I have recently discovered “64 Spoons”, an inspired version of jazz-rock and looning that were around int he late 1970s; so obscure that there is no track by them on YouTube (going to have to do something about that). I read they developed a fair local following but never broke (and no way they could at that time given their quality playing, hooks, amusing lyrics, fusiony feel given the Blockheads had cornered that market without sounding so middle class). Jakko Jakszyk of King Crimson was one of their horn players. Newcastle’s Last Exit (which produced Sting) are another example of this type of band. The Cardiacs just about broke through beyond their Tolworth and Kingston roots, though never to a significant degree. It led me to wonder what other local bands never broke despite a lot of talent and even some tunes. Recommendations?
In my endless dredging through dodgy mid-70s detritus, i fell upon this lot. I knew them as one of those bands that tried to make it in the time exactly when punk emerged, and were thus pushing against a closing door. I knew the single (“5705”) and never particularly bothered. I find this video compelling for it’s antique quality, and can imagine any of them saying, over a pint when we fall into discussing music in the pub, “it’s a shit business”.
Brian Auger is gigging the UK in early November. Fans of the, er, sound of the swelling organ and post-mod positivity up for it? I’m intending to see them in that London at the Jazz Cafe.
And yes, I didn’t know of John Prescott’s prowess on the organ, either. You’re not looking so young, yourself.
Brian Auger is gigging the UK in early November? Fans of the, er, sound of the swelling organ and post-mod positivity up for it? I’m intending to see them in that London at the Jazz Cafe.