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“Strange Locomotion”: Perplexingly, the Singer is Not American

The title track of 1971’s Strange Locomotion might easily give one the impression that singer Kevin Coyne and his musical companions hailed from the American South, having been raised on southern soul and country boogie.   Siren, however, is a strictly UK aggregation:

Strange Locomotion

Siren (1971)

“Strange Locomotion” was issued as the A-side of a 7-inch release, but only in the UK.  In the US, Strange Locomotion was released on Elektra/Dandelion.  

Siren - Strange Locomotion LP

45Cat reviewer, The Toad, humorously describes the 45 as “mid-tempo rock, with bluesy touches and Kevin Coyne’s unmistakable vocals; about as commercial as Siren ever got. The ‘B’ side is a sparse late-night bluesy ballad.”

Strange Locomotion 45

Kevin Coyne:  Vocals/Guitar

Nick Cudworth:  Piano/Guitar

Dave Clague:  Bass/Guitar

Mick Gratton:  Lead Guitar

Tat Meager:  Drums

A Dandelion U.K. Production


inner sleeve

Review from Robert Christgau‘s Consumer Album Guide

Like Fleetwood Mac, this is British blues that neither chokes on false roots nor enmires itself in boogie reductionism.  Kevin Coyne’s humorously belligerent drawl embodies the band’s wit and its punk chauvinism.  Mistake: “Fetch Me My Woman,” which (second mistake) goes on for 7:40B+ 


LINK to companion piece

Happy Hunting Ground“:

Astoundingly, The Band Is Not British

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