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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #40 on: October 23, 2013, 09:47:59 AM »

Oh yeah.
Well, would anyone consider themselves a fan of The Tremeloes?
I'm a fan of their era (and the era when they'd have been teenagers) and if Brian Matthew plays them on a Saturday morning I don't complain.
Mind you, I would love to compare their Decca audition with The Beatles' one.
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2013, 01:09:02 PM »


Mind you, I would love to compare their Decca audition with The Beatles' one.


Couldn't find their audition tapes yet. This was their first single on the Decca label:

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - Twist Little Sister + Lost Love - 1962 45rpm
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2013, 09:20:05 PM »

Couldn't find their audition tapes yet. This was their first single on the Decca label:

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - Twist Little Sister + Lost Love - 1962 45rpm


I've been looking for them too.  I haven't found them yet, but I came up with this interview of Dave Munden by Gary James regarding the 1 January 1962 audition...

Q - Why do you think Decca Records chose The Tremeloes over The Beatles?

A - Well, I think there's probably two reasons. One is the fact that when we did our audition for Decca, I think we were probably a little bit more rehearsed, more professional. We had our music together. Maybe The Beatles weren't totally professional. They never put their tracks together very well, as well as we did. That's maybe one reason. And also, they came from Liverpool. We came from London, which was a lot closer to Decca's studio. And another reason was one of the guys that worked at Decca, a guy called Mike Smith, he was one of the top A&R guys there, he was from Essex! So, I think that might've helped. He lived probably two or three miles from where we lived. So he might've helped to instigate that I think.

Q - Have you heard The Beatles' audition tape?

A - I did hear it a long time ago because our guy Mike Smith had a copy. I think he still has a copy of it somewhere now. So, we did hear it, but there's only vague recollections of it now.

Q - I heard that Paul was very nervous and it showed in his singing.

A - Yeah. I think that's true. That all bears out the story that I've just said to you. It wasn't very good, their audition tape.

Q - Let's say on that day, The Beatles had secured a record deal with Decca and The Tremeloes had been turned down. What would've happened to The Tremeloes?

A - Wow. I guess we probably would have gone to more record companies.

Q - Just like The Beatles did.

A - Yeah. They were in fact turned down by quiet a few companies, not just Decca. They did the rounds of quite a few of the companies. They weren't accepted, so that's what we would've done. We would've just carried on until hopefully we got a record deal of some kind.


Here's the link:  http://www.classicbands.com/TremeloesInterview.html
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #43 on: October 24, 2013, 05:33:18 AM »

That's great, sounds like a good guy.
We always hear about the Decca audition from the point of The Beatles (obviously) but imagine being in the group who beat them to the contract - you could dine out on that for years!
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #44 on: October 24, 2013, 11:56:09 AM »

Next.....Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Ahhh memories memories, 18 years old, my mates had an apartment, I couldnt move in as there were no spare rooms but I spent a lot of my life in that place and frequently on the turntable was theyre self titled album, Suite Judy Blue Eyes etc, what a fantastic sound they had and fitted the hippy scene perfectly, I also really liked the follow up which included Neil Young - Deja Vu
Their music seemed to catch a moment in time perfectly (the same can be said of 'America' that other 3 piece acoustic trio) beautiful harmonies, great acoustic guitar playing, I remember my favourite was Steve Stills, I bought his 2 solo albums and the huge Mannasas album, I went to see Mannasas live also, they were terrific.

I havent listened to C S & N for years now, I dont think they appeal as much as then, every apartment owner had to own theyre album for late night listening (along with Leonard Cohen)   ;D

Next...The Moody Blues
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #45 on: October 24, 2013, 02:47:18 PM »

Has a group ever fallen more off the critical radar than The Moodies?

NME's (OK, so it was bound to be lousy) latest 'Top 500 LPs of all time' poll doesn't contain one Moody Blues' LP.

I've a theory on this - they're too nice, and they're too successful.
If Justin Hayward had been born ugly (he categorically wasn't!) and had made a living by being surly to the press, arrogant towards his fan-base, and not sold a bean, they'd have about five entries in that list!   

Their early Decca 45s are terrific, with 'Go Now', sung by original vocalist Denny Laine, even getting to No.1 (not a mean feat in '65), but they were unable to follow up on this success.
Ironically, if they'd put the b-side out as a follow-up (the brilliant 'It's Easy Child'), they may have rivalled The Beatles and Stones in the mid-60s.

They toured with The Beatles in '65 (presumably when Paul met Denny?) and put out great 45 followed by great 45, but most flopped.

Denny left to make the INCREDIBLE 'Say You Don't Mind', and the group finally got back on track when an LP, made by Decca to test out their stereo equipment, ('Days Of Future Passed') hit pay dirt, and introduced the world to the sublime, though not as good as 'Say You Don't Mind', 'Nights In White Satin'. 

'Fly Me High', 'Love and Beauty', 'Tuesday Afternoon', 'Ride My See-Saw', 'Watching and Waiting'.....The Moodies are a wonderful group, but destined to always be by-passed, in the UK at least, by the greats (Beatles, Stones etc.) and, more bafflingly, those perceived to be edgier. 

Next.....The Spencer Davis Group.
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #46 on: October 24, 2013, 09:01:52 PM »

f*** the Clash




Carry on.


Ovi isnt alone with his love of the Clash, this guy rates them the best UK band ever !

http://jimcofer.com/personal/2012/07/24/the-50-greatest-british-bands-of-all-time/
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #47 on: October 24, 2013, 11:23:37 PM »

I've a theory on this - they're too nice, and they're too successful.
If Justin Hayward had been born ugly (he categorically wasn't!) and had made a living by being surly to the press, arrogant towards his fan-base, and not sold a bean, they'd have about five entries in that list!


I agree with your theory, oldbrownshoe.  I was at this club concert in 1995.  There were just 300 people in the audience and I was sitting at a stageside table in front of Justin Hayward.  He took the time to talk with me a bit between songs...


Moody Blues - Question (Caesars AC 1995)
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Re: The "Do you like that band?" Game
« Reply #48 on: October 25, 2013, 05:49:42 AM »

Yes, there's a two hour documentary on Sky Arts doing the rounds at the moment on the group and there's a segment near the end where they, and in particular Justin Hayward, arrange a meet-and-greet event in a hotel the morning after a concert.
It's free of charge, buffet and wine are on offer, and he's seen moving between fans (ordinary fans, not rich fans) - mainly women! - asking how far they've come to see group etc. 

Funny how the nicest guys are the one's who are marginalised in the 'cool' stakes. Another example is David Essex.
Funny how the absolute b******* are elevated in the 'cool' stakes......Pete Doherty?
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« Reply #49 on: October 26, 2013, 11:05:16 PM »

Yes, there's a two hour documentary on Sky Arts doing the rounds at the moment on the group and there's a segment near the end where they, and in particular Justin Hayward, arrange a meet-and-greet event in a hotel the morning after a concert.
It's free of charge, buffet and wine are on offer, and he's seen moving between fans (ordinary fans, not rich fans) - mainly women! - asking how far they've come to see group etc. 


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« Reply #50 on: October 28, 2013, 02:47:24 AM »

Yes, there's a two hour documentary on Sky Arts doing the rounds at the moment on the group and there's a segment near the end where they, and in particular Justin Hayward, arrange a meet-and-greet event in a hotel the morning after a concert.
It's free of charge, buffet and wine are on offer, and he's seen moving between fans (ordinary fans, not rich fans) - mainly women! - asking how far they've come to see group etc.


He knows she's out there somewhere...


The Moody Blues - I Know You're Out There Somewhere
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