Pink Fairies

The Pink Fairies were an English psychedelic hard-rock band from London that released three albums between 1971 and 1973 on Polydor.

Members: Twink (drums, vocals, 1969-71, 1975-76, 1987-88, 1995-97), Mick Farren (lead vocals, 1969), Steve Peregrine Took (guitar, 1969), Sally Meltzer (keyboards, 1969), Duncan Sanderson (bass, 1970-76, 1981-88, 2014-present), Russell Hunter (drums, 1970-76, 1987-88, 2014-present), Paul Rudolph (guitar, vocals, 1970-72, 1975-76, 1995-97), Mick Wayne (guitar, vocals, 1972-73), Larry Wallis (guitar, vocals, 1973-76, 1981-88), Martin Stone (guitar, 1976)


“The Snake”

The Pink Fairies debuted with the single The Snake (b/w “Do It”) on January 29, 1971, on Polydor.

A. “The Snake” (3:56)
B. “Do It” (2:58)


Never Never Land

The Pink Fairies released their debut album, Never Never Land, in May 1971 on Polydor. It opens with an over-dubbed version of their pre-released b-side “Do It.” The album contains five further group-credited numbers, including the lengthy jam “Uncle Harry’s Last Freak-Out.” Twink lone-wrote two songs (“Heavenly Man,” “War Girl”) and the miniatures “Thor” and “The Dream Is Just Beginning.”

1. “Do It” (4:15)
2. “Heavenly Man” (3:41)
3. “Say You Love Me” (3:48)
4. “War Girl” (4:34)
5. “Never Never Land” (6:55)

6. “Track One, Side Two” (4:41)
7. “Thor” (0:58)
8. “Teenage Rebel” (5:20)
9. “Uncle Harry’s Last Freak-Out” (10:51)
10. “The Dream Is Just Beginning” (1:18)

Studio Command Studios, London
Producer Pink Fairies, Neil Slaven
Recorded & Engineered by Andy Hendriksen & Gary Lyons
Pennie Smith, Tony Vesely – sleeve design

Paul Rudolph – guitar, vocals
Duncan Sanderson – bass
Russell Hunter – drums
Twink – drums, vocals


What a Bunch of Sweeties

The Pink Fairies released their second album, What a Bunch of Sweeties, in July 1972 on Polydor. it features seven group originals and covers of The Beatles (“I Saw Her Standing There”) and The Ventures (“Walk Don’t Run”). Two tracks (“Right On, Fight On,” “Portobello Shuffle”) feature ex-Move guitarist Trevor Burton.

1. “Prologue” (1:21)
2. “Right On, Fight On” (7:59)
3. “Portobello Shuffle” (4:24)
4. “Marilyn” (5:34)
5. “The Pigs of Uranus” (3:27) features lyrics culled from the underground Superman parody comic Wonder Warthog versus the Pigs from Uranus by Gilbert Shelton.

6. “Walk Don’t Run” (9:13)
7. “I Went Up, I Went Down” (8:22)
8. “X-Ray” (3:08)
9. “I Saw Her Standing There” (3:09)

2002 CD Bonus Tracks
“Going Down” (5:39)
“Walk Don’t Run” (first version, 10:32)

Paul Rudolph – guitar, vocals
Duncan Sanderson – bass
Russell Hunter – drums

Technical
Frank Owen – engineer
Pennie Smith – design


“Well, Well, Well”

On November 10, 1972, the Pink Fairies released “Well, Well, Well” backed with “Hold On.”

A. “Well, Well, Well” ()
B. “Hold On” ()


Kings of Oblivion

The Pink Fairies released their third album, Kings of Oblivion, in June 1973 on Polydor. It contains the group-written “Chambermaid” and four songs by guitarist–singer Larry Wallis, including two lengthy numbers: “I Wish I Was a Girl” and “Street Urchin.” He co-wrote “City Kids” with bassist Duncan Sanderson and “When’s the Fun Begin?” with friend Mick Farren.

1. “City Kids” (3:45)
2. “I Wish I Was a Girl” (9:41)
3. “When’s the Fun Begin?” (6:13)

4. “Chromium Plating” (3:48)
5. “Raceway” (4:08)
6. “Chambermaid” (3:18)
7. “Street Urchin” (7:07)

Studio Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire

Larry Wallis – guitar, vocals
Duncan Sanderson – bass, vocals
Russell Hunter – drums

Technical
Producer David Hitchcock
Dave Grinsted – engineer
Peter Lavery – photography


“Between the Lines”

In September 1976, the Pink Fairies released the Stiff single “Between The Lines” backed with “Spoiling for a Fight,” both written by Wallis under the moniker C. Kid.

A. “Between the Lines” (3:11)
B: “Spoiling for a Fight” (2:51)


Discography:

  • Never Never Land (1971)
  • What a Bunch of Sweeties (1972)
  • Kings of Oblivion (1973)
  • Do It ’77 (EP, 1978 • Twink and The Fairies)
  • Previously Unreleased (1982)
  • Live at the Roundhouse 1975 (1982)
  • Kill ‘Em and Eat ‘Em (1987 • The Pink Fairies )
  • Uncle Harry (1998, recorded 1970–71)

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