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THE BITTER THOUGHTS OF LITTLE JANE (1968)
THE BITTER THOUGHTS OF LITTLE JANE was released by PYE in January 1968. The single features future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass, and was arranged and produced by one-time Canadian pop singer Jerry Martin. “Rambling Boy” makes up the B-side.
A review of the single by Stealth Munchkin follows: “The Bitter Thoughts of Little Jane by Timon is the most fascinating track on the set (Nuggets II) by a long way. A Liverpool busker and later associate of the Clash, Timon’s vocal is so mannered that when I first heard this, I assumed it was one of the European bands with a non- native English speaker on vocals. However the track itself is quite astonishing. Musically beautiful, it’s in the pop-psych style of Curt Boettcher//Gary Usher projects like The Millennium and Sagittarius – gorgeous orchestral psych-pop. The lyrics however are something altogether darker. The song is about ‘the bitter thoughts of little Jane’ which ‘are locked away and left unspoken’, and portrays a typical nursery school scene of children playing games, ‘but little Jane she has no toys’. The chorus is simply ‘she’ll find a way/She’ll find a head to pound on’ – little Jane, the sweet quiet child in the corner, is dreaming of killing the other children. This song is almost like a collaboration between Chris Morris and Brian Wilson, and is worth the price of the box set on its own.”
Both the single and B-side are currently available on The Irrepressible Tymon Dogg: A Collection 1968 to Date (2010), with the single also available on
the following Various Artists compilations: Real Life Permanent Dreams (2007, Castle Music Ltd) (inc. “Rambling Boy”), New Rubbles Vol. 7 (2007, Present Records (Radioactive)), Nuggets II (2001, Rhino / Wea), and Ripples Vol. 1 (2004, Sequel Records), and Paisley Pop (1994, Castle Music Ltd.).
AND NOW SHE SAYS SHE’S YOUNG (1970/1971)
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AND NOW SHE SAYS SHE IS YOUNG is the second single by Tymon Dogg, this time for The Moody Blues’ Threshold label, was again released under the early moniker of ‘Timon’. The single was first released in March 1970, and then
later reissued in July 1971. Justin Hayward serves as producer and also provides guitar and backing vocals. “Travelling Man” makes up the B-side.
Both the single and B-side
are currently available on
The Irrepressible Tymon
Dogg: A Collection 1968 to
Date (2010), with the single
also available on the following Various Artists compilations: Lovers From The Sky (2010, Cherry Red Records), A Glass Menagerie (2007, RPM Records), Fading Yellow: Volume 9 (2007, Flower Machine Records), and Spinning Wheel: Volume 3 (2004, Sheroo).
LOSE THIS SKIN (1981)
Records released LOSE THIS
SKIN as a single in 1981,
backed with ballad
“Indestructible”. This recording
is the same version recorded
with The Clash in April 1980 for
the band’s 3rd album,
“Indestructible” was covered
by singer Ellen Foley that very
same year for her Spirit of St.
Louis LP (which was later later
featured on her The Very Best
of Ellen Foley), and it has been
noted before, on more than one occasion, that singer Bette Middler and songwriter Owen Paul were possibly influenced by this song to write their own somewhat similar sounding (though admittedly different original enough) “Favourite Waste Of Time” (1983) – the fact that Tymon also earlier wrote and recorded a song called “Beautiful Waste of Time” (which Ellen Foley also covered on Spirit of St. Louis), is surely more than a mere coincidence.
Lose This Skin was later covered by Christopher Van Epps, Jim Allen, and Stubborn All-Stars. See RELATED PROJECTS page for Mp3 samples.
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Notes: 1) A live performance of “Skin” taken from July 2008’s Woody Bash Festival at the Hasenschaukel club in Germany appears on the 2009 21-track CD compilation by Devil Duck Records (Germany) (DDuck030 / Indigo); 2) “Skin” song was chosen as the title for Episode 10 from Series One of the Canadian television program “Instant Star”. Two other episodes in the series were named after Clash songs: “Train In Vain” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”, and 3) “Skin” is apparently used in a workprint version of Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (2002) during an early death scene.
MOTH INTO THE FLAME (1987)
Tymon and musician/artist
Helen Cherry formed the duo
Frugivores in the late 80’s and
released only the one album,
NEW AGE SONGS, and sole
single, MOTH INTO THE
FLAME (both released in
1987 on the CODA label).
Tymon plays violin on both
single and b-side, while Helen
Cherry provides the dark
Marianne Faithful-type vocals
for both single and b-side,
“Scales”. An earlier version
of “Moth Into The Flame”
appears on Tymon’s
unreleased HOLLOWED OUT album from 1983/1985.
GUANTANAMO is Tymon
Dogg’s first solo release since
his RELENTLESS LP from
1989. For some reason this
three-track EP is titled as being
by The Quikening when in
actual fact it is only Tymon and
drummer Liam Genockey who
appear on this release. The
Quikening are actually Tymon’s
backing band when performing
live on stage, they have nothing
to do with this release. Musically
all three tracks contain
everything Tymon is capable of
as an experienced musician and
vocalist. The strength of these three songs lay in the uncomplicated world/folk/eastern/Asian/rock music sound that never sounds forced or tries to overreach. Two songs make up the b-side, they are: a sad, beautiful ballad titled, “Cold Wind Blows”, and the rousing and chanty, “Oil”. The title song,
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“Guantamano”, was recorded in two takes, with both cuts being used together in the final mix. Tymon himself performs all vocals, Spanish guitar, violin, viola, piano, and the oud, while Liam Genockey provides the drums. It is the welcome return of a much-underrated talent who by the quality of these three new songs sounds to be at the top of his game. All songs are written and produced by Tymon Dogg. Art design by Susan de Muth and Tymon Dogg. MAPMUSIC officially released Guantanamo on CD and vinyl in March 2007. Visit http://www.mapmusic.net/ to order a copy. *All three songs are currently collected on the 2010 Tymon Dogg ‘song collection’, The Irrepressible Tymon Dogg: A Collection 1968 to Date.
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