""WHERE IT'S AT" Pt 1 featured 4 Vancouver bands from the 1960s - The Collectors, The Poppy Family, My Indole Ring and Papa Bear's Medicine Show, all introduced by British recording star Lulu ("To Sir With Love"). The Collectors with Howie Vickers (lead vocals), Bill Henderson (lead guitar/ later lead with Chilliwack), Claire Lawrence (sax), Glenn Miller (bass), Ross Turney (drums) with a sound described as New Vibrations, performed "Lydia Purple." The Poppy Family with Terry (guitar) & Susan Jacks (lead vocals), Craig McCaw (sitar) and Satwant Singh (tablas), performed raga rock with "Beyond the Clouds." My Indole Ring with John King (lead vocals) were a psych or acid rock band. Their songs were "Wake Me, Shake Me"/"Orange Float Petals." Finally Papa Bear's Medicine Band with Vic Stewart (lead vocals) played goodtime music and their song "Georgie." Craig Wood was Papa Bear. The CBC national pop music series "Let's Go" ended in June 1968 followed by a CBC Vancouver Special "Where It's At" featured each well known band performing a different type of music from the pop music field. A series of the same name followed and lasted till June 1969."
France has never been fertile ground for inbred Rock and Pop at a real popular, mass cultural level; any French rocker or Pop fan will tell you that... Literature, Classical and Academic Arts such as paintings, sculpture, even comic book drawings and cartoon illustrations, YES! As far as music goes, some Classical again, maybe too in the great Music Hall revue tradition as in Folie Bergères, Moulin Rouge etc. and even greater music in movie scores, 'cause we do have some of the best library music writers and arrangers in modern contemporary it's true, but... Real Pop and Rock music, er... NO! It's always been a backyard business, found in Home studios and private gardens.
Once you have that in mind, and you are ready to dig a little deeper out of the mainstream, on the sideways and in the margins, you WILL ocasionally find some goodies, gems even, sometimes even an underground genius here and there... it's like Diggin' for Gold! :-)
Well, while not exactly a Masterpiece for times to come, such is the case for "Pop-IN-court", a private "Secret Affair" of Modern Pop chic found in the back alley of La Rue Popincourt, a famous street in Paris :
Another TV Neats track I found on YouTube, this one is written and sung by Ric Orlando (then known as Ricky Rondo) who is now a pretty well-known chef and restauranteur near Woodstock, NY. He also won on that show "Chopped" a couple times. Buy TV Neats musics on CD Baby.
This is pretty cool. Someone made a fan video for a song I wrote and sang with the band TV Neats back in 1980 or thereabouts. This has been cited as one of the earliest examples of use of an English accent by a US born Punk Rocker. TV Neats @ CDBaby