Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The most money I paid for a record was for the French version of 'A Taste Of Pink' by UK band the Prisoners. It's impossible to fit this band neatly into any one genre....sure they were lauded by the mod revivalists, the Medway garage heads dug 'em and band like the Charlatans and Kula Shaker just stole riffs from them. They dressed like mods, and also Star Trek (?...see video above) The band played little clubs with bands like Thee Milkshakes, yet had a cleaner, crisper more evolved sound.
The band's lineup was: Graham Day (vocals and guitar), Jamie/James Taylor (hammond organ), Allan Crockford (bass) and Johnny Symons (drums).
The band release four great albums, although their fourth 'In From The Cold' they have disowned due to fancy production (it's still a great record, even with all the horns). The band split in '86, although did one or two gigs in the 90's.
Since splitting up the members of The Prisoners have featured in a wide range of bands. James Taylor and Allan Crockford formed mainstream jazz funk band the James Taylor Quartet in 1986, although Allan Crockford is no longer part of their line-up. The Solarflares, who released four albums before splitting up in 2004, were Graham Day and Allan Crockford basically reprising The Prisoners sound along with drummer Simon "Wolf" Howard and Mr Parsley on organ. Other bands who have featured former members of The Prisoners are Planet, The Buff Medways, The Prime Movers, Thee Mighty Caesars and The Stabilisers . Presently Day fronts Graham Day & the Gaolers, who released their first album, Soundtrack to the Daily Grind, in November 2007 and another this year.
I love this band like a child of my own....you should too....