Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Thunderclap Newman was a 1960s UK one-hit wonder group. Formed by The Who's Pete Townshend (and The Who manager, Kit Lambert), he produced the group and played bass on many of their songs.
The main songwriter/singer/drummer, John "Speedy" Keen was the chauffer/roadie for The Who. He got a big break writing a track for "The Who Sell Out" album. The group was formed after this.
This is their best-known song, with a strong melody, memorable vocals, and well-arranged guitars (by 15-year-old Jimmy McCulloch!). The swelling string section was arranged courtesy of Pete Townshend. Interestingly, at 1:57 the track goes into a rollicking piano figure by Andy "Thunderclap" Newman (a style he used on various other tracks of their sole album). Soon enough, the song gets back to business at 2:55, with extra guitar and horns.
This song has been covered numerous times over the years, and has been used in many films (such as "Almost Famous"); still a staple on many classic rock stations!
Song : "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman
Single A-side (Track Records 604031) May 1969
John "Speedy" Keen : vocals, drums
Andy "Thunderclap" Newman : piano
Jimmy McCulloch : guitars
Bijou Drains (a.k.a. Pete Townshend) : bass, production, string arrangements
Link in title.
Posted by Captain Beyond at 8:28 pm