Sunday 14 February 2010

14-Hour Technicolour Dream

"Reality is getting you down. Just can't seem to get your feet off the ground. Could it be you're caught up in the gravity's strong pull? Is it society making you out to be a fool?" If so, then The Syn suggests the 14-Hour Technicolour Dream is the answer to all your troubles. You can be free there. You can be a freak there. Well, you could be on 29 April 1967 if you were at the Alexandra Palace in north London for the UK's first multi-media, multi-artist counter-culture happening. The Palace itself had been opened just over 100 years earlier. The Syn's song was appropriate in a way as they were from that part of north London. To be more precise they were from Kingsbury, and indeed had a song named after Mallard Way there. The song 14-Hour Technicolour Dream is actually more mod noise than you might anticipate, and is therefore a real gem as is their Grounded. If the actual event sounds like your idea of purgatory then you might enjoy this footage of east London mischief makers The Flies (of Stepping Stone fame) playing there and in particular the scenes at the end ...

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