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This single came out in the UK on Rockfield and the production by Dave Edmunds is pretty spectacular. Dave was in the middle of his Spector recreations in the Rockfield barn at the time and the Welsh wizard pulls out all the stops on this single. Swamped in flange and chorus, Taking Time literally explodes during the instrumental breaks full of psyched out Banjo and unmistakable Dave Edmunds guitar interjections. The B side Still Confused sounds like Badfinger on mushrooms with a nice understated vocal performance from Pete Dunton.
Change â€“Yaketty Yak, Smacketty Smack/When The Morning Comes â€“Orange OAS 210 (1973 UK)
This review definitely asks more questions than it answersâ€¦These two records seem to feature the same band, but they donâ€™t sound at all alike. Wildcat is firmly in Brother Susan/ Slade Glam mode while Yaketty Yak, Smacketty Smack is a lovely pop tune to suit an afternoon of mild S&M activities. Both singles have Sigmund(s)son and Helgason credited as writers (Wildcat adds Rolfe â€“Could that be Barry Rolfe who recorded Look The Business?), so I would assume a Scandinavian connection. The EMI single is produced by Emil D. Zoghby and to confuse matters even further, I picked up a single by Chance (although credited to Change on the back cover) called Wash My Memâ€™ries (Pink Elephant PE 22.736 â€“H) also produced by Emil. That single is rather ghastly, but again could this be the same band? Hopefully our Nordic friends can perhaps provide some information here? Click on title for edits of Wildcat and Yaketty Yak, Smacketty Smack
House of Lilly were apparently a Swiss band, but Turn Around is a cracking Punk-edged performance that rocks hard without ever falling into Hard Rock histrionics or Prog indulgences. The only slight blemish is the weak organ solo, but the lead guitar that follows is positively blistering. Their use of English language was nothing if not creativeâ€¦Canâ€™t make it all out but there are witches flying about and the singer proclaims at one point: â€œI am The Devil and my breath will blow you upâ€. His last line ends with: “My….. WILL FUCK YOU UP“, but I’m not too sure as to what he was referring to. The B side is OK, but has a flute â€“go throw it in the lake boy and letâ€™s have more cheese induced delirium!
Click on title for full version of Turn Around
While await requests for new reviews (if not the default setting will be House Of Lilly), I have put some singles up on ebay and you can expect up to 100 singles over the next few weeks.
You can find them here:
From the man himself, who also sent the Smiley photo.â€œMaybe you can make out the name Creation written on floorâ€¦We were going to go out as The Creation and adopt their image/music…it all kinda fell apart for Smileyâ€¦ We signed a 10 year contract with Shel Talmy/ Shelbush organisation, who promised to release two singles per year, but it never happened. While we were playing at Top Ten Club in Hamburg ,a record scout Paul Murphy spotted us and we met with the then music director of BASF in Germany…Ralf Arni (think this right spelling) who wrote the song “Tulips from Amsterdam” (Max Bygraves!!!). They wanted to sign us under a fantastic recording deal (well was then), however The Shel Talmy Organisation wouldn’t let us leave, and we were cast into the wilderness…no recording possibilities…the band decided to make money we would have to change and be a cabaret band, (something I personally hated) so I left the band and they carried on for around another yearâ€
Smiley line up: John Ryan -vocals, Billy Fogg – drums, Peter Richardson – Guitar, Robert (Bob) Garner – Guitar, Douglas Dickson â€“Bass Click on title for edits of I Know What I Want and Penelope