Tuesday, 2 June 2015

New Tartan Tees in stock...

Just listed our latest tees for the Summer. A green & a red tartan tee. Check the store for more info & pics  fuzzdandy.com






Saturday, 15 November 2014

Manfred Mann - "Cubist Town" 1968 Lost Album

June 1966 & Manfred Mann drummer, Mike Hugg turns up at I.B.S studios during sessions for Manfred Mann's latest long player "As Is". Another collection of singles, b-sides & fillers with inclusions provided for them from outside sources, a reoccurring concept that Mike Hugg was beginning to grow out of. 
Fast becoming the bands chief songwriter, Hugg was feeling inspired & was in no mood to record just "another LP". Under his arm on this day was the latest Beach Boys effort, Pet Sounds & that record was the new direction that he wanted to angle the Manfred's in now.
The band bought into his vision but, on this occasion Hugg didn't get his way. The group had almost wrapped up the recording of "As Is" and collectively had to concede that this time around they had missed the boat.
The band left with a plan. They would all go away, absorb Pet Sounds & write their very best songs for the next Mann album.



Mike D'Abo came back with "No better, No Worse" while Hugg himself feeling particularly creative penned the bulk of the stronger compositions, "Harry the One Man Band","It's So Easy Falling" & "Too Many People" among them. Lead guitarist Tom McGuinness returned with the psychedelic oddity "There is a Man" & "Cubist Town" a song which Hugg felt fit the new concept & mood so well that he suggested they name the album after it & work to that title.
"Cubist Town" was shaping up nicely & the band began recording at I.B.S studios in early 67. The band arranged the songs in track order & merged & mixed parts together which they felt would fit right. During the sessions manager Gerry Bron received a call from budding film director Peter Collinson. Collinson wanted to meet the band to discuss the possibility of writing material for the soundtrack to a new film he was making called "Up the Junction". Manny & Mike Hugg met with the director & although tempted & flattered by the proposition, couldn't tear themselves away from their latest project. It took Gerry Bron to talk them round & convince them to take up the offer.
Bron also managed to convince the band to submit some of the new songs intended for Cubist Town. So reluctantly "Sing Songs of Love", "Just for Me" & "Floating in a Dream" soon to be renamed "Up the Junction" were all put forward.



Momentum was being lost for the album Hugg was so desperate to make. He then heard that the zombies were following a similar path with their new project Odessey & Oracle. Hugg was gutted to hear this but again, was further inspired & determined to complete "Cubist Town".
With pressure from their label & manager to release something new, the results were never going to be as intended & the band ended up releasing the LP "Mighty Garvey". The new release included some of the new songs intended for Cubist, but also, again included novelty songs & fillers in "Big Betty", "Ha! Ha! Said the Clown", (a cut written by Tony Hazzard & released as a single the previous year) and D'Abo's "Happy Families". 
So "Cubist Town" was never released and instead the band were left with a back catalogue of semi-strong, patchy long players. 
Now though, the original "Cubist Town" has been realised & put together with the early mixes in the intended order & you can now hear what the band wanted you to hear in 1968.



Another story of a lost album that 'would' fascinate me, if only it were true! A bit of a sad hobby of mine. Making albums that 'could' have been. Photoshop-ing new cover art for me iTunes & coming up with a short make believe back story, just to make the lads laugh. When I told Pete I'd made Manfred Mann's very own, lost Oddesey & Oracle, he asked if I'd include the album & a back story for his Bite it Deep blog. I tried to steer away from the obvious favourites & main singles because it wouldn't be as interesting to make or listen to. That's a separate job for a "Best Of".
You never know, the story may not be too far from what actually happened. Either way, it's nice to imagine it did while listening to "Cubist Town"

joe wiltshire


Friday, 14 November 2014

OUR 2014 CHRISTMAS JUMPER RANGE...

Just a few of the new xmas jumper designs for xmas 2014. Remember, all designed & made in The UK (England) from quality Italian yarn....

See & buy them here: In our Ebay Store








OUR PSYCHEDELIC NATIVITY CHRISTMAS JUMPERS HAVE BEEN REVAMPED...

Our classic psychedelic nativity scene jumpers have been upgraded this year. Last year we designed & made the jumpers in cheap yarn to test the water with them. This year we've made them from quality Italian yarn & as always they were designed & made in England. Please check them out & spread the word : )  Check them in our Ebay store  or on Our Website.



Friday, 14 February 2014

NEW VINTAGE INSPIRED SHORT JACKET RANGE...

Just listed these fitted beauties on our website & on our Ebay store. 
We have 4 different colours available. These include, brown corduroy, black cord, burgundy cord & vintage stonewash denim. They feature 4 front pockets & waist adjusters to the rear hem to tailor the fit yourself. They all look great paired with our stripey tops & a pair of our drasinpipes, flares & boot Cuts... All available here at  The Fuzzdandy Website

Vintage Stone Wash Denim
 
Brown Cord

Burgundy Cord

Black Cord



Vintage Stone Wash Denim

Friday, 8 November 2013

OUR NEW CHRISTMAS JUMPERS ARE HERE & YES WE ARE THE BEST...

We have just got our new Christmas jumper designs in stock. Some lovely Winter threads are in all made in & designed in England from quality Italian yarn. We have also made a budget jumper in a nativity design with a slightly cheaper yarn, perfect for Xmas parties & gifts. That one includes the classic nativity scene in a retro 70's stylee, with Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, three wise men kings, a donkey & a fantastic psychedelic star shining down on the crib.
We cannot believe how well Christmas jumpers have taken off since we revived them 4 years ago & we always make sure that we produce the most original & the best. we take our jumpers very seriously ya know.
This year we have our classics in the red & blue snowman & snowmen jumpers, our navy & red reindeer jumpers, the black Santa (all ours & our suppliers designs) along with new, original designs: The nativity scene, running foxes, a space invaders retro arcade game shooting snowflakes, dinosaur fair isle & a chopper bicycle xmas jumper design.

To view & buy please visit one of our online stores at either:












Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Junipers present their Euphonious Trolley...

Our favorite psych popsters The Junipers have released a new EP. The first in a series of EP releases to showcase their more poppy material under the moniker of The Junipers' Euphonious Trolley. The new songs will appeal to fans of 10CC, The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney etc.
The boxes of layered harmonies, melltotrons, synths & catchy melodies have all been ticked & although their usual sound is very catchy & poppy, the Euphonious Trolley material goes to the next level.
The Euphonious Trolley EP Volume 1 is available to buy from itunes, Cd Baby, Amazon & all good online stores.

Track Listing:
And in My Dreams
Oh Gilbert (I Need Help)
Our Budgerigar (Is Addicted to Rasmalai)
Jenny Won't Ride the Roller Coaster