|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||classic rock rock 70s psychedelic pop|
|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Wikipedia|
Although singer-songwriter Speedy Keen (John Keen, 29 March 1945, Ealing, London, England, d. 21 March 2002) wrote much of this short-lived bands material, its impact was derived from the quirky, old-fashioned image of pianist Andy Thunderclap Newman. Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch (b. 4 June 1953, Glasgow, Scotland, d. 27 September 1979, London, England) completed the original line-up responsible for Something In The Air, a soaring, optimistic song which was a dramatic UK number 1 hit in the summer of 1969. The song was produced by Pete Townshend, for whom Keen had previously worked as a chauffeur (one of his songs, Armenia City In The Sky, appeared on The Who Sell Out). The album Hollywood Dream bode well for the future, highlighting Keens surreal vision and Newmans barrelhouse piano fills, but a long delay in selecting a follow-up single undermined the bands standing. The eventual choice,...