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Groovy Uncle Persuaded [album]

Groovy Uncle: Persuaded “Having released an exciting new
  single, Barefoot In The Car Park,
  earlier in 2014, UK-based Groovy Uncle
  is attracting attention from as far
  away as Australia and looks set to
  make waves with terrific follow-up
  album Persuaded

BACK IN JANUARY, 2014, Groovy Uncle began work on a fourth album to add to an output of intriguing music Persuaded, which was released late last year (2014) with great expectations.

With the intention of creating a special, original album with a "cinematic feel", songwriter Glenn Prangnell has put together a good mix of tracks and had already lined up a talented female vocalist, Suzi Chunk, as lead vocalist.

“Groovy Uncle —
Fifty shades of cool
However, Suzi knows her stuff and had already collaborated vocally on the single Barefoot In The Car Park, but could not quite see that distinctive voice of hers belting out all the songs that Glenn gave her for consideration. She felt that a couple were not quite right for her style and therefore Glenn was left with a dilemma. He needed another gifted female vocalist who understood Groovy Uncle's ethos.

Followers of Groovy Uncle will recall a rare live appearance at The Fiddler's Elbow in Camden where Modus was headlining. Sarah Kennedy, aka Miss Modus, was providing female vocals for the Scottish band and Glenn had noted her as being "both vocally and visually striking". Luckily, Miss Modus agreed to help and Persuaded was underway.

The finished album is terrific. From the exciting and compulsive single Barefoot In The Car Park, with those delightful vocals courtesy of Suzi Chunk, to the title track, the album glows with Sixties-inspired gems with a good measure of originality and, as Glenn admits "a nod to John Barry". Indeed, some of these tracks do sound as if they could easily double as soundtracks.

The vocal version of Persuaded is wonderfully dramatic; an absolutely superbly-defined track with Miss Modus in grand vocal form. The lyric-driven Wet Weekend is slow and sure; You Look Good To Me is also great and could have been taken straight from a stage musical; and Your Weight In Gold also deliciously dramatic and theatrical.

No Idea (written by Glenn with Roan Kearsey-Lawson) is a melodic, ballad-like offering and High Time is a great track along with the more unusual What's Going On and a favourite, Pocket Of Concern. Should Have Been Mine is a really interesting track with fine lyrics and benefits from some serious harmonica playing from Jim Riley.

As a whole, the album is well thought out with a good mix of tracks. Performing with two talented female singers whose voices are well matched to the songs and with tracks that are uplifting and compulsive, Groovy Uncle moves to another level.

It comes as no surprise to hear that Groovy Uncle enjoyed the time in the studio. "Perusaded was great fun to make and it is an album of which I am very proud," says Glenn Prangnell. Glenn, you're a marvel. Fifty shades of cool…

Recorded at Ranscombe Studios, Rochester, Kent, Groovy Uncle's album Persuaded is released through own label Trouserphonic on vinyls, CD and Download on 6 October 2014.


Side One: 1 Persuaded (Instrumental) | 2 Barefoot In The Car Park (Suzi Chunk, vocals) | 3 Should Have Been Mine (with Jim Riley on harmonica) | 4 Your Weight In Gold (Miss Modus, vocals) | 5 No Idea | 6 I Won't Be Fooled By You (Miss Modus, vocals).

Side Two: 7 High Time (Suzi Chunk, vocals) | 8 Wet Weekend | 9 Pocket Of Concern | 10 What's Going On (Miss Modus duets with Glenn Prangnell) | 11 You Look Good To Me | 12 Persuaded.

"Groovy Uncle… Fifty shades of cool!" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Beautifully realised and played… a remarkable album" — Shindig!

Barefoot In The Car Park (Single)

"…exciting and compulsive" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"That has to be the analogue Record Of The Year!" — Stevie Van Zandt

"Single of the year? Without any doubt" — Malcolm Carter, Pennyblack Music

"Showing all the pretenders how it should be done" — Sound Of Confusion

"Giving the Daptone label a run for their money. Essential" — Shindig!