Monday, 9 July 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: The Other Half - Mr Pharmacist

This week I am digging through the treasure troves of time and selecting some original versions of songs covered by better-known acts. Today's was of course covered by The Fall, and it was Mark E Smith and co's version that I heard first. "The Other Half were a band who formed in Los Angeles and later moved to San Francisco. Guitarist Randy Holden had been offered the chance to replace Jeff Beck in the Yardbirds before joining The Other Half. Their sound has been compared to The Yardbirds, and contained elements of blues, hard rock, and Eastern melodic influences. 

Holden left the band after their debut album was recorded, dissatisfied with the recording and the guitar he was playing at the time, later stating "I was trying to accommodate everyone else, at the expense of my own soul and happiness". Despite Holden's misgivings, the album has been described as "awesome incendiary rock". The band's 'Mr. Pharmacist' was included on one of the 'Nuggets' compilations in the early 1980s and was later covered by The Fall, becoming a #75 UK chart hit. A collection of their recordings, titled Mr. Pharmacist was issued in 1982. This included their entire 1968 album and several tracks from singles..."

'Mr Pharmacist' and all other songs by The Other Half aren't available on Spotify. So sadly I can't add it to the big SONG FOR TODAY Spotify playlist which you can listen to HERE... 

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