On June 2, 1974 Cockney Rebel released its second album, Psychomodo. This follow-up to the sensational Human Menagerie only upped the ante. Psychomodo is an even stranger, sleazier and more sinister soupcon of atmospheric art rock. Good thing too. The band's first hit single, "Judy Teen", had just hit the UK Top 5. Cockney Rebel didn't have to chase the latest pop convention. They'd become it.
Harley saves his retort for "Sweet Dreams", the opening cut of the Alan Parsons produced Psychomodo.
“Pop paper people printing Rebel Insane
They in my head and digging into my brain“
He saves another stinger for the final track, "Tumbling Down":
Gee, but it’s hard when one lowers one’s guard to the vultures
Me, I regard it a tortuous hardship that smoulders
like a peppermint eaten away
will I fight, will I swagger or sway?
With the help of the #8 single, " My Soft", The Psychomodo went Top 10 in the UK. In the US, nobody bought it so here, once again, we're highlighting one of the great overlooked albums of 1974. This will be in my Top 25 of 1974 so you've been warned.
Harley's difficult personality and a very long tour of the UK ( with Be Bop Deluxe) had unforseen results. Cockney Rebel "rebelled". The band walked out on Harley.
But Steve Harley would have the last laugh. In early 1975 his single "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" hit #1 and sold more than a million copies.