Bevis Frond – Lights Are Changing ….Power Pop Friday

The slightly distorted 12 string guitar and Nick Saloman’s voice gives a strong Byrds sound. The song though is just good with or without the Byrds sound. Lights Are Changing was released in 1987 and this is what I wish was playing on the radio in my area.

Nick Saloman began performing thirty years ago as a guitarist in cover bands during the late 1960s in London. In 1979 he formed a band called the Von Trap Family.

In 1986, Saloman released a ninety minute cassette to a few friends of himself playing original material under the alias The Bevis Frond name. The first releases was under his own record company Woronzow records.

This song was on the Triptych album released in 1988. Saloman is productive if nothing else. They have released 27 albums. https://bevisfrond.bandcamp.com/

On the bands first recordings Saloman played many of the instruments. Members include Cyke Bancroft, Dominic Colletti, Martin Crowley, Graham Cumming, and Rie Gunther.

The band has had many members through the years but they are there to do Nick Saloman’s music projects. Their albums have had underground success.

Nick Saloman: “When you’re [as old as I was at the time] and you’ve never gotten anywhere, you kind of think that you’ve had it. So I just started doing self-indulgent stuff on my own without worrying about things like getting a record deal. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. But lo and behold, people were interested, and it changed my life.”

Lights Are Changing

Disappearing out of sight along the open road
Into indistinct horizons – they had no time to reload
Like a silver bullet from a gun, an arrow from a bow
Like an equine star you hear about me everywhere you go

All through nebulae I was racing in my mind
I tripped on the light fantastic and I’ve never looked behind
You slow down you slow down my lights are changing
You slow down you slow down our lights are changing
You fly so high yeah and you move so fast
You’re running blindly from the past
Slow down you slow down green lights are changing

Oh changing all the time
Oh changing all the time

Looking through these hollow eyes across the great unknown
Growing greater every second, growing harder with each stone
Yeah and you who judge your freedom by the quantity you score
Would it make you any freer if you took a little more?

All that summertime I revolved around your eye
In accelerating spirals in an asymmetric sky
You slow down you slow down my lights are changing
You slow down you slow down my lights are changing
You fly so high yeah and you move so fast
You’re running blindly from the past
Slow down slow down green lights are changing

Oh changing all the time
Oh changing all the time
You slow down you slow down lights are changing
You slow down you slow down my lights are changing
Well you slow down you slow down my lights are changing

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

22 thoughts on “Bevis Frond – Lights Are Changing ….Power Pop Friday”

  1. nice jangle rock. 27 albums ! wow. To foreshadow what Deke’s bound to say, “where do you find these guys!?”. Cover photo is reminiscent of REM’s first record cover, the “Chronic Town” EP…sound isn’t too far from them in the early-’80s too.

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    1. Bevis Frond is more of a mystery…it’s mostly him…Actually I find a lot of them off of a 80s and 90s complication garage band album listing.

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    1. I know…they are releasing an album soon also. The guy is kind of a mystery. The band is set up for him to release records.
      I agree…the song is really good…his voice, lyrically, and musically. I want to check out more but where to start?

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      1. Most of your songs are new to me, which I find great, frankly – nice way to get exposed to new music. It also keeps you humble when you realize how little you know, even though you’ve listened to music for 40-plus years.

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      2. I had to Christian. You know how much I love the Beatles and the Who…but I was wearing them and the Stones out and the challenge was gone… I still will post them of course…I did a Who song this week…I’m happy that most of the readers are on board with it.

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