My White Bicycle

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"My White Bicycle"
Single by Tomorrow
from the album Tomorrow
B-side "Claramount Lake"
ReleasedMay 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock [1]
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Keith Hopkins, Ken Burgess
Producer(s) Mark Wirtz
Tomorrow singles chronology
"My White Bicycle"

"My White Bicycle" is song written by Keith West and Ken Burgess. It was Tomorrow's debut single. [2] According to Tomorrow drummer John 'Twink' Alder, the song was inspired by the Dutch Provos, an anarchist group in Amsterdam which instituted a bicycle-sharing system: "They had white bicycles in Amsterdam and they used to leave them around the town. And if you were going somewhere and you needed to use a bike, you'd just take the bike and you'd go somewhere and just leave it. Whoever needed the bikes would take them and leave them when they were done." [3]

The Scottish rock band Nazareth did a cover version, which reached No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975, staying for eight weeks. [4] Actor Nigel Planer, as his character Neil the Hippy from TV-series The Young Ones , reached No. 97 with his cover in 1984. [5]

Richie Unterberger of AllMusic wrote that the song was one of the first to prominently feature backward guitar phasing. [6]

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