Kippington Lodge — “Tomorrow Today”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 17, 2022

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

672) Kippington Lodge — “Tomorrow Today”

A groovy pop psych ode to living for today (or, “Tomorrow Today”) by the band that was to become Brinsley Schwarz. It was written by “the hitmaking team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway”. (Joe Marchese, https://theseconddisc.com/2011/07/08/nick-lowe-welcomes-you-to-kippington-lodge/).

Terry Staunton says that the Lodge “put out five singles through Parlophone in perfect step with baroque-tinged pop-psych of the times.” (https://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/album/shy-boy-the-completerecordings-1967-1969). Joe Marchese calls the band a “groovy lite psych-pop outfit” (https://theseconddisc.com/2011/07/08/nick-lowe-welcomes-you-to-kippington-lodge/) and Stephen Thomas Erlewine labels them “an ingratiatingly twee British psych-pop band” (https://www.allmusic.com/album/shy-boy-the-complete-recordings-1967-1969-mw0002165338). Two sides of the same coin?

All Music Guide gives some history:

Best remembered as the vehicle for the earliest Nick Lowe . . . recordings, Kippington Lodge* stemmed from Lowe’s first band . . . which he formed with school pal, Brinsley Schwarz. On leaving school, Lowe . . . decided to go and see some more of the world leaving Schwarz [who] . . . formed Three’s A Crowd who were signed to EMI Records in 1967. Changing their name to Kippington Lodge they released their debut ‘Shy Boy’ in October. This effective pop song was accompanied by the equally good ‘Lady On A Bicycle’. At this point, Lowe returned to England and joined his friends in time for the second single ‘Rumours’ which was produced by Mark Wirtz. . . . To supplement their lack of income from record sales, Kippington Lodge became Billie Davies’ backing group and released three further singles during 1968-69. . . . The last single, a version of the Beatles’ ‘In My Life’, came out in April 1969 and, after doing as poorly as previous efforts, left the group at a loose end. . . . the name Kippington Lodge was dropped in favour of that of lead guitarist Brinsley Schwarz.

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/kippington-lodge-mn0001784212

* The band was actually named after the home of the Schwarz family (see https://twitter.com/NickLoweBio/status/1297878969744842754?s=20&t=1heTeO0DrOydSgVRlKfRug for a photo).

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