Hat & Tie: 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.

“I’m here at home sitting all on my own. No one to talk to now, I know that you have gone. What a fool I have been to myself. And I’m finding it rough with you not loving me no more. Sitting, thinking, just what steps I have to take. No idea just how long you’ll make me wait. Have your way I give in, let you win, I’m finally right with you not loving me no more. I can’t believe that you can manage on your own, can’t believe that you can bear it all alone. . . . I’m finding it rough, I’m finding it rough . . . .”

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

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