PINK FAIRIES

Hard Rock / Heavy Psych / Non-Metal • United Kingdom
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The Pink Fairies were a British rock music group active in the London underground scene of the early 1970s . They promoted free music and anarchy and often performed impromptu gigs and other agitprop stunts. The band led by Paul Rudolph on blues guitar and two drummers: Twink, and Russ Hunter; it went through many different line-ups of band members over the years.

The Pink Fairies evolved out of a drinking club formed by Steve Peregrin Took (formerly Marc Bolan's partner in T Rex, the Pretty Things, the Deviants also called the "Social" Deviants, and Syd Barrett) in 1969. Took, along with Mick Farren and Twink (previously of The Fairies, Tomorrow, and Pretty Things) named the group Pink Fairies, only to see Twink appropriate the name for his new project (Pink Fairies Mark 2) with three ex-Deviants members. Mick Farren's first solo album, Mona, features the original Pink Fairies Mark
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PINK FAIRIES albums / top albums

PINK FAIRIES Never Never Land album cover 4.12 | 3 ratings
Never Never Land
Heavy Psych 1971
PINK FAIRIES What a Bunch of Sweeties album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
What a Bunch of Sweeties
Heavy Psych 1972
PINK FAIRIES Kings of Oblivion album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Kings of Oblivion
Hard Rock 1973
PINK FAIRIES Previously Unreleased album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Previously Unreleased
Heavy Psych 1982
PINK FAIRIES Kill 'Em & Eat 'Em album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kill 'Em & Eat 'Em
Hard Rock 1987
PINK FAIRIES Pleasure Island album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pleasure Island
Non-Metal 1996
PINK FAIRIES No Picture album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Picture
Non-Metal 1997

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PINK FAIRIES live albums

PINK FAIRIES Live At The Roundhouse 1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Roundhouse 1975
Hard Rock 1982
PINK FAIRIES Uncle Harry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Uncle Harry
Hard Rock 1998
PINK FAIRIES Live At The Wheely Festival 1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Wheely Festival 1971
Hard Rock 1999
PINK FAIRIES Chinese Cowboys album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chinese Cowboys
Hard Rock 2005
PINK FAIRIES Finland Freakout 1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Finland Freakout 1971
Hard Rock 2008

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PINK FAIRIES re-issues & compilations

PINK FAIRIES Flashback: Pink Fairies album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Flashback: Pink Fairies
Hard Rock 1975
PINK FAIRIES Live At The Roadhouse + Previously Unreleased + Twink AndThe Faries album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Roadhouse + Previously Unreleased + Twink AndThe Faries
Hard Rock 1991
PINK FAIRIES Do It! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Do It!
Hard Rock 1998
PINK FAIRIES The Golden Years 1969-1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Golden Years 1969-1971
Hard Rock 1998
PINK FAIRIES Mandies and Mescaline Round at Uncle Harry's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mandies and Mescaline Round at Uncle Harry's
Hard Rock 1998
PINK FAIRIES Masters Series album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Masters Series
Hard Rock 1999
PINK FAIRIES Up The Pinks: An Introduction To The Pink Fairies album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Up The Pinks: An Introduction To The Pink Fairies
Hard Rock 2002

PINK FAIRIES singles (4)

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The Snake / Do It
Hard Rock 1971
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Well, Well, Well / Hold On
Hard Rock 1972
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I Saw Her Standing There / Pigs Of Uranus
Hard Rock 1972
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Between The Lines / Spoiling For A Good Fight
Hard Rock 1976

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PINK FAIRIES Kings of Oblivion

Album · 1973 · Hard Rock
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Stripped down to a power trio, with a new lead guitarist in the form of Larry Wallis, on their third album the Pink Fairies hardened their sound and went for a more rough and ready garage rock approach. Gone are the occasional softer moments and harmonies of Never Never Land; here, they present what may qualify as the closest thing to fully-fledged punk that any UK-based proto-punk band attained. (They aren't quite on the Stooges level of "basically punk several years early", but you could see how they could get to punk from this starting point.) A nicely executed evolution which injected the project with new life just when it needed it.

PINK FAIRIES Never Never Land

Album · 1971 · Heavy Psych
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Sounding for all the world like a less spacey, more poppy, and more hard rock-oriented version of Hawkwind, Pink Fairies' debut album delivers a psychedelic sound which clearly represents a major update from the 1960s and bridges the gap between the hippie-era classics and the neo-psychedelic works by the likes of the Bevis Frond. Whilst there were already harder, louder, heavier, more metallic sounds on the scene by 1971, few managed to convey a sense of sheer psychedelic anarchy to the same extent as this one. Worth a listen for anyone who appreciates the heavy psych sound of the early 1970s.

PINK FAIRIES Never Never Land

Album · 1971 · Heavy Psych
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On one side of the Atlantic there was The Fugs and thier freak folk/proto-punk poetry protests, thus followed by The Stooges and the MC5 scratching, spitting and crawling thier way out of the Motor City and on the other side of the pond, The Deviants who molted into the Pink Fairies and Third World War slithering out from the underground sewer of London with thier libertarian left wing anarchy to shake the establishment. 1970, the free festivals were flourishing with the hippy haze and biker battalions indulging in the ingestion of hallucinogens and marijuana and the Pink Fairies were the house band.

Guitarist/vocalist Paul Rudolph, bassist Derek Sanderson and drummer Russel Hunter had left the proto-stoner/freak folk hippy funsters The Deviants in 1970 and hooked up with drummer "Twink" who had played on the psychedelic rock opera masterpiece, 'S.F. Sorrow' from The Pretty Things in 1968 and released a solo album with the help of some of the Deviants titled, 'Think Pink' in 1970. Though with two drummers in the band it was "Twink" that laid down some tracks taking the lead vocals and drums with Rudolph completing the rest of tracks with his vocals on the Fairies 1971 debut, 'Never Never Land'.

The album opens up with "Do It" which would become thier anthem, "It's rock and roll man, and the message is, Do it!" A punch in the gut, a kick in the ass and a 2X4 to the teeth. Raw, ravishing, revolution rock 'n' roll. "Twink's" other tracks, "Heavenly Man" is somewhat a Floydian floating psych trip. "Wargirl" is laid back and Rudolph's reverbing guitar is right out of this world and "The Dream Is Just The Beginning" is a short acoustic number, just over a minute long.

Rudolph's brusque vocals with his raw, sloopy slammering guitar chops out boot stomping proto-punk on "Say You Love Me" and "Teenage Rebel". "Uncle Harry's Last Freakout" proto-typifies what the Fairies are all about, LSD induced interstellar illusions, good times, hectic heavy metal and revolting rioting rock 'n' roll. This is Rudolph's all out guitar assault. Over the wall wah wahs, entrenching echoes, deaf defying distortion and far too loud. An eleven minute mayhem. No control.

The title track takes on that space/psych sound similar to Floyd's, 'Obscured By Clouds" as does the opening two and half minutes of "Track One, Side Two" and then kicks into proto-metal pyro-technics and is followed by the Hawkwind-ish space/psych exploration instrumental, "Thor".

"The Snake", originally released as a single and is the A-side to "Do It" is contained as a bonus track on some reissues is argubly with "Do It", the Fairies MO, has to be one of the most unrefined, blistering proto-punk songs in history.

Paul Rudolph would leave after the Fairies second album, 'What A Bunch Of Sweeties', fed up with Sanderson's and Hunter's LSD use joined Hawkwind and former UFO guitarist Larry Wallis stepped in for 'Kings Of Oblivion'. Die hard fans of The Stooges and the MC5 are recommended to check out this album as are the loyal anarchists of punk rock's hey day.

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