Octopus - The River, from their
mega-rare debut album, "Restless
Night", released in 1970. Formed
in Hatfield in England as The
Cortinas in 1968, Octopus was the
brainchild of the Griggs brothers,
Paul on vocals,guitars and piano
and Nigel on bass and guitars.
They were discovered by The
Troggs' Tony Murray, who also
produced their album. Musically,
they were pretty much pop/rock
with the occasional touch of
psychedelia, with "The River"
featuring some really good fuzz
guitar. They split shortly after
the release of the album, but
reformed for a one-off single in
1973. Nothing came of the
reformation, save for that one
single, and they faded into
obscurity, although Nigel Griggs
did surface playing bass with
Split Enz in the eighties.
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