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FZZZZZZ: In Celebration of the Fuzz Pedal

Gibson Maestro Fuzz Pedal.


THIS week, in ’65, The Rolling Stones crash-landed at the top of the pop charts with a song that would become the band’s signature tune.

(‘I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ gave the group their 4th no.1 single in the UK, which Keith Richards came up with while in Florida. He recorded a rough demo of the riff in a hotel room. Famously, he knocked the riff out into a tape and then fell asleep.

The song started life as two minutes of acoustic fumblings and and “then me snoring for the next forty minutes.”

One of the main ingredients that made the song so memorable was the Gibson Maestro Fuzz Pedal. That FZZZZing, BZZZZZing noise would become one of the hallmarks of ’60s beat music and the Stones taking it to the toppermost of the poppermost only ensured that everyone was going to jump on the sound.

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Posted: 9th, September 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Happy Birthday Immediate Records, A TinPot Haven For The Thin And Beautiful



ON this very day in 1965, something brilliant, eccentric and hip was born – Immediate Records.

In what has to be one of the finest record label names ever – c’mon, it’s everything a teenager wants from pop music – and purposefully moddish, Immediate was the baby of Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder.

The launched the label with a hipster party, attended by some of pop’s great and good – Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico (not yet in the Velvet Underground) were all there, being thin and beautiful.

The label was the home of some very famous bands, such as The Small Faces, Rod Stewart and some ’60s favourites in The Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe. In their stable, they had a young guitar player and producer by the name of Jimmy Page too. Could a label be any more hip?

Obviously, being a bit tinpot, Immediate ran into financial problems and folded in 1970.

So with that, to celebrate one of the world’s most fabulous and frivolous enterprises, let us listen to some of the famous, and shouldabeenfamous, records that were found on Immediate.



Fleur De Lys ‘Circles’

Killer mod-pop from FDL, with a track that The Who wrote and intended as a single called ‘Instant Party’. While Townsend & Co. dithered, the Fleur De Lys stuck the record out. It contains one of the most mental lead guitar lines in the history of pop.



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Posted: 20th, August 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

In Praise of The Monkees: The Brilliant Top 10 They Never Play On The Radio




ON this very day in 1968, the last episode of The Monkees TV show aired in the States. Almost every US TV station re-ran the show, with the ’69-’71 being more popular than the debut bow.

The show was shipped out across the world and The Monkees found a load of British fans when it was repeated in the summer holidays in the ’80s and ’90s. While the band themselves have mixed feelings about the show, it simply won’t go away, unless of course, you’re the kind of sneering prick who doesn’t like The Monkees because you could see the business behind them.

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Posted: 20th, August 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Copyright Treasure Trove: Fans Of 60s Music – A Goldmine Awaits You


THE news that rare Beatles recordings are being released on iTunes next week, all 59 tracks of it! Recordings from ’63 will be unleashed on the world, but weirdly, without the usual fanfare of usual Beatle releases.

The thing is, this is a release of necessity after changes to copyright laws are forcing them to put music out so they can retain control over it.

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Posted: 14th, December 2013 | In: Music, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0