Mick Head’s Strands revisited

"The Magical World Of The Strands" and "The Olde World" reviewed, and Mick Head interviewed

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Four more Mick Head songs in the spirit of The Magical World…

SHACK

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Al’s Vacation

GHETTO 1991

A wonderful one-off single that could be described, just about credibly, as insouciant skiffle. Acoustic guitars and bongos figure prominently, while the unadorned production properly showcases Head’s craftsmanship for the first time. Track it down on the 2007 compilation, Time Machine.

SHACK

Mood Of The Morning

MARINA 1995

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The jazzy snap of this Waterpistol highlight is a precursor of what was to come on The Magical World. What begins as an acoustic stroll, however, gradually becomes psychedelically intense, with John Head’s lead guitar line taking a wayward and inspired path through his brother’s song.

SHACK

The Captain’s Table

LONDON 1999

A logical enough attempt to manoeuvre Shack into the Britrock elite of the late ‘90s, HMS Fable is the most rumbustious Head album. Delicate moments remain, though, none greater than this baroque fever dream, very much in the vein of “Queen Matilda”.

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Lucinda Byre

VIOLETTE 2013

The gorgeous highlight of the “Artorius Revisited” EP. “The song starts in a café having some acid,” Head told Uncut in 2013. “It’s about getting to the end of Bold Street – if you can. Even if you’re not tripping, there’s no way you can, without bumping into people you’ve not seen for 10 years.”

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