1974, Music

The Psychomodo (1974) by Cockney Rebel

I think I got this band confused with a pub rock band. I don’t really know how I did that, but I did. So, as you might imagine, I was in for a surprise.
This is extra arty glam rock (or perhaps super glammy art rock, if you prefer) with a fair amount of quirk courtesy of Harley and some art, in part courtesy of that electric violin (which is not normal for a glam rock band).

The songs themselves are not particularly weird or that interesting musically, though they are certainly catchy enough for what’s hung on top of them. Harley’s lyrics haven’t made the biggest impression on me, but they’re good enough, I think, that I don’t really notice them.

Of course the main reason people like this band is their performances, which are, as I said before, either on the glammier side of art rock or the artier side of glam rock, though nowhere near as arty as Bowie. Speaking of Bowie, Harley does sound like him at times (on “Cavaliers” for example, he sometimes lapses into Bowie) but nowhere near as much as, say, Ian Hunter does. (Is there a male, British glam rock singer from the 1970s who doesn’t sound like Bowie? Aside from Marc Bolan, I don’t know…) This is music that is played idiosyncratically enough that it sounds more sophisticated than it actually is. I prefer my ’70s rock music either louder or artier than this (or both!) but I do appreciate these arrangements and the more I listen to them, the more I like them.

The other thing I will say is that this band doesn’t sound quite as tied to its time as some of these glam rock bands. I can conceive of another time and place when this band’s music might have existed, so that is something.

Anyway, it’s pretty good glam rock. Not my thing necessarily, but good enough that I would think about listening to them again.


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