I was listening to Classic Vinyl station on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (which is broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on weekends) when they played “Something In The Air” by Thunderclap Newman. I drifted back in time to when this single first broke on FM radio.
Thunderclap Newman is a British group that Pete Townshend of The Who and Kit Lambert marshaled circa December 1968 – January 1969 to showcase the synergistic talents of John “Speedy” Keen, Andy “Thunderclap” Newman and Jimmy McCulloch.
They made one album, Hollywood Dream that established them as a way ahead of their time, cinematic art rock group. I purchased that album in late 1970, marveling at such gems as “Accidents”, “The Reason”, and “Wild Country”.
As I dug deeper today I discovered the Thunderclap Newman’s Official Web site. I am pleased to learn that Andy Newman re-established Thunderclap Newman in 2010 with:
- Andy Newman – Piano, Woodwind and vocals
- Mark Brzezicki – Drums and vocals
- Josh Townshend – Guitar and vocals
- Nick Johnson – Guitar and vocals
- Tony Stubbings – Bass Guitar
The really cool part is the linkage with the Townsend family with Simon Townsend’s son Josh Townsend continuing the legacy connection with Thunderclap Newman.
Here they are doing Hollywood Dream Instrumental live. I hope they come to America in 2011, I’d go see them in a heartbeat 😉
Here is a link to a Facebook fan page dedicated to the music of Thunderclap Newman: The Revolution’s Here: Thunderclap Newman