4 December 2010
Granny's Intentions - Story of David
Year of Issue: 1967
"David Miller was a cock..."
Well, that's just charming.
"Wrote poetry... using only seven English verbs"
Ah, now I understand. I've had dealings with such characters myself.
Granny's Intentions were a Dublin based outfit who, like rather too many Irish acts in the sixties, were largely ignored in Britain, being forced into the position of supporting various showbands in their home country instead. Apparently slavered over by a cult following on the Irish gig circuit, their apparent absence from the usual array of sixties compilations is a curious case which should surely be remedied soon. "Story of David" may not quite be up there with "My White Bicycle", but nonetheless its pounding organ riffs, bellowing blue-eyed soul meets mystic seer vocals, and beatnik-bashing lyrics make it very of its time.
Indeed, "The Story of David" appears to be a cautionary warning about delving too deep into the complex and unappreciated world of experimental poetry. David Miller, we learn, was rejected from endless publishers for his hip appearance and bizarre prose, forced to live on unemployment benefit, and we are finally told that really, he should simply stop snubbing convention and "Go back to work". One can almost see the pointing of several nagging, wagging fingers when that line is collectively delivered by the band in a harmonious fashion. Who David Miller is or was (almost certainly not the Australian poet listed on Wikipedia) and what business any of this happened to be of Granny's Intentions shall possibly forever remain a mystery, but the end result appears to be a critique of underground dabblers, placing this track on a rarified list of psychedelic songs which either dis the scene that spawned them (The Montanas "Difference of Opinion", Dave Clarke Five's "Lost In His Dreams") or make rather conservative judgmental noises about the homeless or jobless (Falling Leaves' "Beggar's Parade").
The Intentions also briefly counted Gary Moore amongst their line-up, who played on several tracks on their sole album "Honest Injun". Thus, they are arguably the least obscure of all the remaining unsung underground sixties acts.
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