The Syn return for their second and last single, with a very Summer of '67 song about flower power. "Flowerman" is a bit of a treacly delight if you like your BritPsych on the twee side. Released in Sept of 1967, "Flowerman" didn't bother the charts. Today, most people prefer the B side, an ode to the "Fourteen Hour Technicolour Dream" happening that took place at the Ally Pally in London in April of 67, as a fund raiser for the underground newspaper, the International Times. The Syn included Chris Squire and Peter banks, who a short time later founded Yes! and released three wonderful albums before traipsing off into prog self indulgence. But at the end of the Summer of 1967, the Syn left us with a piece of era memorabilia that seems impossibly naive today, but seemed oh so real for a short time during the Summer Of Luv.
Two former members of the Overlanders, who did a nice version of "Michelle", get together as Cuppa T and record the self penned "Miss Pinkerton", a song about a very bored office worker, somewhat in the vein of Cat Steven's "Matthew and Son" lyrically. I love the over-the-top production with piccoloes, Indian style guitar sounds, and a marching band sound. Hard to figure this song and the British public didn't take to it enough to get it into the charts. A shame because it's a nice slice of 1967 BritPop. We'll meet Cuppa T one more time for their second Deram release.
Four months after releasing "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun", Deram was ready to put out another release from one of their biggest stars, Cat Stevens. Released in July of '67, "A Bad Night" starts quietly, just Cat and a guitar, but then the bass comes in, the drums stumble in and Cat's delivery is suddenly much more urgent. This song seems to be about a relationship that just went south. It gets the full out production treatment, including some tasteful flanging, until the end when it seemingly pauses for a second, and then blasts back with Arthur Greenslade's full orchestral might. It headed up the chart, and hit number 20. It stayed in the UK charts for an 8 week run. Cat was working on his 2nd long player at this point, which was released before Christmas, called "New Masters" and he is pictured on the album cover as if he was some new classical master. Perhaps he was. Another 4 months would pass before his next single. Cat's star continued to rise. I've included his lip synched performance from Beat Club, Sept 23rd, 1967, which has the beginning clipped off and then the full 45 version
Back on track with DM 135, "Love You Til Tuesday" was taken from David Bowie's first album, and has the same vibe as "Laughing Gnome" without the over the top silliness. Released in July of 1967, it didn't chart, but it was becoming increasingly clear that this was a major talent and it was just a question of time before he became a huge star. And he did. Just not on Deram. This was his final 45 on the label. It was produced by Mike Vernon, who was better known a few years later for working with British blues bands like Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack and Savoy Brown. The strings were arranged by Ivor Raymonde, who was by now doing a lot of work with Deram.
Released in June of '67, DM 133 is "I Just Made Up My Mind" by Jon Gunn. It's a great record in a Northern Soul vein, but there doesn't seem to be much info about Jon. He was from Lancashire and Ivor Raymonde produced this record. Not a lot to go on! He did have a second release on Deram in December. Neither one bothered the charts, but this song certainly deserved to be a hit. And Ivor Raymonde, the producer, worked with Dusty Springfield and his son was one of the Cocteau Twins. But I digress.