Spooky Tooth

Spooky ToothFrom: Carlisle, England

Spooky Tooth evolved out of the bluesy band, the VIPs and the prog/psych band, Art. They are considered by many to be more of a progressive/hard rock band, but also have some definite psychedelic undertones, especially in their earlier works. The group originally consisted of Mike Harrison (keyboards, vocals), Gary Wright (organ, vocals), Luther Grosvenor (guitar), Greg Ridley (base), and Mike Kellie (drums). Although their albums were not big sellers, the group built up a strong concert following.

Their debut LP, ‘It’s All About A Roundabout’, was issued in 1968. In 1969, their strongest and most successful LP, ‘Spooky Two’, was released and afterwards, Ridley left to join Humble Pie and was replaced by Andy Leigh. Following the early 1970 LP ‘Ceremony’, Wright left to form Wonderwheel, while Grosvenor took the name Ariel Bender and joined Stealers Wheel and later Mott The Hoople. The addition of three members of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band (Henry McCullough, Chris Stainton, and Alan Spenner) was not enough to keep the band afloat, and Spooky Tooth broke up after the LP ‘The Last Puff’ in late 1970.

A reunion in 1973 with Wright, Harrison, and future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones produced several LPs, including the moderately successful ‘You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw’, but personnel shifts and a lack of top-notch material ended the project in 1974. Wright went on to a successful solo career, scoring pop hits like ‘Dream Weaver’, and Mike Kellie later joined the punk-pop Only Ones.

Artist information sources include: Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From 1968 album It’s All About

Spooky Tooth Cover

  • Sunshine Help Me

From 1969 album Spooky Two
Spooky Two Cover

  • Better By You, Better Than Me
  • Evil Woman
  • Feelin’ Bad
  • Hangman Hang My Shell On A Tree
  • I’ve Got Enough Heartaches
  • That Was Only Yesterday
  • Waitin’ For The Wind

From 1970 album The Last Puff
The Last Puff Cover

  • I Am The Walrus
  • The Wrong Time

From the 2015 compilation The Island Years (An Anthology) 1967-1974

  • The Weight [BBC Radio – Top Gear Sessions]