St... - Lay Down / Backside 7" (1972)

This repost cos' I reup-ed several Strawbs singles on rs today (those who wear only on mf since you know my mf account was removed). I'll post more Strawbs rare of unusual stuff later. But I'm cautious since I have been asked to remove files from this band sometimes in the past. Below what I wrote in the initial post about this single

With this one, released in October 1972, Strawbs at last entered the charts (and reached n°12 in UK). Not that this song was really representative of the band's music but during the year 1972 it's clear Dave Cousins wanted to be in the glam-wave and alsmost succeeded, at least commercially. This is these times that we live here through these singles. The forgotten song is not "Lay Down" of course but the B-side, called appropriately "Backside", and said to be played by a band called Ciggy Barlust and The Whales From Venus, a parody of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, but a great song, without anything to do with the rock 'n roll approach the band seemed to favour. It could have been on Grave New World and would have replaced for the better several songs on the uneven Bursting At The Seams LP released some months later. Too bad the lyrics were nothing else than irony based on wordplay with Bowie's gimmicks. The song deserved a better text. However, an unmissable addition to this series. Enjoy it here.

Backside. The boy stood on the burning stage, his back against the mast He did not dare to turn around till Davy Bowie passed The stardust painted round his eyes was really fading fast. Oh but I think I'm going to come again. Oh but I think I'm going to come again. The spiders from Uranus were climbing up the walls With such a space (?) the oddity, his fey libido calls But the people in the front row can only see his smalls. Oh but I think I'm going to come again. Oh but I think I'm going to come again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing all the Strawbs rarities!! I have most of the music, but love seeing the singles. Great blog, thanks again! Don't know if there's anything left, but if you have it MORE STRAWBS!