Fludd


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  line up 1 (1969-72)

- Jorn Anderson (aka John Andersen) -- drums, percussion, vocals

- Greg Godovitz -- bass, vocals

- Brian Pilling (RIP 1978) -- vocals, guitar

- Edmund "Ed" Pilling -- vocals, harp, percussion

- Mick Hopkins -- guitar

 

  line up 2 (1972-74)

- Jorn Andersen (aka John Andersen) -- drums, percussion, vocals

NEW - Peter Csanky -- keyboards, mellotron

- Greg Godovitz -- bass

- Brian Pillingg (RIP 1978) -- vocals, guitar

- Edmund "Ed" Pilling -- vocals, harp, percussion

 

  line up 3 (1974)

- Jorn Andersen (aka John Andersen) -- drums, percussion, vocals

- Greg Godovitz -- bass, vocals

- Brian Pillingg (RIP 1978) -- vocals, guitar

- Edmund "Ed" Pilling -- vocals, harp, percussion

NEW - Peter Rochon -- keyboards (replaced Peter Csanky)

NEW - Gord Waszek -- guitar

 

  line up 4 (1974-75)

- Jorn Andersen (aka John Andersen) -- drums, percussion, vocals

- Greg Godovitz -- bass, vocals

- Brian Pillingg (RIP 1978) -- vocals, guitar

- Edmund "Ed" Pilling -- vocals, harp, percussion

NEW - Doni Undehill -- bass (replaced Greg Godovitz)

NEW - Gord Waszek -- guitar

 

  line up 5 (1975-76

- Brian Pillingg (RIP 1978) -- vocals, guitar

- Edmund "Ed" Pilling -- vocals, harp, percussion

NEW - Jim Crichton -- bass (replaced Doni Underhill)

NEW - Ian McCorkel -- drums, percussion (replaced Jorn Andersen)

 

  line up 6 (1976)

- Brian Pillingg (RIP 1978) -- vocals, guitar

- Edmund "Ed" Pilling -- vocals, harp, percussion

- Jim Crichton -- bass

NEW - Steve Negus -- drums, percussion (replaced Ian McCorkel)

 

 

 

 

- Leigh Ashford (Gord Waszek)

- Carpet Frogs (Greg Godovitz)

- Fingers (John Andersen - Don Underhill - Gordon Waszek)

- Goddo (Greg Godovitz)

- Honeymoon Suite

- Lynx (Ian McCorkel)

- Motherlode (Gord Waszek)

- A Mythical Meadow (Peter Rochon)

- No Flies On Frank (Greg Godovitz - Ed Pilling

- Quartz (Mick Hopkins)

- Saga (Jim Crichton, Steve Negus and Peter Rochon)

- Trooper (Doni Underwood)

- Wages of Sin (Mick Hopkins)

 

 

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  ... On!

Company: Daffodil

Catalog: SBA 16020
Year:
 1972

Country/State: Toronto, Canada

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: foil cover; gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 31298

Price: $80.00

 

1972 saw Fludd's line-up undergo a shake-up with  guitarist Mick Hopkins heading back to England and the band recruiting keyboardist Peter Csanky as a replacement.  Csanky joined drummer John Andersen, bassist Greg Godovitz and brothers Brian (lead guitar) and Edmund "Ed" (vocals) Pilling.  Dropped from their recording contract with Warner Brothers, they subsequently signed a deal Frank Davies Capital Records affiliated Daffodil label.

Original plans called for their sophomore album to be released under the title "Cock On".  The accompanying artwork was to have featured a cover of the band in dirty-old-men raincoats, but shown stark naked underneath.  Probably a good thing that Capitol's marketing arm quickly killed the concept.  Instead, 1972 saw the release of "... On" (in a plain foil cover with pictures of the fully clothed band members on the inner sleeve).  Co-produced by Lee DeCarlo and Brian Pilling, the album featured a surprisingly consistent and enjoyable set heavy on country-rock and power pop tunes.  Co-written by the Pillings, the material was consistently strong and high commercial, though apparently not very representative of their live repertoire which apparently ran more towards a harder rock/ glam rock sound.  The discrepancy in styles may have had more to do with their record label's desire for commercial success than a pursuit of artistic merit.  I noted that Daffodil ended up pulling four singles from the album.  Whether representative of their sound or not, material like the folky 'Ticket To Nowhere' and the country-rock tinged singles 'Yes!' and 'Cousin Mary' was criminally catchy.  Interestingly, 'Down! Down! Down!', 'Home Made Lady' and 'Can You Be Easy' (the later recalling something out of the Slade catalog), all showcased a harder sound.  You had to wonder how these guys didn't become a major act in their native Canada, let alone enjoy some recognition in the States..

 

"On!" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) C'mon C'mon   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 3:40  rating: **** stars

'C'mon C'mon' served as a nice introduction to Ed Pillings, dry, raspy voice.   The title track refrain was simply shamefully catchy and one of the best paeans ever written to the pursuit of older women.

The song was released as the album's second Canadian single:

 

 

 

 

- 1973's 'C'mon, C'mon' b/w 'Ticket To Nowhere' (Daffodil catalog number DFS 1037)

 

 

 

 

 

2.) Yes!   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 3:20     rating: **** stars

With a bouncy, country-tinged edge, 'Yes!' was even more commercial than the opener.  The Pillings should have bee arrested for tossing off such addictive hooks.  The song served as the album's second single:

 

- 1973's 'Yes!' b/w 'Down! Down! Down' (Daffodil DFS 1032)

 

 

 

 

3.) Always Be Thinking of You   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 3:28     rating: *** stars

The first minor disappointment, 'Always Be Thinking of You' was a "big" FM-radio ballad.  Technically there wasn't anything wrong with the song.  Earnest vocals; pretty melody; climatic guitar solo ...  It just sounded kind of corporate and prepackaged.  The song served as the leadoff single:

- 1972's 'Always Be Thinking of You' b/w 'Can You Be Easy' (Daffodil catalog number DFS-1025)

Down! Down! Down!   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 4:26     rating: **** stars

Apparently a more apt representation of their live act, 'Down! Down! Down!' showcased a tougher sound that bounced somewhere between English glam and power pop. It also allowed Brian to showcase some  awesome chops on lead guitar.  I thought it was a killer performance.

 

 

 

 

4.) Cousin Mary   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 2:52     rating: **** stars

Another atypical country-tinged performance, 'Cousin Mary' also provided the band with their biggest hit.  with a breezy, easy-going melody, the tune was apparently inspired by Mary Queen of Scots.   Musically this one's always reminded me of Roger McGuinn and the Byrds had they been born Canadian and studied history in college.   The song was released belatedly; a year after the parent album was released and after sessions for a follow-on album were cancelled.

 

- Canadian pressing: 1972's 'Cousin Mary' b/w 'Home-Made Lady' (Daffodil catalog number DFS-1042)

- US pressing: 1972's 'Cousin Mary' b/w 'Home-Made Lady' (Sire catalog number SAA-710)

 

Taken from a June 2004 memorial concert for the late Rick Lamb, YouTube has a clip of Ed Pilling and company doing an enjoyable version of the tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2ZvMOfQ0cU 

 

(side 2)
1.) 
Home Made Lady   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 3:22  rating: *** stars

With the slinky edges reflecting traces of Mott the Hoople, or other early-'70s UK bands, 'Home Made Lady' was a far more conventional rocker.  

2.) Ticket to Nowhere   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 4:38     rating: **** stars

'Ticket To Nowhere' was a gorgeous, pastoral ballad that showcased the band's overlooked harmonies.  Could of been a single.

3.) Can You Be Easy   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 3:30     rating: **** stars

'Can You Be Easy' was a rollicking rocker that reminded me a bit of bands like Slade and Status Quo.  Brit rock as they wanted to play it ...  

4.) All Sing Together   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 5:45     rating: **** stars

'All Sing Together' started out as another pretty, but inconsequential ballad showcasing some of Brian Pilling's sweetest work. The funny thing is that over the next five minutes the song slowly built up intensity, turning into one of the album's hardest rocking performances.  AN edited version of the song was tapped as the "B" side to the band's 1974 'I Held Out' single.

5.) Gratitude   (Brian Pilling - Ed Pilling) - 0:52  rating: *** stars

Clocking in at under a minute, 'Gratitude' was more of a song fragment than anything.  A pretty ballad, the song featured Brian on acoustic guitar and Ed and Brian on vocals.  The simple song structure had always reminded me of something of Paul McCartney's debut solo album.

 

 

 

 

 

History[edit]

Fludd had its roots in a band called The Pretty Ones, formed by Ed Pilling and Greg Godovitz. The band was briefly part of Toronto's Yorkville scene in the 1960s, but broke up before achieving much commercial success.[1] Pilling and his brother Brian then moved to Birmingham, England, where they formed a band called Wages of Sin and spent some time touring as a back-up for Cat Stevens in 1970, but returned to Toronto by the end of that year.[1] Inspired by the then-emerging psychedelic blues rock sound of British acts such as Small Faces, they then reunited with Godovitz, and recruited drummer John Andersen and guitarist Mick Walsh to create Fludd.[1]

The band released its self-titled debut album in 1971, and had a modest chart hit, "Turned 21", that year. Walsh subsequently left and was briefly replaced by Mick Hopkins, a British guitarist whom the Pillings had worked with in Wages of Sin. The band's second single, "Get Up, Get Out, Move On", was released in 1972 but again charted only modestly, and they were dropped from their original label; Hopkins returned to England, where he would later form the band Quartz.[1] Instead of recruiting another guitarist to replace Hopkins, Fludd added classically-trained keyboardist Peter Csanky, and signed a new deal with Daffodil Records.[1] They planned for their second album to be titled Cock On, and to feature a cover image of the band posing as flashers, wearing overcoats but naked underneath, but the label's distributor, Capitol Records, was skittish and the plans were dropped; the album was instead released as ...On![1]

The album's singles, "Always Be Thinking of You", "Yes", and "C'mon, C'mon", did not perform much better on the charts, but received sufficient radio airplay that Daffodil kept the band on for a third album, sending them to Mike Oldfield's studios in England to record.[1] Due to Oldfield's simultaneous recording of Tubular Bells, however, they faced delays in their ability to book time in the studio, and the sessions were eventually scrapped.[1] The delays also led Csanky to quit the band; he was replaced by Peter Rochon.[1] With no new material to release, however, the label revisited ...On! in the hopes of pulling one more single; the song chosen, "Cousin Mary", became the band's breakthrough hit.[1]

The band began new recording sessions in Toronto, completing three songs, "I Held Out", "Brother and Me", and "Dance Gypsy Dance", in 1974. "I Held Out" was released as a non-album single but failed to chart, and Daffodil dropped the band.[1] Godovitz left, going on to form Goddo, and was replaced by Doni Underhill of the band Leigh Ashford.[1] Brian Pilling was also diagnosed with leukemia around this time, and had difficulty meeting his commitments to the band due to treatment; while he did not leave the band outright, Underhill's Leigh Ashford bandmate Gord Waszek also came on board as a second guitarist.[1] Andersen took a brief hiatus from Fludd as well, and was temporarily replaced by Pat Little, but returned before the sessions for their next album.[1]

The band subsequently signed to Attic Records, who also bought out the non-album songs from the 1974 sessions; both songs were released as singles, with "Brother and Me" reaching the Top 30 but "Dance Gypsy Dance" failing to chart. They then began recording their third full album, Great Expectations, which was released on Attic in 1975.[1] Bolstered by a controversial cover depicting a pregnant woman's bare belly, that album spawned the top ten hit single "What an Animal".[1] Due to Brian Pilling's continued health problems, the band was unable to tour to properly support the album, so Waszek, Underhill, and Andersen left to form the band Fingers, while the Pillings carried on as a recording project with bassist Jim Crichton and drummer Ian McCorkle, recording and releasing the single "I'm On My Way" in 1975; Steve Negus replaced McCorkle in 1976 for the singles "Help Me Back" and "With You". However, with Brian Pilling's health continuing to deteriorate, the band called it quits after recording the 1976 singles, and Attic Records released the greatest hits compilation From the Attic '71 to '77 in 1977.[1]

Crichton, Negus, and Rochon went on to form the band Saga.[1] Waszek went on to join reunion lineups of Leigh Ashford and Motherlode, Andersen became a session musician, and Underhill went on to join Trooper.

Brian Pilling died of cancer on June 28, 1978.[1] As a benefit to raise money for his children, Godovitz put together a band of Toronto musicians, including Bob Segarini, to record a tribute single consisting of "Fortune in Men's Eyes", an unrecorded song he had previously written with Pilling, and a remake of Fludd's song "Homemade Lady".[1]

Another greatest hits compilation, Greatest Expectations, was released in 1994 on Pacemaker Records,[1] and ...On! was reissued in 2001 under its original planned title Cock On, on Unidisc Music.[1]

Godovitz and Ed Pilling reunited in 1997, recording an album under the band name No Flies on Frank.[1] In the 2000s, a reunited Fludd has toured various classic rock festivals and other venues, with a lineup consisting of Ed Pilling, his younger brother Steve Pilling, Scott Shelson on bass guitar, and Jim Crichton. This lineup released a new CD, Fludd Lights, in 2006 for sale at their concert appearances, but the album has never been released on a commercial label.[1]

 

Brothers Brian and Ed Pilling, previous members of the Wages of the Sin, formed Fludd in 1969 with Jorn Anderson and Greg Godovitz. Peter Czankey was recruited in 1972 and Gord Waszek joined two years later. Though the band's first two singles were for Warner Brothers, they moved to Daffodil for the self-titled 1972 debut and On!, also in 1972. Great Expectations was issued in 1976 for Attic, but the band broke up when Brian Pilling died of cancer in 1978. The greatest hits collection From the Attic '71 to '77 appeared in 1977. Greg Godovitz later formed Goddo.

 

Edmund "Ed" Pilling (vocals) Brian Pilling (guitar) Mick Walsh (guitar) Greg Godovitz (bass) Jorn (JJ) Andersen [aka John Andersen] (drums) Mick Hopkins (guitar; replaced Walsh) Peter Csanky (piano, mellotron; replaced Hopkins) Gord Waszek (guitar) Peter Rochon (keyboards; replaced Csanky) Doni Underhill (bass; replaced Godovitz) Pat Little (drums; subbed for Andersen) Jim Crichton (bass; replaced Underhill) Ian McCorkle (drums; replaced Andersen) Steve Negus (drums; replaced McCorkle)

The roots of Fludd extend as far back as the mid-1960's in Toronto where guitarists Brian Pilling and Greg Godovitz met in high school and shared the same passion for the music of The Beatles.

With the mandatory garage bands on their individual resumes, Pilling, Godovitz and Pilling's drumming brother, Ed would form The Pretty Ones in the late '60's. With a short and unexceptional run in the Yorkvill Village and points around Toronto, the members went their separate ways.

The brothers thought a fresh start would be the best approach and followed their English heritage back to England where they formed a new act called Wages Of Sin -- with Ed now on lead vocals and second guitarist Mick Hopkins. The group became such a popular pub act throughout Birmingham, England that in 1970 Cat Stevens hired them as his backing band and renamed them Zeus. Stevens' comeback trail (after being forced to leave the business in 1968 due to tuberculosis) was stylistically at odds with the rock-oriented brothers so they packed their bags and returned to Canada by year's end.

The spark that ignited under the duo after being exposed to the post-psychedelic British pop sound (c/f Small Faces, Rod Stewart) lit the fire for the creation of Fludd. They called upon former Pretty Ones bandmate Greg Godovitz once again who, in turn, recruited drummer John Andersen and guitarist Mick Walsh.

Fludd became a staple on the Toronto club scene mixing Anglocentric originals with cover tunes and soon attracted the attention of Warner Brothers Records. Recording on their debut album commenced at Pacific Sound, San Mateo, California with producer and fellow Canadian Adam Mitchell (The Paupers).

The single "Turned 21" was released in late 1971 and rode the Canadian charts for 5 weeks, peaking at #16 nationally. But, the album stalled out and rather than trying to work a follow-up single from the album, Fludd returned to Manta Sound in Toronto with Adam Mitchell to record some fresh ideas in early 1972.

During the interim, Mick Walsh left the band and was replaced by Wages Of Sin guitarist Mick Hopkins. The band carried on by releasing the single "Get Up, Get Out, Move On" which peaked on the CHUM Chart at #18 in April of '72.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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