370) Rupert’s People — “Dream On My Mind”
“Dream On” — no, not that “Dream On”!!! — is the B-side of the People’s second of three singles (’67). Claudia A appropriately calls it “a great slice of rock-pop psychedelia” (https://www.music-news.com/review/UK/8862/Read) and 45rpy says it “may be the[ People’s] most definitive statement [with] a driving beat, killer guitar and some captivating melodies”. (https://45rpy.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/ruperts-people-the-magic-world-of-ruperts-people-1967-69-2001/). Unfortunately, “[d]espite considerable airplay on pirate radio . . . in the U.K. the[ People] failed to breakthrough[, though t]hey were very big in Germany”. (Vernon Joynson, Tapestry of Delights Revisited).
45rpy says that “[t]he history of Ruperts People . . . is so convoluted I won’t try to recount it here, but they were a real band to some extent, though their first single [the canonical “Reflections of Charlie Brown”] was actually an incognito Les Fleur De Lys . . . .” Well, I’m not gonna recount their history either, but in my mind “Dream On” is their crowning achievement. Power to the Rupert’s People!!!
“Dream in my mind and you’ll find no damn time and there’s happiness where once was sorrow. Dream very long though it’s wrong to stay long and find happiness where once was sorrow. Dream in my mind. Dream in my mind. Stay in my day and you’ll say it’s OK and there’s happiness where once was sorrow. Dream very long though it’s wrong to stay long and find yesterday in your tomorrow. Dream in my mind. . . .”
OK, check out the band’s video for the song, clowning around in the requisite Swinging London fashion:
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