Rockingscots is a website dedicated to Scottish beat groups and rock bands from the '60s and '70s.
SPIGGY TOPES - COPYCATS/MY DEAR WATSON
Lazy stuff. Mostly cut and pasted from Transplant - 'Scotland's teenage magazine'. Anyone have anything to add??
2. 'My only chance' 2.41 - slower, love-lorn song with wah-wah chords and flute all over it.
3. 'Love in the wind' - 2.49 - an instrumental and
perhaps the best self penned track. A proggy effort of two slow 'verses' with
flute taking the lead melody
before picking up pace and dynamics on the two guitar dominated' choruses'.
4. 'Come away Melinda' (Hellerman &
Minkoff) - 5.42 - The classic, anti-war song recorded by Uriah Heep,
Tim Rose. Harry Belafonte et al.
If you've not heard it, the lyrics juxtapose the innocence and hope of a child against a father's weary despair born out of his longer experience of life.
In this version the band replicate that clash of emotions via an intro passage of gloomy sound effects versus the schoolyard na-na-ner-na-na taunt done
on the wah-wah and a kiddie's music box tinkling away before the main body of the song commences.
It's a fairly standard arrangement of the song but well accentuated with a military snare drum beat, flute, acoustic picking and a flashes of fuzz guitar.
Ends with a spooky wind noise and other dismal sound effects to indicate the triumph of despair over hope - all in all an excellent effort.
All four tracks are worth seeking - they show that the band had ideas, talent and promise.
One other appearance on record that we know of. Check out Cliff
Bennet's insistence that that he cut the posthumous
"Toe Fat" release "Brand New Band"/"Can't Live Without You" (Chapter One CD 175 - issued in 1972) backed by various ex-members of a Scottish band Spiggy Topes
- during the "Rebellion" sessions in 1971. See article below for mention of the band's tour with Toe Fat.
We had some other links here but unfortunately they became inactive or we lost them.
MY DEAR WATSON
Formerly Johnny and the Copycats who in 1964-66 released 'I'm a Hog for You' / 'I can Never see You'.
'Start Thinking About Me'/ 'The Pain of Love. All
well worth tracking down but especially for - 'Start Thinking About
Classic slow beat ballad. Brings a tear to the eye - Tasty guitar chords too.
Record label pics contributed by Lenny Helsing - Cheers as usual Lenny.
Band also recorded an unreleased LP - Too Late / Unknown
Title / Have you seen
your saviour yet? / White line road / Watch out for the hurricanes
/ In the meantime / Another Unknown Title/ Things look good today / Running away from himself / Its not you / Serious business / And it's strange.
Only heard the would be LP tracks in poor condition so can't really form an opinion on them. Will try again soon.
Thanks to Lenny Helsing for access to the music and Jim F. for the pic of the four piece band.