1968-2019
OVER FIVE DECADES OF
ODD TALES AND WONDERS
THE SAGA OF "IF I DIDN'T LOVE YOU GIRL"
    Travis wrote "If I Didn't Love You Girl" and Travis Pike's Tea Party recorded it in 1967. The recording was released by Boston-based Alma Records in early 1968, but never charted, and the band left Boston, Massachusetts in the summer of 1968, to start fresh in Southern California, but broke up in April, 1969.
    Surprisingly, in 1994, their 1968 recording of "If I Didn't Love You Girl" appeared on the Sixties Rebellion Vol. 7 (The Backyard Patio) LP compilation by Way Back Records (Germany), and in 1995, their "If I Didn't Love You Girl" was included in the UK London Fog LP compilation Tougher Than Stains.
    DJ Dr Robert bought one of the original Alma Records 45rpm from Travis himself and started playing it at London club night Mousetrap, where the cool and curious gather for nights of hipshakin fun in the Orleans basement in Finsbury Park. Once satisfied it passed The Mousetrap test he started spinning it on his DJ adventures around Europe, then featured the track on Dr Roberts compilation series Le Beat Bespoke 7 in April 2017. This is the new 2019 limited-edition Mousetrap Music 45rpm release of this brilliant Travis Pike's Tea Party Garage Psych track that has been causing a stir amongst collectors and DJs all over the World.
 
    In 2003, singer-songwriter Adam Pike was the keyboard player in The Syrups, when Geoff Emerick came out of retirement to produce and record their first and only Beck Records CD album. Adam had submitted his brother's song, "If I Didn't Love You Girl" and the band was considering it, but had already selected twelve original songs for the recording. They played Adam's copy of the Travis Pike's Tea Party recording, and Geoff said they should do it. They did, and kept the other twelve songs they'd already selected, and ultimately the album was released with Travis's song on track 13, which now seems a bit like trying to get to the platform to catch the train to Hogwarts, but Travis was delighted that Adam, The Syrups, and Geoff Emerick all decided to go ahead and do it! At the time, neither brother imagined that a decade later, they'd be recording "If I Didn't Love You Girl" for the Otherworld Cottage Industries CD Travis Edward Pike's Tea Party Snack Platter.
    In Ugly Things magazine's Winter 2016/17, issue #43, Mike Stax wrote "Between 1964-1974, Pike amassed an impressive catalog of songs, many of which went unrecorded until decades later. In recent years, Travis and his brother Adam set about recording many of these songs for a series of self-released CDs. Travis Edward Pike's Tea Party Snack Platter will be of most interest to UT readers as it features 11 new recordings of songs from the 1967-1968 repertoire of Travis Pike's Tea Party, including a solid remake of 'If I Didn't Love You Girl'."

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