Over on the Music Chamber, Tim Ellison is getting really into White Witch. He’s made several posts, here, here, here, and here, and started an ILM thread.
Yep. I’m the same badger Damien’s mentioned on the WW page. When i first turned Damien onto computers, he had me start looking up all of his childhood idols, the ones so obscure and peculiar that no one else seemed to remember them. At the time, the only mentions of White Witch were two wildly inaccurare reviews on the AMG. Damien then had me punching in the names of the members of White Witch, and we were pretty sure that we had found Ron Goedert, still living down in Florida. In just a few minutes of searching, we had a phone number and a map to his house.
Damien seized on this, and began to hound Goedert for an interview (through a polite letter actually.) Goedert remained strangely silent, but then Damien managed to contact Buddy Pendergrass through Dennic Dalcin of the Lears. The dam burst, and other members of the band came forward with stories of how the band came to be. Damien did most of the investigation in those days, with the help of some other dedicated fans that i regretfully do not recall the name of right now. I was the webmaster for the original White Witch website, transcribing all of Damien’s handwritten notes, and putting together the crude HTML. I think it was earlier than 2000, more like ’97 or ’98…
Damien had already driven me crazy for years with White Witch. He played the band for me shortly after we met, and began trading records, and i didn’t get it at all. He’d delight throwing the album on for years, in odd moments, if only to test the mettle of his friends, or drive out unwanted houseguests. It wasn’t until i was drafted into the White Witch resurrection that i finally began to appreciate the band.
White Witch “Crystallize & Realize” This is far and away my favorite White Witch song. In a peculiar way, it reminds me if Fairfield Parlour decided to go space-glam.
White Witch “You’re the One” I love the dippy keyboard-flute flourishes, the swooning Abbey Road backing vocals, and that embarrassingly enough, even when White Witch used to bug me, i had the damned melody lodged in my skull. It blows my mind listening to it on headphones just now, that i never caught that brief outro that goes into a variation of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, capturing the wistful childishness of White Witch’s lighter, more melodic tracks.