Two of the most legendary British underground bands of the late 1960s and early '70s were without any doubt The Deviants and Pink Fairies. Scores of musicians have cited them as one of their favourite bands and key influences, yet neither enjoyed any real success during their existence. The Deviants released three albums between 1967 and 1969, before evolving into the Pink Fairies, who also released three albums between 1971 and 1973, the latter featuring Larry Wallis as front man.
Rich Deakin, author of Keep It Together! Cosmic Boogie With The Deviants And The Pink Fairies has spent the best part of two years putting together an album of Deviants and Pink Fairies songs, as well as a smattering of new numbers, performed by artists who jumped at the chance to be included in this set. Although featuring luminaries of both the '60s counterculture and '70s punk scene, including current and past members of The Damned, Dead Kennedys, Faith No More, W.A.S.P., Motörhead, Hawkwind, Dr Feelgood, The Blockheads, The Only Ones, Crushed Butler, and The Deviants and the Pink Fairies themselves.
It was real coup getting three of the original members of the Fairies back together for the first time in over thirty years to record a track with Brian James, a founder member of The Damned, producing. Rumours of a band reunion currently abound with the true 40th anniversary of Glastonbury Fayre being next year and some of the members having already been interviewed for a BBC TV documentary.
This album will be advertised in Record Collector, Shindig!, and Vive Le Rock with reviews already guaranteed in the above magazines and most of the other British music monthlies. Some of the artists featured will also be involved in interviews about the project.
A launch party for the CD will take place in London November 12th at the Inn on the Green in Ladbroke Grove with live music from the Dirty Strangers with John Sinclair, Pink FA with Nik Turner, Brian James, as well as a host of Ladbroke Grove legends, such as Mick Farren, Russell Hunter, Duncan ‘Sandy' Sanderson and Slim Tim Slide. Proceeds from both ticket sales for the launch and sales of this CD will go to David ‘The Boss' Goodman.
Boss Goodman was the long suffering, much put upon Deviants and Pink Fairies road manager, who was regarded as one of the band. He was also a key figure within the London music scene for years and was a DJ and booking manager at Dingwalls Dancehall in Camden Lock from 1973 until the mid '80s. He then moved to The Town and Country Club in Kentish Town for a number of years. Up until four years ago he was working as head chef at the Portobello Gold and as a DJ at London's legendary 100 Club until he had a serious stroke. Since then he has made steady progress on the road to recovery. This CD is as much a testimonial to Boss as it is a tribute to the Deviants and Pink Fairies.
- Portobello Shuffle contains 15 tracks - 14 of them previously unreleased 13 of them recorded specially for this CD
- Portobello Shuffle has brought together two bands together for the first time in well over 30 years - both the What A Bunch Of Sweeties line-up of the Pink Fairies and Clark-Hutchinson.
- Cover booklet includes new liner notes by Mick Farren and Rich Deakin
- Many never before published photographs of the Deviants and Pink Fairies - both vintage and recent.
- Includes artwork by the late, great underground press and NME artist Edward Barker
'Do It! (Again)' by Pink Fairies
The What A Bunch Of Sweeties line-up of Pink Fairies - Paul Rudolph, vocals and guitars, Duncan 'Sandy' Sanderson, bass and backing vocals, and Russell Hunter, drums and backing vocals - reunited on 11th September 2009, to re-record 'Do It!' for this CD. It was the first time in over 30 years that this line-up had recorded or even played together. Paul Rudolph had initially sent digital tracks of the vocals and guitars for Sandy and Russell to add bass and drums in a studio at a later date, but when it transpired that Paul was coming over for a vacation from Canada at the end of August, they decided to do it how they do it best, and that's LIVE, albeit live in the studio.
'A Saturday Gig' by Felix Dennis
The erstwhile Oz Obscenity Trial co-defendant and now highly respected poet, has contributed 'A Saturday Gig', a poem about life on the road for a bunch of musicians just starting out in the 1960s.
'Rambling B(l)ack Transit Blues' by Clark-Hutchinson
Andy Clark, Mick Hutchinson and Del Coverley - perhaps best known for their 1970 album A=MH2, an innovative fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles. On later albums such as Retribution and Gestalt they were responsible for some really heavy, intricate guitar influenced songs, such as 'Free To Be Stoned', 'Man's Best Friend' and 'Poison'. Their re-working of The Deviants' 'Rambling B(l)ack Transit Blues' harks back to these early '70s heavy blues numbers.
'Uncle Harry's Last Freakout' by Pink FA with Nik Turner
Premier Pink Fairies cover band Pink FA got together to jam Pink Fairies/Deviants numbers in the autumn of 2001 and adopted the name Pink FA which had been suggested by Nik Turner. The following year the band was up and rocking. After much rehearsal, they made their eagerly awaited debut in June 2004. When it came it was explosive, with Nik Turner guesting for the last few ear-splitting classics. Terry Ollis (drums) was added whenever possible. This twin drummer line-up was first aired at the Keep it Together book launch party in December 2007. Five months later, at a follow-up celebration, Nik joined Pink FA for a storming second half of the set which included 'Uncle Harry's Last Freakout'.
'People Call You Crazy' by John Sinclair with Slim Tim Slide (AKA Tim Rundall) and George Butler.
Blues afficianado, former MC5 manager, White Panther Party founder and underground cause celebre for John Lennon and Yoko Ono, John Sinclair meets long time Ladbroke Grove muso and Dirty Strangers' drummer George Butler (also ex-Deviants, Pink Fairies,Lightning Raiders etc. etc.) and amazing slide guitarist Slim Tim Slide for 'People Call You Crazy'. The original version was on Mick Farren's 1978 solo album Vampires Stole My Lunch Money.
'Half Price Drinks' by John Perry, Adrian Shaw and Rod Goodway
John Perry, Only Ones guitarist and fellow Magic Muscle alumni, Rod Goodway and Adrian Shaw (also ex-Hawkwind) have reprised another track from Vampires Stole My Lunch Money and recorded a brilliant version of 'Half Price Drinks', replete with mellotron.
'Say You Love Me' by Captain Sensible
Captain and fellow Damned member Monty Oxymoron have recorded a barnstorming version of Pink Fairies' 'Say You Love Me' - an all time favourite of his from Never Never Land. There's enough deference to the Fairies for it to remain close to the original, but the Captain's own trademark style gives it a psychedelic punk edge all of its own - there's a great "freakout jam" at the end too.
‘Teenage Rebel' by Scabies-James
Brian James and Rat Scabies, founder members of the Damned, have recorded their own take on 'Teenage Rebel' from Pink Fairies debut album, Never Never Land. If you thought the energy levels were at max on the original just wait until you cop the distortion guitar and bludgeoning drums on this re-make - Think Pink Fairies, the Damned, Motörhead, MC5 and Stooges all rolled into one and then some!
'Somewhere To Go' by Darryl Read
Read was in late '60s early '70s underground / proto-punk band Crushed Butler with Jesse Hector (later of Hammersmith Gorillas) and has since collaborated with too many people to mention all of them here. But, Terry Stamp, the guitarist of another pre-punk outift from the early 1970s, Third World War, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and erstwhile Sex Pistols producer the late Dave Goodman (no relation to Boss) are a few of them. Darryl's upped the tempo a bit and given it the "full-out punk style DR" on a version of The Deviants' 'Somewhere To Go'.
'Portobello Shuffle' by The Wilko Johnson Band
The original Feelgooder, assisted by Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy, does ‘Portobello Shuffle' as you've never heard it before - distilled it into 4 1/2 minutes of classic inimitable Wilko Johnson style rhythm and blues with a chugging ska-like riff to boot - brilliant stuff!
I Wish I Was A Girl' by Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby
This renowned husband and wife duo utilise acoustic guitar, organ, electric 12-string guitar and symphonic piano to create a brilliant, shimmering psychedelic cover version of this Larry Wallis song off the Pink Fairies' third album Kings of Oblivion.
'Baby Pink' by Farren, Colquhoun and Taylor
Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun have written a brand new track called 'Baby Pink'. A mournful, reflective number, Colquhoun's lead guitar lends itself well to Farren's mysterious, but equally cryptic, stanza about the eponymous 'Baby Pink'. Deviants nuclei Farren and Colquhoun are joined by occasional Deviants' collaborator and ex-Motorhead drummer Phil ‘Philthy Animal' Taylor on drums, W.A.S.P. bassist Chris Holmes and Skylaire Alfvegren on backing vocals.
'Metamorphosis Exploration On Deviation Street Jam' byJello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
An epic 18 minute version of The Deviants' 'Metamorphosis Exploration' complete with a new spoken word reflection called 'On Deviation Street' written by Jello specially for this CD. Recorded during sessions for Jello and GSoM's acclaimed 2009 album Audacity of Hype.
‘He's The Boss' by Larry Wallis
Larry Wallis, Pink Fairies guitarist from Kings of Oblivion era onwards through various reformations etc has recorded a paen to Boss Goodman called ‘He's The Boss'. Lyrics replete with typical Lazza Wallis sense of humour and blistering guitarwork will make this an indispensable addition to any Fairy fans' collection.
'Big Boss Man' by Felix Dennis
The erstwhile Oz street seller and now publishing magnate in his own right rounds things off in style, and not a little irony, with a great version of 'Big Boss Man' recorded live at The Mustique Blues Festival in 2001.
A Testimonial to Boss Goodman and Tribute to Pink Fairies & The Deviants
- Do It ! (again) - Pink Fairies
- A Saturday Gig - Felix Dennis
- Rambling B(l)ack Transit Blues - Clark Hutchinson
- Uncle Harry's Last Freakout - Pink FA with Nik Turner
- People Call You Crazy - John Sinclair with Slim Tim Slide and George Butler
- Half Price Drinks - John Perry, Adrian Shaw and Rod Goodway
- Say You Love Me - Captain Sensible
- Teenage Rebel - Scabies James
- Somewhere To Go - Darryl Read
- Portobello Shuffle - Wilko Johnson Band
- I Wish I Was A Girl - Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby
- Baby Pink - Mick Farren, Colquhoun and Taylor
- Metamorphosis Exploration on Deviation Street Jam - Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
- He's The Boss - Larry Wallis
- Big Boss Man - Felix Dennis