Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
We continue today with Chris Welch’s 2008 notes in the CD insert:
“Their first gig was in 1964 and over the next two years they built up a local following. “We were only kids playing quite rough clubs but we weren’t a bad group and did “covers” of Beatles and Kinks songs.”
“In 1967 the boys moved to London in a van kitted out with bunk beds. Now called the Wild Flowers they mixed the blues with heavy versions of Tamla Motown tunes. They starved for quite a while, as work proved hard to find. Meanwhile, they met a group called the Scots of St. James who were living in a big house in Finsbury Park with a few other bands.
“The Wild Flowers, including Micky and Paul, moved into an attic, starved some more and grew their hair longer. “We had Bruce Thomas on bass. He later played with Elvis Costello. We moved up to West Hampstead and began wearing caftans. Me, Paul and Bruce used to go to the Marquee Club in Soho and hang around at the back entrance. We’d help a band into the club with the gear and then sneak in and hide in the toilets because we couldn’t afford to pay the admission. But we got to see John Mayall and Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac.””
More next time.