Skip Bifferty was an English psychedelic rock band formed in early 1966. The band featured future members of Ian Dury and The Blockheads.
Skip Bifferty were formed when Newcastle upon Tyne band The Chosen Few (featuring Alan Hull, later of Lindisfarne) changed their name and recruited a new singer, Graham Bell, to replace Hull. Managed by Don Arden, father of Sharon Osbourne, the band were given a contract by RCA Records.
For RCA, the group released a number of psychedelic singles, including "Man in Black" (produced by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, both then in the Small Faces), and the 1967 album Skip Bifferty, most recently released with bonus tracks as The Story of Skip Bifferty on Sanctuary Records. Some of their songs were covered by established artists such as Cilla Black, The Tremeloes and The Kingsmen, and they built a following on the "live" circuit, including touring with The Who in October 1968. They also appeared in the 1960s cult film Smashing Time, featuring Rita Tushingham.
However, a management dispute with Arden eventually led to the band's demise under that name in November 1968. Early in 1969, under the pseudonym 'Heavy Jelly' and with Paul Nichols replacing Jackman on drums, the band released one single on Island Records, "I Keep Singing That Same Old Song", which received exposure on the Island Records sampler LP Nice Enough to Eat. The name was taken from a joke review in the London magazine Time Out, and confusingly was soon after also used by another group, which featured Jackie Lomax as lead singer, prior to the commencement of his solo career. Uncovered as Skip Bifferty and without a recording contract, the band, now with Fred Wheatley on drums, split soon after.
Together with Turnbull and Gallagher, Bell formed Bell & Arc in July 1971. Bassist Colin Gibson went on to work with Ginger Baker, Bert Jansch, Alvin Lee and Van Morrison, amongst others. John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher reappeared as Loving Awareness in 1974, their sole LP being plugged to death on offshore Radio Caroline, and in 1977 in The Blockheads, backing Ian Dury; in 1979 Gallagher played and recorded with The Clash and The Only Ones.
Skip Bifferty is the first and only album by Skip Bifferty.
01. Mr. Money Man (Graham Bell, Tommy Jackman) - 2:50
02. Jeremy Carabine (Graham Bell, Colin Gibson, John Turnbull) - 2:23
03. When She Comes To Stay (Graham Bell, John Turnbull) - 1:59
04. Guru (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher) - 2:42
05. Come Around (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull) - 2:45
06. Time Track (Graham Bell, Colin Gibson) - 3:29
07. Gas Board Under Dog (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull) - 2:17
08. Inside The Secret (Graham Bell) - 3:00
09. Orange Lace (Graham Bell, John Turnbull) - 2:30
10. Planting Bad Seeds (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull, Victor Smith) - 2:00
11. Yours For At Least 24 (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull) - 4:02
12. Follow The Path Of The Stars (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull, Victor Smith) - 2:27
13. Prince Germany The First (John Turnbull, Colin Gibson) - 2:08
14. Clearway 51 (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher, Colin Gibson) - 2:15
15. On Love (single A-side,1968) (Graham Bell) - 2:41
16. Cover Girl (single B-side,1968) (Graham Bell) - 2:45
17. Happy Land (single A-side,1967) (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher) - 2:39
18. Reason To Live (single B-side,1967) (Graham Bell, Colin Gibson, John Turnbull, Micky Gallagher) - 1:42
19. Man In Black (single A-side,1968) (Graham Bell) - 2:43
20. Round And Round (demo,1968) (Graham Bell, Colin Gibson, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull) - 3:43
21. Skizoid Revolution (demo,1967) (Graham Bell, Colin Gibson, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull) - 3:24
22. Jesus Smith (demo,1967) (The Other Side Of) (Graham Bell, Micky Gallagher) - 2:20
23. Skizoid Revolution (demo,1967, alt. version) (Graham Bell, Colin Gibson, Micky Gallagher, John Turnbull) - 3:27
- Graham Bell - vocals
- John Turnbull - guitar, vocals
- Micky Gallagher - keyboards
- Colin Gibson - bass
- Tommy Jackman - drum
- Victor Smith - producer
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