"Vote For Me" was the intended 'B' side for The Move's never released 1968 single "Cherry Blossom Clinic".
Both songs were written by Roy Wood. "Cherry Blossom Clinic" was about an inmate in a mental institution. a subject that was considered to be in bad taste at that time. "Vote For Me" was also considered a no no at the time too, seeing as the band had just been successfully sued by the UK Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, over a postcard produced by The Move's manager, Tony Secunda, to promote the Move's third single "Flowers in the Rain". The postcard featured a cartoon image of Mr Wilson in a compromising position with his secretary. Only about 200 postcards were produced and distributed around the central London area. Harold Wilson however didn't see the funny side of the postcard and he took legal action against the band. As a result of Wilson's legal action, Roy Wood lost all his royalties for "Flowers in the Rain" to charities of Wilson's choice. That is still the case today even though Harold Wilson died in 1995.
Flowers in the Rain was the first record to be played on BBC Radio 1, on 30th September 1967, Roy Wood has never had a penny from sales or public performances of the song.
Here are two versions of Vote For Me, the intended release version and an alternate version. Trevor Burton supplies the lead vocal and Roy Wood supplies the second vocal. I hope you enjoy these rare tracks.
Oops, looks like you'll have to watch this video on YouTube, sorry about that.
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