Monday, April 26, 2010
I recently re-connected with an old friend by way of the Facebooks who i hadn't talked to in well over a decade. Turns out he's been living in jolly olde London, England for the past 5+ years of that time. Who knew? Actually, i did, it's just been a while is all...
Long story short- When we were younger we both got into odd ball music, and were both record collector nerds, and, big surprise- we both still are... There's none of this "How'd you meet your wife" "How many kids you got" crap for us, we got straight to talking music. It's a beautiful thing when you can just pick up right where you left off, as if the last 15 years were only 15 days...
He asked me if i'd ever heard of "Lieutenant Pigeon", and admittedly, i never had. I guess they had a couple of big hits in Europe around about 1972 or so, but their music never made it to this side of the pond. Not too many folks in the States have ever heard of them (Myself included.) He said he'd pick up a few of their 45s and send them my way... A couple weeks later, i'm the proud owner of some really far-out obscure early 70's British 'rock' music...
Obviously i don't know a whole lot about a group i just heard for the first time, but one interesting bit of fact i picked up on the inter-tubes is that the olde timey sounding piano was played by frontman Rob Woodward's mother, Hilda, and 'Mouldy Old Dough' was (still is, and probably always will be) the only UK #1 single to feature a mother and her son. And it's not that she just played on the track, she was a full time member of the group. Live gigs, touring, and all. HERE"S A LINK If you want to read more.
These are some pretty wild records. I truly believe that i am a better person for having them in my collection. Thanks again Steve- I owe you one!
Mouldy Old Dough