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Blossom Toes were an English psychedelic pop band active between 1967 and 1969.

Initially known as The Ingoes, they were renamed and signed to manager Giorgio Gomelsky’s Marmalade label. The original line-up comprised Brian Godding (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Jim Cregan (guitar, vocals), Brian Belshaw (bass, vocals), and Kevin Westlake drums).

The band’s debut album, We Are Ever So Clean, is a classic example of English psychedelia. On release, it was presented in the U.K. music magazine Melody Maker as “Giorgio Gomelsky’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Although not a major commercial success, tracks such as “What on Earth” or “Look at Me, I’m You” have helped give the album something of a cult period status as it is unearthed by successive generations of 1960s retro fans. It was recently voted number forty in Record Collector’s list of the “100 Greatest Psychedelic Records”.

If Only for a Moment saw the band taking a noticeably heavier and rockier direction, with Cregan and Godding’s distinctive two-part guitar harmonies playing a prominent role. The album also marked the departure of Westlake, to be replaced by John “Poli” Palmer and then Barry Reeves.

The quartet was dissolved in 1970. While Belshaw and Godding rejoined Westlake in B.B. Blunder, Cregan formed Stud with Jim Wilson and Charlie McCracken, before joining Family. He would find fame later in the decade with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, and as a part of Rod Stewart’s backing band.

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  • IamFlood

    what were these guys on?

    1 Mar 6:43pm Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    They started as a Psych/Pop band on their first album (We Are Ever So Clean 1967)... but I prefer the second one (If Only For A Moment 1969)....a harder Psych/Rock sound and criminally underrated...

    25 Jan 11:43pm Reply
  • barnvelder49

    Two lead guitars! Remember them as a strange and whimsical sound from the uni scene on London 1960's. Booked them for a uni gig and they were unpopular but magical! Great to see they're still played!

    12 Jan 8:12pm Reply
  • axefreeze

    obscure and touching.. deserves much more attention

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FillTheGaps

    funny how crowd preference is so divided on this one, for me "If Only For A Moment" is better

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • KiwiFlash

    British psychedelia is best psychedelia always forever no exceptions. Followed closely by the swedes.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Roncsipar

    haha creazye

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • arcdukes

    peaceful ~

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • 25thCentQuaker

    ...and ever so clean.

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LSBumblebee

    A guilty pleasure...

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Far too whimsical. A bit lame actually. Where's the fuzz guitar?

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Pi_Puppids

    Massively under-appreciated....

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DrHarry

    I love them. And B.B. Blunder (After they broke up, formed) is underrated.

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • yiffyskunk420

    really cool

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ZosoGravity

    Cool band!!

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • le_dzedaj

    Groovy band, their second album is psychedelic masterpiece. Get it ("If Only For A Moment" album) at www./the60sound.blogspot.com/

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • john_lodge

    I thought music can never bring me so much joy anymore - and now I've discovered We Are Ever So Clean - unbelievable

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Suviheikkila

    this band takes me back to the 60s. love their music!

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Dario_Western

    They were the first psychedelic band I ever heard because my dad was a fan and he used to play me the "We Are Ever So Clean" album a lot when I was a kid. Fantastic band who never lived up to their full potential because their record company thought they were complete shit.

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • lunarmountains

    peace loving man!

    9 May 2010 Reply
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