BLOSSOM TOES
We Are Ever So Clean
If Only for a Moment

[Sunbeam Records, www.sunbeamrecords.com]

Copies of Blossom Toes 1967 debut "We Are Ever So Clean" recently fetched 756 pounds. That could one of the reasons Sunbeam Records decided to release both records [their entire catalogue] from this British flower-power troupe with haste. Who were the Blossom Toes you ask? They were an outfit that were slightly confused and completely baffled as to their mission on the musical palette. Guitarist Jim Cregan in the liner notes admits, "We'd started taking acid at the time we were making the first records, so our music began to be a little more drug-induced. Our songwriting wasn't influenced by Sgt. Pepper's, as is often assumed. I remember Giorgio playing us an acetate of it halfway through the sessions, and us being amazed by it - but our material was all written by then." Band's leader Brian Godding continues the conversation. "By the time the album was finished we were all confused as to what the fuck we were supposed to be about. I'm actually quite proud of it now, but at the time I resented it." Musically, they were a cross-over between a milder form of Mothers of Invention and The Monkees. I'm not sure what to make of the silliness of "The Remarkable Saga of the Frozen Dog" or "The Intrepid Balloonist's Handbook, Volume 1"? Were they serious or just messing about? The whole album is filled with humour to boot and swell arrangements that rise and fall in the most unexpected moments. Don't expect verse-chorus-verse. For the most part, these guys were smart beyond their years. Experimenting with new studio technologies [backwards instrument parts on "Look at Me I'm You" were quite ground-breaking at the time], the band knew they were breaking new ground. New ground didn't mean they sacrificed the full pop potential they exhibited on the record. Full of acid, flower-power stamina and words of no meaning whatsoever, "We Are Ever So Clean" was an earth shattering event in the history of British music. It's too bad the earthquake was not felt round the world.
With their second album "If Only for a Moment" released full two years after their debut, Brian Godding admits that "two years is a long, long time when you're young - plenty of time to do some serious growing up, in fact." Gone are the happy melodies. Gone are the care free days before Vietnam War hit full blast world wide. Flower power was getting tired and worn out by this point. Music reflects all of these sad realities. The guitars are harsher. Both Godding and Cregan take more liberties in playing more extended solos. Poli Palmer is added on a few tracks on flute, vibes and percussion, while Shawn Phillips graces "Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head" with some great 12-string guitar and sitar work [just about everyone was using sitar by that point!]. Overall, by extending songs in duration, they act like little epic stories. There's more blues in their music this time around. Ultimately, melancholia enters the picture. Both re-issues are graced by extra materials - demos, B-sides, live versions - all of which complete a full picture of the band. Few months after the second record was released, Blossom Toes were in a terrifying car accident and decided to call it quits. We can only wonder what direction they would've gone to next.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Quio - Phiu
+ Vs_Price - Song06.txt.
+ Gebrüder Teichmann - The Number Of The Beat
+ Swod - Sekunden
+ Rework - Pleasure Is Pretty
+ Various Punks Vol_A
+ Modeselektor - Happy Birthday!
+ Genaro La Fosse - Focus Factor
+ Bunny Lake - The Church Of Bunny Lake
+ bpmf - Parousia Fallacy
+ Basteroid - Upsets Ducks
+ Louie Austen - Summer Love EP
+ Anthill - Love

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+ EDDY MEETS YANNAH - Once in a While
+ DON CHERRY QUINTET - Live at Café Montmartre 1966
+ F.S. BLUMM MEETS LUCA FADDA - F.S. Blumm meets Luca Fadda
+ GOSTA RUNDQVIST / ANDREAZ HEDEN - If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Motel Lovers
+ GRAND NATIONAL - A Drink & A Quick Decision
+ DIMENSION X - Dimension X
+ FOR BARRY RAY - New Days
+ EYES LIKE SAUCERS - Still Living in the Desert (and mostly inside my own head)
+ WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore
+ COLD BLEAK HEAT - Simitu
+ THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC - Musicamorosa
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - El Camino Real
+ HANS KENNEL MYTHA - How It All Started
+ SIX TWILIGHTS - Six Twilights CD/DVD
+ PAOLO ANGELI - Tessuti
+ NELS CLINE, ANDREA PARKINS, TOM RAINEY - Downpour
>> BLOSSOM TOES - We Are Ever So Clean - If Only for a Moment
+ SINEAD O'CONNOR - Theology
+ CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO - Chronicle CD/DVD / TIGERSMILK - Android Love Cry
+ SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INFINITY ARKESTRA - Strange Strings / SUN RA & HIS INTERGALACTIC-INFINITY ARKESTRA - The Night of the Purple Moon
+ PJUSK - Sart / JODI CAVE - For Myria
+ MARCUS SCHMICKLER / HAYDEN CHISHOLM - Amazing Daze / ASMUS TIETCHENS / RICHARD CHARTIER - Fabrication / RAFAEL TORAL - Space Solo 1 / BRION GYSIN - Live in London 1982 / SUPERMAYER - Supermayer Save the World / VALGEIR SIGURDSSON - Ekvilibrium
+ WOLFMANGLER - Cooking with Wolves
+ BORBETOMAGUS & HIJOKAIDAN - Both Noises End Burning / PETER BROTZMANN OCTET - The Complete Machine Gun Sessions / KEVIN DRUMM & DANIEL MENCHE - Gauntlet
+ TIMELESS PULSE - Quintet
+ SKALLANDER - Skallander
+ THE OSCILLATION - Out of Phase
+ MATT McCORMICK - Very Stereo
+ PUMICE - Pebbles
+ MICHIO KURIHARA - Sunset Notes
+ BLAINE L. REININGER - Glossolalia
+ VOLUME - Aeter

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ A source of energy - rozmowa z duo Modeselektor
+ A mixture of things - rozmowa z Quio