May 18, 2010 by vinylburns
I received word this evening, that the BBC’s Chris Hawkins (BBC6music) had retold the old legend regarding the origin of my band’s name…
Here is the transcript of the mention on the show…
“…The New Zealand variety showman Vinyl Burns (real name George Gallagher) called his band “The Flavour Of Yesterday” apparently because during rehearsal weeks, the drummer Johnny Martin, used to leave the same pile of snacks next to his drum kit for days, sometimes weeks. It was the running joke with the band, that that was how he got that authentic retro feel, because he was eating “the flavour of yesterday”.”
That’s how it went to air… and it’s largely accurate. I do want to amend a few things though.
It was the legendary Brazilian tour of 1976. We were sitting at #64 on the Brizilian charts, with “Touch Me In The Velvet”, and while we didn’t speak the language… we could tell, people were talking.
In these heady times, it wasn’t uncommon to have our backstage sanctuary invaded by admirers and party goers. We each had our own way of dealing with the lack of privacy… Johnny just used to pretend he was a soldier in Korea, and that nobody could see him, because we were in Brazil.
That’s my kind of genius.
Myself, I didn’t like to say no to the fans.
Eventually I worked out that I should employ people to say no for me, but back then I was a bit too much of a yes man… and I said yes a lot, we all did. In fact, once the tour was over, we sat down, with some accountants, and worked out that, between us, we’d said yes to about 12% of Brazil. Not bad for a band of gringos.
My real name IS Vinyl… George Gallagher was my travel double. His job was to run out of the venue or the hotel, looking a lot like me, and distract the bulk of the fans and autograph hunters, so I was free to pose for the paparazzi without interruption.
George is still with us, but I’ve lowered my profile (for environmental reasons), so now he’s just on call should I need ever him.
Indeed, those were good times… We began the band as “Vinyl Burns and A Group Of Gentlemen He Met By The Pool”, but this band name lead to confusion amongst our fans, and lead to a lot of budding musicians hanging around bothering me when I was swimming.
So, we spent the best part of the 1976 tour changing the band name every second or third show. We knew that we had to take the time it took to find the right organic name for our venture, but the constant re-branding made for small houses, and a marketing nightmare. At one point, management were repressing the album several times a week, just to reprint the artwork. You can still find collectible copies that album under the names listed below. We even re-recorded the track “I’m Vinyl and my band is called Knuckle Dusters”, the revised lyrics being “I’m Vinyl and my band is pretty swell”.
Ironically, the flip-side of releasing the same album 17 times under different band names, came on September 14th, 1976, when the single “Touch Me In The Velvet”, peaked at #45, #25, # 17, #16 and #4 on the Brazilian charts.
Here are the names we appeared under during the great Brazilian tour of 1976.
Vinyl Burns and the Servants Of Daytona
Vinyl Burns and the Dutch Caress
Vinyl and the Dutch Water Caress
Speed Burns and the Vinyl Discs
Vinyl Burns and the Licorice Whips
Vinyl Burns and the Killer BeeGees
Vinyl Burns and the Aura of Young Guilt
Vinyl Burns and the Rainbow Justice Band
Vinyl Burns and the Hot Knuckle Dusters
Vinyl Burns and the Complicated Situation
Vinyl Jones and Goats of Jerome
The Electric Swan and a Squandered Charity Fund
Vinyl Burns and the Trouble With Smoking
The Apocalypse of Time featuring Vinyl Burns
Vinyl Burns and the Untapped Potential
Vinyl Burns and the Untouchable Distance To Bedtime
Vinyl Burns and his Squadron of African Money Men
Vinyl Burns and the Ugly Scars
Vinyl Burns and a Picnic with Ladies
Vinyl Burns and the Extortion Attempts
Vinyl Burns Like A Monkey Fink
Vinyl Burns and the Legends of Monkey Canyon
Vinyl Burns and the Dirt That’s Too Close
Vinyl Burns and the Greedy Jesus Orchestra
Vinyl Burns and a Christmas Surprise
Vinyl Burns and the Boxing Day Fistfights
Vinyl Burns and the Lifetime Banned
Vinyl Burns and the Easy Jews
Vinyl Burns and the Old Snacks
Vinyl Burns and the Old Snakes
Vinyl Burns and the Johnny Snackers
Vinyl Burns and Yesterdays Gravy
Vinyl Burns and the Disgusting Drummers
The Johnny Martin Band featuring Vinyl Burns
Vinyl Burns – Solo
Vinyl Burns and Maybe It’s A Shabby Plan
Vinyl Burns and the Late Departure Seven
Vinyl Burns and the Late Departure Six
Vinyl Burns and the Accidental Mardi Gras
Vinyl Burns and the Innocent Children
Vinyl Burns and the Flavour of Yesterday.
It was a long and ugly Brazilian winter, but by the end of that 5 week tour, we knew each other inside out, and it was more than enough to hold us together for another 23 years.
These days, we’re just happy to get together for the odd charity or reunion show.
Glad to rock, in one anothers’ company, just one more time.
To The Flavour…
I Salute You.