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Lead up to the Album:
- Mike Hurst says he’d always loved the song “Wild Thing” but he didn’t think the Troggs’ version was sexy. He thought Jimi Hendrix did a great version and wanted to do it in yet a different way.
- Would the song be sexier if sung by a woman?
- He says he didn’t want it to be sung he wanted it to be “massaged.”
- Mike called up Ray Fenwick to work on the arrangement, then they needed to find a singer.
- Mike doesn’t remember who suggested the name of Helen Caunt. She’d previously worked for Rod Stewart but was better known for being a Penthouse Pet.
- Ray brought in Mo Foster and they got to work on the song with Henry Spinetti on drums and Mike Hurst and Ray Fenwick on backing vocals.
- Hurst wanted it to be slow and funky with “splashes of sex.”
- Eventually he told Caunt to breathe all the way through it.
- Alan Hawkshaw was brought in to play keyboards and finish up the track.
- They recorded “Fancy” as an instrumental B-side for the single.
- They had a single and now needed to sell it. With a Penthouse Pet as a singer it didn’t seem to be too difficult as they put her on the cover partially nude during a photo shoot.
- The single was put out in April of 1973. It didn’t do much in the UK but it was released in the US where it made it to number 7 in the charts.
- Mike Hurst says: “By this time, and with the success int he USA, Helen had got herself a new manager, her boyfriend. That was two strikes against her, she had to go.”
- They auditioned a bunch of different singers and felt like they weren’t going to come up with a suitable replacement until they came across Annie Kavanagh. She had previously worked with Steely Dan and been in the Australian stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
- Bass Guitar, Vocals – Mo Foster
- Drums – Les Binks
- Guitar, Vocals – Marlon (49)
- Alias used by Ray Fenwick while he was in Fancy. Couldn’t find any explanation as to why. I thought maybe it was for contractual reasons or something. I reached out to Ray for clarification and here’s what he sent me:
- “Hi Nate…Good to hear from you.Answers to your questions. Marlon came from a leather jacket I had made…it had a white leather logo script on the back , reading .. MARLON..homage to Brando. Why? Who knows!”
- He also did a single “Let’s Go to the Disco” with “Broken Man” as the B-side released in 1974 on Purple Records co-written and co-produced with Roger Glover.
- This will be included on an upcoming Anthology released in April – Ray Fenwick “Playing Through The Changes” a 61-track covering 60 years in Ray Fenwick’s music career.
- Coming on Singsong Music: https://singsongmusic.com/
- Lead Vocals – Anne Kavanagh*
- Appeared in the Australian cast of “Hair” and toured with the production for two and half years.
- Appeared in “Jesus Christ Superstar” in London while doing session work for Steely Dan, Roger Daltrey, Mick Ronson, and Jack Bruce.
- In the 80s moved back to Australia where she supported acts such as James Brown, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwisk, and Patti Labelle.
- In the 2000s began working as a voice coach.
- Mike Hurst – Vocals
- Helen Caunt – Vocals
- John Perry – Backing Vocals
- Henry Spinetti – Drums
- Alan Hawkshaw – Keyboards
- Clem Cattini – Drums
- Bud Parks – Trumpet
- Mike Bailey – Trumpet
- Dave Coxley – Baritone Sax
- Nick Rowley – Clarinet
- Phil Kenzie – Tenor Sax, Brass Arrangement
Album Art & Booklet Review
- Design [Cover Design] – Marianne Llewellyn
- Only credit on Discogs
- Engineer – Dave Hunt
- Worked with Velvett Fogg, Killing Floor, Noel Redding
- Photography By – Richard Dunkley
- Did some visual work for Eddie Hardin on his “Home is Where You Find It” album.
- Producer – Mike Hurst
- Worked with a lot of bands including Nirvana (no, not that Nirvana, the one from the 60s), Hardin/York, Cat Stevens, Ray Fenwick’s “Queen of the Night,” P.P. Arnold, Samantha Fox.
- Recorded at The Music Centre in Wembley, London.
- Wild Thing (Chip Taylor)
- Chip Tayler was born James Welsey Voight
- Chip Taylor is the brother of Jon Voight and uncle of Angelina Jolie
- Chip has almost 2000 entries on Discogs
- First version of the songs was recorded by the Wild Ones
- Chip Taylor says he wrote it in a matter of minutes for the band
- English rock band The Troggs popularized the song releasing it in April of 1966
- It was a surprise hit in the US peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Love For Sale (Hurst, Fenwick)
- Move On (Hurst, Fenwick)
- I Don’t Need Your Love (Hurst, Fenwick)
- One Night (Dave Bartholomew & Pearl King)
- Songwriting team behind
- Released “One Night” in 1956 recorded by Smiley Lewis
- Dave Bartholomew wrote a lot of songs for Fats Domino
- Pearl King was his wife and has a ton of credits as a song writer
- Touch Me (Hurst, Fenwick)
- Released as a single in the US and was in the top 20 within a month.
- U.S. Surprise (Hurst, Fenwick)
- Between The Devil And Me (Hurst, Fenwick)
- I’m A Woman (Jerry Lieber & Mike Stoller)
- Feel Good (Hurst, Fenwick)
- Has been sampled over 100 times including by the Beastie Boys on the song “3-Minute Rule” off of their album “Paul’s Boutique” and “Unite” on “Hello Nasty.” Also on “Fuck Tha Police” by N.W.A.
- “Scooby Snacks” by “Fun Lovin’ Criminals”
- Complete List Here: https://www.whosampled.com/Fancy/Feel-Good/sampled/
Reception and Review
- The album was released in February of 1974. It was top 20 in the US but did not do well in the UK.
- An Australian singer released “Touch Me” in Australia and it went to number 1 in the charts.
- Hurst says Atlantic didn’t want to put any marketing behind them so they pulled out of the deal and signed with Bell/Arista and Tony Roberts.
- They booked an American tour in the summer of 1974.
- They toured with a numbe of bands including Steppenwolf, Guess Who, and Kiss.
For Further Information:
- Fancy: The Complete Recordings booklet notes by Michael Hurst and Mo Foster
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