Thursday, 10 October 2013

Bo' Flyers - So Young And In Love (1975)

I was flicking through a pile of 7" singles stamped "Ricky's Mobile Disco" on Leicester Market a few weeks ago when I found this single by a bunch of Bay City Rollers wannabes known as Bo' Flyers called "Do The Buster" on PYE Records. If you like bands like Kenny and Geordie then you'll most likely enjoy it, but it's not really my cuppa tea. It was the mention of Honeybus's Ray Cane as producer on the label which caught my eye and was the deal clincher, making me part with my £2. The flip side, "So Young And In Love", is  written by Cane also and is actually a re-write of "Fresher Than The Sweetness In Water" from the Honeybus's "Story" LP, one of my all time favourite records, from 1970.

It sounds to me as though Cane used the backing track from the Honeybus version, just replacing the vocals and adding some new lyrics and a real thin sounding guitar solo. It would be unfair to compare it to the original, which lets face it, is a stone cold classic, but it is pretty good and an unexpected find.

"Do The Buster" turned out to be a minor hit in the UK in 1975 and earned the band a coveted spot on Top Of The Pops. A follow up single was released the following year. "If Saturday Night Could Only Last Forever" was backed with another Cane composition, "17 Teenage Dream", both of which can be found on YouTube and are decent enough powerpop tunes with the emphasis being on the pop. According to 45cat, there is another single from 1975 called "Wishing You Well" b/w "Big Ship" again with Cane as producer and taking songwriting credit for the b-side. I'll definitely be looking out for a copy of both of these.

Lyrics
Bo' Flyers - So Young And In Love
(Ray Cane)

How could I know that everything would all come true
Being here alone with you
So young and in love

Soon it was clear nobody could take your place
when I saw your pretty face
So young and in love

Let me take you there
Let me sing my song
Let me take you there
Now that you're home where you belong, oooohh

Just as a light will help to shine the way ahead
I knew it all in what you said
So young and in love

Let me take you there
Let me sing my song
Let me take you there
Now that you're home where you belong, oooohh

Just as a light will help to shine the way ahead
I knew it all in what you said
So young and in love
Knew it all in what you said
We're young and in love

Won't you let me take you there
Won't you let me take you there
Won't you let me take you there





And for those who do not know it, here's Honeybus with the original...

Lyrics
Honeybus - Fresher Than The Sweetness In Water
(Ray Cane)

How could I know that everything would be so clear
As when I saw you standing here
Fresher than the sweetness in water

And just as a light will help to show the way ahead
I heard it all in what you said
You're fresher than the sweetness in water

Let me take you there
Let me sing my song
Now that you know you're where you belong, oooohh

What could I do? The thought was in your naughty head
I could have turned away instead
But what you got is sweeter than water

Let me take you there
Let me sing my song
Cause now I know you're where you belong, oooooh

What could I do? The thought was in your naughty head
I knew it all in what you said
That what you got is sweeter than water
I could have turned away instead
You're fresher than the sweetness in water

Won't you let me take you there
Won't you let me take you there
Won't you let me take you there


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