This is the remastered and edited reissue of the Australian ‘nugget’ A once And Future Thing. This release features new artwork for the front and back covers more suited to the the times. It also has the original artwork and booklet for downloading PLUS bonus track (never before released) Blind on Blind!
Inspired by the late 60’s music scene, this is a ‘concept album’ about the last days of 'Pubert Brown-Fridge'. The music is written (largely) by Steve Lucas and dedicated to the bands that influenced him as he grew up through the 60's and early 70's. A tribute, if you will, full of references, nods and winks to those wonderfully innocent (and not so innocent) times. Thank you The Beatles, Small Faces, The Kinks, The Who and many, many more...
The album also has the song 'Make It happen' featured in the latest Yoplait commercial which went to air in America during the Emmys and Country Music Awards
On ‘A Once and Future Thing’
Michael Smith. The Drum
10 December 2010 at 12:09
Thank God someone from Sydney nascent late '70's punk scene was listening to '60's London, Liverpool, Manchester rather than (as well as?) Detroit , New York! With this collection, Steve Lucas and his Pubert Brown-Fridge Occurrence cohorts redress the balance and remind the world that it wasn't just Britain's Nuggets garage obscurities or America's art rock or shock rock outsiders that were impacting on the impressionable minds of the world's youth and Australia's in particular. The Beat groups that burst out in the wake of the Beatles were making gems just as amazing, just as adventurous, often just as hilarious as anything that came out punk scene 15 years ago. Here on one disc is the impact of those groups, in all their manifestations, from pure pop to vaudeville, art house to fun house, all delivered with tender loving care but with tongue set firmly in cheek, just the way it should. This record fairly sweats Fab, pop to smile away the day, or perhaps a slightly inebriated evening or three.
Eight Days A Week ... done the way Lennon would have recorded it for the White Album, just to piss McCartney off ... Fab Four on dope!
Sleepy Jan ...are we sniffing Syd Barrett's aftershave, pure Floyd pop before Syd lost the plot, complete with "recorder" solo!
Come Friday Afternoon ...move over Traffic, or is it the Kinks?vSmall Faces? Either way here come the Puberts, doing their own trippy kind of Friday On My Mind anthem.
Make It Happen... Phil Judd tried to recreate this sort of gloriously "lads" style Small Faces singalong thing with the Swingers. Problem was he didn't have the sense of humour. Steve Lucas obviously has in spades. So what if he had a hit with it!
The Ice Cream Song ... More Elvis Costello than The Move perhaps, or is it The Turtles? Maybe this is what happened once they got Eleanor sung by Gerry "Loved Ones" Humphreys pretending to be Mike Oldfield. Confused? Good! A kiddies xylophone has never sounded so rock.
Bite The Sun ... Back to the British side of the Pond for another slice of Pop psychedelia in that Incense Peppermints vibe.
Love Is A Virus ...Bonzo Dog Doodah Band taking on Bryan Ferry territory, at least lyrically! Or is it even scarier, and reliving the duets of...now who was it sang Cinderella Rockafella? That's right, Esther & Abi Ofarim! Immortally naff!!
The One You Love ... " You and me going nowhere" Beatles descend to New Vaudeville vocal melodies, kazoo solos and a most curious guitar sound, dodgy synth brass section and more gloriously kaleidoscopic musical mayhem in an outro that could go on forever. And almost does!
Bottle Of Gin ... Kinks territory, God bless 'em. Who cares? Where's the ice?!
Neon and Venom ...Oooh, "raawwwkkk!!" But wait, we're still not quite in Gun n Roses territory, though these days even they would probably be happy with a gig at Dapto RSL! Either way the Puberts AND Pubettes! are rockin' out there. Tex Perkin would be proud.
Don't Cry No Tears ...Heart on sleeve, string section tugs at your emotions, the "BIG LOVE SONG", part Donovan part Barry Ryan. This is the sensitive Stephen, the romantic strolling balladeer, and the perfect end to a perfect pop confection, and my goodness, where did that Robert Plant scream come from? Epic, fab, groovy gear indeed!
Michael Smith. The Drum
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