Adam, Mike & Tim - Little Pictures (Decca F12221. 1965)
Thanks to Paul Martin
Here’s an interesting little 45 from a band who have been somewhat neglected over the years.
The band were from
The band’s debut failed to dent the charts and a follow up “That's How I Feel/It's All Too True” also had little success. The band’s final 45 for Decca would be “Little Pictures/ Summer's Here Again”, which was a great piece of Byrdsian folk-pop with some rather lysergic lyrics;
I’m seeing little pictures of orange, red and gold
I’m hearing all the crazy sounds of bells.
I’m hearing some wind with a voice, just like a little bird
I’m seeing a joker man that no-one tells.
I’m walking on a road that’s made of sunlight beams
I’m swimming through a sea with frozen waves
I’m counting on the rain to wash the ragged scenes
of a joker man that nobody saves
I’m picking up a fruit of a fast dying tree
I’m treading on the stems of little flowers.
The clouds weep some tears in a big hungry sea
The joker man just winks his eye and smiles
Perhaps not out of the ordinary for West Coast USA, this groovy 45 would have been very out of place what was happening in England at the time of it’s release (August 1965) and while not overtly psychedelic musically, lyrically it could certainly class as one of the first ‘psychedelic’ singles to appear in the UK in the 60s (Miller’s ‘Baby I Got News For You’ would not appear from another two months).
Unfortunately the 45 also bombed and the band moved to
Bizarrely “Little Pictures” would get a further outing on some Small Faces re-issues were it was credited to that band as “What a Matter Baby”. Despite having little commercial success in the
Mike Sedgwick would be the only band member to return to music, launching a solo career in 1968.