Fire

From: Hounslow, England

Fire were a Middlesex trio formed in 1966 with the original name Friday’s Chyld. Members included David Lambert (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Dick Dufall (bass, vocals) and Bob Voice (drums, vocals).

In early 1967, the band recorded some demos and pitched them to Decca. The label liked the demos and quickly signed the band to a contract. They were also signed to Apple Publishing and changed their name to Fire. They recorded their first “official” versions of the songs “Father’s Name Is Dad” and “Treacle Toffee World” (both had been recorded and sent to Decca as demos) in mid-1967 with producer Tony Clarke, but they weren’t actually released as a single until several months later in the spring of 1968. The single did not make much of a commercial impact but was heard by Paul McCartney who was particularly fond of the A-side (“Father’s Name Is Dad”). McCartney had the band re-record the song with backing vocals and doubled guitar riffs an octave higher, but unfortunately this altered versional also went nowhere.

After the poor results of the single, Decca dropped Fire. However, the band didn’t give up and started work on a concept album with the help of Velvet Opera guitarist Paul Brett and Strawbs frontman Dave Cousins. Fire eventually signed to Pye and released their lone LP, The Magic Shoemaker, in 1970. The album tells the story of a shoemaker who crafts a pair of magic shoes that allows anyone who wears them to fly. The stand-out track on the album is “Tell You A Story.” Unfortunately, album sales were again low and the group disbanded later that year. Lambert later joined the Strawbs in 1972.

Artist Info: Techwebsound, All Music Guide, Tapestry of Delights Revisited by Vernon Joynson

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

Originally Unreleased

  • Father’s Name Is Dad [Alternate]

From the 1968 single Decca F.12753

  • Father’s Name Is Dad
  • Treacle Toffee World

From the 1970 album The Magic Shoemaker

  • Tell You A Story