Wee – 1977 – You Can Fly On My Aeroplane
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Fantastic lost gem from the late 70’s.
Sexy as hell.
Scoring the lives of small-time players, pimps, junkies, and prostitutes lurking around his simultaneously blessed and cursed existence, Wee mastermind Norman Whiteside lived in an entirely different Columbus than Capsoul’s Bill Moss or Prix’s Clem Price. Alternating between Stevie Wonder’s dreamy soul and Sly Stone’s druggy groove, You Can Fly On My Aeroplane bypasses Whiteside’s everyday gritty street life reality, focusing instead on the airy sounds of fantasy and masquerade. LP version replicates the original nine-song album as originally released on Owl records. Smooth, sexy, and synthy,You Can Fly On My Aeroplane is a peerless and sprawling psychedelic soul concept album and a sure-fire panty soaker to boot.
There is an old saying that goes “Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction”. Nowhere is that more evident than the backstory concerning the band Wee. The Northern soul quintet- led by singer, songwriter and producer Norman Whiteside- got their start in an unusual way. Whiteside was equally gifted as a musician as he was a criminal. He started out doing petty crimes as a child and made a noble attempt to better his life to become a singer. He went to a small indie label in hopes to get signed. The trouble was they only wanted him as a songwriter since they weren’t sold on him as a singer. He accepted a job at the label, but hard times won over success.
As such, Whiteside would continue his life in crime. After a mental illness plagued the original lead singer of Wee, Whiteside soon took his place as frontman. Between recording an album and other extracurricular activities, things seemed to be looking up for the band. Released on Owl Records in 1977, the album had a very limited run of barely a thousand copies. Owl Records tried to pitch the album to several major labels, but no one would bite. After a series of career disappointments, Whiteside pulled the plug on his musical career and ended up behind bars a year after the initial release of “You Can Fly On My Aeroplane”.