My Generation of Sun. 12 & Mon. 13 April: Dedicated Followers of Fashion [2015-14]
STREAM ONLINE AGAIN. SHOW STARTED AGAIN AT 18:00 hrs. REPEATED AT 22:00 hrs and 02:00 in the morning
Sun 12, 12 noon: Dedicated followers of fashion: Kinks, Mark Four, Creation, Dave Berry, Rockin’ Vickers ** Unreleased Carlo Lille with Long JOhn Baldry ** Andy Twyman’s unheard of blues **
01 DEDICATED FOLLOWERS OF FASHION
When The Kinks hit the charts in 1964, they did so with the rough and wild riff of “You Really Got Me” – a song written by band member Ray Davies and not, as was the habit, by some pro songwriter working for a publishing company, possibly an American hit to be covered. This made The Kinks really stand out from the onset. Wild and rough riffs and rhythms defined the sound of the early Kinks on single and LP, on stage and in the studio, as they also had a penchant for similar blues songs, such as “Milk Cow” or “Cadillac”, the latter by riff-man extraordinaire Bo Diddley. In 1964, The Rollong Stones were dutifully copying R&B (hitting the no. 1 spot with a slow blues called “Little Red Rooster”), The Yardbirds emulated up-tempo R&B on stage and sent pop tunes written by outsiders to the charts, while The Beatles had hardly outgrown civilized rock’n’roll and were yeah-yeahing for the millions.
Two years later, the scene had changed. The Kinks recorded self-written material only – but composer Ray Davies had changed his style drastically: “Set Me Free” and “See My Friend” (1965) were slow and polished and in the summer of 1966 they actually hit the top of the charts with a sing-along thing called “Sunny Afternoon”. Davies had started to write about present-day everyday life in England: “Well Respected Man” was their first hit in 1966, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” their second. These themes didn’t go well with rough riffs, distortion and volume 10; Davies was now writing pure songs to convey his message; melody, refrains and all. London was now fully swinging and The Kinks wrote the chronicle.
Meanwhile, not all was good. In the Spring of ’66, Ray Davies suffered a nervous breakdown, Peter Quiafe had an accident and was replaced by Jim Dalton (The Mark Four), announced his departure in October (and was again replaced by Dalton) only to return in November and to leave for good in 1969 – to be replaced by, you’ve guessed it!
Dalton and original drummer Mick Avory occasionally team-up in the Kast Off Kinks.
RADIO 68 PLAYS: The Mark Four (pre-Kinks band of John Dalton), The Creation (the band that evolved out of The Mark Four, Eddie Philips solo (guitar man of The Creation), some b-sides by The Kinks, covers of early Davies songs (Dave Berry, The Rockin’ Vickers) and original Kinks drummer singing Dedicated Follower Of Fashion with the Kast Off Kinks.
02 CARLO LITTLE UNRELEASED, feat. Long John Baldry and Nick Simper
This is a Savage Branch special from my show The Savage Tree on Radio Sutch, www.radiosutch.net. Special Branch of show no. 10. was Carlo Little, who occasionally sat in for Charlie Watts and who is said to be the drummer The Stones wanted – but could not afford. Read Carlo’s memoires “Confessions of a Sixties drummer” on his website http://carlolittle.wix.com/carlolittle
Drummer Carlo Little isn’t just a branch of the Savage Tree, he was a co-founder of Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages in 1960. In fact, David ‘Lord’ Sutch was going to manage the band that consisted of Carlo Little, Rick Brown, Nicky Hopkins and Bernie Watson, but he became their singer and front man instead.
Apart from stints with bands like The Cyril Davies All Stars and The Flower Pot Men, Carlo Little was the Savages Drummer throughout the sixties.
Everything you want to know about Carlo Little is on his excellent website, “Confessions of a Sixties Drummer”. So, to cut a long story short: after his link with The Rolling Stones were “rediscovered” by the press in 1998, Carlo formed his All Stars Band and went into the studio to start work on a solo album.
Now, Little recruited TWO different bands: roughly speaking : one for the rock and roll tunes he had written himself, one for the blues songs – most of which were classics or sounded like classics . When fourteen songs had been put on tape and with no contract in sight, Carlo sent me a demonstration copy, saying any publicity would be helpful. That was 2003. Carlo passed away in 2005. When the album NEVER STOP ROCKING was finally released on Angel Air in 2009, it appeared that five songs of the demo disc had been left out:
two new rock’nroll songs written by Carlo: ACE CAFE and LET’S GO , LET’S GO
for which he had used a band consisting of two former Savages, Nick Simper and Peter Parks, plus former Jo Jo Gunne singer Alan Barratt;
and three blues classics hadn’t made it onto the official release either: GOING DOWN SLOW, MY BABE and STORMY MONDAY . Carlo had used a different band for the bluesy section of the cd:
singer Alex Chanter (brother of backing vocals duo The Chanter Sisters), Rick Brown on bass, Eddie Armor on harmonica and accordion; Geraint Watkins on piano and accordion; and Jonny Cassanova on keyboards).
By recruiting Rick Brown, Carlo had reformed the original rhythm section of the Cyril Davies All Stars. And by inviting Long John Baldry, he had even succeeded in adding their original singer! I kept the demo disc in my drawer, as promised to Carlo.
Hence, these five songs were broadcast for the very first time Ron Radio Sutch (and now Ron Radio 68):
ACE CAFE and LET’S GO, LET’S GO; feat. Nick Simper, Pete Parks and Alan Barratt;
MY BABE and GOING DOWN SLOW with Rick Brown on bass and Long John Baldry on vocals, plus an incomplete version of STORMY MONDAY with Alan Chanter on vocals.
Mick Jagger * Paul McCartney * Thee Faction: how to destroy capitalism * Tuli Kupferberg * The Who (Roger Daltrey) at French Communist’s Party La Fête de l’Humanité, 1972 * Donovan *
RADIO 68 TIME is 1 hour ahead of UK / UTC Time.
MY GENERATION: THE SHOW
New show Sundays 12 noon ** Repeated Sundays 16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and 24:00 hrs (twelve midnight till 4 in the morning) and Mondays 12 noon.
ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS: ** THE BIG THREE ** THE FORTUNES ** SPECIAL: DEDICATED FOLLOWERS OF FASHION: THE MARK FOUR, THE CREATION, EDDIE PHILLIPS, DAVE BERRY, THE ROCKIN’ VICKERS, THE PRETTY THINGS, THE KINKS, THE KAST-OFF KINKS, BLACKMORE’s NIGHT** ALICE (1970) ** CLARK-HUTCHINSON **
LONG PLAYER TIME
THE AMEN CORNER: FAREWELL TO THE REAL MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1969): ** MARIANNE FAITHFUL: MARIANNE FAITHFUL + COME MY WAY (1965) ** MARSHA HUNT: WALK ON GUILDED SPLINTERS / WOMAN CHILD (1971) ** BLACK SABBATH: PARANOID (1970) ** THE ROLLING STONES : AFTERMATH (1966) **
New Show Sundays 14:30 hrs ** Repeated Sundays 18:30 hrs, 22:30 and 02:30 a.m. (Monday) and Monday 14:30 hrs
CANNED HEAT ** TUCKER ZIMMERMANN **ANDY TWYMAN: BLUES YOU HAVEN’T HEARD BEFORE ** SPECIAL: SAVAGE BRANCH with Carlo Little, Long John Baldry and Nick Simper **