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What they did release was a single (Heyla
Hola/Fun Buggy) to promote Strike Cola made by Barrs of Irn-Bru fame.
Brian Hogg reckoned that the line-up which made this disc was led by Dougie Henderson but wasn't sure who else is on the tracks.
Well we've seen the prints from the photo shoot for the promo (thanks Matt Nicholson) and the line-up was Hugh Nicholson, Dougie Henderson, Johnny Martin
& Davie Nicholson (Hugh's brother from the Mob) who had replaced Ian McMillan when he joined Trash/Cody.
We also remember seeing the TV advert lots of times on STV. It showed the band recording in the studio
(leading to much speculation that an LP might be on the way but they were probably actually just recording this single).
There were also clips of the band larking about in a dune-buggy in a reference to the B-side.
The line-up of Charlie Smith (drums); Joe Breen (bass); Hugh Burns
(guitar); and Johnny Martin (keys) carried on the Poets name into '71
or even '72.
We saw them in Arran and just after at Cumnock Juniors football ground in the summer of '71 - we think it was '71 anyway.
We recall them jokingly claiming that they had written their next song on the boat on the way over.
Thy then kicked into 'Liar' by Argent and made famous by Three Dog Night. Great live version!
In an interview with Guitarist magazine in January 2002 Hugh Burns said, "I moved from Glasgow to London with a group who were signed to Phonogram records.
We recorded an album and several singles, one of which, called 'The Beast Day', received lots of commercial radio play".
A search of 'Discogs' for this title reveals it to be a 1973 single by 'Marsha Hunt's 22' whose members (in addition to Hunt) are listed as :
Charlie Smith (drums); Joe Breen (bass); Hugh Burns (guitar); and Johnny Martin (keys) i.e. the last Poets line-up (until 2011).
Discogs also has this to say of 'Marsha Hunt's 22:
"Marsha Hunt's band, active from 1972 to summer 1973, actually named just '22'. Before teaming up with Hunt the group was known as 'Silver' ".
So rather than the impression that the group had a contract with Phonogram and moved from Glasgow to record,
it seems more likely that the band changed their name to Silver or Chapter 22 to try their luck in London,
eventually hooking up with Marsha Hunt and securing a recording contract. Ms Hunt had of course previously worked with Scottish musos.
Also, according to Discogs, only two singles were recorded.
1. (Oh, No! Not) The Beast Day / Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane cover) - 1973 - on Vertigo i.e. Phonogram.
A-side is an Afro-funk number with a flute solo and a short guitar break near the end - check it out on Youtube!
2. Medusa / Bop City - 1973 - on Vertigo i.e. Phonogram.
A-side is a driving rock-pop number with some male spoken sections and several wa-wa guitar breaks. Again, check it out on Youtube.
The album - 'Attention! Marsha Hunt' (1973) - Fontana i.e. Phonogram
seems to have been a Germany only issue at the time (later released in Poland).
Several sole and/or joint composer credits go to Breen, Burns and Smith as well as Hunt.
Check out details on Discogs and a couple of tracks on Youtube!
Poets' Singles Discography.
Thanks to RC78. Now we're thru/There are some - Decca F11995 -
That's the way its got to be/I'll cry with the moon - Decca F12074 - (2/65)
I am so blue/I love her still - Decca F F12195 - (7/65)
Call again/Some things I can't forget - Immediate IM006 - (10/65)
Baby don't do it/I'll come home - ImmediateIM024 - (1/66)
Wooden spoon/In your tower - Decca F12569 - (2/67)
Heyla Hola/Fun Buggy - Strike Cola - (1970/71)
POETS COMPILATIONS ON LP & CD
The Poets - Immediate Records Inc. but
probably a bootleg - (1995)
Track list : Now we're thru / There are some / That's the way its got to be / I'll cry with the moon / I am so blue / I love her still / *I'll keep my pride / *It's so different now / Call again / Some things I can't forget / Baby don't you do it / I'll come home / Wooden spoon / In your tower
This altruistic bootleg saw the light of day mainly thanks to Lenny Helsing - a major contributor to Rockingscots.. Big thick US style cardboard sleeve and heavyweight vinyl. Great sleevenotes and lots of previously unseen (to us) pictures. A bit darkly photocopied and why give the band purple fleshtones?? Still it would be curmugeonly to complain seeing as it puts together all the major label singles plus two (*) previously unreleased acetates. The 'Baby don't you do it' track is a slightly longer and different titled version of the released single.
In your Tower CD - Strike 901
All the titles on the LP above plus the 'Baby don't you do it' A-side, The Strike Cola pairing, an early version of Blue's 'Someone' and 'Dawn' which is the Pathfinders with the original Poets vocalist George Gallagher singing.
The gem on this CD though is "Never thought she would" which is a gorgeously slow melancholy ballad with a basic piano/drums/vocal arrangement that would have graced Blue's first album. We reckon then, though there are no clues in the sleeve notes, that the Nicholson/MacMillan line up knocked out this little beauty of a song. This CD was at most only semi official though it was/is widely available through specialist shops.
Excellent sleeve notes by Miss Lucy Nation, an obvious nom-de-plume, and more
previously unseen pics including one (see black and white pic far above) of a very
young Macmillan (far left) Dig those sideboards on Frazer Watson (third from
left) - to compensate for prematurely thinning on top? Front cover shows the
group outside Burn's Cottage in Ayrshire where the great poet and sartorial style guru
was born. Terrific stuff and well worth your £15.
Poets on the Radio
We recall the Poets doing one Radio One Club show. A lunchtime programme from a club in different towns featuring a local band doing perhaps three numbers each time. We only recall them doing a version of Nicholson's 'Bad Weather, which resurfaced on Marmalade's 'Songs' album. What else did they do and did anyone tape the show? Well we finally got two photos from the event at least. See above.
Oh, just one more pic of a Poets single - I am so BLUE!!!! Clairvoyant these boys or what???