The Orange Seaweed — “Stay a While”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — March 20, 2023

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

768) The Orange Seaweed — “Stay a While”

I’ve played the B-side (“Pictures in the Sky” (see #180)). Here is the pleasing pop-psych A-side of the only single from this “[p]sychedelic band from Hastings, England . . . formed out of cult Freakbeat act The Kingpins”. (https://www.45cat.com/biography/the-orange-seaweed), complete with classical flourishes

The Kingpins? As the British Music Archive tells us:

The Kingpins originated . . . in South London. . . . [and] made their recording debut . . . [in] 1965. . . . record[ing] a version of The Yardbirds’ For Your Love and a group original . . . Diamond Girl. . . . [At a]nother recording session . . . in April, 1966[,] Living In The Past, Hurting My Pride, You’re My Girl, Maybe Sometime were recorded, but again rejected by record companies. The band returned to the same studios in June, 1966 to record Baby I Need and Wasting My Time. Although these later two songs were also rejected by record labels, the band were enjoying support slots with acts such as The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Mann, Small Faces, David Bowie, Cat Stevens and The Troggs. . . . [Another] session producing Travelling Man, Mysterious, Do You Love Me, Raining In My Sunshine recorded in February, 1967. . . . These latest recordings also failed to attract record company interest. As there was nothing happening for The Kingpins, [guitarist and singer] Ray Neale took up an offer to join The Mojos . . . . but the band split shortly after . . . . The Kingpins . . . quickly regrouped with Neale returning . . . .

At this point, the band ventured into psychedelic territory and gained themselves a recording contract at last with Pye records in 1968. Pye issued their first single as the Orange Seaweed which the band had chosen as their new name to make themselves more topical and appealing . . . . [R]ecruited songwriter Peter Morris . . . penned both sides of their single, Stay Awhile b/w Pictures In The Sky. . . . Two further recordings were made with this line-up as Orange Seaweed, these being: Skinny Minnie and Sunshine In The Morning. These were swiftly recorded as a possible follow-up single, but as there was not enough interest in the single, it failed to appear. . . .

In the early 1980s, Ray Neale went on to join The Savages backing Screaming Lord Sutch . . . .

http://www.britishmusicarchive.com/artists/the-kingpins/

As David Wells puts it, Orange Seaweed was “[n]amed as a result of the band’s near-mystical experience on the beach at Hastings . . . . Pausing only to invest in some tasteful orange trousers, [they] . . . clambered aboard the psychedelic bus . . . but to no commercial avail.” (liner notes to Psychedelic Pstones, Vol. 1: Hot Smoke & Sassafras CD comp).

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