Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tonto say he don't mind

Genuine oddity, at once ahead of its time and behind of its time. Do like what the rhythm section is doing.

"Originally released as a single in 1976, the BBC banned it due to the drug and homosexual references. However, thanks to Kenny Everett, the song received a lot of airplay on his TV & radio shows, and was re-released in 1979."

Rupert Hine has had an extensive and unusual career as musician and producer.

Which I have not investigated, I confess, although I have bought two used but suspiciously mint looking Quantum Jump albums in the last couple of years. Very strange things they were trying to do, Quantum Jump -- the missing link between 10cc and Steely Dan, perhaps, although equally at times like the missing link between Level 42 and Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

A Hine solo album

Another one

Later he was in a group with Julian Clary, and produced The Joan Collins Fan Club.

Actually Thinkman was a virtual group, all done by Hine, but with actors - including Clary - hired to play the parts of the group members for promo video and TV appearances

Clary played Leo Hurll, the keyboardist.

Musically seems to be coming from the same sort of place as Freur and Max Q

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't heard that "Tonto" track since back then, when I was about seven. I remember it, but Everett must've really caned it, as I always thought that vocal intro bit was just part of his show, some sort of jingle or something.

    Adult me quite likes it. It reminds me of Can. That period from the really good ['Soon Over Babaluma' etc] shading into the not-so-good, slightly arid-sounding stuff with Roscoe and Rebop.

    Getting into murky waters with Freur, though. Really weird to see young versions of Rick and Karl Underworld, who are now both about 60.