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So far one entry has been posted and it already learned the Church a
thing or two. Probably Emily will be able to add some sensational
stories and anecdotes as well, because she has access to a wealth of
inside information coming from a man who could write a few books on
British wrestling and clubbing alone, her father, Bob Archer. Known as
Bob Anthony in wrestling circles, he was a co-owner of the Crom and
responsible for its 'entertainment' division as he hired the bands that
turned the place into a huge success.
The Reverend had the pleasure to ask Bob a few questions a while ago
Wrestling Beatle) and this may have made his appetite grow for more.
People often tell Bob he should start writing his memoirs and we
certainly hope that Emily will squeeze him hard enough to get those
juicy stories out of him.
We wish Emily all the best with her Cromwellian blog and all we can add
so far is: it's about time!
The White Angel
Recently the Wrestling
Heritage website has started with a 'members only' Top
Twenty Masked Men feature and The White Angel has made it on
the 8th position. Hiding behind that mask was Judo Al Hayes, another
In one of our previous topics (Dr
Death and other assorted figures) it was revealed how The White
Angel had to fight another masked wrestler, Doctor Death, in
April 1962. At stake was not only a 500 £ price but also the loser's
secret identity. Doctor Death won the match and in a great ceremonial
ending The White Angel was unmasked before the cheering crowd, much to
the enjoyment of Doctor Death whose reputation sky-rocketed.
What most wrestling fans didn't know at that time was that Al Hayes had
just signed a contract with Paul Lincoln Management and that the outcome
probably had been staged. Paul Lincoln was not only a wrestling manager,
but also Doctor Death, a personal friend of Al Hayes and another
co-owner of the Cromwellian. For the next months to come Doctor Death
and The White Angel repeated the match at other places and always with
the same result.
At the moment we write this (May 3, 2011) the Top 3 of the Masked Men
remains to be published at Wrestling Heritage and still there is no sign
of Doctor Death.
Simultaneously alongside wrestling, Paul had always enjoyed a love of
music and would often frequent a bar in Goodge Street run by Greek
grappler: Milo Popocopolous, where he soon learned of a derelict
condiment shop for sale in Old Compton Street, owned and run by the
Irani brothers. Paul and Ray bought the premises to open as one of the
first ‘coffee bars’ in London, complete with new fangled ‘expresso
frothy coffee’ from Italy. Not knowing what to name this venture, they
saw that the previous owners had left a tatty old sign with just the
letter 'I' displayed in two places , being all that was left of
their name, and the 2i’s legend was born.
A small stage was set up in the corner, a jukebox and Gaggia coffee
machine added, and it soon became a mecca for budding musicians who were
eager to copy their idols such as Elvis Presley. With the skiffle era in
full swing it also attracted many wannabe stars from this field of music.
Never one to miss a chance, Paul invited these kids to rehearse on the
stage in return for help with erecting the rings at his many wrestling
shows. In the beginning Lonnie Donegan, Nancy Whiskey and Chas McDevitt
were the rage, but these youngsters were hot on their heels, just
waiting the chance to make it !
Paul together with impresario: Larry Parnes, soon to be known as Mr
Parnes, shillings and pence, saw the opportunity for these musicians and
names such as Colin Hicks were changed to Tommy Steele, Ron Wycherly to
Billy Fury, Reg Smith to Marty Wilde, and of course Harry Webb became
Sir Cliff Richard. The fabulous Shadows: Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet
Harris, Tony Meehan all worked for Paul prior to becoming the legends
that they did. The names created reads like a who’s who and includes Joe
Brown, Mickey Most, Vince Eager, Terry Dene, Wee Willie Harris,
Screaming Lord Sutch, Georgie Fame, just to mention a few.
With so many halls booked nationwide for wrestling on a monthly basis,
it was a simple step to add rock shows in between at these venues and
wrestlers such as myself were used as bouncers to control the screaming
girls, eager to get at their new heroes.
The 2i’s has been credited as the birthplace of British rock’n’roll
assuring Paul Lincoln a place in the annals of music history. In 2007 a
plaque was placed on the wall of the building commemorating this
achievement for generations to follow. Sir Cliff Richard, Bruce Welch
and Wee Willie Harris all attended to pay tribute.
Now recognised as a real mogul in the entertainment business, Paul & Ray
together with Tony Matchelli and Bob Anthony, then moved into nightclubs
by taking over ‘The Cromwellian’, which was struggling but by booking
Tom Jones and P.J. Proby to appear by calling in favours, soon had
queues of patrons circling two roads.
Update 2014.12.13: unfortunately the Cromwellian blog has stayed
unchanged since 2011 and it is still stuck at its first post (that
borrowed a lot from the Church). We doubt if it will ever be updated.
Mason, who has always been the gentleman drummer of the band we call Pink
Floyd, once jokingly said that he was mainly in the recycling
business nowadays. It might have been on Top
Gear, but before all the nitpickers jump on our back instead of
ordering a fresh pint of Guinness, we admit we didn't check that.
Always a bit of an existentialist joker, our Nick, but of course there
is much truth in what he said. Let's have a look of what the
Barrett-driven band has produced for the last couple of decades.
The Gravy Train
1993: Crazy Diamond (Syd Barrett, 3 cd-set digital remaster and
outtakes). 1994: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, stereo digital
remaster 1994. 1997: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, mono digital
remaster 1997, came with a separate Early Singles EP (other 'regular'
stereo Piper releases date from 1999 and 2001). 2001: Echoes, the
best of Pink Floyd. 2001: The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss
Me? 2007: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, mono and stereo digital
remasters 2007. 40th anniversary edition (2 and 3 disk versions). 2007:
Oh By The Way (Pink Floyd anthology). 2010: An Introduction to Syd
Barrett (remixed and remastered Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett compilation,
Train To Cambridge).
So when something really new comes up, and with really new, we mean
really really new the surviving vintage Floyd community suddenly
veers up, throws its rollators in the air and shouts with one
voice: yes we can! After that the nurses come back and warn us that so
much excitement should be avoided and that it is changing nappies time
On the 10th of September 1967 Pink Floyd played a gig at the Gyllene
Cirkeln (Golden Circle) jazzclub in Stockholm. Jazzclub is a slight
overstatement, the place was a restaurant in disguise and Pink Floyd
were having a dinner concert as most people were enjoying their Swedish köttbullar
slightly wondering where all this estranged noise was coming from.
Swedish chefs are never to be trusted, just dine at Ikea for a change,
probably the only restaurant in the world were you can actually take the
tables and the chairs back home, and the chef at Gyllene Cirkeln was no
exception. While Barrett and Co were swinging their rocks off Anders
Lind was taping the gig hoping that in 2011 somebody would be
interested. Only someone from Volvo-land can come up with a devilish
scheme like that... but to add insult to injury he was probably right as
the first public hearing of the Pink Floyd live tape in 3 and a half
decades, last Tuesday at the same
venue, was an immediate success.
Until now the earliest recorded Floyd gig had been at the Danish Star
Club. It dates from the 13th of September 1967 and was recorded in
Copenhagen, 3 days after the Golden Circle concert. Although only a very
lo-fi recording has survived into this millennium it is much appreciated
by Barrett collectors because it contains 3 officially unreleased early
Pink Floyd songs. Here is the setlist: Stoned Again (unreleased) Arnold
Layne (single) Rush In A Million (unreleased) Matilda Mother (The
Piper At The Gates Of Dawn) Scream Thy Last Scream (unreleased, see
Thy False Scream) Astronomy Domine (The Piper At The Gates Of
The track listing of the Swedish Golden Circle gig, 3 days earlier, is
rather different. Starting with an unknown seven minutes 20 seconds jam,
it goes like this: Before or Since ('untitled' and unreleased jam,
7'20") Matilda Mother (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, 5
minutes, Syd Barrett vocals inaudible) Pow R Toc H (The Piper At The
Gates Of Dawn, 11 minutes) Scream Thy Last Scream (unreleased, 3
minutes) Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (A Saucerful Of
Secrets, 7 minutes, Roger Waters vocals scarcely audible) See Emily
Play (single, 3 minutes - the only live recording of this track!) Interstellar
Overdrive (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, 10 minutes)
Pink Floyd fan Göran
Nyström who was there told Brain
Damage that it was a "great recording except for the singing”
although it proves that Syd was, that day, very far from a spent force.
Apparently the band had some PA problems, making the vocals inaudible,
but otherwise the recording is superb and has an excellent stereo
separation. The recording was done by a Revox machine using two
microphones on the stage and its quality is nearly soundboard.
The untitled jam session at the beginning of the show was described by
Roger Waters as follows: “nobody is ever gonna hear that one again,
before or since”, but only a small excerpt of it was played at the
event. EMI and/or Pink Floyd are aware of the track and they apparently
confirmed to Anders Lind that the track is not Reaction In G,
another unreleased Pink Floyd instrumental. Which brings us to the
Payday at EMI
At several strategical places in the Golden Circle club last week the
following message could be read:
Pink Floyd Ltd. and/or EMI listened to snippets of the tape before the
event and promised the organiser of the event to release the concert as
a bonus disk on a future Pink Floyd re-release. According to Brain
Damage “the organiser specifically asked that no-one record the audio
and post it anywhere online, as that would jeopardise any chance of
The Anchor is well aware of the fact that EMI is close to bankruptcy and
that its managers can't afford to snort high quality cocaine any more
but we would like to define the above attempt to blackmail the owner of
the tape (and with him: the fans) as utter bollocks. First of all the
Pink Floyd EMI vaults have quite a few unreleased Pink Floyd tracks and
claiming that bootlegs have jeopardised their release is turning the
truth upside down a bit. On top of that Anders Lind has confirmed to
people attending the show that EMI pushed him to stop the event. Anders
Lind who had been to the UK to play the tape for EMI refused to let them
have it and finally a compromise was made by deleting the opening jam
from last week's show.
The tactic is clear, even if an audience tape is weeded through the
appropriate Pink Floyd fan channels, the opening jam will be firmly in
the possession of the bloodhounds of EMI and - let us not forget, as
they are no angels either - Pink Floyd Ltd, although it is not clear yet
that the sale has already been made.
It is pretty sure that audience recordings of the event have been made,
but the Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett fan community is reluctant to release
those and wants to give EMI the benefit of the doubt.
Against the tide of common sense The Anchor still hopes that an audience
recording of last week's event will find its way on the web soon. It
will be no match against the semi-professional tape that EMI (or the
Pink Floyd management) will have in its hands soon, ready to be
digitally remastered. Perhaps an audience recording could convince EMI
to get on with it - fast! - as it would only make the appetite for an
official release (with the seven missing minutes) bigger.
Update 6th of November 2011: Yeeshkul has now weeded the audience
recording of the audience recording...
The Piper Reissue At The Gates Of Dawn
The comment that the gig would be put on yet another release of The
Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is a bit of a bummer. A 50 years Piper
anniversary release has to wait until 2017 although the good thing is of
course that a 45 years release could already see the light of day next
year. But why take Piper again? Piper seems to be the new milk cow of
EMI and if this goes on like this there will be more Pipers around than
Dark Side Of The Moons (see also: Fasten
The Anchor's wet dream is of course that this tape would be the ultimate
trigger to release a vintage Pink Floyd rarities and demos box set,
containing the Stockholm gig, the proto-Floyd sessions with Bob Klose,
the pieces that were left of Piper and Saucerful, the aborted singles
Scream Thy Last Scream and Vegetable Man and several BBC sessions
including the lost Top of The Pops show that was miraculously found back
in 2009 and has since then disappeared in an EMI / Pink Floyd Ltd.
sealed and secured vicinity.
Come on EMI don't you see that my wallet is burning. But if I were you I
would stop threatening and blackmailing the Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd
community. It is thanks to us that you will be able to start sniffing
that high quality cocaine soon again.
Update 2011 05 09: a 42 seconds snippet of Interstellar Overdrive
surfaced and disappeared today, but Barrett-biographer Julian Palacios
saved it for posterity: Interstellar
Overdrive. As far as some insiders know: EMI still hasn't bought the
tape and a second round of negotiations is underway. The owner, Anders
Lind, insists on a 'use it or loose it' clause in the contract, meaning
that EMI will be legally obliged to release the concert in order to keep
the rights. To be continued... Update 2011 11 06: Yeeshkul has
now weeded the audience recording of the audience recording... (after
'insiders' had heard from the Pink Floyd camp that an official release
of this tape seems improbable, due to the lack of vocals) Update
2016 11 11: the Gyllene Cirkeln tape has found a legal release on the
Pink Floyd compilation Early Years: Supererog/Ation:
skimming The Early Years.
The Anchor wishes to thank: Göran Nyström, dallasman, krackers,
moonwall, motoriksymphonia, xpkfloyd, zag and the other lovely people at
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