Brinsley Schwarz

Brinsley Schwarz

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British 1969–1974 pub rock band evolved from Kippington Lodge. For the band's name giver, guitarist Brinsley Schwarz, see Brinsley Schwarz (2). British 1969–1974 pub rock band evolved from Kippington Lodge. For the band's name giver, guitarist Brinsley Schwarz, see Brinsley Schwarz (2).

Brinsley Schwarz played a role in rock history much larger than their record sales or chart positions would suggest, and for several reasons. Foremost, they were the first of London’s Pub Rock bands, pioneering a shift in attitude among some fans who came to feel that it was important to see bands perform in intimate settings, and that bands that had achieved major financial success and were holed up in country mansions no longer shared the perspective of the common man and thus lost a critical element of connection with their audience. So the first role of the Brinsleys was to begin generating this attitude shift.

Pub rock bands played in a wide range of styles, but this attitude was common to all, and over the next six years Brinsley Schwarz and others created a circuit of pubs in London and beyond that was willing to showcase pub rock groups to crowds of fifty to two hundred fans a night. At the start, many of these bands were influenced by American country flavored rock, but as time passed groups like Ducks Deluxe, Dr. Feelgood, the Kursaal Flyers, Kilburn and the High Roads, Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Eddie and the Hotrods help light the path to punk and new wave, whose debt to pub rock has never really been properly acknowledged. This was the second role of the Brinsleys – laying the foundation for a circuit of venues without which punk and new wave might not ever have gotten off the ground.

In addition, in 1975 both Bob Andrews and Brinsley himself joined Graham Parker’s backing band, the Rumour, and with third Brinsley Schwarz member Nick Lowe as producer, helped launch Graham Parker to critical acclaim in the mid 1970s. Although it’s widely forgotten today, Parker’s first three albums drew near-unanimous critical raves, and his rough and tumble vocal style combined with the powerhouse backing of his band provided a template for a lot of new wave groups to follow, not the least of which included Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. Thus the third role of the Brinsleys was in laying a template for a new type of singer-song writers who were not mellowed out hippies but who hit hard and flashed anger more often than sorrow.

Nick Lowe himself made some outstanding solo records, most notably his debut lp The Jesus Of Cool, which remains a classic of power pop. Brinsley Schwarz rhythm guitarist Ian Gomm also released a handful of solid power pop albums. And drummer Billy Rankin subsequently played on one of Dave Edmunds’ best record, Get It. In this final role of diaspora, well after the demise of the band members of Brinsley Schwarz were making excellent records in other combinations.

Two Brinsley Schwarz songs in particular resurfaced later in rock history. The song "Cruel To Be Kind" was recorded in the sessions for the bands final 1974 The New Favourites Of Brinsley Schwarz album but never made it to the record. Instead it was released on Nick Lowe's first solo album and in 1979 Lowe re-recorded Cruel To Be Kind and made it a major solo hit. Another song from the sessions - "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding / Ever Since You're Gone" - did make to the album and later became a hit for Elvis Costello. In 1972 the band backed Frankie Miller on his debut album, Once In A Blue Moon

The excellent book “No Sleep Till Canvey Island” by former Kursaal Flyer Will Birch provides an outstanding account of the band and its fellow pub rock groups and is highly recommended.
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Brinsley Schwarz Discography Tracks

Albums

Brinsley Schwarz Despite It All (Album) Liberty US 1970 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Brinsley Schwarz (Album) United Artists Records Australia 1970 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Silver Pistol (Album) United Artists Records Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Nervous On The Road (Album) United Artists Records US 1972 Sell This Version
RL 4-2 Brave Belt / Brinsley Schwarz Brave Belt / Brinsley Schwarz - Brave Belt / Despite It All(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL 4-2 US 1972 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Please Don't Ever Change (Album) United Artists Records Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz The New Favourites Of Brinsley Schwarz (Album) United Artists Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz It's All Over Now (Album) Decal UK 1988 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Live Favourites (Album) Mega Dodo UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Brinsley Schwarz Country Girl (Single) Liberty UK 1970 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Shining Brightly / Hymn To Me (Single) United Artists Records Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-93936 Brinsley Schwarz I Like It Like That(7", Single) United Artists Records 5C 006-93936 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
50915 Brinsley Schwarz Silver Pistol(7", Promo) United Artists Records 50915 US 1972 Sell This Version
50976 Brinsley Schwarz Happy Doing What We're Doing(7", Promo) United Artists Records 50976 US 1972 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz I've Cried My Last Tear Over You United Artists Records Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
UP 35588 Brinsley Schwarz Speedoo(7", Promo) United Artists Records UP 35588 UK 1973 Sell This Version
5c 006-94 886 Brinsley Schwarz Why do we hurt the one we love?(7", Single) United Artists Records 5c 006-94 886 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding / Ever Since You're Gone (Single) United Artists Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Everybody (Single) United Artists Records France 1975 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding (Single) United Artists Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Country Girl United Artists Records UK 1978 Sell This Version

Compilations

Brinsley Schwarz Brinsley Schwarz's Original Golden Greats (Comp) United Artists Records Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
UAS 29 790/91 XB Brinsley Schwarz The Classic British Rock Scene(2xLP, Comp) United Artists Records UAS 29 790/91 XB Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Fifteen Thoughts Of Brinsley Schwarz (Comp) United Artists Records Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Brinsley Schwarz Brinsley Schwarz (Album, Comp) Capitol Records Canada 1978 Sell This Version