Fair enough their drummer Carl Palmer went on to become ⅓ of those highpriests of the overblown, ELP, but Atomic Rooster themselves were more or less straightforward rock (even if the Wiki link above does say they were a “progressive” rock band.)
As witness Tomorrow Night, the track played on the programme (by which time Palmer had already left):-
This is one of those songs from the cusp of the 1960s/1970s.
The Ides Of March never made much of an impact in the UK where Vehicle was only a minor hit. The song’s composer, Jim Peterik, later became a member of Survivor, though, and co-wrote Eye Of The Tiger, which ever since the film Rocky III has been the obligatory music to accompany anything at all to do with boxing.
The song has an undertone of menace (“I’m the friendly stranger in the black sedan/Won’t you step inside my car?”) but had a more innocent genesis. Peterik wrote it about an old girlfriend who wasn’t that into him but used him as a taxi service. I vaguely remember reading, though, that after being apart for a while the pair later married.
Apart from calling his band Nirvana I once thought that Cobain’s use of the song title Smells Like Teen Spirit was pretty cool, a nice metaphorical touch. Then I found out Teen Spirit is actually some sort of American deodorant.
Not so cool at all, then. (Except under the arms of course.)
Here is the realNirvana’s track, Pentecost Hotel, their second single.
The trouble with Kurt Cobain was that he named his band Nirvana.
This means that whenever I mention the original Nirvana, the true Nirvana, I have to explain I don’t mean a grungy bunch from Seattle.
The earlier (1960s) Nirvana’s mainstays were Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Alex Spyropoulos. Together with producer Chris Blackwell they produced a series of idiosyncratic singles with classical/orchestral influences and also released what was probably the first concept album, The Story Of Simon Simopath, which had a quintessentially 60s psychedelic cover – complete with blocky unequal sized lettering.
This is their first single, Tiny Goddess, which has more than a hint of Pachelbel.
This is one of my favourite relative obscurities from the sixties. It is by a group called Rupert’s People. The band was actually cobbled together from various elements to make the single.
I think one of the reasons I like this is because of the classical influence. As the above links note, the song itself was adapted from an earlier version (which I would love to hear sometime) to fit the tune of Air On A G String.
It had the great misfortune to be released just after the similarly inspired A Whiter Shade Of Pale began sweeping all before it.
Unlike Whiter Shade Of Pale, though, the lyrics of Charles Brown are not laden with obscurity even if they do perhaps constitute a bit too much of a downer to have become a big hit.
I also like the “cracked” quality of the singing voice. I believe it was the song’s composer, Rod Lynton.
I’m not quite sure why whoever posted this on You Tube used pictures of a construction site.
The B-side, Hold On, was more or less a straight forward rocker but it’s a storming track in its own right.