Another J. Sprig compilation
Fake bands from the movies or tv.
Opening with The Mosquitoes – from ‘Gilligan’s Island’ mid 60s West Coast soft rock.
1:50 Andromeda – from ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’ late 80s electro space funk.
4:02 The Looters – London punk, Ray Winstone vocals, Steve Jones guitar, Paul Cook drums, Paul Simonon bass. What a lineup! From ‘All Washed Up!’/‘Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains!’ 1982.
9:03 Drimble Wedge & the Vegetations – swinging 60s art-rock (which could have been released on 4AD 10 or 15 years later) with Peter Cook on vocals from the original ‘Bedazzled’ 1967.
11:20 Steven Shorter – Paul Jones as mock Scott Walkeresque government puppet pop star in Peter Watkins’ ‘Privelege’ 1967.
15:50 Connie Franklin – Canadian TV miserabilist C&W singer played by Andrea Martin of SCTV
17:34 The Bugaloos – spooky, unsettling early 70s pop from Californian TV series which led to a minor hit for this single but not the album.
20:06 Tom Monroe – pre-punk 70s travesty of Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’ and ‘Don’t Sleep In The Subway’ by lounge music legend Monroe, equally famous for his classic rendition of The Vapours’ ‘Turning Japanese’
21:30 The Queen Haters – J. Sprig has arguably left the best ’til last, a parody so sharp, so spot on, it’s barely a parody at all. Another SCTV segment.
Not a patch on the SCTV or Looters punk tracks, but I hope J. Sprig’s next compilation includes ‘Gob On You’ from BBC’s ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’.