Classic Singles #83: Turnstyle – Riding a Wave / Trot (1968)

Turnstyle_labelTurnstyle were a short-lived UK outfit from London who released one ultra-rare single on the Pye label in November 1968.

A-side ‘Riding a Wave’ is probably not going to appeal to hardcore 60s garage heads but give it a chance as it is scintillating psychedelic pop with a fine melody, very effective orchestration, and some biting guitar work. It is not too hard to imagine that with a little bit of good fortune this could have been a hit.

Flip ‘Trot’ is more hard-edged – a brash freakbeat number that hooks you in with its opening bass riff, has a slightly bizarre chorus, and powerful, stinging lead guitar throughout.

 

‘Riding a Wave’

‘Trot’

Both side’s of the 45 were written by the group’s drummer Marc Ashton, who was later a founder member of the far more successful prog-rockers Rare Bird. The Turnstyle also included his brother in the line-up. The band supported The Nice and also had a short residency at the Star Club in Hamburg.

The single was produced and arranged by pirate DJ John Edward (who as Johnny Flux had been a member of The Mannish Boys along with a certain David Jones, later to be known as David Bowie). His entertainment agency also represented the band, along with other acts now held in high esteem by psych hounds such as Magic Mixture, Pandemonium, and Geranium Pond.

Reissues: A Glass Menagerie has both sides of the single. You can also find the a-side on Rubble Volume 10 and Psychedelic Pstones Volume 1, the flip on Voyage Through The Sugarcube.

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