Music Box 12th November 2022

Our UK pop-psyche gem from 1969 comes from Harmony Grass.  A British sunshine pop group briefly active in the late 1960s. The group was formed in Essex by previous members of Tony Rivers & the Castaways, including Rivers himself. They signed to RCA Records about a year after they formed, and their single "Move in a Little Closer" hit No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1969. They released one album, This Is Us, in 1969, on the RCA label, and performed in the UK, including at London's Marquee Club, but had broken up by 1970. This is the fab groovy What A Groovy Day, the B-side to their third single First Time Loving (RCA 7” 1969). Sends me, baby!
Tobi Legend, real Name Bessie Grace Upton (AKA Tobi Lark), was born 1941 in Alabama. This is Time Will Pass You By (Mala 7” 1968).
Now for something modern. Carson McHone (website), a roots American singer/guitarist, with the title track to her third LP Still Life (Merge 2022). Buy here or from her website.
Phantogram are an American indie pop duo founded in 2007 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere and used that name to perform around the Saratoga Springs area and to release two EPs on local label Sub-Bombin Records. Upon signing with UK label Barely Breaking Even on January 26, 2009, they changed their name to Phantogram. This is Howling at the Moon, from their third LP Voices (Barsuk/Republic 2014). The video features the gorgeous Jenny Agutter from her film “An American Werewolf in London”. Brilliant!
We conclude with Close Lobsters, an Indie music band from Paisley, Scotland of the 1980s, and a couple of rarities which, as far as I can ascertain, were never released during their lifetime. First, Deep House, and then I Grow So Young. Until next week ...