Friday, October 7, 2016


Colder weather is right around the corner and we have officially entered the fall season. Halloween is soon upon us as is Thanksgiving. The autumn season, a nip in the air, and hot apple cider never fail to put me into a, you guessed it, wool sweater and patchouli rock/folk band state of mind! Ok, I don't personally use patchouli. But anyway, here it is, the top 5 wool sweater and patchouli bands of ALL-TIME!

5. Simon and Garfunkle: Oh, yeah. Just listening to this duo makes me feel smarter. Break out the argyle sweaters and slap on the groups 1967 album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Tyme. After listening to this LP stroll across the nearest college campus looking for the "Candidates Debate."

4.The Byrds: Hey Mr. Tambourine Man, Eight Miles High, and Turn, Turn, Turn. Oh baby, The Byrds make me feel smart AND groovy!

3. Steeleye Span: This English folk revival rock band formed in 1969 and continue to carry on the, what I call, wool sweater rock tradition. Their spooky song Alison Gros places this band securly in the PWP top 5 wool sweater band bracket. Check this lyric out:

Alison Gros she must be
The ugliest witch in the North country.

Well, you really have to hear the song to get the whole effect.

2. Jethro Tull: Oh, I have loved this band for decades. I saw them for the first time in 1981 when I was in college. Ooh, dating myself! Ian Anderson and band mates continue to put the boogie in Medieval Elizabethan boogie. Front man and flute player Ian Anderson also speaks like a university English Literature professor! He even quotes Scottish poet Robert Burns in concert! Very wool sweatery.

And now for the NO.1 greatest wool sweater and patchouli band of ALL-TIME!

 Fairport Convention: This group epitomizes British folk rock, Medieval and Renaissance music. Their hugely influential album titled Liege & Life not only launched electric folk music, but is guaranteed to make you run upstairs and pull on your favorite old natty wool sweater and walk around in the cool autumn breeze!

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.
the band Fairport Convention. Photo credit

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