PINKS NOT DEAD!

Ladbroke Grove counter-culture commandos PINK FAIRIES are to have their three classic albums for Polydor reissued in a new box set.

Scheduled for release through Retroworld on 24 May, the aptly-titled The Polydor Years brings together the three albums the infamous band released between 1971 and 1973 – Never Never Land, What A Bunch Of Sweeties and Kings Of Oblivion.

Each of the albums is augmented by extra tracks.

Formed out of the ashes of writer, activist and scenester Mick Farren’s Deviants and featuring former Pretty Things and Tomorrow drummer Twink, the band evolved as free-wheeling festival favourites, very much along the lines of what Detroit’s MC5 were doing over the pond.

Never Never Land combined proto-punk anthems like ‘Do It’ and ‘Teenage Rebel’ with the 11-minute freeform jam of ‘Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout’ and souldful West Coast rock of ‘War Girl’.

Once Twink had departed, remaining members Paul Rudolf, Duncan Sanderson and Russell Hunter delivered the heavy-grooving What A Bunch Of Sweeties.

For Kings Of Oblivion, Sanderson and Hunter quickly recruited former UFO guitarist Larry Wallis on their most cohesive set. Wallis would later take amhetamine-fuelled album-opener ‘City Kids’ with him when he co-founded the fledgling Motörhead.

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