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Snips - 1978 Video King

ALBUM: Video King
LABEL: Jet Records
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Steve Parsons - lead vocals * Mick Dyche - lead guitar * John Bentley - guitar * Jackie Badger - bass * Graham Deakin - drums

Additional Musicians: Steve Lillywhite, Keith Hale, Zoot Money - keyboards * Rudy - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Is Blind * 02 Film Club * 03 Walking * 04 Under Suspicion * 05 Eat It Up * 06 Waiting For Tonight * 07 Video Kings * 08 Dracula * 09 Stravinsky's Shoes * 10 Babaloomah * 11 Animal Century

Some of you may remember Sharks, the British hard rock band who released two high quality albums in 1973; 'First Water' and 'Jab It Yore Eye' which featured a classic, slightly creepy Hipgnosis cover. A talented outfit, the line-up originally included Free bassist Andy Fraser, journeyman guitarist Chris Speeding and former Baker Gurvitz Army voice Steve Parsons. Sadly, critical accolades were not enough and after a high profile tour with Roxy Music, Sharks were extinct, but Parson's a.k.a Snips resurfaced a few years later with his own band and this, his first LP released on big shot Don Arden's Jet Records.

The Songs
Pressed on blue vinyl, 'Video King' was buried on a label whose primary focus was all things ELO, but it's a good effort and very different from Parson's previous work. A mish-mash of late 70's pop and new wave; Be Bop Deluxe circa 'Drastic Plastic' can be heard as well as snatches of glam popsters Grame Grace and Sparks, especially in Parsons operatic vocals that bare striking similarity to Russell Mael. Songs like the wonderfully geeky 'Film Club' and the avant freak-out 'Stravinsky's Shoes' are stand-outs, but it's the freewheeling guitar work of future Sniff 'n' the Tears Mick Dyche matched with producer Steve Lillywhite's ear for cutting edge left-field pop that makes 'Video King' the minor classic it is today.

In Summary
I don't know why this entertaining record slipped under my radar for so long but better late than never and bonus - a non-LP single 'Waiting for Tonight'/'Smash Your T.V.' was released during the same period as well as a second Snips album 'La Rocca!' which saw the light of day in 1981. Needless to say the hunt is on for both artifacts post haste!

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