I hear a lot of people moaning about how music & the music industry has changed, & indeed it has, I think it’s termed as “progress”. When you look at the manufactured bands being churned out by reality shows, this really is no new concept & it maybe surprising to know that the 45 I’ve gone for today, is a manufactured band for the 60’s. Paul A. Rothchild & Frazier Mohawk had already been instrumental in helping form Buffalo Springfield, so they decided to put another group together, & so Rhinoceros was born. “Apricot Brandy” is a great piece of hard bluesy rock, with heavy drums, a dirty fuzz guitar riff & some cool hammond abuse thrown in for good measure, this was apparently used as a BBC Radio theme tune.
Rhinoceros “Apricot Brandy”
This is a collaboration between Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier, Henry is widely known for his “concrete music” & Colombier for his soundtrack composition. Psyché Rock is the track that most seek out on this EP, & it sounds very reminiscent to the theme tune to Matt Groening’s “Futurama”. I picked this EP up at a great record shop in Rennes (France) called “Blind Spot”, & I would recommend visiting the shop when you’re in that neck of the woods. “Jericho Jerk” brews a heady mix of beat & psych, with crazy organ, moog & FX’s firing off all over the place, like a Turkish delight fused with a Crunchie, that sounds wrong, but is oh so right!
Les Yper-Sound “Jericho Jerk”
I only discovered the Left Banke a few years ago, when a work colleague brought in a couple of their albums, so I have to say a big thanks to Derek for introducing me to them. The term “Baroque Pop” is often used to describe their sound, & actually it’s a pretty good description, as they fuse chamber music with pop music, & I’ve got a soft spot for a harpsichord! This track features some lovely harmonies & I would recommend checking out all of their back catalogue, as it’s all great.
The Left Banke “She Will Call You Up Tonight”
Let’s go for some 70’s prog rock via France. Triangle were a French 4 piece band operating from 1967-74, & sound like a dirty funky version of Jethro Tull, which in my mind is a good thing, as I’ve got a lot of time for JT. The opening guitar riff is great, bolstered by the bass and sax overlay, all to a heavy cowbell backbeat. The B-Side “Blow Your Cool” is also worth checking out.
Triangle “Peut-Etre Demain
I watched a program on Giogio Moroder last night, & it made me realize what a phenomenal talent he is, as well as a humble & funny fella. His disco outings are well documented, but his early bubblegum pop career seldom is mentioned, so I thought I would readdress the balance! “Stop” sounds very much like a number penned by Syd Barrett on some early Pink Floyd album, with strange keyboard lines & heavy phasing, the tripped out psychedelics make this a great acid track.
The Clefs Of Lavender Hill “Stop Get A Ticket”, the Clefs were a short lived 4 piece combo from Miami, & this was their most successful single. This track is a fine example of 12 string infused garage beat, and strangely came out of the same box of singles as the “Arabian Funk” (see day 1!)
The Clefs Of Lavender Hill “Stop Get A Ticket”