Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive. Rupert’s People was a band name that existed before the band itself did: the trail began when Sweet Feeling guitarist Rod Lynton wrote an elegant, Bach-derived descending melody to replace the unfocused progression of that band’s 1967 B-side Charles Brown. With its reverse-reverb vocal and backwards cymbals, the original track sounded like it was mixed in a Kenwood Chef – but the sleek new model was offered to Fleur De Lys, who duly recorded it and released it under the name of Rupert’s People, but baulked at the offer of actually becoming the band in question. And thus, with additional personnel, did Sweet Feeling become Rupert’s People. (Cruelly, Procol Harum’s similarly Bach-derived Whiter Shade Of Pale happened along in the interim. Game over.)
None of this need concern fans of moddy flower pop who harbour a healthy disregard for the fine print. The Lynton/ Gordon Haskell co-write Hold On is one of the most storming 60s club killers of its ilk, with a Hammond part that could melt time. Herein, you’ll also find mushily phased pop-psych gold dust (I Can Show You) plus some attractively Badfingeresque ballast from offshoot bands Matchbox and Swampfox.