Friday, November 5, 2010

Polly's Got a Cracker


It's a creaky ol' cliche - but, *winces* - they really don't write 'em like they used to.
Take ex-Pickettywitchetty Polly Brown's Puff of Smoke. All the mechanics and constructions of perfect pop are contained within this firecracker of a track built entirely from glittering hooks, riffs and bridges with no fat, lumps or gristle guaranteed (surely one of the worst ad' slogans ever).

A genre-fusing tune, mind-melding 'Lectro bounce, Motown vocals, Eurovison swish and Northern Soul stomp. But why, since it's '75 release, has no one covered this spangly poppet. Surely Golfrapp's Crystal Tipps does Glitzy-Disco would be the perfect format for rebuffing this buried treasure.

Polly Brown ~ Up in a Puff of Smoke





10 comments:

Five-Centres said...

I'm a huge fan of this song, and only discovered when the 'going up, going up, going up, up, up' bit was used by Alan 'Fluff' Freeman on Picke Of The Pops.

It really is a forgotten treasure. Everyone thinks Polly Brown as that allergic to the 20th century thing, but it's not her, thankfully.

Mondo said...

Didn't know the Fluff connection FC. For more similar seventies style poppery check out ex Vernon Girl Samantha Jones -

Mondo said...

PS - Kylie could do a great rework of 'Puff'

Mick said...

Don't believe I've ever heard this before. Not so much a record as a little 1975 time capsule.

Mondo said...

Great little fizzer isn't mick - for more of the same check out this site Crazee Kids Sound . Wall to wall winners including a couple of corkers from Flintlock and The Barron Knights (non-comedy tune)

Cusp said...

Thanks for this. I was only researching Polly the other day having loved her from when she was in PW. Don't understans why she wasn't/isn't more successful than she has been. She's still making good stuff.

This is great...takes me straight back to the platforms and huge collars of my youth :O)

Piley said...

Yikes! never heard that before, a belter!

Mondo said...

I haven't checked much more of Polly's work Cusp - perhaps I should. For more flares and platorms anthems you must check this great site...

Corker innit P - gotta love those 70s stompers

DaveO said...

Wow.. haven't heard this since around '75. Never admitted it at the time but always quite liked it! It actually sounds better than I remembered it.

Mondo said...

It's a corker Dave ~ proto Goldfrapp I reckon