Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
Herewith a first substantive dip into Adrian Whittaker’s compendious notes in the insert for the “Halcyon Days” CD.
The first track on Side 2 of the LP is “A Tale of Two Orphanages”. it turns out these were not orphanages at all:
“Tim and Ivan turned to Tim Goulding, an artist and keyboard player who, like them, was a member of the Dublin hippy scene loosely based around two communal houses, both called The Orphanage.”
That joyous song commences with the wonderful words: “Mistress Mouse and Mr Puppup”. The liner notes include an absolutely fantastic “Dramatis Personae” section, where we find this gem:
“Mistress Mouse and Mr Puppup: Two cats from the Sandymount Orphanage. Mr Puppup was named after a Patagonian Indian in a book Tim B was reading at the time.” [It will be recalled that there are two cats at the left of Rupert Bear on the back cover of the LP; coincidence?]
It will also be recalled that one Harvey features much in the song…
“Harvey (and his Greaseband): Henry McCulloch, a member of the Dublin music scene who briefly joined Sweeney’s Men in 1968, alongside Dr SS associates Terry Woods and Johnny Moynihan. Friend of Tim B’s and a frequent visitor to both Orphanages, who went onto greater things with The Grease Band, Spooky Tooth [see above] and later, Wings.
Terry Woods was a member of Steeleye Span Mk I in 1970 [see above].
Another dip next time…