TOUCH, THE - King And Country EP (PICTURE DISC) 7" (NEW)

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Well here it is, the EIGHTH in the series of these very collectable '79 Classic Mod releases.

The Touch began as a West London based mod revival band, active from June 1979 to February 1981, inspired by the Punk, R n B and Power Pop of the period which they were exposed to via the vibrant West London gig circuit: the Nashville, Red Cow, Greyhound and Kensington in particular.

The Touch hooked up with Valdene Records and recorded one album that for reasons unknown, was mysteriously released with the title “The Mods Lost Touch” without track titles or any other information about the band. This led to much confusion when copies of the album turned up among enthusiasts in later years, confusion that was finally sorted when Dizzy Holmes at Detour Records and Alan May of Glory Boys radio show tracked down band members in early 2018, some 37 years after the album first appeared.

“King and Country” the A side of this EP was and remains to this day one of the highlights of The Touch’s live set, an electrifying and heartfelt lament to the lost of the Great War. The B-side features their anthem to teenage frustration “In My Room”, together with a cover of Bob Dylan's “If You Gotta Go”, which remarkably features additional keyboards by Al Kooper who appeared as session man on Bob Dylan's original version from 1965! (The two tracks on the B-side were decided by the listeners on the GREAT Alan May "Glory Boy Mod Radio Show")

The original band members are Dave Vox (vocals), Nash aka Son Jack Junior (gtr/vocals), Charlie Gurney (drums) and Gerry Czerniawski (bass/ backing vocals). Gary Drewitt briefly replaced Gurney playing drums on the first album including these three tracks and at a few gigs.

In the short time that the band was initially active, they were represented by Pinball Artists. Among those they shared bills with during that great time in UK music were: The Count Bishops, Teenbeats, Long Tall Shorty, The Pleasers, Splodgenessabounds, The Mods, The Cimarons, The Satellites, The Modettes, among others.

Son Jack Jr. moved back to the UK in 2020 after living almost 25 years in the USA. During that time he established himself as a respected blues musician and released 4 critically acclaimed albums. Dave is based in Devon, and is active in the mod scene, together with his new musical venture “Blue Sky”. Charlie is still in London and plays for Deptford punk stalwarts The Phobics, and garage/RnB merchants, The Beatpack. Gerry is also still in town and has played bass for The Fixations and post-Fixations glam rockers Waving Not Drowning, and Bad Karma Beckons.

Following the band's rediscovery in 2018, the original line-up was reconvened to gig and promote the re-release of their original long-lost album released on the Paisley Archive subsidiary of Detour Records. Most recently, the band recorded a great new album of self-penned vintage and new material with Pat Collier producing, titled “Lost and Found” released on Touching Flames Records in 2019.

Son Jack Jnr - <<< Check Out The Bands Own Facebook Page >>>



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