Girl of Independent Means (7”)
Media Condition: VG
Sleeve Condition: G+
Genre: Rock, Pop, Beat
Notes: Girl of Independent Means b/w How Long. Comes in original sleeve, sleeve has regular wear for its age, creases on corners.
If you like: The Cyrkle or The Turtles, Honeybus is a band worthy of your attention.
About: The story of Honeybus is almost a cautionary tale. Considering that most have never heard of them, it’s amazing to ponder that they came very close, in the eyes of the critics, to being Decca Records’ answer to the Rubber Soul-era Beatles. The harmonies were there, along with some catchy, hook-laden songs and usually tastefully overdubbed brass and violins. The pop sensibilities of Honeybus’ main resident composers, Pete Dello and Ray Cane, were astonishingly close in quality and content to those of Paul McCartney and the softer sides of John Lennon of that same era. What’s more, the critics loved their records. Yet, somehow, Honeybus never got it right; they never had the right single out at the proper time, and only once in their history did they connect with the public for a major hit, in early 1968. Their best known lineup consisted of Pete Dello (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Ray Cane (vocals, bass, keyboards), Colin Hare (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Pete Kircher (drums, vocals), with Dello and Cane writing most of their songs. *via Bruce Eder
Why it’s worth your time: Though little known today, Honeybus is just as great as the classics of the later beat era and essential listening for fans of the mid-late ‘60s baroque pop era.
A favorite track: Girl of Independent Means