Bram Tchaikovsky

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Bram Tchaikovsky
Birth name Peter Bramall
Born (1950-11-10) 10 November 1950 (age 67)
Lincolnshire, England
Genres Power pop
Years active 1978–1981[1]
Labels Radar Records (UK)
Polydor Records (US)
Arista Records
Tiger Eye
Associated acts The Motors

Bram Tchaikovsky (born Peter Bramall,[2] 10 November 1950, Lincolnshire, England)[3] is a British vocalist and guitarist.

He first came to prominence as a member of UK punk/pub rock band The Motors, whom he joined in 1977.[2] After he left them, he led an eponymous power pop band, with Micky Broadbent (bass, keyboards) and Keith Boyce (drums).[2] The group scored a US Top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979, with "Girl of My Dreams". In the Netherlands, "Sarah Smiles" was a minor hit, reaching number 32 in April 1979.[4] Nick Garvey and Denis Forbes were also involved in later band lineups.[2] After disappointing sales, the band split up in 1981 and Tchaikovsky left the music industry.[2]

Tchaikovsky was also credited with co writing "Solid Ball of Rock", from the 1991 Saxon album of the same name.[5]

Re-releases[edit]

In 1998, as part of a "British Rock" reissue series, WEA Japan rereleased both Strange Man Changed Man and The Russians Are Coming albums on CD, using original master tapes and artwork. In addition to the original artwork and liner notes, each CD contained extensive historical information, song lyrics and musical commentary (albeit in Japanese). These CDs were only available in Japan and are now out of production.[6][7][8]

Strange Man, Changed Man had been expanded to 21 tracks and included rare B-sides and live cuts. It is only available on the web. Strange Man, Changed Man included newly remastered tracks, featuring the hit single "Girl of My Dreams", the track "Lonely Dancer" (which were both written by Heavy Metal Kid Ronnie Thomas), and ten bonus tracks. The bonus tracks included hard-to-find singles, B-sides, and live tracks.[9]

In December 2007, Strange Man, Changed Man was issued in the US on the Hip-O Select label (ASIN: B000ZIZ0ZC) in digital sound and with full artwork. This CD release used the original master tapes sequenced for the original US release; the track running order is therefore different from the original UK album, and different from the 1998 Japanese CD version.[6]

In February 2012, a live recording, Live at the Lochem Festival, 1979, appeared on Tiger Eye with the songs "Sarah Smiles", "Robber", "Nobody Knows", "Turn on the Lights" and "Girl of My Dreams".[10]

In April 2018, Cherry Red Records released Bram Tchaikovsky: Strange Men, Changed Men: The Complete Recordings 1978 – 1981, a 3CD Boxset fully endorsed by Bram Tchaikovsky himself.[11]

Album discography[edit]

Year Album Billboard Top 200
1979 Strange Man, Changed Man 36
1980 The Russians are coming
1980 Pressure 108
1981 Funland 158
2012 Live at the Lochem Festival, 1979
2018 'Bram Tchaikovsky: Strange Men, Changed Men: The Complete Recordings 1978 – 1981

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Singles[edit]

Year Name Billboard Hot 100
1978 "Sarah Smiles" -
1979 "Lullaby of Broadway" -
1979 "Girl of My Dreams" 37
1979 "I'm The One That's Leaving" -
1980 "Let's Dance" -
1981 "Stand & Deliver" -
1981 "Shall We Dance?" 109

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albums by Bram Tchaikovsky". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Woodstra, Chris (1950-11-10). "Bram Tchaikovsky - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Bram Tchaikovsky". Unterzuber.com. 1950-11-10. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  4. ^ 40, Stichting Nederlandse Top. "Bram Tchaikovsky - Sarah Smiles". Top40.nl. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Solid Ball of Rock - Saxon : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  6. ^ a b "Bram Tchaikovsky's Strange Man Changed Man". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bram Tchaikovsky – The Russians Are Coming". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bram Tchaikovsky 'Strange Man, Changed Man'". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Official Heavy Metal Kids Website". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bram Tchaikovsky - Official Store - Live At the Lochem Festival, 1979". Facebook. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cherry Red Records - Bram Tchaikovsky: Strange Men, Changed Men: The Complete Recordings 1978 – 1981". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 

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