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Man On A String – The Tidal Wave

Man On A String – The Tidal Wave (A Puppet Show)

Spider Spider - Best Of The Tidal Wave

Spider Spider - Best Of The Tidal Wave

An astute newspaper writer back in the late 60’s may have been tempted to write the headline ‘Storm causes a Tidal Wave’ which would have been a reference to Terry Dempsey’s newly formed label ‘Storm’ and the first release thereon called ‘Man On A String’ by The Tidal Wave. I don’t know whether that headline was ever written, but it should have been.

Better known for their hits ‘Mango Mango’ and ‘Spider Spider’ (both of which charted on the Springbok Top 20), The Tidal Wave were powered by Mike Pilot who later went on to form Stingray. Ken Haycock, Roy Naturman and Mike Koch were the others in the line up.

‘Man On A String’ features some great harmonies, slightly reminiscent of the Beach Boys, but the music is more akin to the bands of the British Invasion (Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits and the like). It’s bold, brassy and catchy. You will be singing ‘Round and round and upside down, anyway you like,’ for a good while after hearing this and while it may have suffered from not having a title that was made up of a word being repeated, it can still stand proudly next to its more successful brothers.

Where to find it:

CD: Spider Spider – Best Of The Tidal Wave, Fresh Music,  FRESHCD 159

Download: Rhythm Music Store

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