I was staggered to see and hear the rare pop~psych single 45 ‘Information Emily’ which I made in 1972 with the group Midas Mould on the internet at the site called purepop1uk.blogspot.com which is run by Robin Wills guitarist from the Barracudas and on eBay recently selling for 15 UK pounds.
Released on March 10th 1972 on Columbia Records UK cat. No. DB 8868
This stirred lots of memories !
While I was working as a tape operator at the Marquee Studio in 1970 I struck up a friendship with a session guitarist called Andy Goble from Croydon and I was singing at the time so after a few meetings, beers and rehearsals we decided to form a 4 piece group called Midas Mould. Terrible name, I think it was someone who was from Oliver Cromwell’s new model army ? But I remember his mother used to make the best Sunday dinners.
The bass player was Martin Yates and his father was responsible for the design of the Esso advertising for their ‘ Put A Tiger in the Tank ‘ campaign, so he financed the band until we signed to EMI.
The song our EMI producer chose to record as the A~Side was ‘Information Emily’ which was a rip off of the Jeff Beck hit ‘ Hi Ho Silver Lining’ and was written by our guitarist Andy Goble who was a great player himself and said he was taught by Beck and was also friends with Jim McCartey who sat in on drums with us one time as we were more of a rock group live than a bubbleglam pop group.
Not sure who the drummer was on the record as we always had problems in the drum department but the lead guitar solo was double ~ tracked with a classical violin session player and we used a Hammond organ Leslie speaker to get the unique effect on the guitar. I was the not so great a singer singing those bubbleglam lyrics, the backing singer was brought into the band, a lad from Fulham by the name of Tony Carpenter who also played guitar and has been Beaky in the classic 60’s band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich for the last 20 odd years, but we meddled by and had a great pop group adventure at EMI Abbey Road studios !
The highlights for me was that we recorded the single at the Beatles studio at Abbey Road, quite an experience for us and we were signed to the same label at EMI as the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck ~ Columbia Records. Also I remember at one gig Jim McCarty from the Yardbirds showed up and played drums for us on our rocked up version of ‘Shapes of Things’.
The B~Side Love Sweet Love was co~written by Glo Marcari, whose father owned Marcari’s Music Shop in Charing Cross Road in London and our EMI producer Roger Ferris who I didn’t get on with very well because of the choice of songs they wanted us to record (you need a hit record).
The arranger and conductor on the 45 was Andrew Pryce Jackman (I think there is a small string section on the record as well) who was super good and came up with the ideas for the dual violin solo and sound of the guitar solo, he later worked with Peter Skellern, Chris Squire and Yes.
Sadly our little 45 was only played once on BBC Radio One on the Gary Taylor show and we only sold about 26 copies of the record mostly to family and friends and so the group quickly desolved and we went our separate ways, not even a photo of the band remained, but the record is now apparently a bubbleglam pop psych classic appearing on the Pop Cycles Vol. 12 download compilation and is now available as a ringtone for your cellphone. Wow! Go figure.
Flies are in your pea soup baby!