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The Flaming Gnomes


Flaming Gnomes in Dark Strokes 1400 x 1400 for CD Baby

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Way back in the halcyon days of 2007, a challenge was laid down to see who could record the best version of Pink Floyd’s classic first single, Arnold Layne. This was a competition hosted by David Gilmour in conjunction with EMI and Myspace to celebrate 40 years since its original release and to promote the release of Gilmour’s reworking of the song.

The prize for the winner of this competition was a days recording in the famous Abbey Road Studio and your logo designed by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis fame. The Flaming Gnomes consisted of William Hayter – Drums, Sam Smith – Guitar and Vocals, Rick Cullen – Bass and Martin Gimson – Keyboards, four musician friends from Hertfordshire who were hastily assembled to commence recording. The band name was derived from Flaming and The Gnome which were two songs from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Pink Floyd’s first album.

The track was submitted to the competition organisers, but sadly was not judged to be the winner. At that point the band went in to hibernation.

About a year later, an enquiry came from Keith Jones of Fruits De Mer Records asking if we would record a single for them with a view to releasing it on 7 inch vinyl. Keith had heard our version of Arnold Layne and felt we could produce something for them. After lots of thought and deliberation the two tracks chosen to record were Care Of Cell 44 by The Zombies and Love Song With Flute by Caravan.

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