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Welcome to TDATS 83, the Swiss special. Switzerland is not a country that crops up very often in searches so I gladly took on the challenge of finding the best hour's worth of hard, progressive and psychedelic 70's rock I could of the country. Switzerland didn't produce such a large volume of it's own music, which is understandable for a small country. Also, the country's talent blurs over it's borders, especially with Germany and Austria so it got absorbed into the great music of those, especially Germany, along with Italy and France. I presume Swiss musicians are just as likely to have ended up working in any of the four countries bordering it as at home, or further afield in Europe. I must thank the blog williamtellsguitar for giving me many pointers!
01. Toad - No Need (1972)
from album 'tomorrow blue'
02. Spot - Oh What A Day (1971)
from album 'spot'
03. Round House - Alchemy Is Good For You (Don't You Know It) (1972)
from album 'down to earth'
04. Krokodil - Rabatz (1972)
from album 'getting up in the morning'
05. Kedama - Finale (1976)
from album 'live at sunrise studio'
06. Mother Sunday - Midnight Graveyard (1971)
07. Tusk - Child Of My Kingdom (1970)
08. Brainticket - Black Sand (1970)
from album 'cottonwoodhill'
09. After Shave - Skin Deep (1972)
from album 'skin deep'
10. After Shave - Skip The Race (1974)
from album 'strange feeling'
11. Ertlif - Plastic Queen (1972)
from album 'ertlif'
12. Pacific Sound - The Drug Just Told Me (1971)
from album 'forget your dream'
13. Krokus - Werewolf (1978)
from album 'pain killer' (aka. 'pay it in metal')
14. Lear - Good Bye People (1979)
from album 'swiss rock history vol. 1'
15. McChurch Soundroom - Time Is Flying (1971)
from album 'delusion'
Linger, which has tablas and sitars melting into harmonica, exposing their blues heritage. The track I used, 'Rabatz', is from their fourth album 'Getting Up For The Morning', which has a pretty awful cover depicting the band in seductive poses just waking up in bed, but it comes out looking like a bunch of junkies waking up for their first fix of the day haha.
this blog: "Mother Sunday was formed in ca. 1969 under the name “The Juice”. We consisted of a guitar player by the name of Gégé, a drummer whose name I cannot remember and myself on keyboards and vocals. Our repertoire consisted of current chart hits cover versions and we were a very busy band on the weekends with three to five halfhour gigs in different locations a night. We never had a permanent bass player, always guests, once even a young girl by the name of Heidi.
By 1970 a new bass player joined as a guest, his name was Michel. He was a real crazy hippie with extremely long hair and he introduced us to “substances” to open our minds. LSD changed our attitude to music instantly and from there we were open minded to experimental live jam music.
At the time in Zurich (Switzerland) there was a rock club in the old part of the city called “Star Club”. Many later great worldwide success acts played three 45 minute sets every evening for three weeks on a very small stage like “Spooky Tooth” “The Nice” and “Black Sabbath”. We hung out with the Black Sabbath guys a great deal and started to get into the dark groove musically. That’s when we changed our name to Mother Sunday and from then on the days of covering chart material were over. We went creative. Our repertoire built up on a general tune but always with open improvisations during gigs all depending on our state of mind. Soon a fan base of like minded people developed and followed us to wherever we went to play.
The line up was Rolf Sydler (16 at the time!) on drums, Michel Leuenberger on bass, and me André Lehman on keyboards and vocals. We toured the country a lot and also did many gigs in southern germany and western france and played quite a few high profile open air festivals.
In 1971 we were offered a deal for a single by Moon Records, the owner being a good friend and the drummer of Sysiphos, a great experimental swiss band!!! The single reached the “BLICK” top ten in Switzerland for a couple of weeks.
The band stayed together for another two years doing many gigs but things went downhill when the parents of the drummer were so concerned about their sons health or sanity or whatever you want to call it and basically lured him out of the band with money and fancy cars etc. We auditioned many potential replacements over months but since we were such a close knit outfit we were unable to find and therefore split up.
After that, I got involved in the music industry and for over 30 years I headed record companies, owned a record company, produced many bands etc. I now try to live a quiet life here in Ireland and have again found the time to go back to my musical roots by producing my own stuff at home for my own pleasure or for the pleasure of those who are interested."
Tea, another well-regarded Swiss band. 'Child of my Kingdom' reached number 7 in the charts so must have been many Swiss kid's first introduction to hard rock, excellent, and it's a great song too! I found and translated some Tusk information from this wiki: "The hard rock group Tusk was founded in 1969 in Zurich and had their first gig at the supposedly fourth October 1969 as the opening act for Deep Purple at the Casino in Montreux on "Super Pop Montreux". In the summer of 1970 came with the Single Tusk Child of my kingdom until number 7 in the Swiss charts. The band captivated by an oriented Deep Purple sound and by their charismatic singer Ernst "Fögi" Voegeli , who Mick Jagger was taken as a model and was putting on a proper stage show. He caused a sensation but also, above all, because he did not conceal his being gay. "Fögi was a hero, a pioneer, a revolutionary", novelist Frank Martin said later."
|McChurch Soundroom - "Delusion" (1971)|
I asked Martin to write a piece about it, and here it is: "About twenty years ago a hippy friend of mine summoned me to his bus he was living on, raving on about some lost heavy nugget he had come across while living in Holland . As I entered his rather musty hippy home he thrust a copy of McChurch's Delusion LP into my hand saying, "Man you got to listen to this man, its going make me a fortune!". You see, my friend had the quite bonkers idea of sampling the drum solo from 'Dream of a Drummer' and turning it into a Fat Boy Slim type big beat rave tune. Nonsense of course, but I instantly fell for the mighty hammond grooves, overblown flute and heavy blues that dwelled within its grooves. Also the cover of a human skull covered in wax was the cherry on the cake. It was the first real obscure heavy nugget I came across and set me up for a life time of crate-digging. In a way, Google and the internet has taken away some of the mystery of record collecting and these once mythical LPs are now just a mouse-click away. Hopefully this little story might give you an insight into what makes all of us record collectors tick, and the reason we all keep on digging. As for my mate, he never made his fortune with his big beat Swiss prog dance tune ...he now works in a high street bakery called Greggs."
Thanks for listening!