was the drummer for the Electric Prunes,1966-67. I played
on the hits, "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),
"Get Me To The World On Time," etc.
I have a home page on the web at :
The Electric Prunes web site is at :
Just surfin' through the net and saw your page mentioning
my old band (Prunes) as one of your inspirations! I'm always
surprised to see how much that band influenced other musicians
and fans. Just thought I'd drop a note to say I stopped
Preston Ritter - Email June 2000
received the two CDs you sent to me and listened closely
to all of them. I really like your music!! I was quite surprised
at how good and professional you sound. I liked the "Do
Spirits Return" CD best, especially the song, "Hot
Cat." That one sounds very much like a Beatles style
tune. Quite good, actually. Thanks for sending me the CDs.
I enjoy listening to them a lot."
Preston Ritter - Email August 2000
"I listened to both CDs several times again. I like
the more each time I play them. Tell your drummer it's good
to hear brushes on record again, in modern music!
Using drum brushes is almost a lost art these days among
younger drummers. I love playing with brushes. I was surprised
that all your songs are in English, rather than French.
Of course, that makes them marketable in more places around
the world, I guess. I'm still trying to find a band to play
with regularly. Disco and karaoke have almost killed live
music in night clubs in the U.S. Some clubs now have live
bands again, but only on Fridays and Saturdays. Back in
the 60s and 70s, I was always working six or seven nights
per week! Most musicians here, find it very difficult to
make a full time living just playing music. They have to
have "day jobs" to survive. That's sad.
How is the live music situation in France? Is it possible
to make a living as a musician there? I know that jazz is
more popular in your country than it is here, even though
jazz is the only pure American art form. Most American audiences
are not very sophisticated musically, compared to other
countries. Thanks again for the CDs. I hope someday I will
be able to visit France and maybe even play music there."
Preston Ritter - Email August 2000"
Surely this lot should be les petits chercheurs or the little
searchers. Oooh, all this Franglais - ruining the french
language. But that aside - this is sooo cool They have proper
french accents and everything ! (as you can see it takes
very little to get me exited). The lyrics are, well, um
- you decide. Like a mole living underground, You're alright
in your wonderland.. But then again, English isn't their
primary language so I guess you can't expect Shakespearesque
lyrics. They are the epitome of kitsch though. They've got
this 60s britpop feel (think the Beatles, the Kinks etc
etc) and this amazing dress sense. You just have to see
the skin tight navy and white striped trousers - do you
think they're sprayed on ? It's a bit of a chilling album
- best suited to show your amazing of the french underground
music scene when friends come around - très impressive
; non ? For more info / winter fashion tips / help with
A-level french homework write .... " -
Nicole M - Kitsch Kitty # 3 - (U.K.) - August 2000
There is a very stupid law in the land of the Eiffel Tower
that says that a certain amount of the songs transmitted
on radio must be French ones. Vive l’Europe!!!....and
I’m sure this Nantes-based band must hate this law
as they are influenced by British and American psychedelic
pop. It’s probably one of the sole CD’s with
a stupid cover ( or is it ironywise that they have changed
their heads and instruments by cartoons?) that is actually
good ! You know I was expecting some stupid French punk
with a cover like this, but it has more in common with a
band like Blur (not that they are Brit-pop or so but singer
John could score some decent points when performing Damon
Albarn in ‘Stars in their eyes’ or how do you
call those shows were people are imitating their idols???).
Their strong melodies are covered with a psychedelic touch
(‘Do spirits return has the same atmosphere that «
Norvegian woods » by The Beatles has) and so automatically
there is the link with Syd Barret or more recently Super
Furry Animals... or for those who are familiar with underground
band The Conspiracy, take them as an exemple.... »
The Original Sin - (Belgium) - February 2000
Well I've talked about these lot so many times, these lovely
French lot. Back again with this 5 track CD, they've got
to be described as having close musical links to The Move,
early Status Quo, The Kinks, and yep Syd Barrett and Pink
Floyd, 60's drenched feelgood vibes float through everything
they do, I must say that I love them. Stop Girl has a mix
and classic 60's organ sound, mixed and put up to date with
Yannick's vocals which kind of mix REM, and The Kinks. Musically
these lot stand out so much, when you hear Watch Out For
The Crowd, it's definitely flares at twenty paces, it whirls
with a hypnotic psychedelic guitar and pump up in beat now
and from the drums. Whirling delights it is !
Cream of the Crop - December 1999
"Les Little Searchers also need some help in the artwork
and titles department : their name apart, the sleeve of
"Do spirits return" looks tasteless even for a
Eurovision Song Contest entry, but the band, a four piece
in the classic garage-pop style, have an ace up their sleeves
in the shape of their songwriting and delivery, which nears
favourable comparison to the Television Personalities in
Phil Mc Mullen
Ptolemaic Terrascope - February 1999 - www.terrascope.org
cover of this Frenchy CD and you don't know what you expect
from these ramshackle dressed up in all sorts four. Like
a mole, the opener floats a path of Hawkwind vibes, fuzzy
guitar, and a magic ride into wah wah, hawk riffs. There's
other songs that walk roads, long and past, there's a path
that goes into early flavour of The Spectres, (Status Quo),
not the denim affair but the psychedelic collars times,
even inspirations of Roy Wood float at you. There's the
sitar based "Do spirits return", you'll float
from the start to finish, then the music stops and after
a while the mystery track returns to the best parts of the
Cream of the Crop - March 1999
magazine Larsen comes with a free 7-inch EP... The Little
Searchers do a cover of Creation's Making time, and like
Little Bob Story's 1976 All or nothing's cover, it's a competent
updating... Also on the Larsen magasine's eponymous label
is Trashy'n'Catchy, a 10-inch compilation album of total
degenerates from accross the channel... Fashion Conscious
by The Little Searchers is good, but trying to sail toward
the Kink's greatness is just foolishness.You're bound to
be dashed against the rocks of their genius. This is the
same Fashion Conscious that tried to pass itself off as
along lost Syd Barrett original, credited to the Fresh Windows...
One final word:if you're into garage bands, renaissance
or original, you're gonna want, no, nedd this stuff.
So send away today !
116, rue du Crey - 73230 - St Alban Leysse
www.larsen.asso.fr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Grupo pop de tamiz magico. Guitaras vibrantes y graciles
arpegios. Clavecin, sitar...
Animals Records - (Spain) - mars 1999
it's really difficult to say what kind of music this band
plays. I can say it's weird and it's kinda psychedelic with
touch of brit pop and indie. To be honest when I put this
CD in my CD player, I thought - oh, no -one more of these
boring indie bands. But this is definitely not one of these
boring indie bands. I like The Little Searchers. They have
this pleasant craziness in their music and songs and sphere
remind me of Syd Barrett or some later Beatles stuff. It's
music you can play on a sunny day or on a rainy day (doesn't
really matter), lie in your bed and daydream the whole day."
« No Brain Zine » (Holland) - Sept 2002
from the west coast of France, L.L.S. have been gigging
since the mid-90's, honing a range of buzzing pop toons
with just a smattering of siked effects. In the past this
camera shy 4- piece have usually hidden behind cartoons
alter-ego's (think of the Tweenies with mohawaks) but
now they've decided to unmask for their second full-lengther.
They namecheck The Zombies/Kinks/Syd's Floyd and a little
nearer to home : Michel Polnareff and the "yéyé"
french garage phenomenon of the 60's as formative influences.
This collection is paced just like a live gig (in your living
room!).They open with a snappy brace of melodics, that are
driven by the twin guitars of vocalist John Philippe Inizan
and Yannick Le Joubioux. The Beatlesque "In my own
time" is one unusual choice for a cover but they acquit
The original can be found on the debut album by those General
Dentistry Council pin-ups The Bee Gees. "Working Week"
cheekily name drops The Small Faces with it's "waiting
for a lazy Sunday" tagline. Their set eventually seems
to pick up excitement with the two last tracks "Better
"L'Hypothèque". They (loosely) resemble
bands somewhat further afield than their euro-influences,
namely thoses Peebles stalwarts The Outcasts and the Haunted.
That last track with its beautifully extended wah-wah solo
at 5 minutes but actually paves the way for a few uncredited
"encores" where the vino gets passed around and
turns a few of the previous songs into a more ragged and
tougher shapes. Like The Slow Slushy Boys, The Dunts and
Blutt, they 're not a world shattering or life changing
experience, but if you still crave a punchy and simply constructed
rush of joie de vivre it
has to be Les Little Searchers - they remember fun."
Steve Pescott - Ptolemaic Terrrascope (U.K.) - October
"Great pleasure to listen to and great pop sounds.
In fact the
CD reminded me in parts on the old Sunnyboys records - strong
melodies and a warm and full guitar sound backed by a powerful
drumming. Guess you are familiar with the Sunnyboys. I think
they were quite popular in France in the 80´s. Considering
you have already put a number of
CD´s (as I saw from the booklet), you must be quite
popular in France and maybe elsewhere too. My Fave song
by the way: Better Day! "
Wolfgang VOLKEL (Germany) - Break-A-Way Label