Hat & Tie — “Finding It Rough”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 8, 2022

408) Hat & Tie — “Finding It Rough”

This ’67 B then A-side is an “absolutely classic fuzz guitar driven slice of British psychedelia from 1967 [and a]stoundingly obscure”(https://bestmusicofalltime.wordpress.com/2020/08/02/hat-and-tie-finding-it-rough-1967/) Another sad song with a buoyant melody — I’m finding it irresistible.

David Wells’s* liner notes to the Let’s Go Down and Blow Our Minds comp of ’67 UK psych tell us that:

Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Chris Thomas had been lead singer and bassist respectively with [the] R&B band The Second Thoughts, but in the summer of 1966 they signed a songwriting deal . . . that saw them cut two singles for [the President label] as Hat & Tie. . . . “Finding It Rough” . . . . failed to register, but . . . was picked up by a slightly more famous duo — The Everly Brothers, who included it on their August 1967 album The Everly Brothers Sing. By then, Campbell-Lyons had [become] one half of a new duo, Nirvana [see #287 and 391]. Chris Thomas would go on to be a highly successful producer, working with everyone from The Beatles (as George Martin’s assistant, he oversaw much of The White Album, even playing on four tracks) to The Sex Pistols.

* What a cool life David Wells has, getting to compile fabulous compilations of 60’s music!

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