04 giugno 2018

Quale primo atto da compiere nel suo rinnovato studiolo domestico Andy Partridge - o Angry Porridge, come a volte ama chiamarsi sui social - aveva in mente un omaggio ai propri anni d'infanzia. Eccolo qui, un extended play in vinile con versioni mono e stereo di Apples & Oranges (Pink Floyd) e Humanoid Boogie (The Bonzo Dog Band). Ne esistono soltanto 1396 esemplari, e li ha in custodia Burning Shed.

When it came to making initial recordings in his newly upgraded studio at the end of 2017/start of 2018, it was to favoured tunes of half a century ago to which Mr. Partridge returned, specifically: Syd Barrett’s Apples & Oranges (originally the A side of the third Pink Floyd single issued in November 1967) & Neil Innes’ Humanoid Boogie (originally the Side Two opener from The Doughnut In Granny’s Greenhouse, the second album by The Bonzo Dog Band released in November 1968). Andy was one of those few who bought & loved the Floyd single & its equally fab B side Paintbox – it was their first not to chart in the UK, while The Bonzos, having featured in Magical Mystery Tour, went on to a regular, much watched TV slot on Do Not Adjust Your Set which was broadcast in 1968/69, making the album a ‘must buy’ when it appeared.
Meanwhile in 2018, with the songs recorded & pleased with the result, the next question became how best to release them & a 4 track (both songs in Stereo & Mono, naturally) 10” vinyl EP format in a picture sleeve with neither song identified as an A side became the format of choice.