Oasis Club, 45-47 Lloyd Street, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Hickory Stix
Hollywood, USA: Advertisement (in Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety)
MADNESS!! – AUDITIONS
Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers – for acting roles in new TV series.
Running parts for 4 insane boys, age 17-21.
Want spirited Ben Frank’s-types. Have courage to work.
437 actors (including Stephen Stills, Paul Williams, and Harry Nilsson) answered this ad. Producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider who were basing their TV series on the life of a Beat group as seen in the Beatles movies, chose Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith to become the Monkees. The original pilot episode of the series was filmed in November. The show was screened in the USA on NBC from 1966 to 1968. Then Tork quit in December 1968. And the group would go on as a trio all through 1969, Nesmith leaving in March 1970. And then there were two…
NME n°973 page 2: Honeycombs Unlimited! by Norrie Drummond
You usually see only the group itself, but here are the Honeycombs with their backstage group ! At a company meeting, starting from co-manager Ken Howard in the foreground, are (l. to r.): Nat Berlin (agent) ; Denis D’Ell and John Lantree (Honeycombs) ; Alan Blaikley (co-manager) ; Alan Ward and Honey Lantree (Honeycombs) ; their lawyer and accountant ; Jay Vickers (road manager) ; Peter Pye (Honeycomb) ; Roger Stinton (former Press agent) ; and Carole Hedges (fan club secretary).
16-18 Sep. 65
XIII Festival di Napoli, Teatro Politeama, Napoli, Italia
Equipe 84 competed with a song in Napolitan dialect entitled Nun me sceta’
The song was later translated by Howard Blaikley as “After Tonight” and released in Britain, the USA and Germany, by Italian group “i Pooh” under the name “The Clockwork Oranges”.
(See 25/02/66 for the British release of this single)
(See 24/06/66 for the release of “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich”, their first album)
Italian single release: Equipe 84 – Notte senza fine (Vedette VVN 33097)
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 5/11/65]
Recording session for You Make It Move / I Can’t Stop (produced by Steve Rowland)
First Steve Rowland production. And the first use of Tich’s “Tonebender” fuzz, the second one in Britain after Jeff Beck, who used it on The Yardbirds’ “Heart Full Of Soul”.
DDDBMT’s performance is very strong with a strident punchy beat, prominent fuzz guitar, and piano played by Ken. It is a bigger sound than previous efforts. Tich in his use of fuzz guitar was virtually a trend setter, as it was only just becoming utilised. Dave does a good lead vocal with the rest of the group repeating what he is singing, much like a football crowd chant.
(Ron Cooper, Zabadak n°4, June 1987)
Steve Rowland, American actor, was living in Spain. There he became friends with Gibraltar-citizen Albert Hammond. (General Franco had imposed a blockade of this British colony in 1964). Steve Rowland filmed five movies during his sojourn in Spain, including “Battle Of The Bulge” and “Hallucination Generation”. Once in England, without work or visa, he is hired by Fontana Director Jack Baverstock as a producer, merely to be allowed to stay. Later Rowland & Ronnie Oppenheim founded “Double R” Productions.
Meanwhile, Hammond released three singles on Philips in the UK as “Los Cincos Ricardos”. In 1967, Steve, Albert and Michael Hazelwood would found “Family Dogg”.
Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Single release: The Pack – Do You Believe In Magic / Things Bring Me Down (Columbia DB 7702)
Group from Calne, Wiltshire, cover a Lovin’ Spoonful hit and reach #27 in the NME. Bassist Brian Gregg had previously played with The Tornados and Johnny Kidd’s Pirates (with Alan Caddy).
Record Mirror: Viv – It’s All Lies! [About The Pretty Things behaviour in New Zealand in August]
‘I could sue them’ says Viv Prince, about newspaper articles which appeared about him in New Zealand. Norman Jopling reports…’
“Shocked Police found long-haired drunken members of English pop group the Pretty Things swigging whiskey only minutes before their performance”, “Prince drank continually. The alcohol ran down his chin and on to the floor,” “He then roamed around stage drinking from his shoe”, “He told me he was ‘seeing what the meths tastes like’.”
These were just a few of the reports to appear in the New Zealand press after the Pretty Things tour two weeks ago. I ‘phoned Viv to ask his side of the story.
“I’ll meet you,” said Viv, “and we’ll go over those reports, word by word.”
By far the worst stories appeared in a paper called ‘NZ Truth.’ Quotes like these. “. . . they broke chairs, lit fires backstage and abused officials.”
“We broke one chair” replied Viv. “And that was part of our act. We always do it. The part about the fires is a complete lie, and as for abusing officials . . . we had a go at them because they didn’t make any attempt whatsoever to stop the kids from coming through the stage door and into our dressing rooms. We had asked them to do so and they did nothing about it. We had so much gear thieved it was ridiculous.”
What about “unshaven drummer Vivian Prince ruined heart-throb singer Eden Kane’s act”
“The unshaven bit is true. After all I’m growing a beard! This bit ahout Eden Kane is really flammed up. I believe this report also says something about my laying bits of carpet at Eden’s feet, and that he was ‘plainly embarrassed’ at the incident.
“Well, this was all spontanious. We had a big roll of carpet, and we rolled it down until it touched Eden’s feet. Everyone was digging it. The kids, and Eden. They were going mad! Now, he looned about during our act too! They don’t even mention that, but I’ll tell you about it later. He’s a great guy!
The next quote was about Sandie Shaw. “. . . moments before the curtain rose for her act, Prince ran on stage carrying bottles and pieces of carpet. Sandie told him to go. He did. Moments earlier I had watched Prince suck at a bottle. He told me he was “seeing what the meths taste like.” Other members of the group told me Prince was drinking whisky.
“This is driving me mad. I was clearing up from our act, when Sandie came on early. There was an overlap, and I hadn’t finished clearing up. Of course I went! The bottles incidentally were Coke – both Phil and I have to drink it while we’re on for our voices.”
“The ‘meths’ bit – well, we’ve got a great big bottle of water we carry around labelled ‘meths.’ It’s a private joke. We say to all the people who came into our dressing room that we’re just going to try the meths!
“The bit about the group saying about the whisky is untrue. They wouldn’t have told a reporter! Incidentally I won’t deny drinking. Of course I do. But certainly not to excess. You have a drink to stand out in front of thousands of kids for half-an-hour and never miss a beat! All groups drink – you know that! But drunk . . . that’s taking it too far. We could all go out there, stand up, and put on a good show, and that’s what counts. The kids were lapping it up.”
Next, came such quotes as “. . . threw chairs at a backdrop, roamed around backstage holding cigarettes, directly ignoring the pleas of duty firemen. They grew progressively drunker before and during their act.’
“The chair bit is an untruth. The cigarette bit is true. But then everyone was smoking backstage, even the theatre manager!
Other quotes were “Prince drank continually. The alcohol ran down his chin and on to the floor. He leapt on to the stage and disgorged a mouthful of the liquid. A hush settled over the theatre at this incident. Later one of them lit a newspaper and rushed around with it, waving it within inches of the back drop curtain.’
“Oh no! I wouldn’t have wasted alcohol by spilling it all over the place. I was drinking two bottles of coke then! And the bit about ‘disgorging the liquid.’ Well, I was in the wings gargling, as I had a bad voice. No one could have seen me doing that. Naturally there was no ‘hushed silence.’ They were still screaming: for us! The newspaper thing was during our act. It was at least ten feet from any curtain or the audience, and is part of our act.”
Another quote was about Viv. “Toward the end, he took off his shoe and poured liquid from the bottle into it. Then he roamed around stage drinking from the shoe.”
“Ridiculous. In fact it was Eden Kane who came on during our act and took off his shoe. I filled it with the coke I was drinking, and he wandered around drinking from it! The kids were lapping this up. And I tell you, when I poured that drink, I was still drumming. Never a beat was dropped!”
Finally the incident at the airport. Said Viv –
“Those bits about the crayfish running around the airport lounge that were printed. The fish were dead when we bought them. They always are. How on EARTH can dead fish run around? And when I was turned off the ‘plane . . . well, we got on, and everyone knew that my passport was in one of the cases – there was no trouble about that. The Captain said straight away. ‘There’ll be no liquor on my plane. You pop groups have been on my plane before.’ As I sat down a bottle of Bourbon I was carrying dropped out. Instantly everyone appeared from nowhere and were upon me, and threw me out of the plane. The policeman who told the papers I was drunk at the time – well, later he admitted that I wasn’t, that I was stone cold sober in fact!”
That’s about it. One of the worst press campaigns ever to hit a group abroad. Now everyone knows THEIR side of the story. And incidentally here’s a quote from the Daily News, New Plymouth, which reported the fateful concert there.
“The Pretty Things brought the house down. They did everything but provide for a lover of beautiful music – and there were none of those in the audience. Their’s was R & B at its raving best. Electric excitement, and an original stage style, plus good R & B drumming. Viv Prince’s brandishing a flaming newspaper was in short a very original twist to their act.”
There is a book documenting what happened during that infamous 1965 tour in New Zealand: “Don’t Bring Me Down… Under”. The Pretty Things have always been the typical outrageous group (sex and drugs and rock and roll…) But even Viv Prince was finally sacked by the group two months later. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s opinions about such matters were expressed a few times in the press, for example in an NME interview on 28 October 1967: Cut It Out You Idiots!
TV Show: Beat-Club 1, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Live with audience)
Premiere hosted by Gerd Augustin and Uschi Nerke (4:45-5:17 pm)
Guests: The Yankees, The Liverbirds & John O’Hara & His Playboys
The show would later help Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich to become famous in Germany