From the 'A-list' of rare British psych singles, on Immediate Records: Black Sheep R.I.P. b/w Sad by the Australian Playboys, featuring Normie Rowe, one of the biggest stars in 1960’s Australia and a perennially figure on the music scene down under.
The 'A' side is a trippy version of the classic nursery rhyme and is pretty good on its own, but it’s the flip side here that is the nugget. Sad is drenched in a wall of sound, distorted and jagged guitars shiver through the unpredictable tempo changes as the lead vocals of Normie Rowe seem coated by the oddly disembodied harmonies, it’s a helluva piece of psychedelic pop. Unfortunately this Australian Playboys single didn’t sell well, something that was strangely typical of many of Immediate Records great releases back then. Today though, for freakbeat and psychedelic record collectors, it is a highly desirable piece and goes for a very pretty penny! Is this the Holy Grail of British freakbeat collectors? Well, maybe one of the Holy Grails.
JAYDEE "Plastic Dreams"
Ever since last Sunday at the 14th Annual Clubhouse Jamboree when I heard DJ Spinna spin this classic early nineties house track (which, like most longtime electronic music fans, I own and have somewhere in my collection), the damn song has been stuck in my head non-stop. So consequently, I felt compelled to dig it up and play it on WFMU two days ago. And when I did I got a ton of calls, emails, and comments from other music fans who shared my love for this everlasting funk-driven house classic from fifteen years ago. Odds are if you went to any clubs or raves or parties in Cali in the early nineites you too also know and love this song. It was released in 1992 on R&S Records, with the video (below) dropping a year later when Epic picked it up. The song was recorded by JayDee (no not J Dilla), the Dutch DJ/producer Robyn "JayDee" Albers, who consequently remixed/re-released it (including in 2004 --see 12" cover above), although the very original mix was just so perfect that it couldn't be topped (in my opinion). Look for it at Amoeba Music in various formats and on various releases. I own it on a 4-CD compilation from few years ago called Funky House No.1 -- one of many it can be found on.