A teenage grammar school band lands himself at the sixth form dance where Mott play. He becomes their fanclub manager and knows the band inside out. Here for the first time, Kris Needs tells The Mott The Hoople story ---- THE TWILIGHTS
The Twilights remain one of Australia's best-loved and most respected bands of the '60s. They quickly outgrew their origins as top Beatles copycats to become one of the country's hottest live acts, before recording a string of dynamic pop 45s that encompass beat, R&B, soul and psychedelia and crafting a killer pop-psych album in Once Upon A Twilight. IAIN MCINTYRE follows bassist John Bywaters on a journey from the suburbs of Adelaide to the band's own TV show via hysterical fans, chart topping singles and recording at Abbey Road Studios ---- THE ALAN BOWN SET Named after their trumpet-playing leader, The Alan Bown Set were an integral part of the Swinging London scene, their clubland contemporaries including the likes of Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band, The Action, The Artwoods and Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. Although one or two members of the scene (most notably Georgie Fame and Chris Farlowe) did achieve some commercial success, that sophisticated amalgam of American-inspired soul, jazz and R&B was essentially a grassroots movement, attracting a studiedly-cool clientele of sharp-suited mods, patois-speaking West Indian youths and fellow musicians to venues like The Marquee, Klook's Kleek and the genre's spiritual home, The Flamingo in Wardour Street. ---- NOEL HARRISON During the '60s, Noel Harrison was the acceptable face of youth rebellion, performing Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen songs to 'square' parents in the supper clubs of London and New York. But behind the squeaky clean image of 'The Windmills Of Your Mind' lurked a man who proselytised Dylan, Cohen and Donovan before turning his back on show business at the height of his fame. ---- PAUL BRETT'S SAGE Paul Brett Sage released three fine albums during that brief era when folk and progressive rock were curious bedfellows. Featuring appearances by, and members of, Fire, Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Mungo Jerry, Titus Groan and Comus, this little-known band featured a veritable who's who of UK psych musicians, including Paul Brett himself, who'd been in a late incarnation of the legendary Tintern Abbey. ---- THE COMMITTEE A pop culture art film starring the then red-hot Paul Jones and boasting a soundtrack featuring Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, The Committee had everything going for it in 1968. So why did it end up languishing in obscurity for nearly 40 years with no video release or soundtrack album? ---- THE CRITTERS SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS CHRIS WELCH CHILDREN OF THE STONES THE ASSOCIATION JAMUL and so much more!