The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers – Wizzard’s Bill Hunt and supergroup brew up Christmas release

The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers – Wizzard’s Bill Hunt and supergroup brew up Christmas release





Wizzard / ELO Founding Member Reveals the Sequel to Wizzard’s ‘The Carlsberg Special’ 44 years later


‘Double B-Side’ Single to Be Released on 15th December on Beer Coloured Vinyl and Digitally

New Single Performed by an All-Star Band ft.
Miles Hunt (The Wonderstuff), Nick Pentelow & Hugh McDowell (Wizzard/ELO) and The Sundae Club


BILL HUNT with the backing of a new Midlands supergroup, THE ANCIENT ORDER OF FROTH BLOWERS, are delighted to present ‘El Original Brew’, a brand new composition set for release on the 15th December 2016.

Written as the follow up to WIZZARD’s classic B-Side ’The Carlsberg Special’, the follow up track arrives 44 years after the original and will be released on special beer coloured vinyl and digitally. A special commemorative ‘El Original Brew’ beer will be accompanying the release courtesy of Birmingham’s Froth Blowers Brewery and appearing in locals across the country this December.

BILL HUNT is a (still) walking piece of pop memorabilia; a collector’s item. The only musician, along with the superlative ROY WOOD, to have been in the original line up of both the world renowned ELO and 70’s glam rock chart toppers WIZZARD, who used to wish it could be Christmas every day.

In 1972 Bill wrote the B side of the first WIZZARD single, Ball Park Incident, which sold over 250,000 copies. The original title was to be The Light Fantastic, but Roy wasn’t so keen, as there was a local Birmingham band of the same name. So, unbeknownst to Bill, the band re-named the track, The Carlsberg Special (Pianos Demolished Phone 021 373 4472). The inclusion of Bill’s home number in the title led to his phone ringing non-stop and double non-stop at the weekends. It seemed that everybody who bought the record had decided to ring the number on the back, out of curiosity. He was forced to change his number. About a year later the same number was allocated to a dear, unwitting, lady pensioner and it started ringing all over again! Carlsberg Special Brew, at 9%, was the band’s then drink of choice – that and rocket fuel! Pianos demolished? This was back in the days of student piano smashing contests – no computer games then – and Bill was following in the footsteps of The Move’s Carl Wayne (TV sets); The Who’s Pete Townshend (guitars) and, of course, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon (anything). The single was launched at The Magic Circle Club (Wizzard – geddit?) in London, the world’s most prestigious magic club. Carlsberg even showed up with crates of their Special Brew.

43 years later, Bill has written the follow up – EL ORIGINAL BREW. It came to him in a flash! After his early rock band experiences, followed by 30 years in music education, intertwined with a performing and writing career, including a jointly written album with song writing partner Dave Hill, of once rival band Slade – we both think we had the best Christmas single – inspiration struck. It came through his meeting up with Hamstall Ridware and Dr C. D. Mille of The Sundae Club, to whom he was introduced by his old (well actually a little bit younger than him), school mate Steve Winwood. Ridware and Mille were massive fans of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and the early ELO style. The seed was sown; the horn was blown.


EL ORIGINAL BREW will also be released in a limited edition, vinyl format but we would be happy to sell 250,000 copies like the original. On “Side 2” will be a Sundae Club-ed version of singer-songwriter Will Hunt’s (Bill’s son) homage to Kentish Town, called Drums N Bass. Will led the Columbia-signed band Dansette Junior, whose single Paranoid has over 1,500,000 hits on YouTube. Ridware and Mille have produced an early ELO-type arrangement in the style of 10538 Overture, the first ELO single. This makes the vinyl version probably the only single in history ever to be released as a Double B Side.


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The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers – Wizzard’s Bill Hunt and supergroup brew up Christmas release