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The Winkies - The Winkies

The Winkies - The Winkies

Singer: The Winkies
Title: The Winkies
Country: UK
Released: 1975
Style: Pop Rock, Pub Rock, Classic Rock
Rating: 4.1 ☆
Votes: 447 ⛹

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Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Trust In Dick
Written-By – Humphrys*
A2 Mailman - It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Written-By [It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry] – Dylan*Written-By [Mailman] – Katz*, Roberts*, Clayton*
A3 Put Out The Light
Lead Vocals – Guy Humphrys*Written-By – Humphrys*
A4 Twilight Masquerade
Written-By – Rambow*
A5 North To Alaska
Banjo – Brian TurringtonWritten-By – Phillips*
B1 Out On The Run
Written-By – Humphrys*
B2 Wild Open Spaces
Synthesizer [Moog] – Brian TurringtonWritten-By – Humphrys*
B3 Long Song Coming
Written-By – Seger*
B4 Davey's Blowtorch
Written-By – Rambow*
B5 Red Dog
Written-By – Rambow*

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Chrysalis Records Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Olympic Studios


  • Bass, Backing Vocals – Brian Turrington
  • Cover, Design, Artwork, Photography By – Hipgnosis
  • Drums – Michael Desmarais
  • Engineer – Keith Harwood
  • Guitar, Backing Vocals – Guy Humphrys*
  • Lead Vocals, Guitar – Philip Rambow
  • Mastered By – Rays*
  • Producer – Guy Stevens


Recorded during September 1974

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped): CHR 1066 A-4U R
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped): CHR 1066 B-5U C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): RAYS

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CDLEM 215 The Winkies The Winkies ‎(CD, Album, RE) Lemon Recordings CDLEM 215 UK 2013
6307 558 The Winkies The Winkies ‎(LP, Album) Chrysalis 6307 558 Brazil 1975

Reviews (3)
I'm guessing Peter 'Sleazy" Christopherson, from TG, Psychic TV and Coil fame had a hand in the album art, considering he worked at Hipgnosis during this time period.

Recorded well before the release date of '75, The Winkies debut is a credible release of pub rock songs in the same mould as Graham Parker's backing band The Rumour with the R&B roots of Dr Feelgood.Brian Eno (who The Winkies toured with as his backing band), makes a guest appearance on one track and with production credited to Ten Years After bass player Leo Lyons.Only available on CD on Japanese import at present and at a silly cost. Anyone remotely interested in this sort of music with that bar room kick, should have a search for head man Philip Rambow's two excellent solo efforts....Shooting Gallery and Jungle Law, of which both better this album by a long stretch.Rambow of course, went on to be a hit songwriter and gained a number one spot with "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop, Swears He's Elvis" for Kirsty MacColl in 1981. By mojojeffhttp://ezhevika.blogspot.nl/2007/07/winkies-winkies-1975.html

The Winkies were an English pub rock group. During their career, the group primarily consisted of Philip Rambow, Michael Desmarais, Guy Humphreys, and Brian Turrington.The Winkies were formed by Canadian-born Philip Rambow. Rambow formed the Winkies with former Holy Rollers guitarist Guy Humphreys, and the rhythm section of Brian Turrington (Bass Guitar) and Mike Desmaris (Drums). Their music and stage presence were a combination of the sound pub rock and visuals of glam rock clothing.[1] The Winkies caught the attention of former Roxy Music musician Brian Eno while he was finishing his debut solo album Here Come the Warm Jets. Eno took The Winkies as his backing band in February 1974, on his first and only solo tour. The outing ended after five shows, after Eno was rushed to the hospital suffering from a collapsed lung. In March 1974 the John Peel BBC radio show broadcast four songs from the 19 February 1974 performance - "the Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch", "Totalled", "Baby's on Fire" and a cover version of the Peggy Lee standard "Fever".[1] In 1979, The Impossible Recordworks (IMP 1-30) Unofficially Released the Vinyl LP: Floating In Sequence which contains six songs from the Winkies/Eno February 1974 tour. In 1999, ENO-802 (QCS-1441) Unofficially Released the (Limited Edition 200 copies) Vinyl LP: Brian Peter George St John Le Baptiste De La Salle ENO* – Music For Fans Vol.2 of the same material. On 23 February 1999, German Records World Productions (LUBEK 001) Unofficially Released the CD: Dali's Car (EAN 4016618288880); containing the same six songs from the Winkies/Eno 1974 tour. The six Songs on all three formats include: 1. the Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch - the Winkies 2. Fever - the Winkies ~ Recorded: 19 February 1974, BBC Studio Four, London England. 3. the Fat Lady of Limbourg - 801(Eno) 4. Third Uncle - 801(Eno) ~ Recorded: 26 August 1976, Reading Festival, Reading England. 5. Baby's on Fire - the Winkies 6. I'll Come Running - the Winkies ~ Recorded: 26 February 1974, BBC Studio Four, London England. After touring with Eno, the band signed with Chrysalis Records and recorded their debut album with Leo Lyons of Ten Years After. Guests on the record included Chick Churchill and Eno. This album was never completed, and the Winkies began work on another set, with Guy Stevens producing. Their self-titled debut album The Winkies appeared 1975. Shortly after the release of this album, the Winkies disbanded.

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