Froth Blowers Band
El Original Brew
BILL HUNT is a (still) walking piece of pop memorabilia; a collectors' item. The only musician, along with the superlative ROY WOOD, to have been in the original line up of both the world renowned ELO and 70’s glam rock chart toppers WIZZARD, who used to wish it could be Christmas every day.
In 1972 Bill wrote the B-side of the first WIZZARD single, 'Ball Park Incident' which sold over 250,000 copies. The original title was to be 'The Light Fantastic', but Roy wasn’t so keen as there was another Birmingham band of the same name. So unbeknownst to Bill, the band re-named the track 'The Carlsberg Special (Pianos Demolished Phone 021 373 4472)'. The inclusion of Bill’s home number in the title led to his phone ringing non-stop and double non-stop at the weekends. It seemed that everybody who bought the record had decided to ring the number on the back out of curiosity. He was forced to change his number. About a year later it was allocated to a dear, unwitting lady pensioner and it started ringing all over again! Carlsberg Special Brew was the band’s then drink of choice - that and rocket fuel! Pianos demolished? This was back in the days of student piano smashing contests - no computer games then - and Bill was following in the footsteps of The Move’s Carl Wayne (TV sets), The Who’s Pete Townshend (guitars) and of course, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon (anything). The single was launched at The Magic Circle Club (Wizzard – geddit?) in London. The world’s most prestigious magic club. Carlsberg even showed up with crates of their Special Brew.
43 years later, Bill has written the follow up – EL ORIGINAL BREW. It came to him in a flash! It came through his meeting up with Hamstall Ridware and Dr C D Mille of Sundae Club, to whom he was introduced by his old (well actually a little bit younger than him) school mate Steve Winwood. Ridware and Mille were massive fans of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and the early ELO style. The seed was sown. The horn was blown.”
We were asked to design the record label for this wonderful story and have since branched into cheese and other culinary delights!
EL ORIGINAL BREW - The world has waited long enough… Whatever next?!