that "Play With Fire" still was ringing in their ears when "Emotions" was their Stones and Pretties-addiction to us. A rare combination of cello and tambourine as lead instruments makes perfect sense when you imagine released some weeks after the first Velvet Undergrounde LP in 67. (Yes, Sir, that were quite confusing times with more new waves every two months than during the last decades)

From Switzerland to Austria: The Mimes (Vienna) had at least four singles between 66 and 69. "Drives Me Mad" on Accordia was the first and - due to their enthralling amateurish enthusiasm - finest of a band, that lost most of that charm as soon as they took lessons and learned how to play.

Johnny & The Copycats (not to be confused with The Koppycats a.k.a. Ian & The Zodiacs in disguise) had two singles on the German Cornet label. While the first one, "I'll Never Regret You", is best forgotten, "Pain Of Love" takes your mod soul strutting on rubber soles, if you like it horny, but not brassy. The record undoubtedly is a German production and wasn't released elsewhere, but a UK-only 45 on Norco Records ("I'm A Hog For You") might be a hint at another British crew stranded by the side of the Reeperbahn. This may as well be a totally different band, but why does Johnny sound so suspiciously similar to John Deen, an englishman who