Pussy

Pussy was an English pop-psych band that released the 1969 album Pussy Plays on Morgan Blue Town.

Members: Dek Boyce (vocals), Jez Turner (bass), Peter Whiteman (keyboards, mellotron), Steve Townsend (drums), Barry Clark (guitar, 1969-?), Gary Peters (guitar)


Background

Pussy sprung from The Creepers, an unsigned Hertfordshire beat group with singer Dek Boyce, bassist Jez Turner, and drummer Steve Townsend. Psychedelia prompted their first name-change to We Shake Milk. They placed a Melody Maker ad that marshaled guitarist Barry Clark and keyboardist Peter Whiteman.

Clark came from Parlophone psychsters Fortes Mentum, whose creative force, Peter Whiteman, produced and guided the reconstituted group, which signed as Pussy to the short-live indie Morgan Town Blue.


Pussy Plays

Pussy released their singular album, Pussy Plays, in March 1969 on Morgan Town Blue. It contains four songs written by producer Danny Beckerman, including both sides of the single “All of My Life” / “Come Back June.” He co-wrote three songs (“We Built the Sun,” “Everybody’s Song,” “G. E. A. B.”) with guitarist and Fortes Mentum colleague Barry Clark, who co-wrote “The Open Ground” with drummer Steve Townsend.

A1. “Come Back June” (3:59)
A2. “All of My Life” (4:08)
A3. “We Built the Sun” (5:00)
A4. “Comets” (4:16)
B1. “Tragedy In F. Minor” (5:02)
B2. “The Open Ground” (3:35)
B3. “Everybody’s Song” (4:20)
B4. “G. E. A. B.” (5:28)

Beckerman produced and arranged Pussy Plays, which musician–soundman Mike Bobak engineered in sequence with titles by Little Free Rock, Steamhammer (Mk II), and the Morgan Town release Motherlight, his project with budding soundman Andy Jons and Orange Bicycle mastermind Wil Malone (collectively billed Bobak, Jons, Malone).

Designer Brian Nicholls illustrated the Pussy Plays cover, which shows the member heads engulfed in a cat tail. The back cover features a monochrome pic of a live smiling cat. Italian copies show the name and title in serif lime bubble letters. Nicholl’s visuals also grace the 1969 Morgan Town release Pop-Lore According to The Academy.

Soon after the album’s release, Clarke left Pussy, which carried on briefly with one Gary Peters. Townsend, Boyce, and Turner resigned to an unsigned Hertfordshire act called Twilly.


Discography:

  • Pussy Plays (1969)

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