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Monday, April 28, 2008

B.A. Robertson


4-28-08 B.A. Robertson

LP WRINGING APPLAUSE ARDENT US ADS 2804 1973

LP SHADOW OF A THIN MAN ARISTA UK SPARTY 1000 1976

7" GOOSEBUMPS ASYLUM UK K 13146 1979.01

7" BANG BANG ASYLUM UK K 13152 1979.06

7" KNOCKED IT OFF ASYLUM UK K 12396 1979.10

7" KOOL IN THE KAFTAN ASYLUM UK K 12427 1980

LP INITIAL SUCCESS ASYLUM UK K 52216 1980

7" TO BE OR NOT TO BE ASYLUM UK K 12449 1980.03

7" FLIGHT 19 ASYLUM UK K 12482 1980.10

LP BULLY FOR YOU ASYLUM UK K 52275 1981

7" SAINT SAENS ASYLUM UK K 12523 1981.01

7" HOLD ME (with Maggie Bell) SWAN SONG UK BAM 1 1981.10

LP R & B.A. ASYLUM UK K 52383 1982

7" ONE PLUS ONE ASYLUM UK K 12595 1982.02

7" READY OR NOT ASYLUM UK K 12602 1982.02

7" DOT DOT DOT ASYLUM UK K 13190 1982.07

7" NOW AND THEN ASYLUM UK AFT 10 1983.03

7" TIME (with Frida) EPIC UK EPC A 3983 1983.12

All of the above compiled without the help of the internet!

I was sold the 45 of “Kool In The Kaftan” in early 1980. It had a pop-up picture sleeve and was a ‘cute’ song – perfect for a “UK Special Collection” cassette. I never thought any more about it. Never saw an LP…until last weekend. And it’s an LP not in any of my printed discographies: “Shadow Of A Thin Man” (Arista UK 1976), as ‘Alexander Robertson’. The LP is a big budget slick production work, typical of England in the mid-70’s.

After the internet (mainly Wikipedia), I learned that he’s from Glasgow. He has also written for Cliff Richard and Mike & The Mechanics (Mike Rutherford of Genesis). Gee! He was also listed as a “co-producer” for “Simply Mad About The Mouse” – the project of Disney cover versions. Hmmm. And I can also find some other singles listed on the ‘net.

His voice on that Arista LP I found isn’t exactly easy to listen to – is it the sound of someone Scottish demonstrating that he couild sing with an American accent?; I like the “Kool In The Kaftan” 45 much better (he sounds more comfortable) – how could you not like a 1980 single poking fun at hippies? I’d compare him to Brian Protheroe – but Protheroe’s voice is much easier on the ears. Still, Robertson is clearly capable of some very well-written material.

So, this British / Scottish artists sat in my “to get to” bin for 28 years. It took finding a $15 copy of an LP I’d never even heard of…to re-awaken my interest. How much trouble am I going to have finding his other LP’s?


2 Comments:

Blogger deepinder said...

BA had a show on BBC2 in the early 1980's. He had Anabelle (wyn??) from Bow wow wow, who had a hit with C60 C90 go! as a result of Malcolm Maclaren. Suffice it to say she was big news at the time, but she took an instant dislike to BA and called him and his attitudes hippy, to which he asked her to leave. He was severely shaken by this incident and tried to joke his way around it, but he has no poker face. He was not much seen after that. Annabelle could have had the world, she was very attractive girl, she shocked every one then by shaving half her head...

8:52 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

I always considered Bow Wow Wow grist to the McLaren mill. Not my style. Seems funny for her to call him a hippie - he seems so 'straight' on his own records.

6:56 AM  

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