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Underground Anarchists Come Out Of Obscurity,
This review is from: Neverneverland (Audio CD)
Almost utterly forgotten because that had no hits and were difficult to pidgeonhole, the Pink Fairies were actually a great band from an era when post-psychedelic hippy rock was evolving into prog and heavy metal. In many ways, the Fairies were the UK's answer to the MC5, a power trio that DIDN'T attempt long bluesy jams or indulge in mind-numbing rifferama but DID prefigure not only early Motorhead (before they succumbed to HM) but punk rock. The Fairies were loud, mean and nasty but they had some humour and subtlety to play with too. Street-cred didn't come any better at the time: the band were bona-fide underground heroes who even made Hawkwind seem like commercial chart contenders. They flirted with radical politics and often played for nothing...
From this debut album the manic rocking "Teenage Rebel" could easily be placed five years later on a record by the Damned or Generation X (but without the drum solo!). They weren't a band that could be comfortably marketed on record and scored mainly through their anarchic live shows. "Never Never Land" does, however, contain some of the band's finest material, especially so this lovingly restored CD with its bonus tracks - highlight of which is the incredible debut single "The Snake", perhaps the greatest unknown headbanging anthem that was ever cranked out of a battered Marshall stack. BUY THIS FOR "THE SNAKE" ALONE AND HEAR 90% OF THE HARD ROCK ACTS OF THE EARLY 1970s PUT TO SHAME!!!
Pink Fairies hit that same street-level hard-rocking style on "Do It", find a jazzy groove on "War Girl" and even indulge in a little cosmic dreaming on "Heavenly Man". "Uncle Harry's Last Freak-Out" was obviously something that made more sense live (and two versions at around 10-minutes apiece may be a bit over-whelming). The Pink Fairies were mad, bad and dangerous to know but their records (for all their uneveness) are definitely worth owning if you're interested in an era when real red-blooded unsanitised rock and roll bands were allowed to outrage our ears...
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2009 15:05:33 BDT
M. Bridgeman says:
As a 50 something, I will always remember da Pinks with great affection; the reviewer is spot on when he says how good they were and, rightly, the first two albums are certainly their best - even if the production values are a bit rough round the edges on What a Bunch. Never really that keen on Kings of Oblivion - a bit too polished for my taste, although Street urchin and Wish I Was A Girl pass muster. I saw them at an all-dayer in 72 when they were billed as Danny and the Racing Cars (Hawkwind headlining) and can still remember the gig; saw them at the Croydon Greyhound same year and walked out - disastrous!! Paul Rudolph had left and some guy called Wayne something or the other was lead guitar and people just began jeering and leaving! Awful. (Round about the time of the Well Well Well single) Anyway, this is more a trip down memory lane as a comprehensive review(!) but if you want to get a slice of late psychedelia/ early hard rock (NOT heavy metal) then the Pink Fairies are a damn fine example. Even the live at the Roundhouse cd is worth a listen, altho' unfortunately comes with a lot of crappier stuff too. Ah, halcyon days!!
Posted on 26 Oct 2011 12:20:09 BDT
What an excellent review!!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2014 09:38:15 BDT
Mr. Mungo says:
I think the guitarist you're referring to was the late Mick Wayne, who sadly died in a house fire. The Roundhouse set is my favourite Pink's album.
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