Groundhogs - Sad Go Round 7" (1974)

Tony McPhee is another great composer too often forgotten in the various rock anthologies, maybe because he was first known as a sort of English Hendrix, but he was not. It would be too long to describe his strange evolution during the 70's, but let's only say that he created the one and only example of a progressive blues style, although this definition seems too narrow for such a man. The most important was that, like Peter Hammill, Alex Harvey or Kevin Coyne, and contrary to most of the English blues rock heroes, he managed to have an intimate approach of the music, able to talk about very personal feelings and experiences shared by most humans using their cortical complexity and analyzing their condition and their environment. Here, we find him in 1974 in a very very depressed mood. The Solid album is quite a masterpiece but honestly it is not an easy album. One of the most unconfortable to hear in the history. It seems your head is maintained under water during the whole LP. The music here has no equivalent, nothing comparable to it. It is the Groundhogs in their complete singularity. This depressed album was not a commercial failure at all, reaching n°31 in the UK, the best place since Split 3 years earlier. Two singles were drawn from the album. Here is the first one, again with a self-made cover because there was not anyone when it was released. I chose a superb photograph from Antoine d'Agata (I think it's from him). It is an anachronism since he's born in 1961 but however, it is a great picture for the lyrics and the music of this song, a real gem that certainly could not have been a hit, but the melody is really first class to my ears. The B-side was not on the Solid album although in the late reeditions of the LP, it was added as bonus track. But I like to ear songs in their original context and most often, I stop Solid after "Joker's Grave", the last song on the original album, a closing song that was not conceived to be followed by anything else than silence and a kind of internal frightening. So, here they are both in their single contexts.

An advice. Listen to the song reading the lyrics.



Budgie said...

Salut les gars,
heureux de vous voir sur la blogosphère. J'ai toujours beaucoup aimé les Groundhogs, entre le blues vrillé de "Thanks Christ...", et les jams cafardeuses de "Crosscut Saw".

dk said...

J'hésite à poster Crosscut Saw qui est un grand album méconnu des Groundhogs. Et puis il faut que je pense à des raretés de Budgie, mais je ne crois pas en avoir.
Merci de ton commentaire

Anonymous said...

Merci d'avoir posté ce morceau, je ne connaissais que la reprise par Current 93 (sur leur EP Lucifer over London)!
Arnaud (de MFA)

shadreck said...

Thanks for this Groundhogs single.