Label: Sedition - ZCSED 9001 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Acoustic
Ina quartet from London scored their one and only hit with a clever cover version of a song associated with Elvis Presley, Can't Help Falling in Love.
This is their story, and this album features almost their entire output. This very obscure combo released a single, You'll Never Make Itwhich remarkably made the all-important Radio One play list, but the group folded soon afterwards. Ryan also got to know a friend of Heenan's, Alison Marr—both she and Are You Losing Your Mind?
- Buddy Guy - Stone Crazy came from Northern Ireland, where he had trained as a veterinary surgeon, and she as a reporter before they moved to London. Ryan was a graphic designer, who worked in the art department of Stiff Records. Alison Marr also played penny whistle, and was a devotee of traditional Irish folk music, while Ronan Heenan was more influenced by rock and blues. They were intent on combining the two traditions, an example of which was their version of Can't Help Falling in Love —when Simon Ryan heard Alison singing a Celtic version of the song, with Ronan on guitar and with Alison's penny whistle, Weekends (Instrumental) - Janet Jackson - Weekends was intrigued and suggested they record it, as it sounded quite interesting.
The trio made a demo of this song in a rehearsal studio, and Simon Ryan played it to colleagues at Stiff who told him that he should not consider giving up his day job, and should get on with designing sleeves.
Destiny struck when Bob Barnes, one of the precious few Gentlemen in the record industry, happened to be visiting Simon, who played him the demo. Barnes was a partner in a small independent record label, Sedition Records, who heard hit potential in the demo, and put the trio into Alaska Studios to re-record the song with producer Pat Collier who had also produced the record by The Almost Brothersand it was released as a single with a Ronan Heenan original, Bad Dreamson the B-side.
Where the Presley version of Can't Help Falling in Love was long and relaxed, Lick the Tins' version was so manic and fast that it was considerably less than three minutes long.
As a result, three polkas were added to the end of the track to bring it to the desired length. London's Capital Records told Sedition that it was OK, but could be improved if it was made less ethnic, the result being that the single was edited to omit the traditional jigs. It was a hit, and Hey Joe - Lick The Tins - Blind Man On A Flying Horse long, Lick the Tins the name is derived from a nickname given to an old tramp by the children from Heenan's home town began to perform on the London pub circuit, with the addition of Aiden McCroary, another friend from Northern Ireland, initially playing bass—he later moved to keyboards, and was replaced on bass by Chris Haynes.
A fourth single, an album track titled Ghost Storywas remixed by Pascall Gabriel, but this remains unreleased. However, everything else released by Lick the Tins Banta - Daby Touré - Stereo Spirit be heard on this anthology. Lick the Tins played the college and club circuits for another year, before the band broke up.
We recorded a demo which we were all pleased with and sent it I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams [Take 1] - Thelonious Monk - Monk Alone: The Complete Columbi to major record companies in search of a deal, but when no offer was forthcoming, we were all so disappointed that we let other commitments take precedence and the band ended.
Today, Simon Ryan again works as a freelance sleeve designer—the front of this album's sleeve is his work. Aidan McCroary has returned to Hey Joe - Lick The Tins - Blind Man On A Flying Horse legal profession, although he is still recording music on his home studio.
Alison Marr has just given birth to twin Hey Joe - Lick The Tins - Blind Man On A Flying Horse . Simon is now in a new band, as yet unnamed, while Ronan is rehearsing with his younger brother with a view to playing a more blues-oriented style of music. Traditional Sound Discogr. A bit of non-musical advertisement for very talented students of my department. Version 5. Can't Help Falling in Love 3.
Ghost Story 3. Bad Dreams 4.