THE MODELS - 'Bend Me, Shape Me' / 'In A World Of Pretty Faces' (MGM K13775) 1966
According to Fuzz, Acid & Flowers this version of 'Bend Me, Shape Me' by The Models was the first and after it flopped The American Breed covered it and had a massive hit record. Now that's a cryin' shame cos apparently The Models were in fact a group made up of Vogue models.
I would have preferred to see a bunch a pretty long legged cuties lip-synching to this song on You Tube than the totally squaresville American Breed.
Oh well, in my EXPO67 world I can dream about those swingin' 60s chicks and what could have been.
This version of 'Bend Me, Shape Me' has been psychedelicalized to the max. Producer Tom Wilson has set his controls to the heart of the sun and it's a groovy freak-out.
The flip 'In A World Of Pretty Faces' is a gentle psychedelic baroque ballad with harpsichord and strings 'n' things.
Songwriting partnership Scott English and Larry Weiss wrote 'Bend Me, Shape Me' as well as other memorable songs such as 'Help Me Girl' recorded by The Animals, 'Sweet Medusa' by Bead Game, 'Hi-Ho Silver Lining' by Jeff Beck and 'Pop Corn Double Feature' by The Searchers.