Hollywood Brats - Hollywood Brats

Hollywood Brats
Formed in 1972 the Hollywood Brats were Punk long before the term was invented. Dressed in make-up and women's blouses they sought to shock, whilst making the music they wanted to make. The packaging for this CD has been lovingly assembled with biographies from both vocalist Andrew Matheson and guitarist Brady plus all the lyrics. The digital mastering was undertaken by keyboard player Casino Steel.
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Code: CDMRED106
Weight: 200
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Alongside Scott Walker and Dusty Springfield, Jackie Trent was one of the most distinctive pop voices of the sixties. With Tony Hatch, she co-wrote hits for Walker and Petula Clark and enjoyed major success of her own when ‘Where Are You Now?’ ousted the Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’ from the number one spot in the spring of 1965. Complimented by some memorable Hatch arrangements, the restored Magic of Jackie Trent and the superb material with which it has been augmented here are testament to her brilliant artistry. Our Price: £9.95

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A slight license with the factual there but essentially this is what happened to Martin Briley and Brian Engel .In 1969, late of Mandrake Paddle Steamer and their classic 'Strange Walking Man', these late teens art students were given access to Air Studios and budgets for orchestras plus musicians to come up with hit singles. What they actually came up with was an almost concept album that exhibited all that had influenced them to that point, and let loose their humour and imagination. Sadly with the exception of one single ('Pale Green Vauxhall Driving Man') released under the name Prowler, a couple of years after the event, the recordings lay on the shelf, and are released for the first time now.

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