The Five Day Week Straw People - The Five Day Week Straw People
Listed as one of Record Collector’s “100 Greatest Psychedelic Records” (nestling immediately below the Moody Blues In Search Of A Lost Chord!), this is an album that deserves a place in any discerning record collection. This album relates the imagined “typical weekend of the average nine-to- ve worker” as they recounted in an interview at the time. The songs had been written by David Montague and Guy Mascolo, who had first met when they were hairdressers in Clapham in 1963. Guy had just co-founded a salon with his brother Toni, which since then has mushroomed into the hairdressing juggernaut that is “Toni and Guy”. Inspired by the extraneous noises used on “Sergeant Pepper”, David and Guy recorded sound effects for use on their own album, which they employed to better evoke the feeling of the weekend. Thus, car engines revving, children playing, a woman in high heels descending a staircase and a rainstorm complete with thunder all find their place.