We are excited to announce that The Furry White Album is on it's way to the world. The official release date is 12.15.20.......but....for those who pre-order now, you will receive the CD in the mail on or before the release date.
There are 17 songs on this album, which also boasts over 53 minutes of music. And there are currently two singles released, both of which may be found on our YouTube channel. Be on the look out for another single to be released in the next few weeks.
I find the subject of "Ghostwriting" especially fascinating lately. As you may or may not already know, my Grandfather, the late "Patrick McKenzie" was a ghostwriter for many years. And as time goes by, my family and I learn more and more about his somewhat mysterious life as a ghostwriter. I mean, we all knew he was a multi-instrumentalist and a song writer, and we knew that he had written for a variety of artists throughout the years, but we never really pestered him about his past. He was a very lively fellow, brimming over with exuberance and natural energy, all of which was very charming and very entertaining. It was all we needed.
And as I have gone through many, many more songs and notes and books that he had left behind, I have been able to place more pieces of the puzzle together. And as we are in the final mixing mode of the new album, most of which was written by Patrick, there is one song on the album that piqued my interest even more. Patrick had actually penned a song entitled "Ghostwriter". Well, we have just mixed this song, so we had to hear the song played over and over again...which got us all chatting about the content of the lyrics. I will post a bit of his lyrics below..
Write me another song
Go on now, get along
You ain't done me wrong just yet
Like we agreed upon
So go on and write a hit song, so we can get rich
You can pay the bills and while we wait I'll go fish
He sits alone and he works all day
The fans who adore him don't know his name
He writes the songs that make the whole world sing
If you need a good anthem give him a ring
As you can read into this, the lyrics are comical and light, but I also sense a bit of frustration too. How could a ghostwriter not be frustrated and somewhat sad at the realization that his work will never be known as truly written by him? It makes me a bit sad when I think that much of Patrick's life work will never be acknowledged as his. until now, that is.
Also, in his lyrics he writes: He writes the songs that make the whole world sing
If you need a good anthem give him a ring
This suggests that his work is being heard by a large audience, presumably all over the world. Well, I started to pay more attention to notes written on lyric sheets and in his notebooks and I noted that he had talked alot about a Scottish band from the mid 60's, called "The Beatstalkers". They were also known as "The Scottish Beatles". I always thought they were a cover band, but I looked into them a bit more and I made a few connections fairly quickly.
Okay, Patrick was originally a session player more-so at first, then a songwriter. He did play covers in a few bands, prior to 1965, and it seems that he had worked with a few fellas from The Beatstalkers, which then introduced him to Decca Records, which then led to him writing songs for local artists. Back then they didn't credit you properly, so it's difficult for me to see if he was on payroll or if they simply gave him a few pounds per song and that was that.
The Beatstalkers had a hit in 1965 with a tune called "Ev'rybody's Talking 'bout My Baby". I believe that Patrick had a hand in writing this one, as well as another one of their hits called" Little Boy", which sounded very much like Patrick's style during that era -based on tapes I have found of his.
I believe that Patrick wrote more for this band and many more songs for other Decca Records artists. The timeline works out, as he was in London in 65', which is where Decca London was. He would have probably met Denny Laine around this time as well.
I'll just stop right there, but I will say that the ghostwriter that Patrick was will surely be exposed on "The Furry White Album". We will pay tribute to his work and the 17 songs we have selected to record.
Famous Groupies is very excited to announce that there will be a very special guest performing on our NEW and soon to be released album. You know him from the band WINGS, the incredibly talented Laurence Juber!
Aside from playing with Paul McCartney in Wings, Laurence has had a busy career playing on numerous songs with a variety of artists... such as Eric Carmen, Al Stewart, Belinda Carlisle, Ringo Starr, Rosemary Clooney, Barry Manilow, and the list goes on. He even played the James Bond theme for the film The Spy Who Loved Me.
We are over the moon that Mr. Juber has agreed to play on a few of our songs and we can't wait to share them with you very soon! The Furry White Album is shaping up to be a very special album indeed! Watch this space, more soon.
Follow Laurence Juber on Facebook and tune in for his live stream show called 'Tea Time With LJ'. It's absolutely amazing! His interpretations of Beatles songs are the stuff of legends. Totally mesmerizing and brilliant!
Wow. Today on the Disk Union website in Japan, I was floored to see that our new double album had reached number one (again), this time under the "in stock" section of the Hit Chart ranking. We are gobsmacked to see our LP sitting above The Beatles and Queen. Such an amazing honour. Thank you Japan, you truly are the best fans ever!
Meanwhile, back in Scotland.... we have been working tirelessly on The Furry White Album. We hope to release this LP in October, probably late October. There are 17 songs slated for this record, a fitting 47 plus minutes of music.
I think that fans of the first LP will very much like our follow-up LP. It is very much a continuation of Rehearsing The Multiverse, with many of the songs having been written in the early to mid 1970's. Ah, but there are one or two that were written in the late 60's as well.
In other news, with the announcement of Rosie and Gavin (McKenzie) to be married later this year, they both now reside in lovely old England. So, that means that the majority of their musical performances have been recorded remotely and then digitally forwarded to me, in Scotland. It's worked out pretty well, but we do miss seeing their happy faces in person, singing and playing until the wee hours.
And, Rosie has just released a fab new single from her soon to be released LP. She is a brilliant writer/musician and she plays every single instrument on her album. She truly is a female Paul McCartney.
Check out her new single here--->
It's such a great feeling to know that your LP is #1 on any chart. And today this chart happens to be for the "Old Rock" genre at Disk Union in Japan. It is equally mind-blowing to see your LP sitting one notch above one of the best records ever released in the 90's. Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks with Orange Crate Art, it's such an amazing album! I spy Bowie in there too! Thank you Japan!
Ladies and gentleman, I give you ....Alice Spur Overture
The story of a lonely old woman who went her entire life without ever having fallen in love. And now she laments and daydreams for a love she never had.
We are excited to announce that our NEW double LP is finished and currently off to the printers! Double Entendre is an exclusive double CD set that will only be sold by DIsk Union Records in Japan (and other stores that they distribute the LP to, such as HMV and a few more). This is a limited edition LP, only 300 CDs will be pressed.
Sadly, you have to be in Japan to buy this LP, as I have just learned that Disk Union only ships within Japan. So if you are in Japan, here is the direct link to purchase by way of pre-order: https://diskunion.net/rock/ct/detail/RY200602FG01
The actual release date is July 29th, 2020. And the CD will feature OBI liner notes with commentary.
Inside the disc, there is also an 8 page booklet with photos of the band and lots of info about the songs.
Disc One features our debut LP, Rehearsing the Multiverse.
Disc Two features 8 NEW songs and 7 remixes/demos of various tunes from the debut.
Click on the Disk Union link and it will show you a full track listing for both CDs.
Be on the look our for our NEW single, called "Alice Spur Overture".
I have much news to share with you!
Famous Groupies will be releasing a deluxe version (of sorts) of our debut LP "Rehearsing The Multiverse". This will be a double CD called "Double Entendre". Although, only 300 CDs will be pressed and it will only be available to purchase through Disk Union Records, in Japan. You might be able to buy it online from Disk Union, at this time I only know that they will be selling it in their shops.
Disc One will feature our debut album and Disc two will feature 8 new songs and 7 new remixes of various songs from the debut. For example, there will be an acoustic "campfire-remix" of The Traveller. And, in addition to other remixes, we will include the original demo of Wouldn't That Be Lovely?
The new songs included will feature several that were considered for the debut but didn't quite make the final round for whatever reason.
Double Entendre will be released in July 2020.
And if that weren't enough, be on the look out for our actual follow up LP.
The Furry White Album will be released in October/November 2020. We are back to work on this album and all I will say is that this record is very similar to our debut, it features a lot of great songs that were written between 1971 and 1978.
But wait, there's more!
Slated for a release in February 2021, Famous Groupies "The Chameleon Sessions" will probably be our final album. We saved the more obscure and psychedelic (at times) songs for this LP. All will be revealed with this record, and you will even learn who our mystery bass player is (maybe).
The future is looking brighter.
As we traverse these uncertain times and wait out the storm, we wait for blue skies to soon return.
My blue skies are sort of broken right now... (I'll explain that in a minute).
Well, the 19 songs that have been selected for the follow-up album are comfortably sitting in place and we have recorded a few of them so far. And then we ran into a bit of a set back (thanks to me and my expert bike riding skills). You see, a week ago I was out riding my bike and I took a steep hill with a sharp turn and I flew over the handle bars... landed on my side, hit my head and broke my clavicle (collar bone).
I even had to have surgery to reconnect the broken bones. Oh well, lesson learned. Meanwhile, my right arm is in a sling and I'm limited (no piano, no guitar). But, I'm reading a lot and writing lots of lyrics too. So, maybe some new songs will come out of this and we can add them to the new album.
We still hope to release the new album no later than October, but hopefully sooner. I'm shooting for summer, fingers crossed.
Stick around as we will be posting snippets of new songs, pics, vids and more crazy stories of my accident pron self.
Kirkcaldy McKenzie (Slinger Esquire)