Fresh Maggots

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Fresh Maggots
FreshMaggots.jpg
RCA promotional photo (1971)
Background information
OriginNuneaton, England
GenresFolk, psychedelic rock
Years active1970–1971
LabelsRCA Victor, Sunbeam (UK), Amber Soundroom (Germany)
Past members
  • Mick Burgoyne
  • Leigh Dolphin

Fresh Maggots were a short-lived folk duo from Nuneaton, Warwickshire in England, consisting of Mick Burgoyne and Leigh Dolphin, who played a variety of instruments including guitars, glockenspiel, tin whistles and strings.[1][2] They released one album in 1970 before splitting up, but sustained interest saw it re-released in 2006.

History[edit]

Taking their name from a newspaper advert for a sports shop that proclaimed "fresh maggots always available", the pair were spotted by Mike Berry of the Sparta Florida Music Company in September 1970 while playing only their second concert at Wolvey village hall, and signed a publishing deal with the company.[3][4] They were signed by RCA Records, who released their only album in 1971 - when they were nineteen years of age.[5][3][6] Fresh Maggots was recorded at the Radio Luxembourg studios in London over several months at a cost of 1,500 pounds, and produced by Berry.[3][7] Although its release was preceded by some degree of anticipation,[8] delays in publishing gradually saw interest wane. Upon its release, it was met with favourable reviews, however record sales did not reflect this, and pressing was decommissioned soon after. The duo went on to play two live shows broadcast by BBC Radio 1.[3] They released one single, "Car Song", before splitting up.

The resurgent popularity of folk music over the last decade reawakened interest in the band and the album became a collector's item fetching hundreds of pounds; The duo started to receive airplay in the US, prompting a reissue in 2006 as Fresh Maggots...Hatched on the Sunbeam label in the UK and Amber Soundroom in Germany, with the tracks from the "Car Song" single added.[3][4][9] The reissued album received a three and a half stars review from Allmusic, and an 8 out of 10 score from PopMatters, with Whitney Strub describing it as "a remarkably assured debut—and finale".[2][10] Kevin Hainey, reviewing it for Exclaim!, stated the group's "concise and fast-paced songwriting tendencies certainly make this stuff transcend its own age in a strange and wonderful way".[11] John M. James, in the River Cities' Reader described it as a "five-star masterpiece of hypnotic vocals, electric fuzz guitar, trippy tin whistle, and shimmering six- and 12-string guitars".[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Fresh Maggots (1971), RCA Victor - reissued in 2006 on Sunbeam as Fresh Maggots...Hatched

Singles[edit]

  • "Car Song" (1971), RCA Victor

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Rosemary Hill" on Gather In The Mushrooms (The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974) (2004), Castle
  • "Dole Song" on Shifting Sands (20 Treasures From The Heyday Of Underground Folk) (2009), Sunbeam
  • "Rosemary Hill" on Dust On The Nettles (A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967-1972) (2015), Grapefruit

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Wire, 2007, volumes 281-286, p. 42
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie "Fresh Maggots...Hatched Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 30 September 2017
  3. ^ a b c d e Chambers, Pete (2012) "Backbeat: Folk duo Fresh Maggots' album now sells for hundreds", Coventry Telegraph, 13 December 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2017
  4. ^ a b Clemons, Pete (2016) "How Rosemary Hill was immortalised by Nuneaton duo Fresh Maggots", Coventry Telegraph, 10 March 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017
  5. ^ Unterberger, Richie "Fresh Maggots Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 30 September 2017
  6. ^ Leech, Jeanette (2013) Seasons they change : L'histoire du folk psychédélique et de l'acid folk, Camion Blanc, ISBN 978-2357793187
  7. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2010) "Fresh Maggots", in The Great Folk Discography, Volume 1: Pioneers and Early Legends, Polugon, ISBN 978-1846971419
  8. ^ "These Maggots Sound Fresh Enough", Disc and Music Echo, 10 October 1970
  9. ^ a b James, John M. (2006) "Fresh Maggots Get a Welcome Re-Issue", River Cities' Reader, 8 August 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2017
  10. ^ Strub, Whitney (2006) "Fresh Maggots Fresh Maggots... Hatched", PopMatters, 6 December 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2017
  11. ^ Hainey, Kevin (2006) "Fresh Maggots Fresh Maggots...Hatched", Exclaim!, 1 September 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2017