THE CALIFORNIANS - The Cooks Of Cake And Kindness

THE CALIFORNIANS - 'The Cooks Of Cake And Kindness' / 'Mandy' (Fontana TF 991) January 1969
This band of 'straights' hailing from Wolverhampton released several singles on the main labels in 60s Britain (CBS, Decca and Fontana) and much of their music is not relevant to 'Flower Bomb Songs' but there were a few exceptions and a strange B Side from their first Fontana record, 'The Cooks Of Cake And Kindness' is one of those and it was compiled in the 80s on Rubble Volume 4 'The 49 Minute Technicolour Dream'.

The Californians trademark sound was a loungy, MOR style similar to say The American Breed from USA band and 'The Cooks Of Cake And Kindness' still retains the usual orchestrated sound but it's far heavier and freaky with some great distorted pop syke guitar.

The song was co-written by John Carter from The Flower Pot Men who also recorded a version but this remained unreleased until the mid 90s when it turned up on a Flower Pot Men collection.
THE CALIFORNIANS - The Cooks Of Cake And Kindness

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  1. I have been tripping out quite heavily over this cut over the past few weeks. It's brilliant, over the top production, spot on harmonies, middle eastern feel and those bleak lyrics about drought. Though candy floss and trippy it's a pretty dire pop song lyrically (has me thinking about Darfur).

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  2. Super timing as someone recently shared some quality needle-drops of their singles. I'm a sucker for harmony!

    becca

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