Spooky Tooth


A message from Dave Mussell, that Mike Harrison (of Spooky Tooth) has died


Dave added “Spooky Tooth were regular visitors to Portsmouth (Brave New World, South Parade Pier, Guildhall and, I seem to recall, Manor Court Club). Used to love their cover version of Janis Ian’s “Society’s Child”

I agree with that – in Rosemary, we covered that in our early days, and used to listen lots to their first two albums

Incidentally in their previous incarnation as the VIPs, they were also regulars at the Birdcage. The open-air gig on the end of the Pier was a fabulous night.



Author: Dave Allen

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “Spooky Tooth

  1. Sad loss – what a great, great voice. One of the best bands around back then.

    Yesterday I was only reading a review of the current re-release and re-mastering of their 1970 album unfortunately titled, The Last Puff, in this month’s Guitarist mag. Remembering how amazing they were back in the day, I checked out some vids of them on youtube. Then, today, I hear the sad news of Mike’s passing. Spooky indeed. R.I.P.

  2. another piece of the past……………….passed…………….The Spookies were great , but at the time , The V I P’s were an inspiration………..Still have around twenty quids worth of 7″ in my box by them from 1966 I Wanna Be Free……………written by soulster Joe Tex. Great version of his tune on ‘Island ‘ records in 1966.
    i still love the original http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di4noVr4K_0
    R I P…………V I P

  3. still half asleep sat a.m…………..Joe Tex tune from 1963…..
    Wakey Wakey as old bill used to say.

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