Tuesday, April 13, 2021

VA - Bubblerock Is Here To Stay ! The British Pop Explosion 1970-73

 At the dawn of the Seventies, British rock bands were either on the road, playing to the adoring masses or fooling around in hotel rooms with groupies and mud-sharks, or holed up for months on end recording their latest triple-album sets for stoned student hairies.

But while their older brothers were getting it off on that revolution stuff, young teens in the UK were glued to pop radio (which, prior to commercial stations opening in 1973, effectively meant Radio One and Luxembourg) as the backroom boys of the traditional pop industry assumed total control of the airwaves.

Shining a searchlight on the lost and often murky world of early Seventies British pop, the 3-CD set Bubblerock Is Here To Stay! crams 85 sub-three minute nuggets into four hours of innocent, hook-laden fun as we focus on the faceless studio creations, ubiquitous session musicians and carefully nurtured pop idols as they battled for the hearts, minds and pocket money of the nation’s pop kids.

The Chinnichap writing team collaborated with producer Phil Wainman on The Sweet’s early hits before hooking up with Mickie Most, who’d just started RAK Records. Machiavellian media maven Jonathan King launched the hit-or-bust UK Records, while Sixties stalwart John Carter adopted a different pseudonym every month in his search for continued single success.  Aliases also masked the identity of studio-bound production/songwriting teams, including the pre-10cc Strawberry gang and Teenage Opera auteur Mark Wirtz.

All are featured herein, together with numerous doe-eyed youths that were being groomed by the men in suits for teen pop pin-up status: some of them made it (David Essex, The Bay City Rollers), and some of them didn’t (Simon Turner, Gary Warren, Ricky Wilde).

More than a dozen major hits of the era (none of which you’ll hear on the many Classic Rock/Pop radio stations of 2020) are joined by a huge number of bizarre one-offs: Vivian Stanshall’s idiosyncratic remake of Elvis hit ‘Suspicion’ (promoted by Stanshall and producer Keith Moon dressing up as Nazi SS officers), The Sad’s terrace anthem chant of rampant bisexual promiscuity, ‘My Boy Lollipop’ star Millie giving Nick Drake a ska-pop pasting, Bill Fay making an unlikely stab at pop stardom (with the previously unissued ‘I Can’t Hide’) and Jon Pertwee eyeing a Dr. Who-related novelty hit single.~ https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/bubblerock-is-here-to-stay-the-british-pop-explosion-1970-73-various-artists-3cd/

“If you’re going to be in the music business, you gotta make hit records. If you can’t make hit records, you should fuck off and go chop meat somewhere.” So says Mike Chapman of the triumphant pop writing partnership Chinnichap in the liner notes for Bubblerock Is Here To Stay! The British Pop Explosion 1970-73, a new release from Cherry Red imprint Grapefruit collecting the daffy ditties that once competed for your pocket money. This 3CD set provides a bird’s eye view of early 1970s UK studio-bound pure pop, a time when many of the stoney-faced rock set had veered away the pop singles playground. Music snobs, look away!" ~ http://wearecult.rocks/bubblerock-is-here-to-stay-the-british-pop-explosion-1970-73

"The 1970s were arguably even more absurd musically than the 1960s. Fashion ranged from resolute beige to blinding pink glitter bombs and the music followed suit – it’s why Top of the Pops 2 repeats set Twitter on fire – it seems implausible that such clashing, experimental, frighteningly dull and thrilling music could appear in the same ten years, let alone the same top 40 chart in the same week. Maybe there was too much music. Labels were able to take a punt on any old nonsense, the cost of pressing a few copies on vinyl at the end of the run of a sure-fire hit being minimal and the door open to you to ‘have a go’ whether you were a hairy oaf from Morecambe or the little girl who makes her grandma cry by singing ‘Silent Night’ at Christmas. Fuck it – in for a penny etc." ~ https://sonicnews.blog/2020/10/18/dubious-british-pop-reviewed-with-the-release-of-bubblerock-is-here-to-stay/

CD 1

1. Mr. Bloe - Groovin' With Mr. Bloc (2:41)
2. The Weathermen - It's The Same Old Song (2:45)
3. Blue Mink - The Banner Man (3:31)
4. Paintbox - Come On Round (2:56)
5. Simon Turner - 17 (2:13)
6. Pickettywitch - That Same Old Feeling (3:07)
7. Dr Marigold's - Friend Of Mine (3:04)
8. Majority Of One - Feedback (3:26)
9. Gingerbread - Pollution (2:47)
10. Hotlegs - Neanderthal Man (4:13)
11. Posse - I Fought The Law (2:38)
12. Fumble - Alexandra Park (Palisades Park) (3:07)
13. Stud Leather - Emma Louise (2:30)
14. Clifford T. Ward - Circus Girl (3:02)
15. The Marmalade - My Little One (3:20)
16. Jonathan King - Gay Girl (2:30)
17. Lieutenant Pigeon - Dirty Old Man (2:08)
18. Paul Gabriel - Summer Feeling (2:47)
19. Answers - Tawny Wood (2:09)
20. Autumn - My Little Girl (3:00)
21. Stormy Petrel - Hello, Hello, Hello (3:33)
22. The Matchmakers - Turn Me On (2:03)
23. The Secrets - Sha La Ley (2:33)
24. Sparrow - Hello Goodbye (2:49)
25. Tristar Airbus - Travellin' Man (2:15)
26. Dunno - Sunday Girl (3:02)
27. Rick Price - Top Ten Record (2:15)
28. St Cecelia - Leap Up and Down (Wave Your Knickers in the Air) (2:37)

CD 2

1. The Piglets - Johnny Reggae (2:12)
2. Kincade - Dreams Are Ten A Penny (2:41)
3. The Sweet - Wig-Wam Bam (3:03)
4. The Tremeloes - I LIke It That Way (2:37)
5. Sad - It Ain't Easy (3:33)
6. Tina Harvey - Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? (2:31)
7. Gumm Baby - Baby Walk Back (2:51)
8. The Angelettes - Popsicles And Icicles (2:31)
9. Grumble - Da Doo Ron Ron (3:05)
10. Jungle Jim - Big Fat Oranguman (2:44)
11. Shag - Loop Di Love (2:43)
12. X Certificate - Don't Stick Stickers On My Paper Knickers (3:25)
13. Millie - Mayfair (3:13)
14. Arthur's Mother - On The Dole (2:39)
15. White Plains - When You Are A King (2:52)
16. The California Brakemen - Cowboy Convention (3:13)
17. Mungo Jerry - Lady Rose (3:10)
18. Jeff Astle - Sweet Water (3:21)
19. Harmony Grass - Cecilia (2:47)
20. Bubblerock - It's My Party (2:12)
21. Jackie Lee - Rupert (2:19)
22. Peter Cowap - Crickets (3:15)
23. Pluto - Rag-A-Bone Joe (2:45)
24. Ricky Wilde - Round And Round (2:25)
25. Rusty Harness - Come Into My Heart (2:51)
26. Festival - Warm Me (2:03)
27. Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs feat. Jona Lewie - She Left I Died (2:58)
28. Sakkarin - Hang On Sloopy (3:29)

CD 3

1. Vivian Stansall and Gargantuan Chums - Suspicion (3:31)
2. Stardust - Goldie Oldie Show (2:39)
3. Bill Fay - I Can't Hide (3:02)
4. Pete Dello and Friends - Harry The Earwig (2:20)
5. Buggy - The Rolly Pole Coaster (2:33)
6. B.J. Arnau - I Want To Go Back There Again (2:44)
7. Design - The Jet Song (When The Weekend's Over) (3:08)
8. David Essex - Lamplight (2:55)
9. Fickle Pickle - California Calling (2:13)
10. Butterwick - My Sweet Potato (2:42)
11. Touchwood - You Got A Good Thing (2:58)
12. Gary Warren - Jennifer Please (1:49)
13. Bay City Rollers - Keep On Dancing (2:07)
14. Kev & Lol - Hello Blinkers (2:20)
15. Peter Skellern - Our Jackie's Getting Married (2:54)
16. Christ'yan - Nursery Lane (3:14)
17. Rich Tea - Today (3:20)
18. Middle of the Road - Samson And Delilah (3:02)
19. Sparky - You Gotta Have It Sometimes (2:45)
20. Jon Pertwee - Who Is The Doctor? (2:23)
21. Rod Thomas - Timothy Jones (3:07)
22. Crush - Today's A Tomorrow (2:36)
23. Butterscotch - Don't You Know (She Said Hello) (2:58)
24. Kenny - Heart Of Stone (2:58)
25. Summer Wine - Living Right Next Door To An Angel (2:43)
26. The Bumbles - Beep Beep (2:53)
27. High Noon - Drivin' Drivin' (2:28)
28. Flanelcat - Yer Big Girl's Blouse (2:37)
29. Bubblerock - Bubblerock Is Here To Stay (2:34)

Thanks to thingybob

Full Artwork (Bubblerock Booklet) from Cor



  1. Wonderful shares, thank you! You came back in a BIG way! This is one is being blocked - any chance of a re-post somewhere else?

  2. Hi Chris: Mediafire will "play dead" but if you keep trying you'll usually get through on the third or fourth time.


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