Fancy

Fancy

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FEATURE 

TRACK LISTING
WILD THING - Wild Thing - Love For Sale - Move On - I Don't Need Your Love - One Night - Touch Me -
US Surprise - Between the Devil And Me - I'm A Woman - Feel Good

TURNS YOU ON - Fancy - She's Riding The Rock Machine - I Was Made To Love Him - You've Been In Love Too Long - Something To Remember - Everybody's Cryin' Mercy - The Tour Song - Stop - Music Maker - Bluebird

Fancy were something of a seventies phenomenon. The band were a bunch of session musicians, who seizing the main chance had a surprise US hit single in 1974 with a version of the classic "Wild Thing". Originally fronted by Penthouse Pet Helen Caunt (who according to producer Mike Hurst breathed rather than sang the words) the band featured seasoned sessioners Ray Fenwick and Mo Foster.

After their initial American success, Fancy went back into the studio to cut a follow-up single with new vocalist Annie Kavanagh and drummer Les Binks. The result, "Touch Me" also went Top 20 in the States and the band subsequently toured there to great acclaim.

However, there was something of a dichotomy, for Fancy live were substantialy different to Fancy the band on the singles. In concert, they were a powerful, funky rock band. A second album was recorded quickly at the start of 1975 and released in time for a major UK tour supporting 10CC when Fancy's straight-ahead playing contrasted with 10CC's more intricate excesses.

The second album, (titled "Turns You On" in the USA but for the UK - perhaps somewhat ominously - "Something To Remember") was unsuccessful and failed to capitalise on the earlier singles success.

Included on this Angel Air release are the two complete Fancy albums, together with three bonus tracks "Fancy", "Bluebird" and "Music Maker". The sleeve notes are written by producer Mike Hurst and include rare photos from Ray Fenwick's and Mo Foster's archive.

Les Binks subsequenly joined Judas Priest, whilst Ray Fenwick continued as an in-demand session player alongside a parallel career in the Ian Gillan Band and his project Forcefield. Mo Foster who has written a history of British guitar, returned to sessions with artists such as Jeff Beck and Cliff Richard.