One of those bands in the 60’s that evolved into many different things while being highly respected. The Artwoods, with legendary keyboard player Jon Lord started life as The New Art Wood Combo in the early 60’s and then morphed into The Artwoods. Briefly morphing into The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and then becoming Santa Barbara Machine Head. Briefly morphing into The Flowerpot Men before Jon Lord left to form Deep Purple.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Tonight it’s one of the tracks from The Artwoods – a single cut for the Parlophone label in 1967. In The Deep End is that mixture of Psych/Blues and Pop. And while it didn’t score in the charts, was another one of those tracks that offered further evidence The Artwoods were a seriously talented band.
Had it not been for the inclusion of a very young Jimmy Page (who left, incidentally before tonight’s single came out), The Mickey Finn may have languished in obscurity for a very long time.
Not to be confused with Mickey Finn (of T. Rex fame), The Mickey Finn didn’t really achieve a lot of success during their tenure. Having released a string of singles to luke-warm reaction and virtually unknown outside of their native UK, The Mickey Finn were one of the staples of the Freakbeat Movement (as it was later to be known).
Tonight it’s a single released in 1967. Rumored to have Jimmy Page putting in a final appearance before exiting for The Yardbirds, Garden Of My Mind is pure Psychedelia, and it’s baffling why it wasn’t more popular at the time of its release.
But then, you could go crazy trying to figure out why some songs make it and some don’t.
So in case you missed them, or heard about them but never actually heard them – here’s a taste.
I suppose you could consider Wolves & Moons to be Rock Without Borders, since the band is based in Paris. However, the founder and leader is Richard Allen, who is from the UK, and has been living in Paris the past 18 years, so it’s splitting hairs.
In any event, Wolves & Moons is a nice mixture of acoustic and Alternative.Tonight’s track, Nothing Ever Shone In The Sun has been getting a lot of notice on the Continent, with Paris-based website/record store/concert promoter/alternative Oasis, Balades Sonores offering the track on their October Sampler of must listen-to tracks to check out on Soundcloud.
The thing about the Punk movement in the UK was that it was truly about social upheaval and a reaction to the Thatcher years. Although it was appreciated here for its intensity, it didn’t have the same set of circumstances it did over there.
And so bands like The Jam didn’t really achieve the same status in the U.S. that they did back home, and were subsequently not as popular, certainly from a mainstream standpoint as some of their U.S. counterparts.
Tonight it’s the second session The Jam recorded for John Peel’s program at The BBC on July 19, 1977.
Here’s what’s on the player:
1. All Around The World
2. London Girl
3. Bricks & Mortar
4. Carnaby Street
Nothing laid-back or complacent about this session.
I suppose you could call this an Olympics tribute or sorts. Well . . it is a band from England, playing in London to a capacity audience. Okay, the similarities are purely in the abstract. But nonetheless, Queen were an iconic band that started in the early 70’s, hitting their stride around the time of this concert, in 1975. A larger-than-life band with a larger-than-life personality in Freddie Mercury, they were hugely successful all over the world and this concert, recorded by the BBC at The Hammersmith Odeon, gives you some idea of why it probably wouldn’t have been the full-blown 70’s without them.
Anyone remotely familiar with the halcyon days of Glam Rock undoubtedly knows about Suzi Quatro. Born in Detroit, but relocated to London, Quatro was snapped up by the producing team of Chinn and Chapman, who were responsible for the meteoric careers of Gary Glitter, The Sweet and several others, and became an almost overnight sensation in England, Europe and Australia where she had an almost endless string of hits lasting well into the early 80’s. The U.S. was a bit harder to crack, but it wasn’t for lack of trying and it really wasn’t until she took a detour and was cast as Leather Tuscadero on the Happy Days TV series that her career in the U.S. matched that of the rest of the world.
Quatro’s success was significant on a number of levels. She was the first female Bass player to become a major rock star and she was one of the first Women of Hard Rock; a genre that was, up until this time, pretty much an all-boys club. She’s still very active, having released her 15th album just recently. She was doing a weekly radio show for BBC 6 Music and still has a large fan base.
Tonight it’s one of her early singles, a cover of the Elvis Presley All Shook Up, released in 1973.
Toy have been together since 2010 and in that time have gotten an amazing word of mouth going. In January of this year, the British Music be-all-end-all NME declared Toy to be one of the “100 new bands you need to hear”.
So, in keeping with the spirit, here is the b-side of their 2011 single, Clock Chime. They have been characterized as a combination of Psychedelic, Indie, 70’s Krautrock and 90’s Madchester. Give it a listen and see what you think.