Only one track on the hard drive from this lot, courtesy of the Big Gold Dreams box set.  Here’s the blurb from the accompanying booklet.

After two singles with The Green Telescope, Lenny Helsing and friends formed The Thane of Cawdor, then merely The Thanes, who embarked on a lengthy run of ’60s-styled bubblegum garage that lasted far longer than the decade that inspired them.

This debut single, from September 1987, was released in 7″ and 12″ formats, and was produced by Jamie Watson, former vocalist with Persian Rugs, whose Chamber Studio and Human Condition label did so much to foster Edinburgh’s indie underground.

Helsing and Co. released the Thanes of Cawdor and Better Look behind you albums and several singles, with a Rev-Ola compilation, Evolver, taking stock of Thanes material up to 2001.  A reformed line-up joined real-life Scots 1960s beat combo, The Poets, and continue to play a thriving European pysch-garage circuit

mp3: The Thanes – Hey Girl (Look What You’ve Done)



  1. I associate Thanes with Nyah Fearties – probably saw them live about same time in 90s or in same bill.

    Thanes are my kind of bubblegum psych – they once supported Mudhoney (among many other sterling bands they supported) which can only ever be a good thing.

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