by Donald Jefferes

Most bands, when measuring their success, will refer to critical plateaus within their careers to see how far they've gone. With the Beatles it was an incremental climb to greatness... one might argue their first was their success before most people knew who they were - when they achieved showmanship muscle and stamina during their early Hamburg days - playing long and grueling sets for drunken patrons with short-attention spans between strip tease acts. Others might point towards their first record as the Beatles - "Love Me Do" which at the time climbed to #17 on the British charts. Others would say record success didn't happen until their second single, "Please Please Me", as their producer historically exclaimed through the control room monitor "Boys, I've just heard your first #1 record!" - which it did achieve in the UK. But die-hard music historians (and even the Beatles themselves) will tell you that The Beatles always had their collective eye on the US - and their first #1 single here was "I Want To Hold Your Hand". But the Beatles were to achieve and surpass many, many plateaus... breaking crowd size records with their unprecedented concerts at Shea... album sales throughout the years, critical milestones in creativity, their movies, their enduring far-reaching influence throughout space and time...

The Out Of Bodies had none of this.

But they CAN say one thing for themselves... they were interesting enough to SOMEONE who noticed their music and decided to record covers of not just one, but TWO of their songs!

Imagine my shock when Dan informed me that a Folk/Rock band from Long Beach California who call themselves "Daisy House" was interested in doing a cover of "Willow", a trippy whimsical song of Dan's reminiscent of something The Beatles might've written in Rishikesh while visiting the Maharishi - and then a few months after that, learning that they had once again returned to our website to discover ANOTHER tune that caught their attention, a 2 minute and 22 second snippet we call "(Like A) Superman"! The first thing I thought (well, after just "Wow!") was... "Well, that's it! That's OUR measurement of success - when you're influential enough for another band to want to cover two of your songs! I admit, though, I was a little disappointed they passed up "Doggy Poo".

Daisy House primarily consists of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Doug Hammond, his daughter Tatiana (Angel) Hammond on vocals, and occasionally his longtime friend Christ Stiles on citten (which is an ancient, lute-like instrument). The two OOB covers appear on their album "Western Man" (2016), and "Willow" makes a re-appearance on their more recent "Say Goodbye To All That - The Best Of Daisy House" (2020). To coincide with their Western Man album release they also did this amusing "Superman" video.

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...would you believe THIS...

...came from THIS?

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On their Band Camp pages Daisy House's Doug Hammond wrote about the two songs.

Willow, "This was co-written by me and Dan Banic and is what happens when two Beatle freaks get together (over the internet) to write a song. The production is my imagining of what might have happened had Mary Hopkin (the lovely miss Tatiana) gone along with the Beatles to see the Maharishi! Absolutely charming song."

(Like A) Superman, "also co-written with Dan Banic, this time with a decidedly Mamas and Papas vibe!"

Perhaps the most refreshing thing about Daisy House is that neither of these songs sound like straight covers - and rightfully so - they're not. Daisy House built upon, embellished and added layers to these admittedly unrefined 4-track tunes - while yet retaining the heart and fun-loving spirit of the originals. Both songs include added lyrics which are simultaneously accessibly innocent and endearingly cryptic. It's a notable mixture of both experience and innocence that one discovers the deeper they wade through the Daisy House oeuvre - a point not missed by Hammond during an interview he gave once when he talked about "the dynamic of a (then) 50-year-old's thoughts being channelled by a 20-year-old-girl. It makes for an interesting frisson!"

When "Willow" made it's debut I wrote on the Band Camp page, "A brilliant cover! You've managed to embellish upon, complete and generally breath new life into one of my favorite and perhaps most obscure Out Of Bodies tunes! This might be the happiest tune I've ever heard - honestly!" Little did I know they were going to knock me out again in a few months with Superman!

In case you were looking to sing along - here are the lyrics...

Willow

Everyplace is free

free enough to live

i just saw the lightning on the willow

Roses are so green

green enough to give

All I want's my blanket and a pillow

Morning is the eve

painted up for free

Have you heard the singing of the willow?

Haunted is the wind

weeping thru the trees

Wind is for the singing of my Willow

willow…willow….willow…..willow……

Everybody lives inside a Willow

Children up the street

sleep through all their years

Dreamers should be up to push the pillow

...or to kiss the girl

laughing is so free

Little kisses for the baby Willow

Fly across the sea

skip across the lakes

Tinderboat desire all a'billow

multi-colored sand

mountains over deep

they just want their baby colored willow

Willow….willow….willow….willow….

everybody lives inside a Willow

(Like A) Superman

Like a song from long ago

like a love letter

Like a swan the summer goes

like a superman…..

Life's a song that can't go wrong

Do you remember when

you'd go, wherever you'd want to go
my friend…Superman?

The life you know is on the go

like no other

Like a lovely summer ghost

like a superman…..

Life's a song that don't last long

there's no time to pretend

so go, wherever you want to go,
my friend Superman

Like a robin on the wing

with no master plan

just Go…wherever you want to go
again….Superman, superman.

Life’s a song that don't last long la la la laaa

life’s a song that don't last long

life’s a song that don't last long

life’s a song that don't last long

Daisy House's future plans? Doug answered "...crush the pop world, make it bend to our will and install Tatiana as the new un-spoilable, folk-rock, high priestess of pop. She could do it too. She's pretty, she's smart, she's NICE, she has a voice like an angel, AND she's COOL! Failing that [note: we don't see that happening at outofbodies.com] I will continue to write "wicker man" songs about woodsmen, witches, leeches, love and death that will bring joy to hundreds! [again, we think much more than that!]

We couldn't agree more, Daisy House - we are BIG FANS and look forward to hearing much more from you!

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Special thanks to Elizabeth Klisiewicz for the article bits we nicked from Big Take Over Magazine - Please check out Daisy House at the links provided above and tell 'em the Out Of Bodies sent ya!