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|Birth name||John Charles Edward Alder|
|Also known as||Mohammed Abdullah|
|Born||29 November 1944|
Colchester, Essex, England
|Occupation(s)||Musician, drummer, percussionist, singer-songwriter, actor|
|Labels||Decca, HMV, Parlophone, Sire, Columbia, Rare Earth, Midnight|
|Associated acts||Dane Stephens and the Deep Beats, the Fairies, Tomorrow, the Pretty Things, the Pink Fairies, PinkWind, The Rings, Syd Barrett, Stars|
John Charles Edward Alder (born 29 November 1944), also known as Twink, is an English drummer, actor, singer, and songwriter who was a central figure in the English psychedelic movement.
In 2006, Alder converted to Islam, and changed his name to Mohammed Abdullah. However, he still records under the name Twink.
Alder was born in Colchester, Essex, in the United Kingdom. Many of his family members were also musicians, including his grandmother, who was a concert pianist and soloist.
Alder was interested in music from a young age. His professional career began in 1963 when he played the drums for Dane Stephens and the Deep Beats, a rhythm and blues band from Colchester. In 1964, after performing for a year, the band changed its name to The Fairies.
Due to the band's growing popularity, its members began receiving regular gifts from their music fans. Alder, who had long curly hair at the time, regularly received bottles of Twink brand home perm lotion. He eventually adopted 'Twink' as his stage name.
Twink later reunited with Dane Stephens and Mick Weaver from The Fairies for two tracks on his 1991 album Odds & Beginnings.
In 1965, Twink moved to London, living in the Chelsea area. When the Fairies broke up in August 1966, he joined a rhythm and blues/soul music band called the In-Crowd whose previous drummer had left. Other members of the In-Crowd included Steve Howe (guitar; later of Yes fame), singer Keith West, and bassist John 'Junior' Wood. A few months later, the band decided to change their name to Tomorrow. The success of West's solo recording, "Excerpt from A Teenage Opera", resulted in the band's breakup and led to a one-off single by the short-lived band 'Aquarian Age' (Twink & Junior).
In his book White Bicycles, Joe Boyd cites a Tomorrow show at the UFO Club in London's Camden borough -and Twink's performance in particular- as the zenith of 60's pop culture.Tomorrow also played with guitarist Jimi Hendrix at UFO.
In 1967, Twink completed a recording session with a group called Santa Barbara Machine Head. It featured two former members of the beat group the Birds – Ron Wood (later of 'The Creation', The Faces and The Rolling Stones) and Kim Gardner (later also of 'The Creation' and Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), and keyboardist Jon Lord (later of Deep Purple).
Twink replaced Skip Alan in the band the Pretty Things, joining Phil May, Dick Taylor, Wally Allen, and Jon Povey. He participated the making of their classic album S.F. Sorrow . He was also a member of this group when it appeared in the Norman Wisdom film What's Good for the Goose . Twink became famous for his outrageous behaviour such as climbing the speaker stacks and diving into the audience when the band performed at a free open-air concert in London's Hyde Park.
Twink recorded his first solo album, Think Pink , toward the end of his tenure with the Pretty Things. Supporting musicians included the Deviants, including Mick Farren (who produced the album), Paul Rudolph (guitar), Duncan 'Sandy' Sanderson, and Steve Peregrin Took (of Tyrannosaurus Rex, who contributed two of the songs). It also included May, Povey, Waller, and Victor Unitt of Pretty Things, Viv Prince (ex-Pretty Things), John 'The Honk' Lodge (Junior's Eyes, Quiver), 'Junior' Wood, and the enigmatic 'Pink Fairies Motorcycle Club and All-Star Rock and Roll Band'. The name "Think Pink" was derived from a story by Deviants manager Jamie Mandelkau, who may not have been aware of Twink's former band.
The lineup of the Pink Fairies (Mark 1) featured Think Pink musicians Twink, Took, and Farren – all three having left their respective bands – and was named after the 'Pink Fairies Rock 'n' Roll Club', a loose group of affiliated musicians including Took, Farren, the Deviants, Syd Barrett (formerly of Pink Floyd), and the Pretty Things. They played in Ladbroke Grove, home of the UK underground. The Mark 1 lineup performed one shambolic gig in Manchester and recorded Farren's solo album, Mona – The Carnivorous Circus , in late 1969 before falling apart. Took, Farren, former Entire Sioux Nation guitarist and bassist Larry Wallis, and Tim Taylor then assembled the band that became Shagrat, with Farren departing before any recordings were made and drummer Phil Lenoir joining to complete the line-up.
Pink Fairies (Mark 2) was formed in early 1970 by Twink with Mick Farren's former bandmates, the Deviants. The two-drummer Pink Fairies line-up recorded a single called The Snake / Do It followed by the Never Never Land album before Twink left in 1971 (although he would periodically return).
After a spell living in Morocco, Twink moved to Cambridge and worked with the 'Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band', which initially included vocalist/guitarist Bruce Michael Paine (ex-Apple Pie and star of the San Francisco production of Hair )and 'The Honk' playing bass. He also played in a band named ZZZ with Alan Lee Shaw and Rod Latter, who later reunited as the Rings. The Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, now with ex-Delivery bass player Jack Monck, backed American blues guitarist Eddie "Guitar" Burns at King's College Cellar in January 1972. Jack's wife Jenny Spires, an old friend of Twink and former girlfriend of Syd Barrett (ex-Pink Floyd) went with Syd to the gig and brought his guitar along, and even jammed with them at one point. The next day, the Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, with guests Fred Frith and Syd Barrett, played on a bill with Hawkwind and the Pink Fairies.
In the next two days, Twink formed the short-lived trio Stars with Barrett and Monck. Stars played a handful of well-received shows.However, Syd, who was mentally fragile, quit after reading a negative review by Roy Hollingworth in Melody Maker. After Stars disbanded, Twink moved back to London.
From 1972 to 1975, Twink periodically performed with fellow Ladbroke Grove community band Hawkwind during the transition from the band's original drummer to its replacement Simon King. Twink also played with the band Glider but did not release recordings.
In July 1975, the Pink Fairies staged a reunion gig at the Roundhouse, featuring the then-current line-up of Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson, and Larry Wallis, joined by former members Twink and Paul Rudolph. They released the recorded show as a live album in 1982.
Twink formed the Fallen Angels in August 1976 with Steve Marriott and former Allstars band members Greg Ridley and Mickey Finn. On the way to the band's first gig, a car accident left Twink hospitalised, after which this line-up disintegrated. The Fallen Angels wound up backing Phil May on a solo album. Twink then worked as a vocalist with the Rings in early 1977, releasing one of the first punk rock singles, "I Wanna Be Free", produced by former Sparks member Martin Gordon. Other members of the band included Alan Lee Shaw and Rod Latter of the Adverts. After Twink left, the other members of the Rings formed the Maniacs.
Twink coined the term "acid punk" to describe his music and went on to release an EP called Do It '77 in February 1978. It included the songs "Psychedelic Punkeroo" (about Syd Barrett and songwritingcredited to 'A. Syd') and "Enter The Diamonds", both of which featured a band comprising Twink (drums/lead vocals), Kid Rogers (of Kid Rogers and the Henchmen; guitars/vocals), Fingers Falkner (keyboards), and Chris Chesney (lead guitar). According to Twink, "It was the Psychedelic Punkaroo project, but Chiswick Records didn't like the track and I jammed "Do It" with the Lightning Raiders, which they preferred." According to Duncan 'Danger Sun' Sanderson (bass, Lightning Raiders & ex-Pink Fairies), "Twink came round my house and dragged me down the studio while I was still asleep one morning, and Little John Hodge (lead guitar, Lightning Raiders) just came along to deliver a guitar. Twink had us jam through "Do It", so we did it. Kid and John hadn't even heard the flaming song before. In the end, he jumps up and shouts 'That's it, thanks, lads!' We didn't even know it was being taped!" Twink responded that "A second take of "Do It" was a contradiction". The EP was credited to Twink and the Fairies.
Twink next moved to Belgium, where he played drums on the recording of British punk Elton Motello's Victims of Time album (1978, Pinball).
After a long period of inactivity, Twink released a solo single in 1986 called "Apocalipstic," which inaugurated his new, self-titled record label and a run of new solo releases up to the early 1990s.
In 1987, he rejoined the Pink Fairies for a reunion album. During the subsequent Pink Fairies tour, Twink met members of Plasticland, which resulted in the collaboration You Need a Fairy Godmother , released in 1989 on Midnight Records. He also joined a brief lineup of 'Magic Muscle' in 1988 for a tour and a live album, and he released a collaborative album with The Bevis Frond in 1990.
In 1990, Twink released his second solo album, Mr. Rainbow, with Robbie Gladwell on guitar and Andy Dowding on drums. Later in the decade, he collaborated with Hawkwind founder Nik Turner in the band PinkWind, writing about the semi-legendary Hawkwind/Pink Fairies jam sessions of the early 1970s. Turner brought in the Wind, and Twink provided the Pink. PinkWind released two albums (one credited to the HawkFairies). Some lineups also featured Judge Trev Thoms of Inner City Unit and Steve Took's Horns.
The Out of the Pink into the Blues album by 'Mouse & Twink: Fairies' was released around 1996 and "was recorded at the Pink Bridge [from the] mid-'70s till [the] '80s" by Twink and P. 'Mouse' Pracowik (Peter Pracownik of Astralasia) who were on guitar, Andrew Doran (vocals), Matthew Bailey (bass) and Chris Pinkerton (drums).
The 'Get Back' label released some archive collections from the Pink Fairies era. Twink's record label then released two 'Pink Fairies' albums recorded by Twink and Paul Rudolph in 1996/1997.
In the early 2000s, Twink spent time in Los Angeles before settling in Marrakesh, Morocco.
2013 saw the re-release of Think Pink on the Sunbeam label in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. It predated a new release called You Reached for the Stars. It also included a collaboration with the Italian group the Technicolour Dream, featuring guest guitarist Brian Godding from Blossom Toes. The album was recorded in Rome and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by sound engineer Peter Mew, who also worked on Pretty Things and Tomorrow recordings in the 1960s. In 2014, Twink started recording a new album, Think Pink II, with a similar concept of recording, featuring as many guests as on the original. The album was finished in 2015 and released in August the same year.
In spring 2018, under the band name Star Sponge Vision, Twink and Jon Povey released a concept album of music inspired by the poetry of Aleister Crowley, titled Crowley and Me.
Twink appeared in the 1960s film Smashing Time with the other members of Tomorrow as the fictional band the Snarks.Tomorrow was also due to feature in Blowup, and even recorded a title song for the film, but was ultimately replaced by the Yardbirds. Similarly, Twink appeared with the Pretty Things under their pseudonym "Electric Banana" in the film What's Good for the Goose .
Twink also worked as an actor during the late 1980s, appearing in several United Kingdom television series, including:
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|1970||Think Pink||Sire Records||album, unknown size||Recorded July 1969, re-released by Sunbeam in 2013|
|1986||Apocalipstic / He's Crying||Twink Records||7" single|
|1986||Space Lover||Twink Records # TWK 2||12" maxi-single||Credited as Twink & the Fairies, release contained 5 versions of the song: Rock 'n' Roll No. 1, Rock 'n' Roll No. 2, Psychedelicised, Instrumental, and Percussed|
|1986||Kids Aid / Instrumental||Twink Records||7" single||Credited as "Children of the World" - music composed by St Benedict's School music teacher Adrian Queen in 1986, all profits going to Cafod to support famine relief in Africa|
|1987||Driving My Car / War Girl||Twink Records||7" single|
|1990||Psychedelic Punkeroo / Seize the Time||Twink Records||7"/12" single|
|1990||Mr. Rainbow||Twink Records||album, unknown size|
|1991||Odds & Beginnings||Twink Records||part compilation album, unknown size||Featuring former Fairies colleagues Dane Stephens and Mick Weaver|
|1995||Festival of the Sun||Twink Records||live album||Recorded 1993 with Nik Turner, as Pinkwind|
|1996||Purple Haze||Twink Records||live album||Recorded 1995 with Nik Turner, as Hawkfairies|
|1996||Out of the Pink into the Blues||Twink Records or HTD Records||album, unknown size||Recorded live at the Bridge from mid Seventies to Eighties, as Mouse & Twink: Fairies|
|1996||Pleasure Island||Twink Records||album, unknown size||With Paul Rudolph, as Pink Fairies|
|1997||No Picture||Twink Records||album, unknown size||With Paul Rudolph, as the Hawk Fairies|
|2000||The Lost Experimental Recordings||Get Back||album, unknown size||Recorded late 60's to early 70's|
|2015||Think Pink II||Sunbeam Records||album, unknown size|
|2018||Think Pink III||VE Recordings||album, unknown size|
|1964||Don't Think Twice It's Alright / Anytime at All||Decca Records||7" single|
|1965||Get Yourself Home / I'll Dance||HMV||7" single|
|1965||Don't Mind / Baby Don't||HMV||7" single|
|1968||Blues Anytime Vol. 3||Immediate Records||three tracks, unknown size||Various artists, recorded 1967|
|1967||My White Bicycle / Claramount Lake||Parlophone Records||7" single|
|1968||Tomorrow||Parlophone Records/Sire Records||album, unknown size|
|1998||50 Minute Technicolor Dream||RPM Records||album, unknown size||Recorded 1967|
|1968||S.F. Sorrow||Columbia Records/Rare Earth Records||album, unknown size|
|2009||The Pretty Things/Philippe DeBarge||Ugly Things Records||album, unknown size||Recorded with Philippe DeBarge in 1969|
|1968||10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box / Good Wizard Meets Naughty Wizard||Parlophone Records||7" single|
|1971||The Snake / Do It||Polydor Records||7" single|
|1971||Never Never Land||Polydor Records||album, unknown size|
|1982||Live at the Roundhouse||Big Beat||album, unknown size||Recorded 1975|
|1987||Kill 'Em and Eat 'Em||Demon Records||album, unknown size|
|1998||The Golden Years: 1969–1971||Cleopatra Records||compilation, unknown size||All include live tracks and radio sessions from 1969 to 1971, most featuring Twink|
|1998||Mescaline and Mandies Round at Uncle Harry's||NMC||compilation, unknown size|
|1999||Do It!||Total Energy||compilation, unknown size|
|1999||From the Vaults (a.k.a. Odds & Beginnings Volume 2)||Get Back||album, unknown size||Credited to Twink, includes some of the Pink Fairies tracks released on the above-mentioned compilations, plus some Twink solo material.|
|2000||The Lost Experimantal Recordings 1970||Get Back||album, unknown size||Recorded winter 1969–1970|
|2001||The Never Never Land And Think Pink Demos||Get Back||album, unknown size|
|2005||Chinese Cowboys: Live 1987||Captain Trip Records||album, unknown size||Recorded 1987|
|1977||I Wanna Be Free / Automobile||Chiswick Records||7" single||Recorded December 1969 with Mick Farren|
|1995||The Rings live at the 100 Club||CD||About 30 minutes in length, recorded before the single was issued, only released on the CD reissue of Twink's Odds & Beginnings album|
|1970||Mona – The Carnivorous Circus||Transatlantic Records||TRA 212||LP||Recorded December 1969 with Mick Farren|
|1978||Do It '77 - Psychedelic Punkeroo - Enter the Diamonds||Chiswick Records||SWT 26||12" EP||With Twink and the Fairies|
|1989||You Need a Fairy Godmother||Midnight Records||MIRLP 144||LP||Live album with Plasticland|
|1989||One Hundred Miles Below||Big One Guitar||OBG LP 9005||LP||Live album with Magic Muscle|
|1990||Magic Eye||Woronzow||WOO 13||LP||With the Bevis Frond as Bevis & Twink|
|2013||You Reached for the Stars||Sunbeam||SBRCD 5098||LP||With The Technicolour Dream|
|2018||Crowley and Me||Mega Dodo||DODOLP 28||LP||With Star Sponge Vision|
|2019||Sympathy for the Beast: Songs from the Poems of Aleister Crowley||Sunbeam||SBRLP5106||LP||With The Technicolour Dream featuring Jon Povey|
|2019||Think Pink IV: Return to Deep Space||Noiseagonymayhem||NAM050LP||LP||With Moths & Locusts and Heavy Friends|
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