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23 Nov 2016

Creepy John Thomas “ Creepy John Thomas “ Australia 1969 Psychedelic Blues Rock








Creepy John Thomas “ Creepy John Thomas “ Australia 1969 Psychedelic Blues Rock …highly recommended..!!
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A real gem, somewhere between Libertines, Ten Years After, Captain Beefheart and CCR - sounds funny, but is so. “Trippin ‘Like A Dog, Rockin’ Like a Bitch” I find, however, too stressful … ……. 


A guitarist named John Thomas seems to have as much chance of being recognized as an individual as a fire hydrant in an urban setting. An attached nickname can sometimes be helpful when faced with such a challenge, and this Australian-born performer came up with a good one when he dubbed himself Creepy John Thomas after moving to London. Still, not everyone who hired him wanted to call him a creep in liner notes so, for example, he is sometimes mistaken for the British guitarist John “J.T.” Thomas, who joined Budgie in 1978. Neither of these Commonwealth blokes have anything to do with the John Thomas who plays electric guitar on hip sides by Joe Henderson and Jimmy McGriff. 

Creepy John Thomas also made use of the stage name Johnny Driver. His first professional success took place as a songwriting member of the Flies, a combo based out of Melbourne that had Australian chart hits. The Flies were known to land on support gigs for some of the biggest '60s attractions touring down under, including the Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison. British RCA put out his self-titled Creepy John Thomas in 1969, a follow-up enchantingly entitled Brother Bat Bone ensuing on Teldec. A firm entitled Fingerprint has apparently reissued both of these masterworks, yet Thomas himself warns fans that these are bootleg productions. 

Thomas spent about a year in San Francisco following the original release of these solo albums, but by the early '70s had returned to London and a position as guitarist in the Edgar Broughton Band. Two albums with this outfit feature Thomas, the particularly practically entitled Bandages – seeing as the album has cuts on it, that is – combining him with studio mastermind Mike Oldfield. The guitarist also collaborated with Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox prior to the beginning of their Eurythmics success. 

During the late '70s this artist undertook another location shift, heading to Berlin and starting up his own Johnny & the Drivers band. Thomas enjoyed Berlin, where creeps are popular, for a decade. Again the project netted a pair of albums on as many labels, in this case Polydor and Phonogram pressing the platters. Thomas was “planning his next attack” upon returning to London but soon made his expertise available to other performers as a producer. He eventually released a new solo album, suggesting listeners Remember Me This Way……..by Eugene Chadbourne……. 
This is one of my favorite psych-blues albums and every track is just to forgotten gem of past generation. Both albums are allocated different guitars, throaty vocals and elastic hard-rock rhythms. John Thomas is John Thomas, nothing else intended. 

He came from Australia, where he recorded in the 60s with The Flies. Then moved to London, but soon after settled down in Germany, where he recorded the pretty good psych album “Come With Me” with his band Rust (UK &US members) He then formed Creepy John Thomas with German musicians Andy Marx & Helmut Pohle (who were not amused, when this LP came out with wrong musicians-credits and a bunch of uninvolved hipsters on the cover).This first LP was released in UK too, but sank like a lead elephant. Next was the album “Brother Bat Bone” 1970, a German only release on Telefuken, and one that’s pretty weird as well released on LP by Decca - in Germany. 

Reissue by Progressive Line on one disc contains two excellent albums (in order: second album of 1970 and then debut of 1969) Debut RCA orange label ,includes a brief, 3-minute tracks maintained for the 1969 typical hard / folk / psychedelic climates. However,second album ( released on LP by Decca - only in Germany) are only 6 tracks full of heavy blues rock from of the highest shelf…forgotten, British band playing heavy psychedelic / progressive rock,first,lots very juicy play guitars, nice vocals solid rhythm section - a complete success. Previously, John Thomas played in the Rust and then in the Edgar Broughton Band (on LP: Bandages ). 

Debut LP Creepy John Thomas (1969) starts with hard blues tune, “Gut Runs Great Stone” with great rhythm that just kicks you at the very beginning, making you headbang and simultaneously tap the rhythm with your hand. Next tune is my favorite, it’s “(Do I Figure) In Your Life”, chilled psych classic rock tune. Lyrics are solid but fluid, they go great with melody. And melody is real thing here - although it’s just few chords chaning in the background, second guitar runs around whole song and adds sweet guitar licks. Bass with drums makes solid groove and nice background - but highlight of this song is ingeniously executed sweet solo - it’s one of those Hendrix’s solo, with so much emotions that after few listening it became one of my favorite solos. 

“You’ve Gotta Hide” is bluesy tune with solid elements of pure classic rock, chorus is catchy and it’s good fitter on first side of album. “One Way Track Blues” is awesome blues riff, lead on acoustic guitar and filled with riffing on electric guitar. Vocals are good-fitting and are totally bluesy, with sour tone but with strenght on finish. Solo is another great thing in this tune. I’ve noticed that they’re singing “…Left my house, spend my time, Blue Cheer, plunder sky…” which left to conclude that they were probably in good releationship with Blue Cheer while Thomas was in San Fran. “Trippin’ Like A Dog” is another Muddy Waters-stylish blues tune but with psychedelic guitar wailing through whole song. 

“Ride A Rainbow” is psychedelic-trip themed tune, made by hippies for hippes - oriented on peace, unity and love. Thomas’ guitar talent is obvious - with his psych-bluesy guitar sound he’s painting every song with colors of vivid picture. Next tune, “Green Eyed Lady”, instantly reminded me of bass groove on “The Other Side Of This Life” by mighty Jefferson Airplane, which proves Thomas’ connection with San Fran scene. Although bass sounds similiar, this song is nothing like upper mentioned. If anything’s been really catchy here - than “Sun and Woman” is winner. Guitar is so cheery and catchy, it’ll stuck in your head for weeks. 

Pumping rhythm of “Lay It On Me” will really satisfy you, and knitlling of guitar will make you love this band. It’s funny how they use chorus from “Ride A Rainbow” in this song, just like that, in the middle of song - you’ll hear part from previously mentioned song. “Bring Back The Love” will wake oriental side in you. There’s bongos and sitars, outrhythmic singing - like in a middle of some ritual. However, ender song could be better. Realising strenght of this album, I would expect psych-bluesy version of, let’s say, 10 minutes long jamming, but it ends with cool but rather short tune. 
by Adamus67………… 

Creepy John Thomas 
*Creepy John Thomas - Lead Vocals, Guitar 
*Andy Marx - Lead Guitar, Bass 
*Helmut Pohl - Drums 
*Dave Hutchins - Bass 
*Roy O’Temro - Drums 

Creepy John Thomas 1969 
7. Gut Runs Great Stone - 4:03 
8. (Do I Figure) In Your Life - 2:46 
9. You’ve Got To Hide - 2:34 
10.One Way Track Blues - 2:09 
11.Trippin’ Like A Dog - 4:19 
12.Ride A Rainbow 3:05 - 5.65 
13.Green Eyed Lady - 3:35 
14.Sun And Woman - 3:38 
15.Lay It On Me - 3:21 
16.Bring Back The Love - 3:23 
17.Moon And Eyes Song - 3:43 

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