Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

The Days of Pearly Spencer

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • The Days of Pearly Spencer

    I refer to that David McWilliams masterpiece that we hardly ever get to hear on the radio these days - such a unique song.

    I always have visions of McWilliams being unable to make it to the recording studio in order to sing the chorus due to being in a traffic jam or something, and so he has to telephone his record producer to ask him whether he can sing the chorus down the phone line which is what he does. I suppose that it is a similar concept to how a lot of late 1970s songs are made such as ELO's Telephone Line and Blondie's Hanging on the Telephone.

    What do other people think about that song?
    Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

  • #2
    Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

    I remember wondering why it sounded like it was sung down a phone line.

    Queen created a similar effect for one of their album tracks by using a steel dust bin as an echo chamber, with a speaker in the bottom & a microphone hung over the top.

    Marc Almond's cover didn't try this effect.
    The Trickster On The Roof

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

      Even though it was coming about around the same time I was in 1967 I know the song. For some reason when I think about it I also think about 'Kites' by Simon Dupree (later Gentle Giant). Orchestral psychedilia?

      You can see and watch David McWilliams on youtube, classic early 'video' for Pearly Spencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDa-6P5ze7I

      Another classic telephone call themed song is 'Long-Distance Runaround' by Yes.
      My virtual jigsaws: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/beccabear67/Original-photo-puzzles

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

        Originally posted by beccabear67 View Post
        Even though it was coming about around the same time I was in 1967 I know the song. For some reason when I think about it I also think about 'Kites' by Simon Dupree (later Gentle Giant). Orchestral psychedilia?

        You can see and watch David McWilliams on youtube, classic early 'video' for Pearly Spencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDa-6P5ze7I

        Another classic telephone call themed song is 'Long-Distance Runaround' by Yes.
        Love kites, one of my faves from the 60s ..... In letters of red on a snow white kite i will write i love you and send it soaring high above you for all to see...killer lyrics!
        Ejector seat?...your jokin!

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

          I thought it was from the 1970s, probably 1974 - I tried to look for it on a charts website but couldn't find any information that it had charted in the UK.
          Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

            Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
            I thought it was from the 1970s, probably 1974 - I tried to look for it on a charts website but couldn't find any information that it had charted in the UK.
            Nah, much earlier...1967
            Ejector seat?...your jokin!

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

              It sounds too modern to be a 1960s hit to be honest.
              Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                It sounds too modern to be a 1960s hit to be honest.
                Sorry George are you thinking of Kites or The days of Pearly spencer?
                Ejector seat?...your jokin!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                  It was covered by Marc Almond in 1991 which is the version I know
                  The only thing to look forward to is the past

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                    The original wasn't a hit partially because the BBC refused to play it due to David McWilliams having connections to Radio Caroline.
                    The Trickster On The Roof

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                      Originally posted by tex View Post
                      Sorry George are you thinking of Kites or The days of Pearly spencer?
                      No, I am saying that the original version sounds too modern to be a 1960s hit - in other words, it sounded ahead of its time.

                      However, as Richard and HG have both just reminded me, there was that Marc Almond cover version which didn't have that on - I couldn't quite remember who had that version of it.
                      Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                        Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                        No, I am saying that the original version sounds too modern to be a 1960s hit - in other words, it sounded ahead of its time.

                        However, as Richard and HG have both just reminded me, there was that Marc Almond cover version which didn't have that on - I couldn't quite remember who had that version of it.
                        Ah, so you were refering to the latter....i was refering to kites
                        Ejector seat?...your jokin!

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                          I was around for the latter.
                          Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                            Thinking about it, I am sure I saw the video for the song, probably on YouTube, where McWilliams goes into a phone box and sings the chorus.
                            Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Re: The Days of Pearly Spencer

                              Originally posted by tex View Post
                              Sorry George are you thinking of Kites or The days of Pearly spencer?
                              The latter.
                              Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X