❉ Huw Thomas reviews a bird’s eye view of early ‘70s pure pop. Music snobs, look away!
“If you’re going to be in the music business, you gotta make hit records. If you can’t make hit records, you should fuck off and go chop meat somewhere.” So says Mike Chapman of the triumphant pop writing partnership Chinnichap in the liner notes for Bubblerock Is Here To Stay! The British Pop Explosion 1970-73, a new release from Cherry Red imprint Grapefruit collecting the daffy ditties that once competed for your pocket money. This 3CD set provides a bird’s eye view of early 1970s UK studio-bound pure pop, a time when many of the stoney-faced rock set had veered away the pop singles playground. Music snobs, look away!
❉ ‘Bubblerock Is Here To Stay! The British Pop Explosion 1970-73’ (Grapefruit CRSEG080T) was released October 2020 from Grapefruit /Cherry Red Records, RRP £17.99. Click here to order directly from Cherry Red Records.
❉ Huw Thomas is a musician and writer from Radnorshire, Wales. His special interests include Northern Irish band Cruella De Ville, Cardiacs, Back to the Egg and Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt. He tweets as @huwareyou.