“You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun”
The '70s were the golden age of that beloved, and often misunderstood, genre of power pop. Though the origins of the style can be traced back to elements of the Who, the Nazz and others, it was bands like Raspberries, Badfinger and Big Star who are often cited as ground zero early in the decade. Following the punk explosion, many bands turned back to that melody and excitement and mixed those styles with the high energy of the punk movement.
Bram Tchaikovsky, born Peter Bramall, had been a member of the Motors, a great straight-up rock-and-roll band born out of the pub-rock scene. Bram split the Motors to form his own group. With Mike Broadbent on bass and keyboards, and Keith Boyce on drums, the trio signed to Radar Records in 1978. In 1979 and with the release of the debut album, Strange Man Changed Man, unleashed a genuine classic of the genre. They would go on to hit the U.S. Top 40 hit later that year with the classic "Girl of My Dreams" making it up to No. 37.
Unfortunately, that would be Bram's one and only trip to the U.S. chart. The band made a follow-up LP, The Russians Are Coming (retitled Pressure in America) in 1980 and one final release, Funland, in 1981, with a new band. Power pop fans around the world have kept the legacy of the album alive over the last (nearly) four decades.
This new box set, Bram Tchaikovsky: Strange Men Changed Men: The Complete Recordings: 1978 – 1981, is set for release April 27 via Cherry Red. The three-disc box collects all three of the albums (all remastered), plus all of the band’s singles, b-sides and alternative versions. It also comes with a detailed booklet with liner notes and photos, all fully endorsed by Bram Tchaikovsky himself. #33oscarlp#vinylcollectionpost#dustyfingers#vinylcollector#vinylrecords#recordcollection#vinyladdict#vinylclub#nowspinning#vinylcollection#vinyloftheday#vinyllover#33rpm#vinylrecord#records#instavinyl#vinyllove#vinylporn#lp#vinyljunkie#vinylcommunity#recordplayer#vinylgram#nowplaying#recordcollector#vinyligclub#recordoftheday#vinyl#turntable#33giri