(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )
‘Rubber Bullets’ (1973) – 10CC
The Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is the primary source of latex, the milky sap-like extract which is processed into rubber. The tree is actually indigenous to the Amazon rainforest but discovery of vulcanization led to extensive cultivation throughout Britain’s colonial tropical regions such as Ceylon, Singapore and Malaysia.
Despite having a very dubious name, 10CC had some huge hits in the 70s including ‘Donna’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ and the dreary, sorry dreamy ‘I’m Not In Love’. Two former members Godley and Creme became innovative video directors, producing Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’ and the Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’.
We have these fascinating trees growing in the Rainforest Biome!
A special thanks to Simon for picking this one for me.
Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project