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Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company

Jack Blandiver 07 May 08 - 07:45 PM
Brian Peters 08 May 08 - 05:57 AM
Jack Blandiver 08 May 08 - 06:57 AM
Jack Blandiver 08 May 08 - 07:09 AM
GUEST 10 May 08 - 11:07 AM
Jack Blandiver 13 May 08 - 04:43 AM
GUEST,midnight turkey 13 May 08 - 10:11 AM
GUEST,chris c 13 May 08 - 05:09 PM
GUEST,Steve Guest 13 May 08 - 05:20 PM
Jack Blandiver 13 May 08 - 05:20 PM
GUEST,John 13 May 08 - 05:44 PM
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Mick Woods 14 May 08 - 03:49 AM
Jack Blandiver 14 May 08 - 04:16 AM
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GUEST,Witchseason 15 May 08 - 03:00 PM
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Subject: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 07 May 08 - 07:45 PM

A date for your diary: Tuesday, 13th May, BBC4, 9.00pm - What Happened Next?: Global Village Trucking Co. Series which finds out what happened to people featured in past BBC documentaries.

In 1973 the BBC made a film about Global Village Trucking Co., a rock group living in a Norfolk commune, with the aim be successful without a record label. This programme revisits the original film and finds out what has become of the groups members, and join the band as they reunite for their first gig in 30 years.

Anyone remember the Globs? I do - & with great affection - their side on Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls is the stuff of legend, and I even saw them once, supporting Gong in 1975. Now, they're back; and there's even a Myspace page:

http://www.myspace.com/globalvillagetruckingcompany2008


Check it out.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 May 08 - 05:57 AM

Wow, that rang my bell, Sedayne. They seemed to be on at every free gig in the Oxford area, mid-70s (I saw them support Gong, too). I still play their LP and that wonderful 'Greasy Truckers' set. A band with true soul.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 08 May 08 - 06:57 AM

They're on at Glastonbury this year; and from the video clip on the myspace site (Look Into Me!) they sound as good as ever, especially the great Jon Owen - one of the finest English soul-singers and completely uncredited!

Hadn't given them a second thought for years then I followed John McKensie's link from Man's myspace site and there they were, but try as I might, I can't track down my copies of GTLAD or the GVTC album - I did turn up Don Cherry's Homeboy in the search though, likewise Felix Doran's The Last of the Travelling Pipers...

Roll on Tuesday!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 08 May 08 - 07:09 AM

Here's a link to the Look Into me video from November 2007

Look Into Me

This is pretty special I'd say...


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST
Date: 10 May 08 - 11:07 AM

I'm with you on this - there's suddenly more globs related web activity thane ever before. This is indeed modern folklore.... Saw the Loaded Dog gig earlier this year and it was wonderful! Roll on Glaston (I get to work with the Croissant Neuf tent where they will perform)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 13 May 08 - 04:43 AM

Tonight!

Tuesday, 13th May, BBC4, 9.00pm - What Happened Next?: Global Village Trucking Co.

Preview from London Night In:

There's something not right about old hippies isn't there? Like old pigeons, they're one of life's mysteries: where DO they go to die?

Tonight's doc does a good job of answering this by following up a previous 1973 BBC effort on hippie band Global Village Trucking Co.

They lived together on a Norfolk commune, made their own music and bread; roamed hairy, free and ­naked; rebelled against "the man"; and generally did it all their own way with minimal use of deodorant.

Now, there are two main pleasures to come from this. The first is the childish glory of revisiting a documentary from 1973, as it feels JUST like a wildlife documentary.

Even the sonorous voiceover is now solely reserved for the bit where the lion kills a gazelle. But best is the contrast between the people then and now.

Some – such as former manager Jeremy, now CEO of Chrysalis Music – are the definition of "selling out", looking back on it as youthful folly.

But most look back with fondness. Some – such as driver George, now a trucker – for understandable reasons.But for others, it's the simple sad knowledge that they'll never feel so alive again, despite what most now see as hackneyed hippie guff.

Interestingly, most haven't "sold out". I just don't understand what they are selling.

Lead singer Jon Owen makes "musical documentaries" (why? how? who for?).

Guitarist Mike uses a 1980s Acorn computer to create holograms for pretty-yet-unknown reasons, while prize for Most Perplexing Job goes to roadie "Kanga", who lives at a school for "intensive esoteric education", where they study reality itself, which must ­require a lot of notes.

Still, at least we now know what happens to old hippies –they do jobs that no one understands.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,midnight turkey
Date: 13 May 08 - 10:11 AM

So what's to sell?

Isn't doing more important -or would that not fit with this reviewer's elusively witty play on words.

Incidently if he read learned scientific journals instead of watching telly for a living or indeed visited the New York Museum of Holography he would discover Mr Medora at the cutting edge; but then that might be a little sharp for him.

still it is fascinating that so there is so much media interest..

I don't understand today's Guardian at all..
could someone have a go at explaining it?

Time is a great teacher albeit one that kills its pupils

are we not still smiling and revolting?

rock on


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,chris c
Date: 13 May 08 - 05:09 PM

well just watched the show - most wonderful, filled a few gaps and made an aging hippy very happy!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,Steve Guest
Date: 13 May 08 - 05:20 PM

How can I find out more about Jon Owen's musical documentaries- I found the short extract on the film absolutely charming.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 13 May 08 - 05:20 PM

Brought back a lot of happy memories & so good to hear Jon Owen can still sing like an angel. I was fourteen when I saw the Globs - Tuesday 22nd April 1975, Newcastle City Hall, supporting a recently Daevid-less Gong! As you say MT - still smiling & still revolting!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,John
Date: 13 May 08 - 05:44 PM


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,John
Date: 13 May 08 - 06:06 PM

OK I'm a bit young to see this lot first time around, they sound good, and they didn't sign up to a record company. But a search on the net found one album "Global Village Trucking Co" but can I find anywhere to download it, no. itunes has never heard of them. So any suggestions if I want to listen to more of their music? Cheers John


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Mick Woods
Date: 14 May 08 - 03:49 AM

Yes they were a great band I saw them a few times back in the early 70s - wasn't one of them 20th in line to the throne or something or was that just an urbam myth?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 14 May 08 - 04:16 AM

There's a copy of the Global Village Trucking Company album going on ebay right now - listen to tracks on their myspace site:

http://www.myspace.com/globalvillagetruckingcompany2008

Good though this is, the tracks released on Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls have the edge (to my mind), if only for the majestic Look Into Me. Whilst this doesn't appear to be available on CD, its forerunner Greasy Truckers Party (featuring legendary sets from Man, Hawkwind & Brinsley Swarz) has just been reissued in a much expanded triple CD edition. Might they do the same for Dingwalls? One can only hope, although the Gong side was made up of severely edited extracts from the concerts which have now turned up on Live in Sheffield & Live in Bataclan, and the Henry Cow side has been grafted on to the CD release of Concerts, and I believe Camel's God of Light is available elsewhere too.

The real treasure though, would be the sessions they recorded for John Peel which I've never heard, and can't find any mention of on-line.

Hopefully all will be revealed, but right now, I'm without any Globs music, saving that on Myspace - and I just love the November 2007 video of Look Into Me - so if anyone's put their Globs vinyl (and Peel Sessions?) onto CDR and would like to share it I'd be one very happy little bunny indeed!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 14 May 08 - 04:50 AM

Since I last looked at the Myspace site, they've included You're A Floozy Madame Karma (But I Love Your Low-Down Ways) from the Greasy Truckers side. Just listened to it for the first time in 25-years and it's as good as ever it was. Jon Owen, one of the finest voices in the history of English Popular (?) Music!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST
Date: 15 May 08 - 03:31 AM

I downloaded both the album and the greasy truckers side from a site called "Good Job I Kept my Turntable"
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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 15 May 08 - 04:57 AM

Thanks for that, Guest - some nice stuff from Jon & Kanga up there too...


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,Witchseason
Date: 15 May 08 - 03:00 PM

Hi guys

I'm the owner of the 'good job...' blog & I'm right now re-ripping the album and the Greasy Truckers tracks. Will repost, with original artwork, in a day or two at a higher bitrate than before.

http://www.witchseason.blogspot.com


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,Kjell in Norway
Date: 15 May 08 - 11:46 PM

I used to own both albums in the seventies and have been searching ever since for a cd re-release. I also contacted James Lascelles (keys & piano) long before the reunion was intended, but to no avail.
Now, living in Norway it's out of the question getting signals from British 4 but are there any of you how might have a copy of the programme on video or (even better) dvd??

Please get in touch with me if you can help......

cheers & best,
Kjell
sandersen@online.no


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 08 - 12:25 AM

Get the download here

http://witchseason.blogspot.com/2006/06/smiling-revolution.html
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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 08 - 12:29 AM

Read about Oxford's Free Festival they were heavily involved in setting up.


http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/mayflyfestival.html
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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,david
Date: 11 Apr 09 - 05:57 AM

wow takes me back to places i had forgotten and times i had left behind. festivals in norfolk and around east anglia hanging out at the farm and just living the life. thought i would never hear this stuff again or see the band that i lived with for almost a year back in 197?. thank you whoever posted this stuff. shame i missed the doco as i now live at the end of the world in sunny new zealand


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 12:28 PM

james and jeremy are indeed posh and lived at Orme Square with their adopted dad jeremy thorpe liberal mp who was trying to look married to their mum. they inherit harewood house and all that


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Global Village Trucking Company
From: GUEST,Mike Kelly
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 03:58 PM

Amazed to find so much stuff on the Globs
I lived with them for a bit in Norfolk in 1972/3
Towed an old caravan for Kanga as his lady was pregnant and Beehive Cottage was so crowded from Cressida`s place with my old 1938 Austin
We stencilled everything with the logo "Global Village Trucking Co" you can just make it out on one of the doors even now 40 years later....
Nice to hear they got back together
Used to play at Ronnie Scotts embarrassing moment when scraped down side of new Merc in Frith Street I was supposed to be guiding Kanga reversing down Frith Street obviously didn`t make a good job of it
Oh and forgot to tie down the Leslie in Juji (the bus) that cost a few bob to fix


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