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ARTICLE ABOUT The Who FROM New Musical Express, April 15, 1967

This Coronavirus thingy have made it necessary for me to spend more time at home. So at the time of writing I have about a month of articles written and ready for publishing here. Even if this crisis hits us hard in many ways, there will be something new to read here for a long time. To be positive: something good comes out of this at the very least. I hope that you, my loyal readers, are well and that you will continue to be well.
April 1967 was a better time to visit New York than April 2020 – as the Who found out!
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Who`s smashing New York trip

By Keith Altham

THAT well-known demolition squad – the Who – recently returned from nine “smashing” days on a Murray the K “endurance test” at the New York RKO Radio Theatre (other non-combatants included Wilson Pickett, Mitch Ryder and the Cream) where they contrived to destroy everything on stage to the tunes of “My Generation” and “I Can`t Explain.”
Now that some of the dust and debris have settled I talked to bombardier Pete Townshend last Thursday who issued a full report on the damage and exclusively revealed to the NME news of their next missile, “Pictures Of Lily,” to be launched next Friday (21st).
“We worked hard on ‘propaganda’ for the first three days and I had two stock quotes which everyone wrote down,” said Pete.
“They were ‘we want to leave a wound’ and ‘we won’t let our music stand in the way of our visual act!’
“At the Press reception I walked around in an electric jacket with flashing light bulbs which proved to be something of an anti-climax because a girl had appeared on TV recently with a dress on the same principle. Reporters kept asking me where I had got my copy from and I said, ‘It’s psychedelic and it cost £200 and it’s supposed to blow yer mind!’
“We were to have done an Ed Sullivan TV show but the new readers were out on strike and as artists we were expected to support their action — so no show.
“Once in the theatre for the Murray the K show you are virtually trapped for the day and the show goes on continuously with artists appearing one after the other on a conveyor belt system.
“Originally we were supposed to do four numbers but we complained and said it was impossible to put the act over with only four numbers so they cut it to two!
“Someone had to cut their act because the show was running over so we volunteered.
“Murray the K’s wife was on the programme. She appeared about ten times in a fashion spot with teeny bopper girl models — `Jackie the K and her fabulous fashion show’.
“The most presentable of the models was a girl called ‘Joy Bang’ who took a liking to Keith which I think was mutual until she said, ‘You must meet my husband Paul Bang!’
“We really worked the destruction bit to a fine art in our spot. I developed a great thing where I hit myself on the head with my guitar which had absolutely no visual impact but made me see stars and I thought — ‘that’s nice!’

Dangerous:

“At one time I noticed Keith throwing his big bass drum at me with the spike protruding and Roger hurling the stand-mike at me from another direction.
“I made myself very thin and the mike shattered to pieces in front of me while the spike from the drum ripped my shirt down the back. The stage hands got tired of sweeping up the equipment and went on strike.
“Most of the things we broke had to be repaired by us afterwards for the next house — I discovered Fender guitars are very strong and cheap out in the U.S.!
“We shared a dressing room with a group called the ‘Hardly Moving Players` who did satirical sketches and were nice people. Below us the Cream and the Blues McGoos played whining guitars all afternoon until Pete and Keith retaliated for about three hours by going through the entire Shadows repertoire.
“Occasionally we went outside and allowed ourselves to be torn apart and sign autographs which wasn’t so bad because the kids give it back to you by storming the stage during the act.
“The only club I liked was one called The Scene where a man called Tiny Tim plays ukulele and sings ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’ and when anyone applauds he whoops like a Red Indian.
“I’m trying to get him signed up with our recording company!
“A few words on the new single.
“I submitted three songs and ‘Pictures Of Lily’ was the most obvious hit. It’s all about a boy who can’t sleep at night so his dad gives him some dirty pictures to look at.
“Then he falls in love with the girl in the pictures which is too bad because she is dead.”
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ARTICLE ABOUT Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa) FROM New Musical Express, March 11, 1967

A small but golden nugget for the Zappa fanatics out there!
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*** Mothers of Invention: Freak Out (Verve, SVLP 9154).

Record review by Allen Evans

This music sounds Eastern at times. Lyrics are sung off-key, off-tune and a la Dylan, with news of what a mess America is in — including racial unrest, social-sex relations, an Elvis send-up, and a car melting. All the tracks are composed by Frank Zappa, who arranged and conducted various other musicians behind the Mothers themselves — Ray Collins (lead vocal, harmonica), Jim Black (drums), Roy Estrada (bass) and Elliot Ingber (lead and rhythm guitar). VERY different.

Titles: Hungry Freaks Daddy, I Ain’t Got No Heart, Who Are The Brain Police, Motherly Love, Wowie Zowie, You Didn’t Try To Call Me, I’m Not Satisfied, You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here, Trouble Comin’ Every Day, Help I’m A Rock, Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Elvis Presley FROM New Musical Express, February 18, 1967

Elvis is still one of the greatest artists ever – I never listened much to him except the obvious songs that everyone has heard, but I recognize that he was incredibly talented and one of a kind. We may never see someone like Elvis in this century, so here is an article to see if someone still cares this many years after his sad demise.
As always – it is the readers of this blog and the interest shown in various artists that decides which articles I decide to print. For example – in early March I had more than 600 hit counts in one day on an article about Chris Squire from Yes (someone probably shared a link to the article on a site or a Facebook page), and the result is that they are guaranteed more Yes articles when I find them.
That`s the way you do it. Demand and supply!
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Two word-pictures of Elvis

from NME`s Tracy Thomas

WE all know what the music business thinks of Elvis Presley – he’s still the King! He has sold more records and made more money-making movies than any pop star (or stars) to date.
Publicly, he has always conducted himself like a gentleman and has made no visible enemies, perhaps because he meets so few people, thanks to his self-imposed isolation from the world at large.
This young, sexy, vibrant hipster who critics predicted more than 10 years ago would disappear in months is still producing hit discs and hit movies ad infinitum.
But what do they think of El in his home town of Memphis. This is where he grew up and where he resides still. Is he just another face? Or is he a star there, too?
The following information comes from Mrs. Mabel Rutherford, who lives just one house away from El’s famous home at Gracelands. She has been a Memphis resident since before El’s early days of stardom. Her eldest son and El were classmates.
She has met El only once, but has kept tabs on her famous neighbour through her son, the local newspapers and her hairdresser, who takes care of Elvis when he’s in town and used to do his mother’s hair before her death.
She begins:
Elvis is well liked in this community and in Memphis; his behaviour as we find it is above reproach. When he is at home he sleeps in the daytime and goes out for entertainment at night.
When he is here, he sometimes rents a movie theatre at midnight for himself and all his friends (and their friends) and they see several movies at one sitting.
Occasionally he rents the whole fairground for an evening and his crowd will ride on all the rides. This way they are not bothered by the public. That’s what he has to do to have a good time.

Simple food

Elvis still likes the simple food he was brought up on – mashed potatoes and gravy, steak, kraut, black-eyed peas, corn bread, etc. His grandmother lives in his home and his girl friend, Priscilla Beaulieu, has been living there, too. El’s father and stepmother and her three boys live in a house on the street behind Elvis’ house and, of course, help to look after his home.
A few little things I remember about his early days: My son, Gary, now 28 years old, was in high school with Elvis and told me Elvis used to go up to parked cars in drive-in restaurants and say: “Let me sing something for you.” He just wanted to sing for the pure pleasure of it for anyone who would listen.
His mother belonged to a Holiness Church and I think he got his style of singing from the emotional type of music that that church has. He was very devoted to his mother. He bought her a pink Cadillac and when she was in the hospital just before she died, she had it parked so she could see it from her hospital window.
Elvis has given so much to charities here, often $50,000 at a time, to be divided among several needy causes. No wonder people here write editorials to the paper requesting different new buildings, streets, etc., to be named after him.
He never forgets anyone who had ever been kind to him in his boyhood, when he had absolutely nothing. The Presleys lived in a government housing project here and his father never earned much money, so Elvis barely had the necessities of life.
A neighbour woman with children his age used to give Elvis 25 cents every Saturday to go to the movies. When Elvis came back home once after he started making big money, he completely refurnished her house.

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Couldn’t pay

His barber on Main Street used to cut his hair whether he could pay or not. On one of his more recent visits here, he walked in, got his haircut, laughed and said: “Put it on the cuff.” Then he handed him the keys to a new Chevrolet car parked in front. He’s quite a character – he has a heart of gold, I think!
Elvis’ girl friend, Priscilla Beaulieu, was his steady date in Germany for six months. She was 16 when he completed his tour of duty and returned to the United States.
Soon after she moved into Gracelands and continued her schooling from there. El’s father or stepmother drove her to classes in a Continental until she was 18. Then El gave her a fire-engine-red Chevrolet.
There are many rumours that they are secretly married, but nothing definite has been announced in Memphis.
I don’t know much else about her, except I do remember one incident. There is a women’s clothing store here (the plushest in Memphis) and the saleswoman there told us that one night, after they had closed the store, they saw Elvis and Priscilla looking longingly in the window.
They recognised him, so asked them to come in. He bought the girl 3,000 dollars worth of clothes! That was a few years ago. She was just a child, they said.
So far, Memphis has done nothing as a memorial to Elvis, but I can’t help thinking that it won’t be long before they do. Through his exemplary behaviour while he is at home, his kindness to old friends and his generosity to those less fortunate than he, Elvis has earned the respect of nearly everyone. He is truly a “favourite son”.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Spencer Davis FROM New Musical Express, February 11, 1967

The man who gave his name to the Spencer Davis Group celebrated his 80th year in 2019. If you don`t know the group, you probably know some of their most famous songs like “Gimme Some Lovin`” or “I`m A Man”. Several famous musicians have played with Spencer – people like Steve Winwood, Nigel Olsson, Ray Fenwick, Colin Hodgkinson and a host of others. Go on and have a listen to them!
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Spencer Davis: It`s time I did more in the group!

– he tells Keith Altham

SPENCER Davis to sing lead on the group`s next single — an assault upon `the mind fields`of the U.S. in April and new images all round. These were the new projects to emerge from an Italian meal with Spencer (the conversational Welshman, sporting dark circular glasses, shaggy woollen jacket and luxuriant sideburns) and his manager, Chris Blackwell (the somnolent Englishman with immaculate manners, suede jacket, open-neck shirt, blue jeans and a BBC announcer’s voice).
“I don’t feel my musical contribution to the group has been enough,” said Spencer, “and I’m naturally pleased about the prospect of my singing the vocal on our next single which is slightly more ‘poppy’ and more suitable for my voice than Steve’s.
Not so much in Britain, but on the Continent we are suffering from a kind of Stevie Winwood Quartet image — and while I would never under-estimate the importance of Stevie’s vocals — we are a group!
“I believe our records are bought as a product of an over-all sound and not for particular talent of any one individual.
“Muff for example is very underrated — he’s certainly one of the best bass players in Britain and as all our singles have had very heavy bass patterns, he is as responsible for our success as anyone. I would certainly like to see him get greater recognition.
“Pete should be brought out far more as a character. Given the chance in a TV interview, he could get the audience rolling on their stomachs.
“Now is the time to start publicising the individuals in the group more fully.”
In addition to their current NME chart-leaper, “I’m A Man,” which incidentally was written by Stevie initially as the background music for a documentary U.S. film about “Swinging London,” there is great excitement over the group’s smash through the U.S. beat barrier with “Gimme Some Lovin'” currently high in America.
“We don’t want to rush into a U.S. tour prematurely,” said Spence and Chris blinked, which apparently signified approval, “both Chris and I believe the Lovin’ Spoonful may have made that mistake in Britain.
“If the current good luck holds, we will be making a tour of U.S. colleges and universities in April. I’d like to get established in ‘the mind fields’ first.”
‘Why?’ seemed an obvious question.
“No real reason,” said Spence, “except that the U.S. is such a vast country that I believe we have something of a following on the college circuit already and it would be easier to build on that foundation than launch on a massive nation-wide tour where in some districts they may never have heard of you.”

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Effusive

On the question of appealing to ‘a musically instructed, intellectual or hip audience’ or catering to what one journalist referred to recently as ‘the lowest common denominator’ Spencer was effusive.
“I don’t concede that the `moronic masses’ exist — the public have never been idiots. There are simply those people who regard music as less than art form and get their entertainment from pop in a simplified form — there’s nothing wrong with this.
“The Troggs spearheaded a re-interest in music as pure distillation of pop music, while everyone else was running about wrapped up in their own egos slapping labels like ‘psychedelic’ and ‘freak-out’ on everything as though they were detergent packets with extra free gifts.
“People like the Troggs and now the Monkees who have really brought it on home are simply saying — ‘here’s some happy music, go away and enjoy it’ — good luck to them!
“The only thing I deplore is when a group or a producer deliberately tries to foist a product they know to be inferior upon a market they believe to be susceptible.
“The Beatles have something to offer and the public buy — same with us. We believe in what we do as do the majority of other groups. We never go into the recording studio with the idea of compromising a record buying public. What we like happens to be commercial.
“Sometimes we can’t get our own way over a release — for example we wanted ‘Till The End Of The Day’ on the ‘Autumn ’66 ‘ LP released as a single because we simply believed it was a good recording. That’s the way we feel about any release.”
Because of the deplorable lack of initiative and originality on the part of television — particularly ITV — in producing anything original in the presentation of pop music, Spencer has now reached the point where he finds it necessary to produce an independent film — incorporating some original ideas — to promote his records.
Mr. Blackwell spoke over his glass of orange juice!
“To begin with, anyone making a film for TV of a pop group loses money. What we gain is time. For example the film shown on last week’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ shot for us by the Indian gentleman who takes all the photographs of my groups — Vic Singh — will be shown all over the Continent.
“This means that whereas it might have been necessary for the group to fly to Germany for a TV promotion —involving air fares, travelling expenses, etc. — we can now stay in Britain.”
Spencer continued enthusiastically over his glass of rosé.
“Since the decline of Dave Clark the industry seems to have got cold feet over presenting pop – all the producers are worried about the budget.
“Now every group I know is sick of appearing on the box holding on to their instruments like garden rakes and opening and shutting their mouths like goldfish. The answer is do it yourself — we can put our own ideas into practice with our own camera man and director.”
On the brink of breaking the beat barrier in the U.S. and consequently finding himself with a few dollars rolling in I questioned Spencer as to how he might contend with a position of affluence and time to kill in the years to come.
“The prospect of having a lot of money has never really occurred to me,” admitted Spencer. “Maybe I’d go to Kenya or somewhere new and just start afresh there. Money shouldn’t dictate — the Beatles have managed to find new things without getting bored.
“McCartney surrounds himself with unaffected people like Jane Asher, John Mayall, Pete Townshend while others like Charlie Watts preserve perspective.”
Spencer is one of the few people I have met who has anything intelligent to say about the so-called `harmless drug’ situation existing in certain pop circles.
“It frightens me to see people I know taking them — you snap your fingers under their nose – and they’re not there — another world.

Harmful

” What worries me is not whether they are organically harmful but whether they are psychologically harmful — no one has really closely examined the mental side of things — just how do you determine the effect on the brain.
“There was one girl I saw under the influence of a drug, and she looked in a mirror on the wall, screamed, and threw a vase which smashed it.
“I asked why she had done it and she said — ‘when I looked into the mirror it was smashed already.’ That kind of thing frightens me.”
We left the restaurant — Chris with his copy of a Ravi Shanker EP — Spence with his copy of the NME. We dropped Chris off at his record shop in the West End — which was a surprise to Spencer who did not know he owned one, and we continued on to a music store.
That was my mistake for ’67. Spence got the entire stock of radio mikes, video-tapes and stereo recorders out and the last I saw was him vanishing behind a bank of amplifiers with the salesman launching into the patter — “Now I sold this same model recently to Eric Burdon. . . .”

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Cher has been around for a long time! But she was and is a lovely lady.

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ARTICLE ABOUT The Rolling Stones FROM New Musical Express, February 4, 1967

Written when the band had just released their “Between The Buttons” album – curiously enough, this album was released in two different versions – the US edition including “Let`s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday” – two great songs that never appeared on a studio album in the UK, but later was added on a lot of compilation albums. In the UK, singles were often excluded from studio albums.
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Our fans have moved on with us – Brian Jones

Keith Altham considers the unique phenomenon – the Rolling Stones` image

Let us consider that unique phenomenon – the Rolling Stones` public image! When the Stones began rolling approximately three years ago they founded their personal approach upon a direct appeal to young peoples` impatience with authority and the basic premise that no one likes to be told what to do — especially a teenager. The Stones became “the defiant ones” – representatives of the eternal struggle between youth and the aged; champions of the “it`s my life and I’ll do what I like with it” school.

The parents spotted the declaration of war upon their authority and rejected the Stones — the Stones promptly rejected the parents.
Today there exists a huge social barrier between the older generation and the Stones — a barrier which some critics argue must be broken if the group are to “appeal to a wider market” and make the transition like the Beatles into films.
Since their early days the group has progressed immeasurably both musically and lyrically — take a good listen to “Ruby Tuesday” — and Jagger, with the exception of that recent abortive presentation on the Palladium TV, is without equal on stage as an agitator and interpreter of musical excitement.
Any improvement in the group as entertainers has been largely over-shadowed by the regular bursts of shock publicity and personal life exposés in a National Press apparently as dedicated to a policy of “with the Rolling Stones only bad news is good news” as the group themselves are to their uncompromising attitudes and opinions.

Flicked ash

I took up the subject with Brian Jones in a bar off Kensington High Street last Monday, where he supped a pint of Guinness and flicked fag ash into his untouched oxtail soup at irregular intervals.
“Why should we have to compromise with our image?” posed Brian. “You don’t simply give up all you have ever believed in because you’ve reached a certain age.
“Our generation is growing up with us and they believe in the same things we do — when our fans get older I hope they won’t require a show like the Palladium.
“The recent pictures of me taken in Nazi uniform were a put-down. Really, I mean with all that long hair in a Nazi uniform, couldn’t people see that it was a satirical thing? How can anyone be offended when I’m on their side? I’m not a Nazi sympathiser.
“I noticed that the week after the pictures of me taken in that uniform appeared there were photographs of Peter O’Toole in the same newspaper wearing a German uniform for a film he is making. But no one put him down for wearing that!
“The photographs taken of my flat in a terrible mess recently was another misrepresentation. An Italian film company was filming in the room and we pushed everything into one corner to make room for the camera crew. We were not even aware of the photographs that were being taken were for publication in a paper here.
“You’ve seen my flat — I don’t live in that kind of mess normally. I’ve complained to the Press Council about the whole episode.”
At this point enter Mr. Keith Richard in his maroon leather jacket, University of Hawaii T shirt and orange neckerchief, full of apologies for being late as he had forgotten it was his chauffeur’s day off. How does he see the possibility of coming to terms with the older generation as the Beatles appear to have done?

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Not honest

“You can’t suddenly become accepted overnight by cutting your hair, putting on a suit and saying ‘Look, aren’t I nice? ‘—it’s not us—it’s not honest, and why should we?” asked Keith.
“We haven’t got the same PR set up as the Beatles,” added Brian. “Anyway, I think you must realise that certain of the Beatles share a great many of our ideas and opinions.”
We moved on to just who exactly are the Stones fans now. Brian obliged by describing one who had ‘passed on.’
“‘Margaret Stokes’ was a Stones fan three years ago but she ‘copped’ out,” he said. “Now she’s probably married with a kid and another on the way. She and her husband go to the same pubs as her parents and they are both bored with life. If she goes to see a pop group at all she’ll go and see Dave Dozy and Speakeasy!
“Sometimes we get the old characters like the one we met in a country club over the weekend. He came up to us and said he was a fan and that he’d been in the business 40 years and prophesied that we’d be all right ‘as long as you keep yer ‘armonies!’

Questioning

“Our real followers have moved on with us — some of those we like most are the hippies in New York, but nearly all of them think like us and are questioning some of the basic immoralities which are tolerated in present day society — the war in Vietnam, persecution of homosexuals, illegality of abortion, drug taking. All these things are immoral. We are making our own statement — others are making more intellectual ones.
“Our friends are questioning the wisdom of an almost blind acceptance of religion compared with total disregard for reports related to things like unidentified flying objects which seems more real to me. Conversely I don’t underestimate the power or influence of those, unlike me, who do believe in God.
“We believe there can be no evolutioh without revolution. I realise there are other inequalities — the ratio between affluence and reward for work done is all wrong. I know I earn too much but I’m still young and there’s something spiteful inside me which makes me want to hold on to what I’ve got.
“I believe we are moving toward a new age in ideas and events. Astrologically we are at the end of the age called the Pisces age — at the beginning of which people like Christ were born.
“We are soon to begin the age of Aquarius, in which events as important as those at the beginning of Pisces are likely to occur. There is a young revolution in thought and manner about to take place.”
Returning the conversation to any kind of level related to pop music proved difficult and a chance remark of mine as to Gene Pitney`s marriage brought the retort, from Brian:
“You`ve been trying to reduce the conversation to that level all afternoon!”
However we did manage to ascertain what they thought of Max Bygraves` action on the Palladium last week when he produced a can of areosol and sprayed the stage on mentioning the Rolling Stones by name.
“Brilliant,” said Keith sarcastically, “I mean all that and ‘Tulips From Amsterdam,’ too!”
“Did he do it without wearing a wig,” retorted Brian, “I mean that’s a bit avant garde for Max Bygraves — putting down the Stones without wearing a wig!”

Opinions

We stepped over Max Bygraves and conversationally circumnavigated the death of President Kennedy — something else that Mr. Jones has very definite opinions about — and cares about almost obsessively. A neat swerve in discussion bought us to what if anything or anyone is following the Rolling Stones.
“I’d like to see the Move,” said Brian. “They are really an extension of our idea of smashing conventions. Those kind of smash ups they have — destroying TV sets, cars, etc., are all a part of dissatisfaction with convention.
“Pete Townshend’s tendency to smash guitars is a physical reproduction of what is going on in his mind — I wish he’d write a book!”
A somewhat disturbing interview was rounded off by Brian insisting that the Muzak version of Ravel’s Bolero was turned up over our heads — ” it builds to a great climax ” — and we finally left the restaurant — Mr. Jones in his Rolls — Mr. Richard in his girl friend’s dirty red sports car, and me by cab.
Nothing it seems is going to change the Rolling Stones — except perhaps old age!

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