Black Parrot Seaside website http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/blackparrotseaside/
Black Parrot Seaside - Folk with Attitude
Drummer Jim Pryal recalls
" During this period, Arun and I did a recording via Chris King with 'Black Parrot Seaside' at Pathway studios, London. Wreckless Eric and Elvis Costello had done tracks there and Dire Straitshad recorded 'The Sultans of Swing' album there. We were on hallowed ground. Just a small place with an eight track recorder as I remember. We recorded a very funny song about being reincarnated as a vacum cleaner! I still laugh now thinking about it! I just had a mail from Geoff Veasey -so great to hear that The Parrot are still performing."
The current line up:
Eddie Jones, / Arnold Chave, / Mick Harris and Geoff Veasey
Their album is available on the above website
line-ups have varied over time between a folk duo and a six-piece rock band.
Obviously some Parrots lasted longer than others. A BPS biographical flow chart would need to include the following:
Dave “Vance” Anderson
Lead or Rhythm Guitar:
Guitar - Electric / Acoustic / Bass:
Martin “Mandrago” Smalldon
Keyboards & Accordian:
Mandolin & Banjo:
Also from their excellent website -
The brief career of Black Parrot Seaside began in Richmond Street in Coventry where a few members taped an extremely silly version of Marc Boland's Telegram Sam called Baggy Leaf Dwarf. The original line up consisted of drums, bass, lead, keyboards and two vocalists.
Influences - Alex Harvey, Bonzos, Edgar Broughton, Heavy Metal Kids and Monty Python. Many line up changes (see below) and at the time of the recording the band moved from Rock to Folk. but the stage act remained out of the ordinary. It featured seashanties, monologues, Marston's Bitter, Rolf Harris impersonations, andmuch more.
The immortal “Roll it Up and Eat It” was nearly a landmark in vinyl history. It was released, or rather escaped, in
At that time, the band had attracted a modest local following with self-penned tributes to working Midlanders such as “The Wag of Shop 14” or “On Bedduth Bank”. The Wag celebrated Coventry’s commuting armies of early morning assembly line workers, in the days when the city still had car factories. At the end of it, overalls and cowgowns were donned as the band clanked out a “Spanner Shanty” using monkey wrenches.
Of the album tracks however, the late, great John Peel liked “I am a vacuum cleaner” so much he played it on his late night Radio One show. Record Mirror described this track as “A classic”, whilst Melody Maker advocated that another song, “The Whistler” should receive, “The Harpo Marx Award for the best whistling on record since The Rolling Stones - Walking The Dog ”.
Even the normally staid Coventry Evening Telegraph praised B.P.S. and their “Dull Wave” music as:
“ One of the silliest, craziest and most original ideas to hit the music scene in years.”
It was just the band’s luck after such rave reviews that the debut single should be launched in exactly the same week as the debut singles of Squeeze and Kate Bush. Though BPS shared a few column inches with them both in the Music Press that week, it was about the only thing they did have in common thereafter!
Blues featured heavily in the early years, and the band covered . “All Round Man “a Bo Carter original which was mildly obscene. Another popular blues was “In the Wee Midnight Hour,” first recorded by Scrapper Blackwell. John Lee Hooker’s “Dimples” and a version of “Bring It On Home,” also featured in early set lists.
BPS line-ups have varied over time between a folk duo and a six-piece rock band.
Some You Tube - lots more on You Tube.
BPS in the 70's