Normally I really hate Pickwick sound-alike records. My philosophy is that you had an opportunity to do something, no, anything and you chose to do something totally derivative. However, this was 80 cents and I like the Bee Gees. I also figured this would make for either an interesting post or a chance to really crap on something.
Keeping with the theme of running down last month’s trip to Phoenix, we took a stop at the Aquarium and Butterfly enclave in town. Pretty good little tour. A lot of interesting fishes and the like inside. Took a lot of pictures. My aunt was in town from the New Brunswick and I found it odd when I saw her taking pictures of lobsters, being from the Maritimes and all (they got a lot of them up there). I then , being from Texas, proceeded to take many pictures of the catfish (which are abundant in the state). Well, I guess it is man’s ability to be hypocritical that separates us from the animals. That and a couple inches of glass.
The butterfly enclave was pretty neat as well as you walked inside while they flew around in all directions. Tried hard to get a picture of the blue butterfly’s but they really either proved to be elusive or were really old and worn. I remember going thru the same thing at the zoo in Amsterdam , the only difference was I was so glad at the time to be inside with the butterfly as it was freezing outside.
I know nothing about the Neon Nights, who most certainly, were whatever studio band and singers Pickwick was using at the time. As the title would greatly suggest, it is a collection of Bee Gee tunes done by a copycat group and released on the cheap, something Pickwick did a lot of at the time. The songs on the album are pretty representative of the band’s big hits from the seventies. I found it odd to include “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band” as it is less representative of the Bee Gees and more reminiscent of a huge commercial and artistic flop which nearly ruined the careers of everyone involved. I did like the inclusion of “Nights on Broadway” which was used by SNL on the Barry Gibb Talk Show which I can only link to (damn you NBC).
So how does one critique a copycat album like this? Simple. For me, this album came down to the start of the second verse of “Stayin’ Alive”. This was make or break point. How did the two compare? Well you can see for yourself as that is the sample I used.
Or I can save you the suspense and just tell you, the Neon Nights fell flat. And that is why this is a low rated album.