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Started by SheikYerbouti on Sep 6, 2018 11:18:05 PM
Uriah Heep, Budgie and Vanilla Fudge

The fans love a bit of late 60s British proto-metal.

MestangloMan - 07 Sep 2018 16:34:50 (#1 of 189)

Definitely Uriah Heep was British in orientation, Sheik. Not sure about Budgie. I've seen the name.

But Vanilla Fudge was as American as John Wayne on strong acid. And, yes, Proto is a reasonable word. They were huge at one time. The bassist looks like Tim Bogert. Not sure if that's him, however. Carmine Appice, the drummer, got around and played with Jeff Beck for a spell, along with Tim Bogert(And, yes, a tad bit of net "research" says that's Mr. Bogert on bass).

From the late sixties, the shortened version for AM as opposed to FM radio, the head music concept in those times:

You Keep Me Hanging on.

AlanII - 07 Sep 2018 16:42:28 (#2 of 189)

Budgie were very British as far as I remember. Vanilla Fudge had passed me by but, that was great fun.

browserbutton - 07 Sep 2018 16:46:22 (#3 of 189)

You Keep Me Hanging on.

That's the only Fudge number I've ever heard. It's truly terrible.

AlanII - 07 Sep 2018 16:50:04 (#4 of 189)

Agree but, very amusing too.

MestangloMan - 07 Sep 2018 16:55:03 (#5 of 189)

Their real, "big" US and possibly international hit was "Take Me For a Little While." That's the first time I have seen that video. I've not seen a bass player run around like that...ever. Truly remarkable histrionics in that piece.

FrankieTeardrop - 07 Sep 2018 16:55:47 (#6 of 189)

Wot, no Iron Butterfly?

MestangloMan - 07 Sep 2018 17:21:13 (#7 of 189)

Oh, well, one more. I realize some of this doesn't translate into our times. This was from the Beat Club, broadcast out of Germany, 1968. I think I appreciate them more now than then, although I liked them, but they did sort of veer off into other things. They would take pop hits of the era and go in often strange places with them. Three Dog Night had some similar ideas with vocal harmonies and heavy organ, but made a lot more money. Written by Sonny Bono, the one and only Vanilla Fudge. I might even say Proto-Prog and all the excess that often goes along with it.

Bang Bang

I definitely see the connection to Uriah Heep.

MestangloMan - 07 Sep 2018 19:14:28 (#8 of 189)

Ok, truly one more and I will leave you to your weekend. I know nothing about this act. I read that, yes, they are seen as proto-metal with roots in the late sixties, with some influence on Sabbath. I looked for something iconic from them. Hopefully this is it. I used to see their name on all sorts of places in my area, definitely on the backs of cars driving through the streets of America. I see it now; but if I stumbled on this with no context, seriously, I would think they were a 90s grunge act out of the West Coast USA.

From Wales, 1973



Brand spanking new to my ears. I have to watch this stuff like the plague, but I like it. Someone compared the singer to Janis Joplin on the comments. I hear J. Winter deep in that riff and rhythm section, fwiw. The Working Class Zep?

Brunothecat - 07 Sep 2018 19:17:54 (#9 of 189)

"lets say you were a travelling rock band called the Vanilla Fudge

and you happened to check in to the Edgewater Inn with an 8mm movie camera, enough money to rent a fishing pole…and to make it more interesting…"

SheikYerbouti - 07 Sep 2018 19:21:37 (#10 of 189)

Quality monglage here for a Friday night. Like it!

MestangloMan - 07 Sep 2018 21:10:41 (#11 of 189)

Ok, truly one more to round it out. If one were to take the rhythm of this tune, strip it to its essence, and put a horn in place, it might be Benny Goodman in the 40s. Add lots of hair, organs, guitars, smoke on the stage, etc., it's a Uriah Heep classic, which is one of the few tunes I know of theirs off the top of my head.

Stealin' when I should have been buyin' !

As one of my old band mates used to say, featuring a classic Grand Funk ending.

Shadrack22 - 07 Sep 2018 21:16:34 (#12 of 189)

Wot, no Man?

Shadrack22 - 07 Sep 2018 21:17:57 (#13 of 189)

Wot, no Titus Groan?

SheikYerbouti - 07 Sep 2018 21:21:41 (#14 of 189)

I'm listening to Black Sabbath's underappreciated Born Again, the only record they made with Ian Gillan.

Stonehenge definitely made its way into a well known spoof metal band.

MestangloMan - 07 Sep 2018 21:56:34 (#15 of 189)

Ok, once again, to establish the essence of the thread, riffing off of The Sheik's three bands, but this can go in many places, as we all know. Vanilla Fudge from 2011 with everyone but Tim Bogert in the original line up. In the version from 1969, Beat Club, Tim Bogert had dance moves that Michael Jackson would be envious of. I've never seen the visuals to this act.

Vanilla Fudge

Eleanor Rigby

And a comment from the link:

George Penwell

Old, fat, raggedy dressed motherfuckers seem to still be able to accomplish on stage what few can ever hope to render in a multi track digital studio. This folks is a group of accomplished, seasoned, talented and inspired musicians. Cherish it because once this ilk has passed you will never see it again on this earth except in memory or venues such as this.

Not my views at all, but an intriguing observation. Ta, Sheik for the rediscovery and especially Budgie. My intro to that group. Ah, zee aging process...

frantastic - 07 Sep 2018 23:47:15 (#16 of 189)

#9 - ...and a penchant for the bizarre. Do the mudshark baby!

upgoerfive - 08 Sep 2018 01:33:01 (#17 of 189)

Wot, no Quartz ?

fenderstrat - 08 Sep 2018 08:42:07 (#18 of 189)

The link in 15 is....hilarious.

browserbutton - 08 Sep 2018 09:52:34 (#19 of 189)

Unworldly -- Cher classic Bang Bang gets the Fudge treatment:

Brunothecat - 08 Sep 2018 09:55:03 (#20 of 189)

"I wanna hear your big hit record now, and I want to hear your big hit record with The Bullet, or you ain't driving nowhere tonight buddy"

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