The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Singles Going Steady #6



The Great Scots - Don't Want Your Love b/w Give Me Lovin'
(Epic Records 5-9805; 1965)


Today's download is a piece of post-British Invasion ephemera from Canada, the Great Scots, who looked distinctive on TV shows like Shindig and Where the Action Is in their full highland regalia, worn as a symbol of pride in their home of Nova Scotia (a.k.a. New Scotland). In fact, only singer Rick McNeil has Scottish blood in him, but then again I doubt any of the Kinks ever went fox hunting in their red velvet jackets either.

Signed to Epic Records, the Great Scots joined other N.S. acts like the Halifax Three (with a young Denny Doherty) and the Central Nervous System on the Columbia Records subsidiary, and sharing bills with acts like Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Dave Clark Five before the career Culloden brought about by the drafting of bassist Dave Isner into the U.S. Army. There was a brief attempt to keep the band going under the new name of the Free For All, but eventually its members drifted back home to Nova Scotia, where they still all live and occasionally get together to play a few tunes and remember old times.

2 comments :

Steve_W said...

I believe those kilts use the Nova Scotia tartan. Nice look but the buckles and metal buttons would scratch the hell out of their guitars...

swac said...

Yep, Nova Scotia tartan, I used to have to wear a blazer made of that stuff (polyester, not wool) in a marching band. Ick.