Thursday, June 15, 2006

The New Temperance Seven


Not the Temperance Seven that hits in the early 60's with "Pasadena" and "You're Driving Me Crazy" but containing maybe one or two members from that influencial ( Bonzo Dog Band, Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band etc.) group who recreated some of the best jazz and dance tunes of the 20's and 30's.

"The Temperance Seven were formed at the Royal College of Art during 1957. The band usually had nine members (one over the eight!) and dressed in the style appropriate to the late 1920s jazz they played.

The members generally gave themselves fictitious titles. John R.T. Davies used the pseudonym Sheik Wadi El Yadounir and wore a fez. On the first hit numbers vocals were provided by 'Whispering' Paul McDowell who was replaced later by Allan Moody Mitchell. The band once appeared in Spike Milligan's 'The Bed Sitting Room' and spawned new interest in the styles of the 1920s."

See earlier Temperance Seven post HERE.

New Temperance Seven - I Ain't Got Nobody

New Temperance Seven - Four Or Five Times

New Temperance Seven - Cornflakes

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5 comments:

Artyblartfast said...

Excellent choice, I'm still a big fan of bands like this for reasons unknown to me.
Have you seen http://www.archive.org ?
They have a sizeable collection of 78's on there, available as mp3 and searchable.

michael said...

Thanks arty - yes I was aware of the excellent www.archive.org and have a link on my Flobberlob blog . maybe I should have one here too.
Nothing wrong with liking music like this. I wish there was more bands re-creating the sounds of the 20's and 30's.

Artyblartfast said...

Oh I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, just can't put my finger on why they appeal to me so keenly. The hardest part is trying to find this kind of stuff on CD, I've tried asking in places like HMV and they just look at you as if you're making it all up.

michael said...

I try to avoid those big chain stores like HMV as the din in there drives me out anyway!

Artyblartfast said...

I only use them for buying silent movies on DVD, I've tried trawling the thousands of CDs on offer but finding something I want is too rare to do regularly.