Week of February 6, 2005

Headband

Personnel:
Chris Bailey - Vocals, Bass
Joff Bateman Drums
Peter Beagley (aka Peter Head) Keyboards
Mauri Berg Guitar

Album:
A Song For Tooley (Polydor 2907.008) 1973

45s:
Scratch My Back/Musical Man (RCA)
Land Of Supercars/How Much I Miss The Country (RCA Victor 102146) 1972
Country Lady/Stay With Me (Polydor 2079.017) 1973
Song For Tooley/Brand New Morning (Polydor 2079.031) 1973

A blues rock band who were based in Adelaide and played between 1972-74. Their sole album sold quite well spending five weeks in the charts and making the Top 50. Prior to this they'd recorded a couple of lightweight pop singles, the second of which was a minor hit.

Their album is patchy and encompasses a wide range of styles. A Song For Tooley is psych-pop, Headsong is good-time pop, Land Of Supercars veers towards a jazzy feel, Country Lady is a tedious country-tinged song and some cuts like Brand New Morning, Wait Until Tomorrow and Goodbye Mother Nature are pretty dire. Stay With Me with its fuzz guitar and Children's Dreams are among the better cuts. All the tracks were penned by Mauri Berg (or co-written by Berg and keyboardist Peter Beagley). The album featured a fold-out insert with photos and biographical details of band members and the cover art is stunning.

Bassist Chris Bailey had previously been in Red Angel Panic and went on to play in Aussie pub rock outfit The Angels. Berg and skinman Joff Bateman were later half of Mickey Finn.

Taken from "Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares" by Vernon Joynson, an extensive guide to Canadian / Australian / New Zealand and Latin American psych and garage music 1963 - 1976.


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