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SPIGGY TOPES - COPYCATS/MY DEAR WATSON
Lazy stuff. Mostly cut and pasted from Transplant - 'Scotland's teenage magazine'. Anyone have anything to add??
Thanks to Gert Stuut of the Netherlands we have acquired four tracks from the band - all from the various artists' album 'Dustbin Full of Rubbish'. Reasonable quality demos - slight bit of tape hiss and the production is somewhat thin but all the vocals and instruments are clear in the mix except the drums on 'My only chance' - probably deliberately so. No idea of what version of the band this was. 1. 'Mr Sullivan' 3.00 - a bright, mid paced, well arranged tune with a decent bridge. Nice bit of lead guitar & flute interplay at the end. Whoever Mr Sullivan was, he wasn't popular with the lyric writer - a manager maybe! 2. 'My only chance' 2.41 - slower, love-lorn song with wah-wah chords and flute all over it. 3. 'Love in the wind' - 2.49 - an instrumental and perhaps the best self penned track. A proggy effort of two slow 'verses' with flute taking the lead melody before picking up pace and dynamics on the two guitar dominated' choruses'. 4. 'Come away Melinda' (Hellerman & Minkoff) - 5.42 - The classic, anti-war song recorded by Uriah Heep, Tim Rose. Harry Belafonte et al. If you've not heard it, the lyrics juxtapose the innocence and hope of a child against a father's weary despair born out of his longer experience of life. In this version the band replicate that clash of emotions via an intro passage of gloomy sound effects versus the schoolyard na-na-ner-na-na taunt done on the wah-wah and a kiddie's music box tinkling away before the main body of the song commences. It's a fairly standard arrangement of the song but well accentuated with a military snare drum beat, flute, acoustic picking and a flashes of fuzz guitar. Ends with a spooky wind noise and other dismal sound effects to indicate the triumph of despair over hope - all in all an excellent effort. All four tracks are worth seeking - they show that the band had ideas, talent and promise.
One other appearance on record that we know of. Check out Cliff
Bennet's insistence that that he cut the posthumous "Toe Fat" release
"Brand New Band"/"Can't Live Without You" (Chapter One
CD 175 - issued in 1972) backed by various ex-members of a
Scottish band Spiggy Topes - during the "Rebellion" sessions in
1971. See article below for mention of the band's tour with Toe Fat.
Catch up with former roadie Mick Kluczynski talking about tour work with Pink Floyd et al at: http://www.mondiale.co.uk/tpi/vsapr04.html
Also worth a look for snatches of the Thurso scene is this URL and its links: http://home.comcast.net/~rgc/Updates/Updates_from_Susan_in_Thurso/updates_from_susan_in_thurso.html
MY DEAR WATSON
Formerly Johnny and the Copycats who in 1964-66 released 'I'm a Hog for You' / 'I can Never see You';
'Angela' / 'I'll Never Regret You';
'Start Thinking About Me'/ 'The Pain of Love. All well worth tracking down but especially - 'Start Thinking About Me' Classic slow beat ballad. Brings a tear to the eye - Tasty guitar chords too.
Record label pics contributed by Lenny Helsing - Cheers as usual Lenny.
As 'Watson' band released 'Elusive face'/ 'The Shame just Drained'; 'Stop Stop There I'll be'/'Make this Day Last'; 'Have You seen your Saviour Yet?' The latter is a move into the country rock influenced area. 'The Shame Just Drained' is another beat ballad just has to be an essential find for anyone interested in Scottish rock. It's a cover of an Easybeats track whose members Vanda and Young (the latter being the one with the Scottish connection) produced the single too. Talking of the Easybeats, with a name like that they should surely produce the Scottish football squad's next recorded effort!
Band also recorded an unreleased LP - Too Late / Unknown Title / Have you seen your saviour yet? / White line road / Watch out for the hurricanes / In the meantime / Another Unknown Title/ Things look good today / Running away from himself / Its not you / Serious business / And it's strange. Only heard the would be LP tracks in poor condition so can't really form an opinion on them. Will try again soon.. Thanks to Lenny Helsing for access to the music and Jim F. for the pic of the four piece band.