Piblokto! (pronounced pye-block-toe) was the second backing group formed by poet/songwriter/singer Pete Brown (b. 25 December 1940, Ashtead, Surrey, England). Drummer Rob Tait was retained from Brown’s previous unit, the Battered Ornaments, and the line-up was completed by Jim Mullen (b. 26 November 1945, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar), Dave Thompson (keyboard/saxophone) and Roger Bunn (bass). The quintet recorded their 1970 debut album, Things May Come And Things May Go, But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever, with the help of augmented musicians, and the collection remains one of the finest of the progressive era. Brown’s lyricism coupled with excellent musicianship from all of the various line-ups resulted in several classic moments. Bunn was replaced by Steve Glover prior to a second release, Thousands On A Raft (also 1970), but this excellent album marked the end of Brown’s association with Mullen, Thompson and Tait. The singer’s sadness over their departure was captured on ‘Flying Hero Sandwich’/‘My Last Band’, his first single with a new Piblokto! - Glover, Brian Breeze (guitar), Phil Ryan (keyboards) and John ‘Pugwash’ Weathers (drums). Sadly this line-up also proved unstable; Raymond ‘Taff’ Williams and Ed Spevock (ex-Babe Ruth) replaced Breeze and Glover, but Piblokto! folded in 1971 when Brown began a brief association with Graham Bond.
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