Kenny's star shone brightly for less than a year between late 1974 and August/September 1975.
4 vibrant hard pop singles, "The Bump","Fancy Pants", the underrated "Baby I Love You Ok" and "Julie Anne" all had a bit of a rock edge compared to the mega-group of the time, The Bay City Rollers. The similarity with BCR was the same songwriting team of Bill Martin and Phil Coulter who also wrote 2 earlier hits for an Irish singer under the "Kenny" monicker !!!
"Nice To Have You Home", a later hit for the New Seekers, ended the run of hit singles and, if my memory serves me well, there were problems with "the management". As often happens when artists bite the hand that feeds and they split from their hitmakers (Bay City Rollers; Mud; Sweet from that era) the hits dry up. Although in fairness to Sweet they were unlucky as they wrote some excellent self-penned songs and albums, but that's another story !
"Hot Lips" was a fair stab at the charts, but tried too hard to be "Fancy Pants" and was let down by the chorus.Again, the memory's a bit clouded, but I think that they sang "Hot Lips" on a "Jim'll Fix It" show in 1976 which was the last time, apart from shows like TOTP2, that I saw Kenny on TV.
What else do you get on this CD ? Well, all the B-sides are here, the majority of which aren't at all bad and compliment their respective A-sides. "I'm A Winner", "Dancin Feet" and "Happiness Melissa", the latter 2 being written by members of the band, could be classed as "hidden gems".
There is another compilation called "The Best of Kenny" which is, well, best avoided - excuse the pun. It contains the hits (no B-sides) and around a dozen songs that are very sub-standard. Stick with "The Singles Collection Plus...", re-live your teenybop days and enjoy !!!!!