Chinese Cowboys – Pink Fairies

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Posted 26th June 2017 by

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Pink FairiesThe Pink Fairies have been going on and off for almost fifty years. Many different line ups and many different members. Lots of members coming and going as the feeling took them.

The Bands first stint was between 1969 and 1975 although they performed under many different line ups and names. But after three albums, all with different line ups, in 1973 (due to dwindling audiences) they fell apart. Persuaded by the Head of Chiswick Records, they reconvened for a Reunion concert at The Round House in Chalk Farm in 1975 for a one off Concert and Live Recording. In true Pink Fairies fashion there was no rehearsals and the resulting album was not released until 1982.

Various incarnations of the Pink Fairies went out on the road for the next twelve years and even recorded some pretty dodgy albums. Not that many people took much notice.

But in 1987 Jake Riviera (the famous Jake Riviera of Stiff Records and at the time head of Demon Records) offered The Pink Fairies a recording contract for one album and Financial backing for a tour if the majority of the Pink Fairies would get back together.

The lynch pin was Larry Wallis, and he was the key figure for he had the songs and that Pink Fairy sound on Guitar. Well Larry Wallis was kicking his heels so straight away you had the main man. Then the famous Double Drum Line up was filled by Twink and Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson was dragged in on Bass and Andy Colquhoun was brought in as a stabilizing influence on Second Guitar (even though Andy Colquhoun had never been a Fairy before, but Paul Randolph wasn’t interested so…..) and yet again the Pink Fairies were flying. The album was called Kill ‘Em & Eat ‘Em crammed full of full ahead charged Rockers in the Fairies Style. Full of Larry Wallis barbed songs tempered by some good humored ditties by Andy Colquhoun.

The Band even went out of tour and what a wonderful racket they made, real party stuff. Sure, there are plenty of fluffed notes and the vocals are more powerful than tuneful, but for sheer excitement nothing beats this, this is Rock ’n’ Roll . The Guitars are played with sharp elbows jutting out and at the speed of light, butting up against each other for space. Duncan Sanderson swings his Bass guitar very low and keeps every thing pounding along hard. Meanwhile the Double Drum barrage never lets up. Nothing beats the Fairies at Full Blast. You get plenty of tracks from the new album plus a least one track from the first three proper Pink Fairies albums and as a special treat, a rocked out version of the Larry Wallis solo single which has become his signature tune, Police Car. The album finishes with a shambolic eleven minute Twin Drum solo.

This is Rock Music played like it should be played. Just for the Fun of it.

Of Course The Pink Fairies being the Pink Fairies, Twink left that year and Larry Wallis left the year after. End of Pink Fairies again.

But you can’t keep those Fairies down. In 2014 they rose from the ashes again. This time led by Andy Colquhoun on Lead Guitar and Lead Vocals, Russell Hunter on Drums, George Butler on Drums (Another New Fairy), Duncan Sanderson on Bass and shock horror, Jacki Windmill on Keyboards and Lead Vocals, making her the first keyboard player in the Pink Fairies and the first girl (Larry Wallis has a trapped nerve so tragically cannot even pick up a guitar anymore). How times change in Never Never Land.

There is even a new album Naked Radio 2017.

Written by Mott The Dog and Hells Bells

Pink Fairies on Chinese Eyes – Live 1987 
Larry Wallis – Lead guitar and Vocals
Andy Colquhoun – Lead Guitar and Vocals
Twink – Drums
Russell Hunter – Drums
Duncan Sanderson – Bass

Introduction/Tune up/Raceway
Street Urchin
Waiting for the Lightning to Strike
When Does the Fun Begin
The Snake
Do it
Takin’ LSD
White Girls on Amphetamine
Seeing Double
As Long As The Price is Right
Waiting For The Ice Cream To Melt
City Kids
Police Car
Walk Don’t Run (Double Drum Solo)

Buy the album now….

Mott the Dog



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