“SONG FOR EWE”
with ROXANNE STEPHEN of
TH’ FAITH HEALERS
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the vocalist of a band who brought a little bit of Can to Camden in the 90s. I treasured their albums on Too Pure “Imaginary Friend” and “Lido” with their garage motorik on the record grooves and their nostalgic snapshot motifs on the covers. Although some of the band’s spirit continued in Quickspace, Th’ Faith Healers were over wayyy too soon but never forgotten, so it’s a real pleasure to feature the ace Roxanne Stephen!
I loved “Don’t Jones Me” and “Lido” was a real favourite when I first started writing Velvet Sheep fanzine from my Gravesend base (mum & dad’s) back in the early 90s. It was other worldy. They got in a groove and really stuck with it in a reverberating and energising way that really only Thee Oh Sees manage today, and which was probably my first teenage foray into what I know understand as psych. So I was chuffed that Roxanne has taken a similar trip for her “song for ewe”, choosing a song/film sequence that one TV director described as how he’d like to visualise the titles for a kids TV I once made…
TH’ faith healers 3 albums (L’, Lido and Imaginary Friend) are being remastered and re-released on vinyl at some point in the not too distant future on Ba Da Bing records in the USA, but until then it’s over to Roxanne…
“..I’ve been compiling a psychedelic playlist for a friend and the song I keep returning to is Porpoise Song (Theme from “Head”) by The Monkees, recorded in 1968.
What is it about the song that gets to me? It’s one of those songs that effects me physically and emotionally, my heart feels like bursting with pleasure but it’s melancholy overtones also make me want to blubber.
It’s written by Carole King whose lyrics and arrangements are always top notch. Drummer Micky Dolenz (who I once met in a cafe in Belsize Park in the 90s – he was a dude) delivers the vocals with gorgeous dreaminess. It transports me, it’s a trip and it must be heard at maximum volume.”