This is no cookery page but
here’s a recipe for a group coming to Leeds Town Hall on Friday, July 11th
- and it sounds good enough for Jimmy Young. The dish is called
Thunderclap Newman, and you must have heard that fantastic single
“Something in the Air” which should be at the No. 1 spot tomorrow. Here’s
what to do, if you can get the ingredients: Take one large and eccentric
pianist called Andrew Newman. Add a mixture of Jelly Roll Morton, Bix
Biederbeck and Debussy. Stir in an interest in astronomy, ornithology and
poltergeists and then add a liking of Bing Crosby, Dietrich, Yule Brynner
and Mae West. Heat slowly to the sounds of Ravel, Chopin, Gershwin or
Paderewski and flavour with white rum. Touch of Rock.
Take a songwriter and drummer called Speedy Keene. Add a touch of rock ’n
roll, a spell with John Mayall, a period of writing film scores and a hit
song for The Who. Take a 15 year old lead guitarist called Jimmy McCulloch.
Add slight Scottish accent and stir with Django Reinhart, Eric Clapton and
Wes Montgomery. Bring to the boil to the sounds of Blind Faith or the
Beatles. Take one hand bass guitarist called James Pitman Avery. Pour in a
mixture of Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Lee Marvin and Patrick McGoohan.
Keep cool to the sounds from “West Side Story”, then add oysters and
prawns and leave to stand in Scotch and Coke. And you serve that lot up as
Thunderclap Newman. You can taste them at Leeds Town Hall. Controversial.
Also on with Thunderclap Newman are controversial Scottish group White
Trash, who are recording for Apple and at present backing Marcia Hunt (from
“Hair”) on one-nighters around the country. A York group called Sounds of
Sight are also on the bill