Bandstand (album)

Bandstand (Album)

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Bandstand is the sixth studio album from the British progressive rock band Family. Released in 1972, it was the second and last album to chart in the United States. The album cover pictured, and was die-cut in the shape of, a Bush TV22 television set, with a black-and-white image of the band onscreen.

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Bandstand marked a notable change of direction for the band. Family's sound had become more mainstream and somewhat more conventional. By Roger Chapman's own admission, he and Charlie Whitney were getting more standardized in their songwriting, relying more on choruses and regular verse structure. Their sound was further conventionalized by British soul singer Linda Lewis contributing backing vocals.

Bandstand opened with "Burlesque," a straight rocker about a bar of that name in Chapman and Whitney's hometown of Leicester, England. Released as a single in the U.K., it got up to number thirteen on the charts. Heavier songs on Bandstand included "Broken Nose," an angry sexual rant involving the British class structure, and "Ready To Go," a swipe at Family's detractors in the British rock press. Family also were becoming more adept with introspective tunes like "Coronation," about an apartment dweller ruminating about his neighbors and his own disheveled flat, and "Dark Eyes," a light, folkish ballad Chapman wrote with Poli Palmer. Many Family fans cited "Glove," a soulful power ballad about meeting a...
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