What links a 60s Psychedelic band, Orange amplifiers, The New Seekers, my best man and a TV show.

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  1. JACK G

    JACK G Squier Talker

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    This post was inspired by https://www.squier-talk.com/threads/ones-past-always-catches-up.181064/ a very interesting post by Don which took me down my own memory lane.

    Apologies for the number of links in this post but it didn't seem worth rewriting what is already out there.

    As mentioned in my first post on the forum (see below) I spent most of 1966/1976 in the company of Martin Briley.when we were both at Art School. Martin formed the 'The Mandrake Paddle Steamer' whilst at Art School and Brian Engel, another student, was the singer.

    https://www.squier-talk.com/threads/restoring-my-1963-fender-stratocaster-copy-guitar-part-1.179759/


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    Me on the right - Martin to my left with cigarette in hand c.1966.

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    Martin on the left and me on the right c.1966.

    Mandrake Paddle Steamer have been well documented and an internet search will bring up loads of information. US forum members may know Martin from 'Salt in my Tears'. This link is a recent interview with the guys so straight from the horse's mouth.................

    https://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2019/05/mandrake-paddle-steamer-interview.html

    As usual with band's they didn't mention the hard work put in by their roadie who was and still is my friend John. After the band split John went on to become the roadie for Orange amplifiers which involved setting up the Orange amps at music festivals.

    John (on the left) was my best man when I married in 1973. He now lives in New Zealand and is the CEO of an International IT company. Pre Covid 19 John regularly visited the UK so it was easy to meet up - we now have to make do with emails until normal service resumes.

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    As you can read in the next link Brian Engel, the group's singer, designed the Orange amplifier's logo.

    https://orangeamps.com/articles/1970-creating-the-orange-identity/


    Brian eventually became member of The New Seekers!!! A far cry from a Psychedelic band.

    https://www.lynpaulwebsite.org/NS-Engel01.htm


    Martin and I still keep in touch and he now works out from his home studio doing various projects including the music for the TV series 'American Pickers'.

    Thanks to the forum for starting my memory ramble.
     
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  2. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm looking forward to re-reading this with time for all the links.

    Great pix. Great story!

    Weren't those amazing times? So glad to have lived them!

    You. too, it seems. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    -don

    PS -- love this line: "During 1966/1967 I spent a year at Art School. In the 1960s this was a sort of finishing school for people who had creative tendencies."

    Oh, yeah! In my case it was SVA. (The NY School of Visual Arts) As I remember there was another Brit art school guy who also was making cool sounds back then. Can't quite remember his name right now, but his groups' names I think I may. "The Quarrymen" and, later, "Long John and the Silver Beetles."

    Yeah, I know! But hey, we all had dreams of making it. I guess he did too. ;)
     
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  3. JACK G

    JACK G Squier Talker

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    Yes Don really great times that John and I still talk about.

    We both agree that had we appreciated the significance of those times we would have grabbed all we could of it, and more.

    They were the you can do it days - fancied seeing Pink Floyd - just go out and do it. Wanted to go backstage to Cream's dressing room - just do it. Have a drink in the bar with the Jeff Beck group before their gig - just do it etc. Try doing any of that today

    John is also still into guitars so at our meet ups we always end up talking about the 'good old days', music and guitars as if nothing else has happened in the last 50 years!



     
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  4. JACK G

    JACK G Squier Talker

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    I think I know the guy you are talking about and funnily enough Martin did play with his son Julian.

    Martin is seen briefly at 0.08 seconds in the following..........

    http://eightiesrarevideos.blogspot.com/2013/01/julian-lennon-too-late-for-goodbyes.html
     
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