In 1834 six farm workers from Tolpuddle, Dorset were found guilty on
trumped-up charges related to their membership in a clandestine trade union.
The judge sentenced them to seven years transportation to Australia, a harsh
punishment usually reserved for only the worst, hardened criminals. The case
was symbolic of the new struggle of the British working classes for better
wages and conditions, and it soon inspired a groundswell of public sympathy.
The six men became popular heroes, dubbed "The Tolpuddle Martyrs."
One hundred and thirty-two years later, some Australian teenagers decided,
"Hey, what a cool name for a band!" And so a new (and hyphenated) Tol-Puddle
Martyrs came into being. Previously known as Peter & the Silhouettes they'd
already released two songs on a local Victoria compilation LP, The Scene
(recently reissued on CD, it was reviewed in Ugly Things #19). With its
urgent fuzz guitar riff and stompin' stop-start arrangement, Claudette Jones
is an instant grabber (it was comped on It's A Kave In LP and CD), while the
slower, moodier Natural Man is also worth a spin.
Both are on this CD, along with the four great tracks they went on to release
in 1967 and 68 under their new, improved and historically conscious name.
Their first single, Time Will Come, is a foreboding slab of chug swathed in
eerie organ lines and dramatic fuzz guitar flourishes, while its flipside,
Social Cell, has a similar hardboiled throbbing quality that also connects
By the time the second Tol-Puddle single rolled around they'd obviously been
feasting on the Kinks, especially Face to Face and Something Else, and their
mood had brightened considerably. Love Your Life is a pleasant Kinky pop
tune, but its completely surpassed by its partner. Nellie Bligh is perhaps
the best song Ray Davies never wrote - and maybe the best Ray Davies vocal he
never sang to boot; only the Leopards ever came this close to the raw,
swaggering delivery of the originals.
1966, Bendigo, VIC, Australia
Peter Rechter (organ, vocals, 1966-69), Kevin Clancy (guitar, vocals, 1966-69), Russell Hogan (rhythm guitar, 1966-69), Keiran Keogh (bass, 1966-69), Len Gaskell (drums, vocals, 1966-69)
Peter & The Silhouettes, The Secrets
Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Tol-Puddle Martyrs (60s) (2003 Australia)
Original tracks and film clip (1967 Time Will Come) from iconic Australian Sixties Underground Garage/Psych band the Tol-Puddle Martyrs/Peter & the Silhouettes.
Release Date: 2003
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
The Tol-Puddle Martyrs, the second incarnation of Peter & the Silhouettes (Claudette Jones), produced some of the rarest and most sought after recordings from the killer 60s punk period. Peter & the Silhouettes: Peter Rechter organ/vox Kevin Clancy lead guitar/vox Keiran Keogh bass guitar Manuel Pappos rhythm guitar Tony Truscott drums The Martyrs developed a huge cult following in Central & Northern Victoria in the 60s with their wild and raucous fuzz guitar/organ drenched material.
Ian McFarlane, renowned Australian rock historian writes : The moody, magnificent Time Will Come is certainly one of the great Aussie psychedelic recordings; an enigmatic, organ drenched trip that still sounds amazing today.
Original members 1967 to 69: Peter Rechter organ/vox Kevin Clancy lead guitar/vox Russell Hogan rhythm guitar Keiran Keogh bass guitar Len Gaskell drums/vox.
Current members 2006: Peter Rechter organ/vox Graham McCoy lead guitar/vox Michael Harold bass guitar/vox Ian Langford drums/vox
1 Claudette Jones (1966)
2 The Natural Man (1966)
3 Time Will Come (1967)
4 Social Cell
5 Love Your Life
6 Nellie Bligh
7 Claudette Jones (2001)
8 Time Will Come (2001)
Tol-Puddle Martyrs — Flying In The Dark, 2011
1. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Call Up The Queen
2. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Painin In My Heart
3. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Just Waiting Reprise
4. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Patiently
5. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Just Waiting
6. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - In A Song
7. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Dream
8. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Flying In The Dark
9. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Spooky Movie
10. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Two Hearts
11. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Zones
12. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - I Won't Forget
13. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Perfect Day
14. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Industrial Money
15. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Reasons
16. Tol-Puddle Martyrs - Spend A Little Time
For all ps - D&J