My White Bicycle

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"My White Bicycle"
Single by Tomorrow
B-side "Claramount Lake"
Released May 1967
Format 7" single
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 3:17
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Hopkins, Burgess
Producer(s) Mark Wirtz
Tomorrow singles chronology
-- "My White Bicycle"
(1967)
"Revolution"
(1967)
"My White Bicycle"
Single by Nazareth
B-side "Miss Misery"
Released May 1975
Format 7"
Genre Hard rock, psychedelic rock
Length 5:21
3:28 (Single edit)
Label Mooncrest[1]
Writer(s) Hopkins, Burgess
Producer(s) Manny Charlton
Nazareth singles chronology
"Hair of the Dog" (1975) "My White Bicycle"
(1975)
"Holy Roller"
(1975)

"My White Bicycle" is Tomorrow's debut single.[citation needed]

According to Tomorrow drummer John 'Twink' Alder, the song was inspired by the Dutch Provos, an anarchist group in Amsterdam which instituted a community bicycle program: "they had white bicycles in Amsterdam and they used to leave them around the town. And if you were going somewhere and you needed to use a bike, you'd just take the bike and you'd go somewhere and just leave it. Whoever needed the bikes would take them and leave them when they were done."[2]

The Scottish rock band Nazareth did a cover version, which reached 14 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975, staying for eight weeks.[1] Actor Nigel Planer, as his character 'Neil the Hippy' from TV-series The Young Ones, reached #97 with his cover in 1984.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NAZARETH | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  2. ^ Tomorrow
  3. ^ [1]