Radio Mans fave with Thunderclap Newman


Something in the Air

Thunderclap Newman were an English rock band that Pete Townshend of the Who and Kit Lambert formed in 1969 in a bid to showcase the talents of John “Speedy” KeenJimmy McCulloch, and Andy “Thunderclap” Newman.

Their single, “Something in the Air“, a 1969 UK number one hit,[1] remains in demand for television commercialsfilm soundtracks and compilations. The band released a critically acclaimed rock album, Hollywood Dream,[2] and three other singles (which appeared on the album), “Accidents”, “The Reason” and “Wild Country”.

From 1969 until 1971, the nucleus of the band consisted of the songwriter John “Speedy” Keen (vocals, drums, guitar), Andy “Thunderclap” Newman (piano) and Jimmy McCulloch (guitar). Pete Townshend (using the alias “Bijou Drains”) played bass guitar on their album and singles, all of which he had recorded and produced at the IBC Studio and his Twickenham home studio.[1] The band augmented its personnel during its tours: in 1969 with James “Jim” Pitman-Avery (bass guitar) and Jack McCulloch (drums);.[1] The band folded in April 1971 but was resurrected by Andy Newman with a new group in 2010.

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  1. Another good one radioman.

    Couldn’t pull the song until I listened to it. The melody was very familiar but I am not sure if I ever knew the lyrics.

    The something in the air is revolution.

    Hand out the arms and ammo
    We’re gonna blast our way through here
    We got to get together sooner or later
    Because the revolution’s here
    And you know it’s right

    The year before, The Beatles recorded Revolution in which Lennon says

    We all want to change the world
    But when you talk about destruction
    Don’t you know that you can count me out

    Lennon received pushback on “that count me out line so it was later changed to count me out/in.

    But clearly the Beatles song is anti violence.

    But if you want money for people with minds that hate
    All I can tell you is brother you have to wait


    But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
    You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

    I wonder what Lennon thought about the Thunderclap Newman song.


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