The Winkies

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The Winkies
Genres Pub rock
Years active 1973–1975
Labels Chrysalis
Associated acts Brian Eno
Past members Philip Rambow
Michael Desmarais
Guy Humphreys
Brian Turrington

The Winkies were an English pub rock group. During their career, the group primarily consisted of Philip Rambow, Michael Desmarais, Guy Humphreys, and Brian Turrington.

Biography[edit]

The Winkies were formed by Canadian-born Philip Rambow with former Holy Rollers guitarist Guy Humphreys, and the rhythm section of Brian Turrington (bass) and Mike Desmaris (drums). Their music and stage presence were a combination of the sound pub rock and visuals of glam rock clothing.[1]

The Winkies caught the attention Brian Eno while he was finishing his debut solo album, Here Come the Warm Jets. Eno took The Winkies as his backing band in February 1974, on his first and only solo tour. The outing ended after five shows, after Eno was rushed to the hospital suffering from a collapsed lung. In March 1974 the John Peel BBC radio show broadcast four songs from the 19 February 1974 performance - "The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch", "Totalled", "Baby's on Fire" and a cover version of "Fever".[1]

In 1979, The Impossible Recordworks (IMP 1-30) unofficially released the album Floating In Sequence, which contained six songs from the Winkies/Eno February 1974 tour. In 1999, ENO-802 (QCS-1441) unofficially released the limited edition vinyl LP, Brian Peter George St John Le Baptiste De La Salle ENO* – Music For Fans Vol. 2 of the same material. On 23 February 1999, German Records World Productions (LUBEK 001) unofficially released Dali's Car (EAN 4016618288880), containing the same six songs from the Winkies/Eno 1974 tour.

The six songs on all three formats include:

  1. "The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch" - The Winkies
  2. "Fever" - The Winkies

~ Recorded: 19 February 1974, BBC Studio Four, London England.

  1. "The Fat Lady of Limbourg" - 801 (Eno)
  2. "Third Uncle" - 801 (Eno)

~ Recorded: 26 August 1976, Reading Festival, Reading England.

  1. "Baby's on Fire" - The Winkies
  2. "I'll Come Running" - The Winkies

~ Recorded: 26 February 1974, BBC Studio Four, London England.

After touring with Eno, the band signed with Chrysalis Records and recorded various tracks with Leo Lyons of Ten Years After. Guests on these recordings included Chick Churchill and Eno. This intended album was never completed, and the Winkies began work on another set, with Guy Stevens producing. Their debut album, The Winkies was released in 1975.[2]

Shortly after the release of this album, the Winkies disbanded.[1]

Discography[edit]

Year Title
1975 The Winkies
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Winkies Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b Review by Dave Thompson. "The Winkies - The Winkies | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-18.