Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Yacht Rock: the Sequel

Back in March, I posted a song from the late Liverpool new wave band the Yachts, and compared it to the music being made now by the Futureheads and Maximo Park (whose "Hammer Horror" is my current favorite song).

I got a few responses from folks who wanted to hear more of the Yachts, in particular Mersey Mark, WHO HAS BEEN SHOUTING AT ME FOR OVER A MONTH NOW (presumably to make himself heard from across the big pond). So here's a couple more from the Yachts self-titled album from 1979, which was crisply produced by Richard Gottehrer (except for "Look Back in Love", produced by Clive Langer).

If you like new wave, it's good stuff. The band could play, and they had strong vocal harmonies and songwriting smarts. Their debut single "Suffice to Say" was a song about writing a song, a lyrical gambit later copied by Peter and the Test Tube Babies on "All about Love".

Yachts: Then and Now
Yachts: Look Back in Love


At 5/04/2006 4:31 PM , Anonymous James said...

"Look Back in Love" is apparently a cover of a 60's record (so I've been told by more than one person). I love the Yachts' version, but I've never been able to hear the original (or figure out who wrote and first performed it, for that matter).

At 5/05/2006 10:29 AM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

A quick web search tells me that "Look Back in Love (Not in Anger)" was first recorded by a Boston band from the 1960's called Teddy and the Pandas. You can order their album "Basic Magnetism" from if you want to hear their version. I couldn't find any information about the songwriters (B. Pedrick and M. Gately), who apparently were neither Teddy nor Pandas.

At 6/02/2006 8:11 PM , Anonymous Ruzz said...

Saw the Yachts a lot in London during their seemingly brief reign. Great band - never could persuade my friends of the fact. Similar fate with the Farmers Boys a few years later.

At 12/07/2006 4:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good band, I´ve heard only one song but it´s good, please if someone has some MP3 from them contact me on my e-mail

At 10/06/2008 2:01 PM , Anonymous skip groff said...

As to the writers, Robert Pedrick Jr. had a 45 out in the early 60s on Big Top as BOBBY PEDRICK, and later in the 60s on Columbia wrote and performed as ROBERT JOHN, many of his songs co-written by Michael Gately as on this version by The Yachts of Look Back In Love Not In Anger, Robert continued on in the 80s on EMI-America in the USA..
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At 1/16/2009 9:33 AM , Anonymous George said...

Michael Gately was a singer/songwriter (with a beautiful voice and great songs I must say) that released some singles and two albuns by Janus Records, "Gately's Cafe" and "Still 'Round", both from 1972, he also worked as background singer, producer and wrote songs for other artists.
He died from heart trouble in 1982 at age 39.

At 1/16/2009 9:34 AM , Anonymous George said...


At 1/16/2009 11:23 AM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

Thanks to George and Skip for the additional information!


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