Press Release 3
THE PALE FOUNTAINS "(There's) Always Something On My Mind" / "Just A Girl"
A sIngle release on Operation Twilight: 9 / 7 / 82 OPT 009
THE PALE FOUNTAINS were once accused of being a cabaret band. The reply was gratitude for the compliment. "A cabaret band play cover versions af standards -- we play our own songs." The implication that the band are creating standards of their own may be grandiose, but their single on OPERATION TWILIGHT, a double A-side comprising "(There's Always) SOMETHING ON MY MIND" and "JUST A GIRL", leads one to the conclusion that the assertion may not be too wide of the mark.
With regard to their background, the band steer clear of blatant disassociations with the 'Liverpool Scene', but one has to admit their influences come from an earlier era altogether. Their lead singer-songwriter, Mike Head, has been described as a "one-man Lennon-McCartney". More hyperbole, perhaps, but we hope the comparison holds water in your ears (if you tend to go swimming a lot).
Future plans for The Pale Fountains are a contributory track to Crepuscule's upcoming movie soundtrack compilation (a cover version of "We Have All The Time In The World" from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"), a 12" single on the same label, and most importantly, there are four live concerts in London in July and August. We shall keep you informed.
Until then, you'll just have to make do with...
OPT 009 The Pale Fountains
"(There's) Always Something On My Mind" / "Just A Girl"
...like the rest of us.
New Musical Express July 17th1982
THE PALE FOUNTAINS "Something On My Mind" (Operation Twilight)
For my subject today, dearly beloved, I would like to take "The Song" and the return of veneration for same. Costello and Fry, of course, are heading a drive to re-establish a craftsman's tact when it comes to lyrics, while Vic Goddard and Carmel do much to popularise pre-rock 'n' roll-style "proper singing" (with varying skill). Even Captain Sensible turns to Rodgers and Hammerstein for a hit. Thus are clever words and good tunes once more honoured -- a trend which, personally, I've always been into (did I say that once already?)
The Pale Fountains (one of Liverpool's most favoured bands just now, along with Send No Flowers) wear cheerfully gormless boy scout clothes and write careful homages to to Bacharach / David, incorporating those subtle trumpets and all. This is pretty stuff, though not as classical as the PFs might hope, and the production is more primitive than their sort of material can really afford. But the promise is certainly there. (Ironical note: The Pale Fountains are keen not to be tagged "a Liverpool Group" -- aren't they all? -- yet they've concocted the most archetypal "Liverpool group" name imaginable.) (Paul Du Noyer).
Masterbag July 8th-July 21st 1982
Masterbag July 8th-July 21st 1982
THE PALE FOUNTAINS
Keith Alcorn hikes into new country with a Liverpool five-a-side team who have just recorded a single with a difference.
Let me introduce The Pale Fountains. At the microphone is guitarist Mike, he of the heavenly voice and winning smile. On bass is Chris, who claims to be an ace footballer (but more of that anon). The drummer is Tom -- "he's at university -- he's a porter!" Tapping the congas is Nathan, who is also using his experience with The Royal Family And The Poor (who released a single last year on Factory) and with the convivial and stimulating Plato's Ballroom Club (which he organised in Liverpool last summer) to help set The Pale fountains on the right path -- to the pop hearts of the nation!
The first step has already been achieved with the release of their first single "Just A Girl" / "Something On My Mind" on Operation Twilight. It's a melodic and fresh burst of joypus pop music that demands you sing along. As you might guess, after hearing the record, The Pale Fountains are great admirers of '60s instrumental arrangers Burt Bacharach and Sergio Mendes (whose influence Nathan introduced to the band), and also the '60s West Coast band Love. "It's the subtle touches, the little things that just seem to be thrown in, that we like so much. That's what makes them so special," explains Mike.
Are The Pale Fountains another example of Liverpool "pop sensibility"? No. They are not over-anxious to be labelled as a 'Liverpool' band. "Too many bands rely on the fact that they come from Liverpool to help them make it", claim Mike and Chris. "Anyway, we don't sound like any of the 100 -- no, 2,000 -- other local bands! When Peely came to Liverpool, we decided not to go down and see him, unlike every other band in town. Even so, lots of people went and said good things about this band The Pale Fountains, so he's interested in us anyway!"
How do they react to the accusation that their friendly, happy music is a bit safe, a bit twee, or even cabaret?
"If being a cabaret band means just giving people a good time, then that's alright," says Mike. "We played a party the other week, and it was really great to see everybody get up and dance, all having a good time. That's what we want to do for people. But the most important thing for us is playing songs that we enjoy doing together. That, and knowing that whatever we play is absolutley classic."
Playing together is certainly important to The Pale Fountains. As well as being a friendly pop group, they are also a "brilliant five-a-side team", playing in a league organised by "Breakout" magazine. Footballing bassie Chris tells me, "we want to play Dead Or Alive! And one day maybe Fun Boy Three; we're doing some photos with us in old footy clothes -- long shorts and stripey shirts -- soon!"
Another photo-session is planned soon to tie in with their other interest, hiking and camping in the countryside. "It's a really good healthy way of getting out of Liverpool for a day or even a weekend", says Nathan, who introduced the gang to outdoor life in the first place. Besides being the organiser, he is also the navigator to gigs far and wide, taking along Ordnance Survey maps to smooth the path in a different way. Their occasional stage costume of baggy shorts (they were unkindly dubbed "ACR short-alikes" by the NME); Baden Powell hats (Nathan has a picture of the founder of the Scout Movement on his congas) and sandals is now explained.
"We'd like to do a tour of country towns sometime" says Mike, neatly turning the unhealthy 'life on the road' syndrome upside down. Just imagine the stir in Windermere or Thirsk when The Pale Fountains arrive in town to lay their set in the Church hall...
"At the moment we only play one cover version per set; at our London Barracuda gig we did "Walk On By", when we supported Dislocation Dance. Andy Diagram came up and played trumpet for us, and he plays on our single too."
This summer, however, The Pale Fountains plan to record an LP of Sergio Mendes, Love and Bacharach covers for Crepuscule. Mike wants it to be "just all our favourite songs; one that you can put on when you don't like all your other records!" This isn't to say that they have no material of their own: Chris and Mike have given up their jobs to concentrate on the band, and usually manage to produce an almost completely new set each time they play. "But then," jokes Mike, "we don't play that often."
The important thing to remember about The Pale Fountains are: that every song's a classic, that they'll take you on anytime for a game of five-a-side, and they'll make you smile.
Press Release 2
THE PALE FOUNTAINS
"(There's) Always Something On My Mind"
"Just A Girl"
The Pale Fountains are a group originating from Liverpool who have been together for a year and a half. Their inspiration is Bacharach and Mendes, the sound is pop. The Pale Fountains hardly consider themselves part of the Liverpool scene, but the influences are there.
They have played just two dates in London, supporting Weekend and Dislocation Dance respectively, and a number of concerts in their home town. You may feel inspired to catch them at the Operation Twilight concert in early July at The Venue. We think you will be rewarded with something fresh and exciting.
The Pale Fountains debut on record comes to you courtesy of Operation Twilight. Recorded at Pluto studios, Manchester, there are two self-produced and arranged songs, "Something On My Mind" (recommended as adult listening), and "Just A Girl" (the U-side).
Press Release 1
THE PALE FOUNTAINS
"Just A Girl"
The Pale Fountains find themselves subject to many citations of influences. They would like to point out that they produce the music and write the songs; you can make the comparisons. "Just A Girl" is their first offering on Operation Twilight and is brought to you on 7" and 12" (OPT 009 and OPT 009T respectively).
Their next commitment for your aural entertainment comes in the form of two contributions to the approaching Crepuscule movie compilation LP, consisting of their soundtracks (real and imaginary) to Bond movies.
A number of opportunities will arise for you to see them perform in the next few weeks; check your informants for details.
Leave no stone unturned....
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