John Murray on the rebirth of a cult band from Madchester scene
From those days of ‘Madchester’ quite a few bands reached cult status building up huge regional following even without ever selling out or achieving the stadium status that Oasis enjoyed.
Inspiral Carpets were one such band and little was heard until they announced a return to this year’s T in the Park.
A new album and tour has now been announced with 12 new songs and simply labelled Inspiral Carpets (Cherry Red).
Their blend of organ fuelled indie pop is featured throughout on tracks like Monochrome and the first single Spitfire while A To Z Of My Heart has more Hammond (organ) than most reflecting on a pre-Doors psych sound of early 60’s. They play Glasgow ABC on December 12.
Within the last week we lost both Alvin Stardust and Jack Bruce in quick succession.
Alvin played Fife regularly and always played his big top ten hits.
He never stood still and reinvented himself many times having previously been known as Shane Fenton (& The Fentones) when they played the Kinema Dunfermline in June 1962.
After the glam years ended he returned with hits like I Feel Like Buddy Holly (whom he met when just aged 12) and Pretend which reached No 2.
He acted in Hollyoaks for TV and on stage with Godspell and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His newly recorded album Alvin will have its release date brought forward.
As for Jack Bruce he defined the bass riff with one song – Sunshine Of Your Love - from a time when he was preferred vocalist in his band overshadowing guitarist Eric Clapton.
That was the legendary Cream with Ginger Baker on drums and they could provide long improvised prog rock just as easily as perfect pop like the Bruce collaboration with George Harrison which produced the track Badge.
Jack toured with many collaborations following the Cream split and was last seen here at the Abbotshall Hotel on April 4, 1983 when his guitarist was Clem Clempson.