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Thread #76123   Message #1351816
Posted By: GUEST
09-Dec-04 - 06:10 AM
Thread Name: Steeleye Span Your Favorite Period
Subject: RE: Steeleyspan Your Favorite Period
Red Max (3.12.2004) said: "It's pretty hard to fault anything up until Mike Batt entered the scene, but there are a couple of tracks on Now we are six that are a little twee"

I presume this refers to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"!

I remember at about that time reading a review of an album by SS in which the reviewer stated that at one point on an album track, the Band played a riff which sounded like "Remember You're a Womble". This was probably not surprising as Mike Batt (who had recently become involved with Steeleye Span - I can't remember whether as a player or a producer/manager) was then best known as the Creator of the Wombles.

For anyone outside the UK (or if born in the UK but younger than about 30) the Wombles ("of Wimbledon Common") was a children's TV program; I suppose one could call them animated puppets, which to me looked a bit like teddy bears with pointed noses. I never really watched them so can't remember much about them.

Anyway my favourite SS album was "Below the Salt".

Maddy Prior seems possibly to have stayed with SS for longer than anyone else. I understand she is the daughter of James Prior, a Conservative MP, who was once the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who was nicknamed "Farmer Jim", I think; he had the sort of chubby red face one tends to associate with farmers in the old days (I think he did genuinely have some farming connections).