Roy Wood's Wizzo Band - The Stroll/Jubilee 7" (1977)
We have jumped upon "Any Old Time Will Do", the A-side of a single with both sides from Mustard (the reason why I don't post it), and failing miserably in the charts although it was a wonderful song, and we find Roy Wood in the summer of 1977 (a punk one remember) trying to reinvent himself, having disbanded his Wizzard after the label refused to release Main Street, and trying to go on under another outfit name, Wizzo. This first shot (the album would be released 1 month later) was a single with both sides not featuring on the album, a nice gift for fans. Unfortunately, neither the style nor the period could allow such a single to be a hit. The style? A mix between Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder (yes, I assure, listen), and the usual horny arrangements borrowing to a lot of diverse and, sometimes difficult to reconcile, genres, from rockabilly to "Loveboat" thru Hawaian music. Not surprising that nobody did understand what was the fuck. Today, it's rather easier to appreciate since this strange collage has been tried by others and we are maybe more receptive to it. Not that it's my fave Wood period (but after all, I realize that I listen to this period quite often, maybe to be sure that I don't like it very much), but it deserves to be respected and not forgotten. I'm sure that at the time he was honestly thinking that he was innovative and contributed to the evolution of music. Not sure it was not evilution actually. Enjoy it here.