The Honeybus: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 25, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

562) The Honeybus — “Delighted to See You”

Another glorious track from the glorious Honeybus (see #6, 52, 207, 434). “Delighted to See You” was the band’s first A-side (’67). Bruce Eder says that “[t]heir debut single . . . sounded more like the Beatles than anything heard in British pop/rock since the Searchers had faded from view in early 1966.” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/honeybus-mn0000259186/biography) LN says it is “as great a single as any they released” — which is a well-deserved compliment (http://lyndslounge.blogspot.com/2008/01/1000-great-albums-honeybus-story-1970.html) What is that at the into, a kazoo?

The song even predates Colin Hare joining the band. As Hare recalls:

Honeybus was formed by Pete Dello and Ray Cane 1967. Their first single ‘Delighted To See You’ was recorded with two session men Russ Ballard and Bobby Henrit. It wasn’t a hit but had several BBC Radio plays. Decca wanted promotional photos so Pete and Ray enlisted Pete Kircher on drums. I happened to be walking along Denmark St after leaving the Honeycombs. I spoke to a friend. Told him I was looking for a band and we were standing outside Regent Sound Studio where Honeybus were rehearsing. My friend Grayham said I should go in and introduce myself to a guy called Pete Dello. So I did!

https://www.discogs.com/master/1086490-Honeybus-Delighted-To-See-YouThe-Breaking-Up-Scene

John Peel played “Delighted” on Radio London. “He noted the ‘unusual sounds‘ of the song and that it was Tony Blackburn’s Climber Of The Week.”(https://peel.fandom.com/wiki/Honeybus)

“It’s been a long time now since we first met. No I didn’t forget the look on your face. And there you turn up out of the blue. I can’t believe that it’s really you. Well, I’m delighted to see you, my little child. Delighted to feel your lips on mine. Delighted to spend the night with you. My little child, my little one. I remember the time of so long ago when I didn’t know my way around. But those days are over, and now I can see you’ve learned a lot, just like me. Well, I’m delighted to see you, my little child. . . .”

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