, early on in his career, well before Family, Roger took part in a song contest. He won handily, beating out the competition, among whom were none other than Tom Jones. Makes you wonder what “What’s New Pussycat?” would have sounded like, given the Chapman treatment . . . .we can only imagine.
That tidbit of information was substantiated by none other than the inimitable Mr. Chapman himself, during the course of an interview I did with him in 1973.
So now you know.
Marc Bolan – in 1970, on the verge of becoming a whole new thing.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: T. Rex In Session – 1970
Probably one of the more eclectic entries in the Encyclopedia of Glam, Marc Bolan and T. Rex. Begun in the late 1960’s as a quasi-hippie/folk duo known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, they morphed into T. Rex in 1970 and further morphed, adding extra members, into a prototype Glam band and achieved mass popularity in the process. Fronted by Marc Bolan, they turned out a string of hit singles and albums which only slowed down with the advent of Punk, but T. Rex maintained a strong fan base up until his accidental death from a car accident thirty-five years ago next month. Since then, the legend has only gotten bigger and T. Rex have come to epitomize Glam of the early 70’s when they were at their peak.
Tonight it’s a session the band did for the Top Of The Pops radio program for The BBC in October of 1970, just before they plunged head-first into Glam, but were still shedding their hippie tie-dye roots.
Not a full-on Bang a Gong, but not Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles either.
Evolution in the making.