THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
796) The Fruit Machine — “The Wall”
This ‘69 A-side by a London band (http://left-and-to-the-back.blogspot.com/2010/06/fruit-machine-wall.html) is fabulous —and very English — pop psych. Therefore, it was released only in . . . the States! It might have done better if it were released in . . . England!
23 Daves opines that:
Its lack of success can perhaps be put down to its subject matter and fluffy hippy-isms seeming antiquated as the seventies dawned, but it’s still one of the finest pop examples of the psychedelic genre. Penned by John Carter and Russ Alquist . . . it appears to be a ballad on the subject of materialism backed with shimmering effects, gut-thudding, plunging basslines, and Eastern-styled instrumentation. For all that, at no point does it seem like a cheap novelty item, nor over-the-top – it’s just a marvellous piece of songwriting and production which earworms you immediately after the first listen.http://left-and-to-the-back.blogspot.com/2010/06/fruit-machine-wall.html
A few notes about the band:
- Bassist Chris Randall recalls that “[w]e didn’t do all that many live gigs but spent out time writing stuff, being silly and worrying our parents almost to death.” (Vernon Joynson, The Tapestry of Delights Revisited)
- Band members Steve Gould and Andrew Curtis went on to prog band Rare Bird.
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