McCully Workshop Inc. (album)

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McCully Workshop Inc.
A colour photograph mid shot of a graffitied wall, a shovel leaning against it, and dilapidated blue door with a cat in front of it
Studio album by McCully Workshop
Released June 1970 (1970-06)
Recorded South Africa
Genre Psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Language English
Label Trutone
Producer Billy Forrest
McCully Workshop chronology
McCully Workshop Inc.
Singles from McCully Workshop Inc.
  1. "Why Can't It Rain / Hardcase Woman"
    Released: 1970 (1970)

McCully Workshop Inc. is the eponymous debut[1] album of South African psychedelic rock band McCully Workshop.[2] The album was produced by Billy Forrest on the Trutone Records label who had joined Trutone as record producer in 1968.[3] Trutone had recently been acquired,[4] in 1967, by Gallo (Africa) Limited. Gallo went on to become one of the internationally recognized giants in the music world.[4] The album draws on a number of musical styles and is influenced by the likes of; The Beatles in particular 'Sgt Pepper', Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, and the Moody Blues 'Threshold Of A Dream'.[5]


The front cover photograph was taken by Sigurd Olivier[6] and features a cat named 'Sirikit'.[6] The graffiti on the wall was drawn by the McCullagh brothers father.[5] The band photographs on the back cover were taken by Humphrey Clinker.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Can't It Rain"   Tully McCully[5] 4:12
2. "Hardcase Woman"     2:34
3. "Ice Lover"     3:05
4. "Four Walls"     2:40
5. "Stargazer"     2:48
6. "Rush Hour At Midnight"     3:42


Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Jackin' Around"   2.04
2. "Head For The Moon"   4:00
3. "The Circus"   4:00
4. "Years Of My Life"   3:19
5. "Fast Car"   3:41
6. "Séance"   3:05


Chart positions[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Why Can't It Rain" Springbok Radio charts 12[5]
1970 "Why Can't It Rain" LM Radio charts 13[5]


McCully Workshop[6][7]

  • Tully McCully (née McCullagh) – vocals, bass, guitar
  • Mike McCully (née McCullagh) – vocals, drums
  • Richard Hyam – rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Glenda Wassman - organ, vocals
  • Ian Smith – trumpet, flute, flugelhorn

Additional personnel[6][7]

  • Allan Faull – lead guitar on 'Why Can't It Rain', 'The Circus', 'Hardcase Woman' and 'Stargazer'
  • Alan van der Merwe – vocal harmony and organ on 'Why Can't It Rain' and 'Stargazer'
  • Melanie Hyam – vocal harmonies on 'Why Can't It Rain' and 'Rush Hour At Midnight'


  • Billy Forrest

See also[edit]

Music of South Africa






  • McCullogh, Mike (2003). "McCully Workshop Inc. Back Cover". McCully Workshop Inc. Beatball Music Group. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  • Currin, Brian (1999–2008). "McCully Workshop Family Tree". The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Sugar Music. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  • Shoemaker, Kurt (17 March 2003). "4.USA FOR AFRICA". SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #194. Sugar Music. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  • Currin, Brian (February 2010). "Biography". Ages 2010 CD reissue sleeve notes. Fresh Music. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 

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