The Nerve: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 18, 2022

418) The Nerve — “Magic Spectacles”

Magical ’68 pop psych A-side from a Hampshire band discovered by Reg Presley. Acolytes of the Troggs? Trogg-lod-ytes!

Discogs tells us:

F[irst] Mark Faine And The Fontains, the[n] . . . The Children . . . . In 1967 they signed to Page One Records. Label owner Larry Page insisted on a name change and liked The Lovin’. Under this name they made their record debut with “Keep on Believin'”. One other record followed before they changed their name again, this time to The Nerve. Three records were released as The Nerve with “Piece By Piece” their best known. The songs were produced by Reg Presley from The Troggs, after seeing them in action in a hotel where the Troggs stayed. He became their manager in 1968. Finally they issued their last single “You Wrecked My Life” as Duffy Taylor Blues, before returning home as virtual unknowns.

“Now my eyes are clearing and the future sure looks great. If I’d known that you were coming I’d a baked a cake. The sun tells me that you’re the girl when I hear it shine. Then the sea kissed the sand once more and says that you were mine. With my magic spectacles, I can see everything. With my magic spectacles, I can see magic everywhere. I knew where to find you ’cause the sand dropped me a line. He said that your footprints were still trodden in his hands. The sun said his last goodbyes and the moon came on the scene. He agreed with me that you should be my queen. With my magic spectacles, I can see everything. With my magic spectacles, I can see magic everywhere. Oh these things and more I see. With my magic spectacles, I can see everything. With my magic spectacles, I can see magic everywhere. . . .”

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