BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY Strange Man, Changed Man (1979)

Strange Man, Changed Man (1979)
Muscular New Wave Power Rockers

One of my favorite LPs from the giddy, what-might-happen-next years of the late 70s new wave. Bram Tchaikovsky (the band) rocked with a simple efficiency – all 4/4 strumming and recycled Mod technique. Bram Tchaikovsky (the man) formed the band after leaving The Motors. He lacked a definable vocal presence, however (note the curious, muted voices, undercutting the pop’s potential) and the band never made it beyond aficionados, despite memorable material like “Girl Of My Dreams.” Who knows? Maybe all they needed was a budget and a good producer because Bram the band had a muscular way with a pop arrangement, and it probably should have paid more dividends. They made three albums before calling it quits, but this 1979 debut album is the one that clicked. Steep @ Amazon.


Robber (3:08
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Strange Man, Changed Man (4:01)
Lonely Dancer (3:57)
I’m The One That’s Leaving (3:28)
Girl Of My Dreams (4:07)
Bloodline (3:48)
Nobody Knows (4:30)
Lady From The USA (3:29)
I’m A Believer (3:41)
Sarah Smiles (3:36)
Turn On The Light (2:48)

 

21 Comments

  • 1
    Dr. Prophecy
    June 18, 2009 - 22:17 | Permalink

    Willard: Thanks for shaking out some musical cobwebs for this one. Any chance you have the first Motors to post? I'd love to hear "Love and Loneliness" again…

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    June 18, 2009 - 23:59 | Permalink

    Talk about cobwebs… my Motors stuff is all vinyl and unplayed since last century – like old moldy 78s. But "Love And Loneliness" would sound good about now. Thanks Doc… you do know what I like.

  • 3
    Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 - 00:14 | Permalink

    Isn't this the group that did the FIRST version of "Video Killed the Radio Star", made popular by Buggles?

    • 4
      Matt
      August 1, 2012 - 16:24 | Permalink

      “Video Killed the Radio Star” was first recorded by Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club, Horn and Downes were members of the band as well as an unknown named Thomas Dolby. Fantastic record.

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    June 19, 2009 - 00:48 | Permalink

    Never heard that before. Since "Video" was written by Buggles members Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn, we feel positive they did it first.

  • 6
    m3x
    June 19, 2009 - 05:46 | Permalink

    Wow. Talk about zinging one out of left field. I haven't heard this album for probably 25 years. But I remember liking it, so it's time to revisit…

    Thanks.

  • 7
    Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 - 07:28 | Permalink

    The Motors really had a problem after Airport which really was a rather crass song so the new band and motors powerhouse seemed a grand idea on paper at the time and I saw them as a support act a couple of times and yes Willard we were seeing a backroom boy looking rather odd at the front of the stage it was never really going to happen……..let's face it Eddie and the Hot rods had the meat on the stick along with the Feelgoods for getting the place going…..and they had the brave new world of New Wave bands to drown them out ……right place wrong time!

  • 8
    Craig
    June 19, 2009 - 14:09 | Permalink

    Another great post, my friend. I saw Bram T open for The Cars on their Candy-O tour at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. They were so bad they were booed offstage. The Cars were no better – total lack of stage presence. It was like watching a record play. After about half an hour, a chant went up "We Want Bram Tchaikovsky!!!"

  • 9
    Capt. Willard
    June 19, 2009 - 14:17 | Permalink

    Tough crowd. Thanks for all the comments.

  • 10
    Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 - 16:00 | Permalink

    My Bad. Woolley & the Camera Club (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards) for the album English Garden did the first version of Video Killed the Radio Star – for whatever reason I get that group and Bram confused in my head.

  • 11
    Capt. Willard
    June 19, 2009 - 16:07 | Permalink

    Hey, that's right… Bruce Woolly was one of the songs 3 writers, along with Downes and Horn. Didn't know his version came out first though. Guess he should have made a video… then HE would be the MTV trivia answer everybody knows the question to.

  • 12
    Capt. Willard
    November 8, 2009 - 16:16 | Permalink

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  • 13
    CBCD
    March 8, 2010 - 00:02 | Permalink

    Thank you – I loved this album.

  • 14
    Greg
    April 2, 2010 - 19:42 | Permalink

    Thanks for this, a band we were desperately hoping would be the new Badfinger, but alas, no…great single though…

  • 15
    Anonymous 2
    October 14, 2011 - 15:59 | Permalink

    Great power pop, why is my original vinyl worth so much less than the CD? Sigh….

    • 16
      Willard
      October 14, 2011 - 16:42 | Permalink

      Cause Amazon’s the new Ebay?

  • 17
    October 15, 2011 - 08:34 | Permalink

    Thanks! I had Sarah Smiles as a 12 inch & played it a lot…

  • 18
    Woof
    October 15, 2011 - 11:54 | Permalink

    Now that’s what I call music (75) – thanks!

  • 19
    Doger
    November 3, 2011 - 10:47 | Permalink

    The song Video Killed The Radio Star, I think had 3 writers the 3rd being Bruce Woolly. His version I thought was better than the Buggles but I don’t recall there being a video for it. Bruce toured with band and was pretty good live from my memory. Bruce has since worked with Horn on other projects (Grace Jones I believe).

  • 21
    Rhod
    September 22, 2012 - 21:34 | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to hear Bram Tchaikovsky. Ihear some early English rock influences (60’s) in this album

    Great share

    Regards

    Rhod

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