Cherry Blossom Clinic

"Cherry Blossom Clinic" is a song by British rock band The Move. The song tells the story of a man slipping into madness and what he imagines as he hallucinates in his clinic room. The song features a string and brass arrangement by Tony Visconti. Keeping with the theme of madness, a line in the song about a "teatray in the sky" is a reference from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.[1]

Although scheduled as the next single after the top 10 hit "Flowers in the Rain", the release was cancelled in the wake of a scandal surrounding a promotional stunt postcard sent out for "Flowers in the Rain". "Cherry Blossom Clinic" was included on The Move's first album, but its b-side "Vote for Me" was not released until 1998.

The song was later revisited and re-recorded by The Move and, under the title "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited", was included on their second album Shazam. This version is less psychedelic, more progressive and does not include the wah-wah guitar or the string and brass arrangements. It quotes from J. S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Tchaikovsky's "Thé" (the Chinese dance) from his ballet The Nutcracker.

"Cherry Blossom Clinic"
Song by The Move
from the album Move
Released1968
Recorded1967
GenrePsychedelic pop
Length2:35
LabelRegal Zonophone
Songwriter(s)Roy Wood

Personnel

Additional musicians

References

  1. ^ "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Chapter VII". Cs.cmu.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
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Boss Hog officially announced their return in May 2016 with details of US tour dates along with an EP, Brood Star, released by In the Red Records in July 2016. A new song, "17", was released in January 2017 to herald the band's first full-length album in 17 years – Brood X, released in March 2017.Jon Spencer's other bands include Pussy Galore, of which Martinez became a peripheral member, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion both of which existed in parallel to Boss Hog.

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Although not released as a single, the song has been included on compilation albums, such as Olé ELO, Afterglow, and The Light Shines On Vol 2, and has been performed live. It was also a favourite of the ELO band members during the time.

"This one, without doubt, is the favourite of all the band. It's a sad story about a war orphan with a soldier explaining to her all about the war — and that it was he that killed her parents. The most sensitive thing we do." – Bev Bevan (1973, Birmingham Post & Mail article entitled: Chart Boost Coming For Brum And E.L.O.)

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