Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cockney Rebel : The Psychomodo 1974

Steve Harley (born Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice, Deptford, London, 27 February 1951) , grew up in London's New Cross area and attended the school Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College . His musical career began in the late 1960s when he was busking (with John Crocker) and performing his own songs , some of which were later recorded by him and the band . The original Cockney Rebel was formed when Harley hooked up with his former folk music partner , John Crocker (fiddle / mandolin / guitar) in 1972 . They auditioned drummer Stuart Elliott , bassist Paul Jeffreys , and keyboardist Milton Reame-James . They were signed to EMI after playing just five gigs . Their first single "Sebastian", a soaring rock epic ballad , was an immediate success in Europe , though failed to score in the UK Singles Chart . Their debut album , The Human Menagerie , was released in 1973 to critical acclaim , and is still felt by many fans to be their best .

Harley managed to irritate a significant segment of the music press with his self-aggrandisement , even as the music itself was getting rave reviews and gaining a wide audience . It was becoming clear that Harley regarded the band as little more than accompaniment to his own agenda , and already there were signs that things would not last , despite having a big hit with their second single , "Judy Teen" . There then followed the album The Psychomodo , an adventurous and ambitious production which showed that there was real talent in the group . A second single from the album , "Mr. Soft" , was also a big hit .


1. Sweet Dreams 2:05
2. The Psychomodo 4:04
3. Mr.Soft 3:17
4. Singular Band 2:59
5. Ritz 7:15

Side 2

1. Cavaliers 8:45
2. Bed in the Corner 7:45
3. Sling It! 8:45
4. Tumbling Down 9:45

Bonus tracks From 2001 re-release

1. Big Big Deal
2. Such a Dream

Photo 1 : Prince Rupert
Photo 2 : Cromwell's soldiers breaking into the house of a Cavalier


Cavalier was the name used by Parliamentarians for a Royalist supporter of King Charles I during the English Civil War (1642–1651) . Prince Rupert , commander of much of Charles I's cavalry , is often considered an archetypical Cavalier .

( These are the lyrics , sung by Steve Harley . The lyrics in the inside album or the Internet are not complete the same sometimes )

Make mine old time , or i’il spit in your eye
It’s better than lying , anytime . . .
I’m horrified to step outside , I’m trying
very hard to keep up my guard
Everything’s becoming drag , we’d best be off
escape this bad- could be very sad
Misery coming over me , I’m thinking about
going blind and don’t want to see .

Shift around this one-song town
like a sparrow with a broken wing -feeling blue!!!
Terrified to step outside , it’s so easy
to make a suicide come true
Masturbation-getting off ; you can scoff your ideals offer nothing new !
I’m getting ready to run and hide ,
looking for a suitable bitch to crucify .

We’re all beginqing to
testify , testify-it’s getting fierce
We’re all beginning to testify ,
Testify , to be cavaliers
How do you feel now you’ve testified?

Love to have God next to me with his
hands around my throat in harmony
Take away the silver tray , fetch me water
God , give me strength , I’m in pain
Seeing, blow-job blues and boogaloos
Ten little niggers hooked on absinthe and daffodils
Telling tales of white gardinia ,
Honky-tonking all the love that’s in ya!

We’re all beginqing to
Testify , testify-it’s getting fierce
We’re all beginning to testify ,
Testify , to be cavaliers
How does it feel now you’ve testified?

Long-tailed coat , a silly joke ; they drink
like men then see them choke on coca-cola
Morgue-like lips and waitress tips and you
shuffle around on your sabrina hips
Oh ! Make mine old time or I’ll spit in your eye
It’s better than lying-anytime
I'm horrified to step outside , trying very
hard to keep up my guard .

We’re all beginqing to
Testify , testify-it’s getting fierce
We’re all beginning to testify ,
Testify , to be cavaliers
How does it feel now you’ve testified ?



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