One Album Wonders: Candyflip's Madstock... The Continuing Adventures of Bubblecar Fish

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:39pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 


Candyflip - Madstock...

There’s more, if not perhaps much more, to Candyflip than their by-the-numbers Balearic update of“Strawberry Fields Forever” might suggest. If its release as a single was a calculated and cynical attempt to ride the hype of Madchester to the Top of the Pops, then it succeeded mightily. The real surprise to Candyflip is that the rest of Madstock...The Continuing Adventures Of Bubblecar Fish sounds more like Pet Shop Boys if Neil Tennant’s lyrical wit was dulled by an heroic dose of ecstasy

The duo behind Candyflip were Daniel Spencer Mould and Ric Anderson-Peet, of Stoke-on-Trent and Merseyside, respectively. Unlike most of the acts associated with Madchester, Candyflip came from a respectable dance music background. Mould had had a hand in a few Chicago House-inspired productions before the two dropped several Acid hits under aliases including Dayglo DreamYing Yang (not to be confused with Ying Yang Twins), and ultimately Candyflip. 

Their aforementioned Beatles cover -- one of several Baggy updates of 60s tunes -- was supposedly thrown together in the back of a car returning from a rave in Derby -- and I don't doubt it. The duo's original efforts produced the subsequent singles, “This Can Be Real,” “Space,” and “Redhills Road" and all are included on their sole record which whilst perhaps not exactly a timeless classic is more enjoyable than it has any right to be. After the duo's  trip ended and the two returned to making dance music under aliases and working as producers.

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