Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Mike Absalom

Posted first at Fat Pam...

Mike Absalom was a genuine oddity on the late-'60s/early-'70s U.K. scene, a singer/songwriter with a bent sense of humor that seemed to be driven as much by a heavy load of illicit pharmaceuticals as by a skewed worldview. Unlike the contemporary Syd Barrett, however, Absalom did not become an acid casualty. He recorded one album for Saydisc in 1969, a disc that escaped under the title of Save the Last Gherkin for Me, and he set out on a career of busking and living hand to mouth. Producer/A&R man Patrick Lyons (of Nirvana [U.K.] fame) found his attention engaged by Absalom's music when the singer/songwriter was playing for small change in a London Underground station, subsequently signing him to Vertigo Records.

Absalom toured throughout the U.K., playing the college circuit and small clubs throughout the early '70s. The Vertigo contract yielded a pair of albums, of which Mike Absalom (1971) seems hardly to have been noticed, despite a Roger Dean sleeve that doubled as a poster guide to Notting Hill Gate. 1973's Hector and Other Peccadillos garnered a little more attention, but not enough to prevent Absalom from vanishing from sight for some time.

Absalom eventually resurfaced in Canada, and currently lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Over the years he has expanded his repertoire considerably, performing Celtic music under the name of Mike Absalom & the Squid Jiggers, as well as a variety of harp music. He has become popular in western Canada for both the variety of his music and his continuing strange humor. ~ Steven McDonald, All Music Guide

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw him at my college in the 70's. he was wild-like nothing ese at that time. didn't he write the odd hit or 2 ?

30 May, 2007 03:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike has been living in Ireland for a couple of years, plays the occasional gig and has a good website.
All his albums & some live cd's are available direct from him

http://www.mikeabsalom.com/

30 May, 2007 05:33  
Blogger Daan said...

thank you so much!!! that was fast:-)
you rock

30 May, 2007 05:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he came to play at my college. Pulled up in a beat up old van and opened the door in a cloud of dope smoke. The show was pretty god, though he'd had toput his bomb tank in front of the speakers and promptly blew the cones on 6 speakers! What a night!

07 June, 2007 02:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some files seems to be corrupted.
Is there a chance of fixing them?
I really would like to get this album very much.
Best
David

15 June, 2007 05:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love This Album any Chance Of Uploading Hector As Well Thanx

30 May, 2009 20:57  
Anonymous Documentaries said...

an amaising album

04 November, 2010 01:41  
Blogger Guy Lakeman said...

the wonderful M Absolom
i wish his music was pushed more
the timeless mega pun mechanic
all power to stoned Pun Oky things :)

24 January, 2011 18:12  

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