Nick Beggs’ Rockets
‘Rockets’ were a French pop group who obtained their greatest successes in Italy during the seventies and early eighties. Dubbed by the press as purveyors of ‘space-rock’, Rockets delivered electronic beats and sounds to accompany their grandiose, sci-fi themed lyrical adventures; all theatrically portrayed by their space-age imagery. In a career move similar to acts that were to follow (Snap, Sugababes) the band were to, over the years, amass a huge list of members and past members, and have many varied incarnations, most of whom had a strangely silver pallor…..
Their concerts were characterized by the use of spectacular visual effects; laser beams, smoke, pyrotechnics, and special sound effects. Rocket’s behind-the-scenes supremo Claude Lemoine created them and contributed substantially to define their image and sound.
By the early 1990’s, Rockets had re-grouped, fronted by Classix Nouveaux vocalist Sal Solo and featuring ‘goo bassman Nick Beggs. Lemoine was still at the helm and although the sci-fi imagery was no longer dominant, Rockets’ manifesto was still the same. Quality music.
If you can track a copy of the album down, either in its original vinyl form or on a more recent CD re-issue, it’s a really great listen. It also has the Beggion’s musical thumbprints all over it!!!
It’s clear to see that the ‘Spaceman’ was in orbit as far back as ’92….
As a taster, here’s ‘Jimi’, a highlight from the album. Enjoy 🙂
KajaFax will return in a few days with more prime ‘goo!