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April 17, 2013

The Episode Six - Love, Hate, Revenge (1967)

In July 1964, this band was put together from two local London bands: The Lightnings and The Madisons. All of the original members of the band had known one another from high school and practiced together at a pair of siblings/bandmembers’, Sheila and Graham Carter-Dimmock’s, home. By 1965, the band had signed up with the original and ex-manager of what would later become The Who and made a living by playing a nightclub in Germany eight hours each night. It paid off; by the end of the year they had signed with Pye Records and began releasing records as early as the first quarter of 1966. Unfortunately, they had trouble charting. From their signing through mid-1968, the band continued to release singles, none of which charted, while opening tours for names such as David Bowie and Dusty Springfield. In May of ’68, the band was briefly renamed to simply “The Episode” for one single after signing a new deal with MGM Records. Although the name change and change back didn’t have any effect on the band’s bad luck in the charts, two members of the band, Ian Gillian (lead vocals) and Roger Glover (bass), did receive a stroke of luck. In June 1969, Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord of the band Deep Purple caught The Episode Six in concert and soon recruited Gillian and Glover to join. Remaining members carried on in one form or another until finally calling it quits in 1974, having never charted.

The only two consistent members of the band from its beginning until its end were sibling Sheila Carter-Dimmock (keyboard and vocals) and Tony Lander (guitar). Although in most releases the band was known as The Episode Six, for this particular song’s single release, they were known as Sheila Carter and Episode Six. The song was written by “Adams and Levin,” was backed with the B-Side "Baby, Baby, Baby" on a January 1967 single, and would later be considered one of the many songs marketed as exemplifying “The Roots of Deep Purple.” The version heard below is the UK version, which features the hymn-like vocals in the middle of the song. The version released in the US had the vocals replaced with an "electric drone" noise. Like all of the other songs released by this group, the song made no impact on the charts.

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The Episode Six - Love, Hate, Revenge (1967)

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Lyrics:

I bought a doll from an old bearded lady
I named it Tania and it looks just like you
And though I know that it sounds a little crazy
I can make you feel anything I want you to

If I want you to cry, bet your life you're gonna cry
When I put two drops of water in this little doll's eye
So if I want to get even for what you did to me
All I gotta do is break and swab and you'll feel misery

Yes, now the shoe is upon the other foot, girl
I'm in control of your subconscious mind
You're at my mercy the way I was at yours, girl
But my compassion is twice yours, you'll find

If I want you to cry, bet your life you're gonna cry
When I put two drops of water in this little doll's eye
So if I want to get even for what you did to me
All I gotta do is break and swab and you'll feel misery

If I want you to cry, bet your life you're gonna cry
When I put two drops of water in this little doll's eye
So if I want to get even for what you did to me
All I gotta do is break and swab and you'll feel misery

If I want you to cry, bet your life you're gonna cry
When I put two drops of water in this little doll's eye
So if I want to get even for what you did to me
All I gotta do is break and swab and you'll feel misery

If I want you to cry, bet your life you're gonna cry
When I put two drops of water in this little doll's eye...

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