THE GIBSONS - CITY LIFE


THE GIBSONS - 'Night And Day'/'City Life' (Major Minor MAM 504) 1967

The Gibsons released seven singles on various labels (CBS, Deram and Major Minor) but most of them are in the square pop genre and not 45s Flower Bomb Songs would be interested in. 'Night And Day' treads that well worn path of forgettable pop music but the flip 'City Life' is the sound The Gibsons should have ventured more into.

'City Life' (as reviewed in 117 - circa 1992) "Is droll mod observations a la Fresh Windows"...couldn't have put it better myself so I won't try. The label image shown is my copy of the Belgium release. Maybe the record faired better on the Continent?

THE GIBSONS - City Life


Issue 5 of 117 is one of the few fanzines that has ever bothered mentioning The Gibsons

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  1. Oh wow, I just had a shock seeing a piece of artwork I did way back when - I drew that (rather corny)cover of 117 (as it happens to be something my husband collaborated on, and if I say it myself, well, what a great little 'zine!) Must thank you for the mention!

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  2. No way is your drawing 'corny'....I bought all of those 117 fanzines 20 odd years ago when the team was printing it on an irregular basis.

    One day I'll probably write an entry about those 117's. I enjoyed reading them at the time although some of the writers were complete piss takers.

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  3. Thanks, great that you had those 117s, if you ever write a post on them I'll look out for it! We still have ours. Yes, they did enjoy being somewhat irreverant and liked a bit of tongue-in-cheek antagonism..! I did the first 5 covers and some of the inner a/w. Happy days! Loving your blog.

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  4. 117 was a fabulous magazine, all 9 issues are full of the best UK psych writing. John had the best sale lists - I picked up Equals, Primrose Circus, Clear Light 45's at rock bottom prices. It would be lovely to see a piece on this fantastic read.

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  5. What was John's surname again? I bought from him many times. Mostly 60s garage comp LPs at reasonable prices.

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  6. Nice to see these comments! Yes 117 was the (at times, delightfully warped) brainchild of John Faulkner and my husband. Funnily enough we'd been re-reading it recently - just before I saw this post (and still like The Gibsons' City Life - seeing as that's what triggered this!)

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  7. "City life" has been one of my fave tracks since I first heard it via ta bootleg album called "Psychedelia" on Tiny Alice Records back in the mid 90's. iT's still one of my favorite 60's "London tracks".

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