We Said We Said
After the long and tedious project of making the latest Electric Crayon Set album "What A Rotter Of A Day" ( Released 2007 ) I thought to myself "Hey, how nice it would be just to rock a bit for a change??" and realised I had always wanted to make an album full of my old favourite songs. Then it was time to find the proper partners in crime ... It was an easy task to take my old pal Jussi Reunamäki to handle his trustworthy old Hammond Spinet and other widgets with black and white keys. And the bass player also was easily drafted from a parallel project of mine, "Crosscut Saw", the blues band. Tarmo Lehtonen combines super bass skills and a super nice bloke ...not an easy type of person to find! But what about the drummer ? I took a chance and asked an older gentleman I had met a few years ago. This guy hails from "Old Blighty" but in 1990 decided to switch the misty islands for the chilly Finnish weather for good. A veteran of 60 ´s and 70´s British pop scene, he had steered his own group "Pickettywitch" to 14 Top Of The Pops performances, a gig at Wembley Arena and several hits in the Top Ten. He then toured around the world with "Gerry and the Pacemakers" for 5 years. Yes, Keith Hall was the perfect answer to my question ... And then on a quiet Sunday in May 2008 we finally took our gear to the good old Sunset Studio and with a little help from irreplaceable Tumppi Vähä-Pesola we laid the basic tracks on the following tunes ... 1. Save My Soul (Dee Christopolus/ John Kelman) . I got involved with British sixties psych scene a good ten years ago through a CD called "Chocolate Soup For Diabetics" which I grabbed at a record fair recommended by a seller. The song that immediately caught my ear and eventually defined the style "Freakbeat" was this gold nugget among the usual rubble. It was hard to believe that this song was made in the sixties. Put simply, it's the best freakbeat song in the world! 2. Don´t Look Back (Billy Vera) This is quite a similar story to the previous song, only this time the record was an old scratched copy of Lenny Kaye´s "Nuggets " - an USA garage compilation. Hearing "Don´t Look Back" made me fall in love with "Barry (Tashian) & The Remains" forever. Great verse, powerful chorus and a great preaching middle section. Quite frankly, it's the best USA garage song in the world. 3. Handbags And Gladrags ( Mike D´ Abo ) It's a huge injustice that the version by the magnificent singer Chris Farlowe was never was a big hit. Can a performance get any better than his? Well, many have tried, and so have we ...I wonder if we´ ve done justice to it. This is almost certainly one of the best pop songs in the world, and as an extra piece of useless information, Saddam Hussein was apparently of the same opinion! 4. I Need You ( Ray Davies ) "The Kinks" made masterful jerky dance-floor fillers in their early career, and I got fascinated by the monotonous and aggressive guitar straight away. What else can you say? The best mod dance-floor filler in the world. 5. She Said Ride (Steve Kipner / Steve Groves) "Tin Tin" was an obscure 60 ´s duo of later hit composer Steve Kipner. I picked their album from the bargain bin for a few euros and could not believe my luck when I heard "She said Ride". What a slab of great demented psych-pop! " Tin Tin" deserved something far better than bargain bin. This is definitely, the best demented 60´s pop song ever. 6. Security ( Otis Redding ) It wasn´t the original version of this song that we recorded, but an obscure version by an even more obscure group called "Thane Russall & Three" that my mate Ian played to me from a 7" . I literally fell on my arse while hearing it! I love the crashing cymbals, the simple rhythm and the great insane vocals ... Honestly, the best insane track in the world! 7. Answer To Life ( Pembroke ). Being a Finnish guy, I wanted to pay a tribute to the true pioneers of Finnish psychedelia and the nascent Finnish rock scene, "Blues Section". These guys started it here even though they did need a bit of a British help by Jim Pembroke in that (as did the Love Messengers ). Indeed, the best Finnish popsike song ever. 8. Your Body Not Your Soul (Eelco Gelling/Harry Muskee ) What great aggression "Cuby And the Blizzards" captured in their track. This must be the top slice of European garage music. Bearing in mind that eating too much "choc" soup can make you fat, I must confess that this is the best garage track of continental Europe. 9. Can ´t Help Thinking About Me ( David Bowie ) What a lovely mod stomper by my all time favey Davey. I played this track with my mod revival band "Whizz Kids" in the 80´s. Nuff Said! This is the best debut track by any artist... ever! 10. I Can Tell ( Samuel Smith ) This great aggro R 'n' B killer combines two my all time favourite bands ever, Dr.Feelgood and The Pirates. Both had what it takes to be a no-nonsense R&B band that means business. Loud, aggressive Telecasters, growling vocals, a tight rhythm unit and buckets full of beer ... what else do you need ! Don´t mean maybe, it is the greatest R&B killer in the whole universe. 11. War Or Hands Of Time ( Mick Bower ) They can make good garage pop songs down under, too! Again, it seems so incredible this dates back to mid-60´s. Take my word for it, this is the best ever Aussie garage pop track! 12. Coast To Coast ( Sean Tyla / Nick Garvey ) "Ducks De Luxe" was a fine, band and this was their vinyl debut. It's a wonderful good time pub-rock ´n roller plus some odd time signatures thrown in for good measure. Needless to say, this track didn´t make it either. But for sure, it's the best good time pub-rock ´n roller ever ... 13. Love Hound ( Dennis Linde / Alan Rush ) We´ve saved the sugar until last, at least I think so. This song epitomises all that is good in rock´n roll, and once again it took my all time favourite band "Dr. Feelgood" and their late singer Lee Brilleaux to prove it. You need 3 chords, fun lyrics, some attitude and that ´s it - the essence of rock´ n roll. So this our labour of love ... I hope you ´ll have half as much fun listening to it as we did making it. I don't think that I have ever had so much fun making a record, and at the end of the day, that's what it's all about isn't it? I'm looking forward to Vol. 2. already!! With Love TIMO PÄÄKKÖ.