The Smoke - ...It's Smoke Time (1967)
I had always thought this band was German, or Dutch. I guess it there were a number of factors including the fact that they are pretty well known, but artn't huge. With a single like "My Frind Jack" I can't see how thay could slip under the rader unless thay were from out side of England. The band members names are Mick Rowley, Geoff Gill, Mal Luker, and Zeke Lund. I figued that with names like Geoff, Mal, and Zeke thay had to be dutch. Also the repressing I have is all in dutch (or German, whatever).
Well it turns out The Smoke were Brittish, but only scored a hit it Germany. How this happend is beyond me becasue aside from their big hit "My Frind Jack" with its mind-warp oscilating fuzz-guitar sound and its none-too-subtle lyrics ("My frind Jack eats shugar lumps"!), many of the other tracks on this album are right up there with The Creation's "Makin' Time" in terms of guitar sound hacking. And they say Pete Townsend "invented" this?
The songs have a fairly standard 60's modish sense of melody, a few fillers, but more than enough fuzz-pop hits. Not all the songs feature knuckle-blistering guitar lines, but if thats what your looking for check out, "You Can't Catch Me", "High In a Room", but don't skip over the rest 'cuz songs like "Wake Up Cherylina" or "It's Just Your Way Of Lovin'" get by on song craft alone.
I have a few of their other singles like "Have Some More Tea" and "Sydney Girl" which are a real shame thay didn't make it onto the album. Maybe I'll put them up too someday, if you ask nicely.
- overview by Denez
- My Friend Jack
- You Can't Catch Me
- High In A Room
- Wake Up Cherylina
- Don't Lead Me On
- We Can TAke It
- If The Weather's Sunny
- I Wanna Make It With You
- It's Getting Closer
- It's Just Your Way Of Lovin'
- I Would If I Could But I Can't
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