Beat Instrumental n°57: Herd Intend To Put Sounds Before Screams
The Herd's musical ability is being well-masked by the hysteria their good looks are provoking. But long after the screams have died, they intend to be with us on musicianship alone.
As the group's most experienced player, their drummer, Andrew Steele, is well qualified to outline the Herd's views: "When we formed the group with its present line-up, about 18 months ago, competition was strong, and we had to make a decent sound to survive. We were doing quite well . . . at least the public were remembering us. But it wasn't until Ken Howard and Alan Blaikely became our managers that we started to make a name disc-wise. They wrote 'I Can Fly' that crept into the 'thirties'. I must admit we were surprised that record didn't move any higher. But we were even more surprised by the success of 'From The Underworld'. I thought that was destined for failure, remembering we really hadn't created much of an impression on the chart. But it started to move without a great deal of exposure.
"That was when we started doing TV, and Peter immediately jumped into the spotlight. We did 'Top Of The Pops' three times . . . enough to keep the record about number 8 . . . and enough to make Peter even more popular.
"But I think it was the tour with the Who, and Traffic that did us the most good. The scenes were fantastic. The audiences had come to have a good scream, and we got more than our share. I used to be a bit wary about touring, but it helped the group at lot. We definitely matured, musically. I think our only problem was creating the sound of 'From The Underworld' on stage. The'knockers'would have had a field day if we hadn't been able to do it. But we used the 'Les Swingles Singers' type of harmony, to fill in the brass parts, and I think it came over quite well.
"I would like to do another tour as soon as possible, but we must concentrate on recording again. We've just finished our first LP, 'Paradise Lost'. It features our last three singles, 'I Can Fly', 'From The Underworld', and 'Paradise Lost'. Peter and Andy have five numbers on the album, and they're very good. I've even tried one myself, 'Fare Thee Well', and I sing lead on 'Goodbye Groovy'. But I'm not going to compete in the vocal stakes". Although Andrew sees the Herd as a "teenage group", they didn't deliberately set out to create such an image . . . "although an image is important," he says. "It's not as if we jumped straight into fame. We worked hard before the record success came, and the Herd were in existence long before I joined them. They were on a 'soul' kick, with Andy singing lots of Marvin Gaye numbers.
"I filled in for a couple of weeks, and Gary was playing lead. But we switched him to bass when Peter joined rather than use lead and rhythm. Things went well, so I stayed on. I was very biased towards jazz at that time . . . couldn't see much past Jimmy Smith. But my musical outlook changed considerably when I'd played with the group for a few weeks. Peter, Gary, and Andy got me to widen my tastes".
But despite Andrew's obvious enthusiasm, and his striving for a better sound, he does admit that he rarely practises. "I do have the time, but I prefer to relax. And I sometimes get the feeling that although I may be improving, the audiences don't notice. It's a bit frustrating really. You think you've played a very good piece, and they're all screaming like mad . . . I don't think it would matter if I just sat and stared at the drums".
It would matter a great deal, because true ability is the first line of defence of every teenage idol.
Japan Import Singles N°1: Okay - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
(USA) Billboard January 13, 1968 page 52: Top 60 Pop Spotlight
Spotlights predicted to reach the Top 60 of the HOT 100 Chart
First Edition – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
(Prod. Mike Post) (Writer: Newberry [sic]) (Acuff-Rose, BMI) – Culled from their current LP, now making sales noise, the First Edition should make a dent on the singles scene with this clever piece of groovy rock material. Strong entry. Flip: “Shadow in the Corner of Your Mind” (Hollis, BMI). Reprise 0655
Song covered by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich later that year in a live BBC session.
8-12 Jan. 68
Radio Show: Pete Brady Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in this afternoon show throughout the week.
Album release: The Herd – “Paradise Lost” LP (Fontana STL 5458)
From The Underworld / On My Way Home / I Can Fly / Goodbye Groovy / Mixed Up Minds / Impressions Of Oliver // Paradise Lost / Sad / Something Strange / On Your Own / She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not / Fare Thee Well
Their only album, containing six Howard Blaikley songs somewhat more sophisticated than the hits they provided to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich until then. They were also dressed in the latest fashion, as Dave Dee & Co pioneered two years earlier.
Rock journalist Chris Welch: Seeing The Herd album covers depicting Peter in a bright green suit recalls the colour The Herd brought into a rather drab scene. We now have a Technicolor image of Swinging London through films like ‘Blow Up’. In fact the pubs in those days shut at 10.30 p.m. and were full of men in grey raincoats drinking up pints of Watney’s Red Barrel before taking the last bus home. It seemed as though The Herd were unleashing the first stirrings of Glam Rock.
Melody Maker (10/09/66): Dave Dee Pop Think In ?
I think that bright clothes have been a big part of our success. If you wear them, they express something. When I come to London, everyone to me looks drab and horrible in dark suits and ties. Bright clothes are a freedom of expression. On stage, if the stage is drab and dull and we come on in our stage gear, it brightens things up before we've done anything.
NME n°1096 page 9: Dave Dee – M.U. Rhodesia Row
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have withdrawn from a lucrative 10-day concert tour of Rhodesia in the spring because the Musicians' Union was opposed to the visit. The trip had been tentatively agreed between Dave Dee and a Rhodesian promoter, but had to be called off when the group was threatened with expulsion from the Union.
A spokesman for the MU commented: "We are opposed to the tour simply because we are against racial discrimination. This Union ruling has been in operation for a long time, and negotiations for the tour should never have been started."
Dave Dee countered: "The whole purpose of accepting the booking was that we would have played to non-segregated audiences. This would have been something of a break-through – to say nothing of the £10,000 we would have earned."
Disc & Music Echo: Dave Dee move to beat Rhodesia ban
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are to make a last bid to have the Musicians Union ban on their proposed Rhodesian trip waived.
Group has offered to pay the return air fare and other expenses for an MU official to fly with them to Africa in April to see that a guarantee that they will play to non-segregated audiences is upheld.
Dave Dee and Co. were set to make a 10-day concert trip which would have earned them £10,000. But the MU has banned the visit on racial grounds.
Said the boys' co-manager, Alan Blaikely: "Pop groups shouldn't be used in any way as political instruments. Their job is to spread goodwill and I can't see how any form of cultural exchange can do anything but good."
Added Bob James, Dave Dee's booking manager: "Of course, the group will bide by the MU ruling – but we're hoping to persuade them to change their minds. Personally, I don't think pop should be connected with politics like this."
MU official, Mr Harry Francis, says: "The Union is against the tour because we're opposed to racial discrimination, which would certainly occur in Rhodesia."
Dave Dee and Co. go into the recording studio next week to cut songs for their new single and next album. Single is released on February 9.
TV Performance: Beat-Club 28, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Host: Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (4:45-5:15 pm)
Guests included The Herd: Paradise Lost, and Neil Christian (a Star in Germany)
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplatz, München, Bayern, Deutschland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich stay in this palace at the invitation of Bravo Magazine to take part in a Telephone operation (Bravo-Telefonaktion), answering Bravo readers’ phone calls.
Between 5:00 and 8:00 pm, the group is in the Bravo Magazine office in Munich to talk to their German fans. The report was printed two weeks later in Bravo n°5.
Bravo n°3, page 21: “Okay, dann ruft mal an!”
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich kommen zur BRAVO-Telefonaktion nach München! Am 15. Januar könnt Ihr mit ihnen sprechen, drei Stunden lang – von 17 bis 20 Uhr.
Ruft in dieser Zeit die Nummern 45 04 63 oder 45 04 64 oder 45 04 65 in München (Vorwahl 0811) an. Nennt Namen, Adresse, Eure Telefonnummermit Vorwahl und die Frage. Dave Dee & Co. melden sich dann bei euch.
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 9/02/68]
Recording session for The Legend Of Xanadu / Please (produced by Steve Rowland)
Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan or, A Vision in a Dream” first published in 1816. (Xanadu was the summer capital of Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan).
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplatz, München, Bayern, Deutschland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich stay in this palace at the invitation of Bravo-Magazine to take part in a Telephone operation (Bravo-Telefonaktion), answering Bravo readers phone calls
(Germany) Bravo n°4: short - new - hot - short - new - hot
Dave Dee is writing a paperback in the first person; the theme he won’t disclose – stop –
Bravo page 11: kurz - neu - heiß - kurz - neu - heiß
Dave Dee dichtet an einem in Ich-Form geschriebenen Roman; über das Thema will er noch nichts verraten
(USA) Billboard January 27, 1968 page 13: Zabadak Advert – NOW A GIANT HERE!
imperial records the label that has presented and built many giants in the industry
now welcomes and presents yet another giant
one of the hottest groups in england and other areas of the world
dave dee, dozy, beaky, mick and tich with zabadak
now #2 in england soon to be #1 in the u.s.
Page 50: Billboard HOT 100
*55 65 65 83 ZABADAK ......Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Steve Rowland) Imperial 66270 [4 Wks]
22-26 Jan. 68
Radio Show: Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in this morning show, broadcast on both Radio 1 and Radio 2, Monday to Friday.
Radio Show: Parade Of The Pops, BBC Radio One, London, England (1:00-1:55 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - Presented by Denny Piercy
German EP release: I'll Love You – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Coca Cola 105.112)
Things Go Better With Coke by Dave Dee & Co, Petula Clark, The Supremes and Ray Charles
[Bravo magazine n°5, containing information on how to order this disc, went on sale this day]
Recorded in London in October 1967 and manufactured in Germany by Coca-Cola GmbH
All “Coke” adverts are different, according to the style of each act. The Supremes’ is the music of "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" with different lyrics; Ray Charles’ theme is based on "Hallelujah I Just Love Her So"; and Petula’s tune is similar to "Colour My World".
Longplay record released by mailorder only in Germany : their only German EP. "I’ll Love You" quotes the titles of all the group’s German hits up to "Okay". In the other song, “Besser geht's mit Coca-Cola” is the only verse sung in German, with the interventions of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in German to present themselves and the other acts.
Bingley Hall, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supporting The Yardbirds and Eric Burdon & The Animals
NME n°1098: Dave Dee group signed for Bee Gees concert package
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have been booked as main supporting attraction on the Bee Gees' first concert tour which opens at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 27. Full details of the itinerary were reported in last week's NME. A further attraction still has to be announced for the tour, and the Bonzo Dog Dog Doo Dah Band is being sought to fill the vacancy.
The Dave Dee group's next single has been scheduled for February 9 release by Fontana. Titled "The Legend Of Xanadu," it is another Howard-Blaikley composition. TV promotion set for the disc includes BBC's "Top Of The Pops" (8th), "Dee Time" (10th), and "Whistle Stop" (23rd), and Southern TV's "New Release" (9th). It is probable that the group will pay a short promotional visit to America – where its "Zabadak !" is currently climbing the U.S. chart – in early March.
Radio Show: Mark Roman Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:00 pm)
Afternoon Show headlined by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and featuring Amen Corner, the Searchers, Brian Poole, the Migil Five and the Alex Welsh Band. The same line-up appears throughout the following week on the Pete Brady Show.
(Germany) Bravo n°5: Viel Spaß mit Dave Dee & Co: Am Bravo-Telefon – Als Stars des Monats (Poster)
See the "Stars of the Month" Poster from the Bravo-Archive Website:
Stars of the Month - February 1968: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Bravo pages 14-17 & 40-41: Bravo Telefonaktion “Rufe Deinen Star an”
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich answer fans phone calls in the Bravo offices in Munich (made on 15 January, 5:00-8:00 pm):
Among many topics about Girls, Girls, Girls and a lot of jokes, here are some other items:
Dave: I stayed 18 months by the police.
Renate: Is recording a lot of fun for you? – We had much fun particularly with "I'll love you".
Renate: Great! I hear it nearly every day on Radio Luxemburg!
Gaby: Dave, what profession would you have chosen, if you hadn’t been in a band?
Dave: I think I would have become a judge.
Dave: We are coming in April in Germany for four days with Herman's Hermits.
Beaky: Apart from guitar, I can play drums, mandolin, violin (and more...)
Roswitha: What are your surnames?
Dave: Harold Wilson, George Brown, Callaghan, Duke of Windsor, De Gaulle – long live France!
Dave: I don’t take hard drugs! Some people take haschisch. But I don’t.
Gabi: Beaky, what do you think about flowers, hippies and LSD ?
Beaky: Flowers wither and pass away like everything in the world, and hippies are harmless.
Dozy: My hobby is old bones and stones, which means Archaeology.
Ingeborg: Dave, would you go to India to meditate like the Beatles? [The Beatles would go there in February]
Dave: No, not to meditate. I don’t believe in meditation.
Derthe: Dave, is it true you had a fight with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones?
Dave: Nearly. But then we made friends again. There was no fight to speak of. A press exaggeration.
Beaky: We have made another record long ago: "The Legend of Xanadu". [Not even released yet]
Dave: Next, we would like to conquer America.
29 Jan-2 Feb
Radio Show: Pete Brady Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich head the line-up for the afternoon show throughout the week from Monday, January 29, to Friday February 2. Also set are Amen Corner, the Searchers, Brian Poole, the Migil Five and the Alex Welsh Band.