Monday, January 20, 2014
Why Didn't I Get The Memo On Caroline?
I have been reading a slight Kindle-only book on Roy Wood that feels less like a proper bio and more like a lengthy Mojo article. That is not a criticism. There is something refreshing about seeing the birth of a rock star and the break-up of his first band all happen before page 15, when most tomes would still be discussing the subject's parents by page 120.
Originally written for a fanzine, John Van der Kiste's article was expanded 20 years after it began and if you're a fan of The Move and Roy, I recommend this very entertaining read, if only for the gems of information, like...
That Grunt Futtock, the band whose one-off single I posted last week features Roy, Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton and Andy Bown.
Did you know that "Dance Around The Maypole" by Acid Gallery, a track featured on Rhino's U.K. "Nuggets" box is Roy and The Tremeloes?
Members of Acid Gallery went on to form Christie, the band with the huge U.S. hit "Yellow River?"
My favorite find so far is today's featured single. You may or may not remember "Jesamine," a number two hit for The Casuals. But I certainly had never heard a note of "Caroline," a song written and produced for The Casuals by Roy Wood.
I've been listening to "Caroline" on repeat for most of the weekend. It falls somewhere between late Move and early Wizzard, I think. And holy moly, what a chorus.