Page 14 of the Soft Boys scrapbook

Page 14 of The Soft Boys Scrapbook

What looks like the advice page from ‘Sounds’ fills most of the space. Most of that extols Raw Records’ record pressing etc service for aspiring bands, quoting us as part of their success story. Plus readers writing in with complaints about not receiving promised T shirts and EPs- and drum parts from Henrit’s drum store. Bob Henrit later joined the Kinks- I can report, from Katrina and the Waves’ stint as their warm up band, that they were a very convivial bunch, especially Ian Gibbons, who later played on twelve Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave-Berry albums. The Hope and Anchor’s second Front Row Festival is announced. Also appearing are the Troggs, who I regret not going to see. The editor of Sounds has inserted ’sorry’ next to the Troggs’ name, the typical herd mentality, sneering, ‘when you’re hot you’re hot, when you’re not you’re not’ attitude. Also announced is Rory Gallagher’s single ’Shadow Play’- a cover became a staple of our Cambridge band Jack for twenty years, harharr, man and boy. At the Nashville- two nights of Sore Throat! Punk/new wave, from Highgate, London. Tribesman- reggae. Immigrant- no information. Panties- no information (possibly a ’secret’ gig by Ian Dury, of ’New Boots and Panties’ fame?) Split Rivitt- R&B. The Inmates- R&B. The Streetband- of ’Toast’ fame- became Q Tips. Stickers appeared around the Nashville, Hope and Anchor etc with cryptic handwritten messages including the word ‘yodel’. (I’ve checked- it’s a euphemism for almost anything to do with sex or vomit) (like a lot of euphemisms). I remember us eventually being briefly introduced to the two girls responsible for this campaign- they were very nice, ordinary young ladies, certainly without any air of being ‘up for it’. Also on in London- pioneering, already veteran, camp singer George Melly- Pete Atkin, who co wrote songs with critic and poet Clive James (songs not very rock’n’roll but worth a listen for evidence of the direction in which rock’n’roll lyrics could have evolved)- and the Osmonds. Our forthcoming album is announced again, this time as ‘The Day They Ate Brick’.