Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon

From: Britain

Named in whimsical tribute to Simon and Garfunkel, Frabjoy and the Runcible Spoon consisted of Kevin Godley, formerly of Graham Gouldman’s Mockingbirds, and Lol Crème, once Godley’s bandmate in the early-’60s group the Sabres.

Since their time in the Sabres, the pair received diplomas in graphic design, working together to design the cardboard models which went out with such movies as The Railway Children and Cromwell. By the end of 1968, the pair were making demos, funded by Jim O’Farrell of the Kennedy Street management structure which also handled Gouldman and the Mindbenders. While working as a session man at Giorgio Gomelsky’s Marmalade label, Gouldman asked Godley to join him at a session. After hearing Godley’s falsetto, Gomelsky immediately offered him and Crème a deal.

The duo began work on an album in September 1969 under the name Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon. Basic tracks were recorded Strawberry Sutdios. Gouldman and Eric Stewart (Mindbenders) were backing musicians for the session. A single, “I’m Beside Myself,” was released in early 1969. Also recorded at this time was “To Fly Away,” which appeared on Marmalade’s 100% Proof label sampler.

Marmalade folded shortly after this pair of releases and, unfortunately, the Frabjoy album was abandoned. There were hopes that Marmalade’s parent company, Polydor, might pick up the album when “I’m Beside Myself” appeared onto a label compilation, but nothing came of it. The quartet returned to Strawberry where they would take the next three years to reform. They would then emerge as 10cc.

Artist Info: An article by Dave Thompson of Allmusic.com

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1969 single Marmalade 598019

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