Rock Music and the Double-Entry Scene

Bluesscale Cordsequence is probably best known as the lead electric washboard player with 1970s progressive rock behemoth Cashbook Reconciliation. A band at the time who were one of the major acts in what later became known as the British Double-Entry Scene.

Of course, traditional English folk music had always had strong links to accountancy, auditing and other traditional rural pursuits and pastimes. As shown in such traditional songs like Lord Percy’s Audit Trail, My True Love is a Trial Balance of my Heart and the now-famous Chief Finance Officer on the Gallows Pole, which was a firm favourite in the folk clubs of the 1960s and 1970s.

However, it was very much an underground scene until one famous folk accountant started experimenting with electronic calculators. Although, many traditionalists decried the new electronic accountancy movement, many others saw the possibilities of using not only electronic desk calculators, but also even handheld calculators. There were even some visionaries who talked about the possibility of everyone in the far distant future having a computer of their own on which they could do all the accounting they desired, long into the night.

Soon the accountancy clubs were rocking all night long. Not only did they import some American accountancy practices and songs, many from the Deep South, mainly concerned with cotton auditing, they also began to experiment with some of the mind-altering alternative accounting techniques imported from the 1960s American West Coast scene.

But it was not until after the infamous Summer of Auditing, that Cordsequence managed to form the first – and still arguably the best – Double-Entry supergroup of all time in Cashbook Reconciliation.

Although he first began on the guitar, Cordsequence quickly moved over to the electric washboard when he became convinced that it was a more authentic folk accountancy instrument. A revelation he underwent following a  heavy wine gum induced psychedelic trip he took when hanging out with John Lennon, Ken Dodd and several hip young accountants they met at the then happening nightspot Ordinary Club. Back then Ordinary Club was the place to see and be seen, especially if you were heavily into sequencing tax returns into ascending date order as all of the Beatles, except Ringo, of course, were experimenting with at the time.

Lennon, though, tried to get Cordsequence to experiment with playing the spoons. Something George Harrison had so successfully done on the intro to Get Back on the Abbey Road studio roof. However, Cordsequence had his heart set on acquiring a washboard that rumour had it had once belonged to Elvis Presley’s grandmother. This washboard still had the teeth marks in its fretboard where it was said, Presley’ grandmother fought off the advances of his yet to be grandfather in a traditional American dating ritual.

Anyway, once he had his washboard – and he’d taught himself how to play it – Cordsequence formed Cashbook Reconciliation. Then the band disappeared into the recording studio deep within the heart of one of the UK’s oldest accountancy firms.

Those sessions eventually produced the seminal Purchase Tax Tapes. The album that resulted from these sessions was the high point of the Double-Entry movement. It featured some of the most tax-efficient lyrics recorded on a rock album as well as some of the most inspired electric washboard playing ever heard.

Although Cashbook Reconciliation recorded another two albums before they split – citing taxation differences – the band never again reached the artistic and accounting peak as they had in their first album.


Published by David Hadley

A Bloke. Occasionally points at ducks.

4 thoughts on “Rock Music and the Double-Entry Scene

    1. I did leave a reply to this, but it seems to have disappeared.


      Now I can’t remember what I wrote, except that it said something about Robert Plant training to be an accountant.


  1. If all music reviews were written like this, I would nod off considerably less frequently while giving poverty efficiency lectures.


    1. Oh, I do apologise. I do know how irritating it can be to have your sleep interrupted.

      Often, in the evenings when we settle down to watch TV, my wife constantly nudges me awake to fast forward over the adverts.


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