Pink Fairies live in the mid-’70s

Pink Fairies live in the mid-’70s
fairiestix1I was a big fan of the Pink Fairies in the early and mid ’70s and went to see them a number of times in concert. Those guys represented everything that was great about rock music; attitude, far-left politics, anti-establishment views, freedom and some great underground tracks. My mate had a copy of their “Kings of Oblivion” album which we played again and again, especially “City Kids” and “When’s the Fun Begin” (which was co-written by hero of the counter-culture, Mick Farren, who sadly recently passed away). Another favourite of mine was their version of “Walk Don’t Run” from the “What a Bunch of Sweeties” album, which adds vocals to the Ventures instrumental, and bends it into a piece of psych-tinged surf guitar grunge. fairiestix2You got the feeling that these guys lived on the edge, on the outside, and were 100% authentic. The line-ups that I saw featured Paul Rudolf and/or Larry Wallis on guitar, Duncan Sanderson on bass, and Russell Hunter on drums. The legendary Twink had departed some time before. My ticket stubs included here are for gigs at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt and Redcar Coatham Bowl, probably around 1975 or 1976. I also saw the Pink Fairies at Newcastle Mayfair a couple of times; in 1976 and 1977.  These guys were pure raw rock’n’roll live and LOUD. Amazing. It seems a reunion of some sort is in the air; as the 100 club is advertising a Pink Fairies gig in May, although its not yet clear who will be in the line-up. Something for me to watch out for.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dawn on February 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This band are mental superb music “The Snake” 🙂

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  2. They are playing the Cluny in Byker on Sunday. A must see, I reckon,

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    • Posted by vintagerock on October 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Yes I was planning to go but have just heard that it has been postponed as Russel Hunter is not well. The new date is 26 April 2015. Was looking forward to it. Best wishes Peter

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