Today’s chance find is random psych-funk sparkler from the early 70’s. Released by Greek outfit, Petalouda (translating as Butterfly), What You Can Do In Your Life b/w I Wanted to Shout, was the only 45 they ever released, and this was put out in 1973 on the HMV label.
Petalouda consisted of members, Christos Kouloumpis (guitar, vocals), George Adamopoulos [bass), Andreas Kouloumpis (drums), Lampis Georgakopoulos (organ), but what became of them after this one and only 45 is something of a mystery.
A few years back, in 2009, What You Can Do In Your Life featured on a World Psychedelic Funk Classics compilation called Psych Funk 101, which reignited new interest in the track – maybe this and the original single’s rarity contributed to the high price this 45 still fetches, with copies selling for over £250! It’s great that this deep-groove, psych-rock gem is still circulating, allowing the likes of me to stumble upon it and share….Check it out above.
**(Update 4.6.21)** I have added the below information from a source that can give further details on what happened the band after they split – Thanks for the information Loukas!:
“The singer, Christos Kouloumpis, is the only one who continued after the dismantlement of the band from Patras. He released two songs in 1975 (“The unknown friend I’m looking for” and “Athena”) and participated in the LP “From other worlds” of fellow Greek musician Iraklis Triantaffylidis in 1976. Last time he was seen performing was in 1983. At least until recently, he was working in a pitta restaurant, always in Patras…”