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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Poppies - Honeybee (1993)

This is another long ago request that I've had on my want list for some time. But I finally found it at a very good price and can now share it with ya'll! The Poppies were an American duo consisting of Liberty Martin and Clifford Lane. As with so many acts here, there is little info on them on the internet, but one article I managed to find indicated that another core member was producer Roger Greenawalt. He and Lane wanted to put together a mob of people to make up the band for performances and scouted constantly for new members. They essentially wanted the audience to be part of the show. This unique approach attracted the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them to an album deal. The lovely Martin, who is Penthouse creator Bob Guccione's goddaughter, became the main vocalist and focal point for the act. Their sound was very retro sixties with clear influences from acts like the Beatles. Comparable albums on the Isle would be those by The Point or Apollo Smile, sixties pop with a very synthy modern touch. If you dig those albums you should dig this. The act itself was then promoted as the duo of Martin and Lane. They released two singles, "She Is Revolution" and "That's What We'll Do", and also recorded a cover of The Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties". While overseas they got some notice, their sound wasn't embraced in North America and the project ended. Martin's whereabouts are unknown, but Lane continues to produce and has had success creating commercial jingles. Greenawalt has also continued producing and writing for other acts, a recent success being the amazing sister duo The Pierces. And furthering his love for the sixties sound, he is the man behind the strangely successful The Beatles Complete On Ukulele series, on which Clifford Lane did a version of "Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey".

Video for That's What We'll Do

Download Honeybee

She Is Revolution
That's What We'll Do
Love Trippin'
Hello Saturday
Without Freedom
All Tomorrow's Parties
Friends For Life
La De Da (A Trilogy)
Mother Groove
Love Amplifier
Everyone's Song


  1. yeah thanks Libby Martin, who is Janice Martin is my best friend/cousin, unfortunately had stage two cancer has recovered and living in South Wales, UK!Janice is Welsh from Wales, grew up in Pembrokeshire a little village called milford Haven, went onto modelling for page 3, went overseas as offered a role playing Moll Flanders but the film was never made, Jan stayed in the USA for many years returning in aprox 2001 and has remained in Milford Haven since... if you wish for further info contact me on

    1. this brought tears, i watched the video, how i miss Libby.Hope all is well Mrs G ... xA

  2. thi sis a rare video posted on you tube in case you haven't seen it!

  3. this is one of the few albums that I have carefully maintained from cd to several macs. Ingrained in my head for 25 years and counting. Love it.

  4. The link doesn't work anymore, I'm afraid.