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Here you will find some short biographies (biogz) of solo artists whose surname commences with this letter or bands with names commencing with this letter (omitting any commonly used prefix such as 'The').

Click on the name below or scroll down the page at your leisure.

Mike Sagar and the Cresters
The Saltmine Band
Salvation
Sammy
Tommy Sampson
Wes Sands and the Leroys
Santos
The Sapolas
Peter Sarstedt
Sash!
Mike Satan & The Hellcats
The Satan Change
Leo Sayer
The Scars
The Scene Showband
Brinsley Schwartz
Colin Scot
Scotch
The Searchers
Peggy Seeger
The Senate
The Senators
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Sergeant
7 West
7th Avenue
Sha-Boom
The Shadettes
Jimmy Shand Junior
Shane & The Shane Gang
Del Shannon
Sandie Shaw
Pete Sheppard
The Shermans
Bert Shorthouse
The Shy Limbs
Sidiki
Silly Wizard

Silver
Johnny Silvo
Simone
Alex Sinclair & The Stardusters
Sir Percy & The Riot Squad
Skeets Boliver

The Skerries

Skid Row

The Skids
The Skinflints
Barry Skinner
Slade
Slaughter & The Dogs
Kenny Slaven
The Slaves
Sleaz Band
Sloopy
Slurpy Gloop
The Small Faces
Smiles
Andy Smith Orchestra
Andy Smith Sextette

Dick Smith Rock n Roll Band
Whistling Jack Smith
Sneeky Pete
Snowblind
The Sole Generation
Jimmy Somerville
Sonia
Soul Staxx
Souled Out
Sound City
The Sound of the Echoes
Sounds Incorporated
The Sounds Of The Blues Brothers
Sparrie
The Spectrum
The Spellbinders
Arthur Spink
The Spinners
Spooky Tooth
St Cecilia
Isla St Clair
St Louis Union
Crispian St Peters
Stag
The Stag Party
Staircase
Edwin Starr (& The Boys / The Team)
The Stars From The Commitments
State Express
Status Quo
Stealers Wheel
Steamhammer
Cat Stevens
Tiger Tim Stevens
Stevenson's Rocket
Davey Stewart
Jermaine Stewart
Stiff Little Fingers
The Stoics
Cissy Stone
Stone The Crows
Robb Storme & The Whispers
Michaela Strachan
Straits
The Stranglers
Strawberry Switchblade
The Strawbs
Street Party
The Strollers
Studio 54
Studio Six
The Subject
Sugar
Suicide
Redd Sullivan
The Sun
Monty Sunshine
The Sunshine Underground
Sunset Culture
Supertramp
Lord Caesar Sutch & The Roman Empire
Doreen Swan
Sweet Blindness
The Swinging Blue Jeans

The Swingtette Dance Band / The Swingtettes

Sybil
Syndicate

 

 

Mike Sagar and the Cresters

   
Richard, John & Johnny

Mike Sagar - vocals
Richard harding - guitar
John Harding - bass
Johnny Casson - drums

Malcolm Clarke - vocals

(Not to be confused with Johnny Peters and the Crestas (from Manchester)!

Originally The Cresters were formed in Bramley near Leeds in Yorkshire to back-up singer Mike Sagar. They were known as 'Mike Sagar and the Cresters', 'The Cresters', 'Malcom Clarke and the Cresters' and simply ' The Crestas'.

The band signed to HMV and recorded two singles, 'Deep Feeling' / 'You Know' (1960), 'The Brothers Three' / 'Set Me Free' (1961) as 'Mike Sagar and the Cresters' followed by two more, both for HMV in 1964, 'Just Don't Understand' / 'I Want You' and 'Put Your Arms Around Me' / 'Do It With Me' as 'The Cresters'. Also Richard Harding released an instrumental solo single 'Jezebel' / 'Temptation' in 1961.

Doubtless they will never forget supporting The Beatles in 1963 but most will remember them for Richard Harding's technical ability on guitar which was and continues to be much admired, as was his Gretsch White Falcon guitar, so far out of the financial reach of most at £700 (18 months wages for most at the time!) albeit acquiring the guitar may have had something to do with his father owning a music shop!

Their last single (for Fontana Records) 'To Be Loved' / 'When I Fall In Love' as 'The Crestas' was released in 1965 before they evolved into cabaret work in the eighties with Malcolm Clarke on vocals until he died and John took over on vocals. They eventually called it a day in 1984.

John Harding had a 3-year solo career following their demise and drummer, Johnnie Casson is now a successful club comedian with TV appearances under his belt, while Richard Harding is currently a member of country band, Dillinger.

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The Saltmine Band

Known members:
Dave Pope - vocals
Phil Barker – bass

The Saltmine Band (aka ‘Dave Pope & The Saltmine Band’) were a Christian music group active mid eighties to mid nineties which later became ‘Funky Beehive’ then simply ‘Beehive’. ‘Beehive’ was a white five-piece that were together for about 10 years, reputed to be one of the UK’s hardest gigging gospel acts with 200+ gigs a year. They won the MOBO Award for Best Gospel Artist in 1997 but split a couple of years later.

‘Dave Pope & The Saltmine Band’ released albums: ‘Royal Praise’ (on ‘Day Spring’ label) & ‘Living sacrifice’.

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Salvation

   
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Kevin McGinlay - vocals
Jim McGinlay - bass
Ian Kenny - guitar
Mario Tortolano - keyboards
Nod Kerr - drums

Later:
Brian Denniston - guitar
Matt Cairns - drums
Robin Birrel - keyboards
Billy MacIssac - keyboards
Kenny Hyslop - drums
Jim (Midge) Ure - guitar, vocals

Kevin McGinlay formed a band called 'The Strollers' with his brothers Jim (bass), Hugh (rhythm guitar) and cousin Ernie Slater on drums around 1964, playing local gigs in Glasgow and engendering sufficient support to form a fan club. Hugh left a year later and despite his replacement they split around 1965/6.

Around 1968/9 Kevin rejoined Jim with drummer George Wade and guitarist Brian Denniston to form 'Friendly Persuasion' before a local agency took notice and shortly after the line-up was changed as was the name, to Salvation' in June 1970. By the end of the year Brian Dennison returned to replace Ian Kenny.

They played mostly heavy metal covers & often played in 'Clouds' a disco/club situated above 'Green's Playhouse' in Glasgow (later 'The Apollo').

Around May 1971, Nod left to join 'The Poets' and was replaced by Matt Cairns while Mario was also replaced by Robin Birrel. Soon Brian left again and Kevin adopted the guitar work for about six months until Robin & Matt were replaced by Billy MacIssac from 'The Bubbles' & Kenny Hyslop from 'The Beings'. Guitar duties then fell to another new recruit, Jim (Midge) Ure from local band 'Stumble' (for £25 a week ... in theory).

It was Kevin who re-christened Jim as 'Midge' (phonetically 'Jim' backwards) to avoid having two Jims in the line-up.

Their first gig with this line-up was at Glasgow Technical College on 17th March 1972 with a set of covers & originals.  In November 1973 they supported 'The Sweet' at The Apollo, then later on 27th April 1974 Kevin left to pursue a solo career and vocals fell to Midge.

The remaining four-piece changed their name to 'Slik' in November 1974 and adopted American Baseball outfits to give them a recognisable image and had a #1 UK chart hit with 'Forever & Ever'. Bass duties later fell to Russell Webb (later of  The Skids). Kenny Hyslop (would later turn up in The Skids & 'Simple Minds').

'Slik' later morphed into 'PVC2', released an EP 'Put You In The Picture' / 'Deranged Demented and Free' / 'Pain' (Nov 1977), then replaced Midge Ure with Willie Gardner to become 'The Zones'. Midge then moved on to The Rich Kids with Glen Matlock.

My thanks to Kevin McGinlay for much of the above.

Ghoulz (2006/07/14)

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Sammy

Keith Gemmell - saxophone
Mike Hodgkinson - organ, vocals
Geoff Sharkey - lead guitar, vocals
Paul Simmons - bass
Mick Underwood - drums

Rock band 'Sammy' released an eponymous album in 1972 along with two singles. They were formed by Mick Underwood previously of The Outlaws, The Herd, Episode Six, & Quatermass.  He would go on to play with Ian Gillan.

Info from: The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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The Tommy Sampson Orchestra/Band

Some of those who played with Tommy between 1947 and 1948 are listed below:

Stan Reynolds - trumpet
Duncan Campbell - trumpet
Alec MacGregor - trumpet
Cyril Narbeth - trumpet
Ron Simmonds - trumpet
Charlie Evans - trumpet
Mike Asher - trumpet
Chick Norton - trumpet
Stan Hibbert - trumpet
Ted Brennan - trumpet
Pete Pitterson - trumpet
Terry Lewis - trumpet
Ralph Hutchinson - trombone
Andy Young - trombone
Bill Paxton - trombone
Clare Walsh - trombone
Johnny Keating - trombone
Ken Goldie - trombone
Wally Smith - trombone
Jack Wilson - trombone
Jimmy Wilson - trombone
Tommy Cook - trombone
George Hunter - saxophone
Lew Warburton - saxophone
Henry MacKenzie - saxophone
Joe Temperley - saxophone
Jimmy Waugh - saxophone
Charlie Payne - saxophone
Mike Senn - saxophone
Jimmy Simmons - saxophone
Bill Skeat - saxophone
Danny Moss - saxophone
Dave Simpson - piano
Andy Dennitts - piano
Ian Christie - piano
Sammy Stokes - bass
Johnny Hawkesworth - bass
Terry Walsh - guitar
Dougie Cooper - drums
Jean Miller - vocal
Rosemary Squires
Lynda Russell - vocal
Edwin Holland - arranger

Scotland's 'King of Swing', veteran Big Band leader, Trumpeter, Cornet player, Bugler, vocalist & choral arranger, Tommy Sampson was born in Newhaven, Edinburgh in 1918 and began to play cornet with The Leith Salvation Army band at the tender age of five. By the age of fourteen he was a competent soloist and made his first broadcast in 1933 with George Watson's College Dance Band on Children's Hour. He was depute bandmaster by eighteen though he left one year later.

In 1939, he joined the Ordnance Corps, was commissioned into The Royal Artillery in 1940 and saw action in North Africa, before being captured by Italian forces at the fall of Tobruk in June 1942. He led POW camp orchestras both in Italy and Germany before being re-patriated to Scotland in 1945 where he led the Scottish Command Dance Orchestra until his demobilisation June 1946.

Sampson formed a seventeen-piece band in January 1947 to play at Leith's Eldorado Ballroom. This band which was reputed to have been the best in Britain at the time, toured Germany, Italy and Britain extensively and made three BBC broadcasts before it was disbanded around Christmas 1949. Shortly thereafter thirteen of his band were to be found in Ted Heath's Band.

In the fifties Tommy worked as a 'song plugger' for Chapell's Music Publishers and in 1951 'stood-in' for a live BBC TV broadcast with 'The Song Peddlers', a performance which included a young dancer by the name of Audrey Hepburn. He was then asked by George Mitchell to arrange a choir for a new musical BBC TV show series. It turns out that having Tommy on-board was a prerequisite for the BBC to go ahead with the hugely popular 'Black & White Minstrel Show'. Tommy sang, arranged and conducted The George Mitchell Singers for around ten years. One of the choir asked Tommy to teach him choral arranging and Mike Sams later became one of the best vocal arrangers in the business.

Tommy sang with 'The Sapphires' until 1954 and on Frankie Vaughan's early recordings including 'Green Door' and later took over the BBC Welsh Dance Orchestra & Choir. Upon his return to Scotland, he reformed a band that was busy in the Glasgow area until the early 1990s and he often appeared at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and gave much of his time to charity fund raising activities and The Salvation Army.

Tommy met and worked with many of the greats of entertainment including great personal friend Joe Loss, sax virtuoso Joe Temperley, Lena Horne, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Billy Connolly, Michael Aspel & Una Stubbs. Tony Middleton wrote & published a bio-discography of Tommy in 1992. Tommy's bands numbered up to twenty musicians and were sometimes billed as: 'Twenty Mighty Men'.  Billy Hunter of 'The Topnotchers', 'Billy Hunter & His All Star Band' and 'The Red Hawks' was once his Lead Trumpeter.

Tommy who was unwell at the time, refused to give in to illness and managed to perform his annual Christmas carol concert in 2007 and gave his last performance in August 2008 at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.

Tommy lived in the Touch area of Dunfermline and sadly died aged 90, on Monday 20th October 2008 in Queen Margaret Hospital Dunfermline. 

Info from: 'Bygone Dunfermline' (Winter 2004) & Ron Simmonds (who sadly died on 24th October 2005) www.jazzprofessional.com

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Wes Sands and the Leroys

Wes Sands was the pseudonym of Clive Robin Sarstedt.  Robin is also the youngest brothers of Richard Sarstedt (aka Eden Kane) and Peter Sarstedt (well known for his UK #1 hit 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely?'). Robin also performed as Clive Sands and joined The Deejays in the mid sixties in Sweden.

Wes was managed and recorded by the famous recording innovator Joe Meek and had a surprise UK #3 hit in 1976 with 'My Resistance is Low' as Robin Sarstedt.

He lives in Spain and continues to perform.

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Santos

Released a three-track CD single: "Your Wish is my Command" (Club Mix) / "Your Wish is my Command" (7") / "Your Wish is my Command" (Instrumental) (1989)

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The Sapolas

Jim Brennan - vocals
Mick Brennan - bass
Tam Sinclair - guitar
Tony Duffy - guitar and keyboards
Jock McGuigan - drums

Terry Wallace - ?

Based in Kelty? 'The Sapolas' had been 'The Rolling Sapolas' and prior to that, brothers Jim & Mike had been founder members of Monolug.

The Sapolas played the ballroom on Sunday 5th October 1986.

Tony Duffy had previously been in Biocar.

Hopefully more info to come!

Thanks Tony!

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Peter Sarstedt

Along with brothers Richard (aka Eden Kane) and Robin (aka Clive Sarstedt, aka Wes Sands), Peter Sarstedt returned from India with his parents in 1954. Following a musical career closer to folk than most traditional 'pop', Peter didn't consider it necessary to undergo a name change like his brothers. Although lacking Richard's good looks, Peter was blessed with superb song-writing skills. He'd already had some recognition- though not chart success- with 'I Am A Cathedral'- before writing his great 1960s classic UK #1 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely'.

He followed this with 'Frozen Orange Juice' which reached a creditable #10 and had some success with an album before the decade was out. He was never able to repeat these chart successes and for a time in the 1970s he worked with his siblings as one third of 'The Sarstedt Brothers'. Although he lived quietly in Denmark for many years he returned to England during the 1990s and regularly performs on the 1960s nostalgia circuit.

Info courtesy of: www.45-rpm.org.uk

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Sash!

Sascha Lappessen
Thomas Alisson
Ralf Kappmeier

Sash! is a German pop/dance act. Sascha is the face of Sash! in the videos and live performance. Their first single was 'It's My Life', but success began with the 2nd record 'Encore Une Fois' in the club charts in Italy, Germany, Holland and the Scandinavian countries, reaching #2 here in the UK.

The third release was 'Ecuador' which proved to be just as successful as its predecessor with a No.1 hit in the Scandinavian Dance Chart, top 5 in the sales charts in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and another #2 in the UK. 

In the summer of 1997 the debut album 'It's My Life' was released, while the fourth single release was ‘Stay!’, which peaked at,... (yeah you guessed it) #2 in the UK. They would have another seven top ten UK chart hits as below including another two more #2 positions, a #3, two #8s a #10 and a #15. Always the bridesmaid!

Other UK hit singles include:
'
La Primavera' (#3) 1998
'Mysterious Times' (#2) 1998 (featuring Tina Cousins)
'Move Mania' (#8) 1998 (featuring Shannon)
'Colour The World' (#15) 1999 (featuring Dr. Alban)
'Adelante' (#2) 2000
'Just Around The Hill' (#8) 2000 (featuring Tina Cousins)
'With My Own Eyes' (#10) 2000 (featuring the Finnish singer Inka)
 

UK hit albums include:
'It's My Life' (#6) 1997
'Life Goes On' (#5) 1998
'Trilenium' (#13) 2000
'Best of - Encore Une Fois' (2000)

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Mike Satan & The Hellcats

I'm very much indebted to Dave Smith for these images. Click on them for a larger size.
Mike Satan & The Hellcats - April 1961    Mike Satan & The Hellcats Galashiels 20th April 1963    The Hellcats Showband    The Hellcats Showband
Manny Charlton     Dave Smith                      Arthur Owen               Dave Smith
Harry Carmichael   Alan Fraser                      David (Fritz) Freeburn  Arthur Owen
Mike Anderson     
Mike Anderson                  Dave Smith                Ian Harper (temp)
Ian Smart             Ricky Wilson                    Bobby Sullence           David (Fritz) Freeburn
Dave Smith           Arthur Owen                     Allan Fraser                Bobby Sullence

                           David (Fritz) Freeburn

Mike Satan (Michael Anderson) - vocals (& drums occasionally)
Sem (William) Simpson - lead guitar
Dave Smith - rhythm guitar then lead guitar
Ian Smart - bass
Alex Callan - drums

Later:
Arthur Owen - guitar
Manuel (Manny) Charlton - rhythm guitar
Harry Carmichael - drums

The Hellcats Showband

Dave Smith - lead guitar
David (Fritz)
Freeburn - tenor saxophone

Arthur Owen - six-string bass

Bobby Sullence - rhythm guitar

Ricky Wilson - electric organ
Mike Fernon - drums
Later - Allan Fraser - drums

The multi-instrumentational Mike Satan & The Hellcats were formed as The Zephyr Guitar Four in 1958/9 in Fife & supported many big-name acts such as: Joe Brown, The Allisons, Vince Eager, Duffy Power & Vince Taylor.

Commitments to apprenticeships and the like caused the some early personnel changes such as Sem Simpson's replacement by Dave Smith on lead guitar leaving an opening for Manny Charlton to play rhythm guitar. Sem later played lead guitar with Bobby Dene and the Dynamos.

Then Ian Smart (who was one of the first in Fife to have a real bass, a Framus) was replaced by Arthur Owen on bass. At this time they were managed by Derek Nicol who bought their first van which extended their areas of entertainment from Inverness to the Borders.

On Saturdays they often played at the St Margaret's Lesser Hall appearing with The Vandals, The Saints and Alex Harvey whom they supported at various venues throughout Scotland. Alex Callan left for the Marines leaving an opening for Harry Carmichael to join the band on drums.  Manny & Harry left in 1963 to form The Mark V and soon after, Mike (an electrical fitter at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Rosyth) moved his job to Alexandria in Dumbarton and had to leave the band who became simply 'The Hellcats Showband'.

Manny Charlton also played with The Red Hawks, The Marshmallow 400, The Shadettes & Nazareth.

Dave Smith was noted for his remarkable resemblance to Hank Marvin of The Shadows - which caused considerable grief at times!

Arthur also played with The Nameless Ones & Argus & The Chessmen & Curly

Harry Carmichael also played with The Mark V.

I'm indebted to Dave Smith & Watty Robertson for much of the detail above.

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The Satan Change

The Satan Change were active in the 60s/70s and recorded a cover of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas UK #4 hit 'Dancing in the Street' later covered by David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

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Leo Sayer

Born Gerard Hugh Sayer at Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, singer and songwriter Leo Sayer is celebrating 31 years at the top of his profession. After a brief career as a graphic designer, his first chart success came in 1973 with the song writing of Roger Daltrey (of The Who) ’s first solo album, “Daltrey”, featuring the U.S. and U.K. hit song “Giving It all Away”. With the guidance of writing partner David Courtney and manager Adam Faith, Leo followed this up with his first solo album on Warner Brothers in the U.S.A. and Chrysalis Records for the rest of the world.

Produced by Faith and Courtney, “Silverbird” featured the hit song “The Show Must Go On” with Leo famously appearing on stage dressed as a white faced and white costumed Pierrot. ”The Show Must Go On” was also a chart topper for Three Dog Night in the U.S.A. and his second album “Just A Boy” was released a year later, featuring international hits: “One Man Band” and “Long Tall Glasses” and “Train”.

By this time, Leo’s success had reached around the globe and he toured extensively to sell out crowds in the U.S.A. as well as in Europe, the Far East and Australia. In 1975 “Moonlighting” continued the trend, and then Leo hit the really big time with 1976’s platinum selling “Endless Flight”, the album boasting two international number 1 hits, the U.S. Grammy winning “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” and his classic “When I Need You”.

Further chart success came from ten more chart albums, featuring hits as diverse and unique as “More Than I Can Say’, “Thunder In My Heart”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Easy To Love”, “Have You Ever Been In Love” and “Orchard Road”. In fact, Leo has had 20 worldwide top ten hits during his career, many of these self penned, and is still entertaining audiences around the world with an amazing live show featuring his truly original songs and that uniquely powerful and recognisable voice.

In 2004 he played live concerts in the USA, Britain, Europe and the Baltic States and he finished a new studio album: “Voice In My Head”. In 2005 Leo released Voice In My Head throughout Europe. In June he received permanent resident status in Australia and moved from London to Sydney. He is currently awaiting Citizenship status in Australia. He also released the Voice In My Head album in Australia on the First Edition label on ABC Music distributed by Warner Music.

At the release of the album in July Leo toured Australia playing large theatres in the capital cities. He has also been in great demand on the corporate circuit in Australia with some clients saying he created the best event they have ever had. Leo’s new stage show has been receiving standing ovations every night. He still delivers one of the most energised performances in the world with a show that documents his history and includes all of his smash hit songs plus a sample from his new album Voice In My Head.

In 2006 Leo has toured Australia, England, Asia, Belgium, Germany. The year started with the re-mix of “Thunder In My Heart” going number one in England and top ten around Europe and Australia. ABC Music has released a Special Limited Edition of the ‘Voice In My Head’ album that will include a bonus disc of 12 live tracks which are all of Leo’s biggest hits from the 70’s and 80’s recorded live in Melbourne during his 2005 tour.

Leo Sayer is a pop music legend who continues to deliver a world class show night after night.

Info From: www.theharbouragency.com

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(The) Scars

                                   
Marquee                                                 www.scarsresearch.com                              Support slot
with The Cure 1979                                                                                                  with The Rezillos
Photo by Chris Horler                                                                                                (Ray & Kay Smillie)
      
Robert 'Bobby' (Charm) King - vocals
Paul (Responsible) Research (Paul Mackie) - guitar
John (Doctor) Mackie (Paul's brother) - bass
Callum (Plastic Mac) MacKay - drums (1977-1980)

Steve McLaughlin - Drums (1980-1982)

Edinburgh based punk/new wave band 'The Scars' (after 1979 they became known just as 'Scars') live debut followed The Skids first outing two months later on Friday 7th October 1977 in Balerno Village Hall and like our local boys, were soon to be labelled art-punks because that's all the music press could think of.

They played the ballroom only once, on Tuesday 22nd August 1978, supporting The Rezillos, (Ticket price was £1.50) though they were billed to appear in support of the famously cancelled Siouxsie and the Banshees booking for Sunday 9th September 1979!

Their first single 'Adultery' / 'Horrorshow' (Fast - 1979) was recorded at 'Cargo Studios' in Rochdale in January 1979 at the same studio as the Trax 'Home EP' and in the same year. Other Scottish contemporaries included The Rezillos, Matt Vinyl & The Decorators/Insect Bites,  The Valves, TV Art/Josef K and of course ... The Freeze.

As was often the case with those who dared to be different within the rebel punk clan, some punters felt threatened by their artiness & would make their confusion known physically and verbally. It's never easy being on the fringe of a popular movement.

In 1979 the editorial staff of i-D magazine released their third edition, complete with a flexi copy of a live performance of the Peter Porter poem 'Your Attention Please' coupled with an increasingly frantic soundscape and vocal which climbs to a terrifying crescendo. It was also in 1979 that they officially dropped their punk pseudonyms and the band's 'The' prefix.

They toured with Human League, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Buzzcocks, and supported The Fall, Gang Of Four, and The Skids.

The first of two John Peel sessions took place on February 2nd 1980 followed by another on May 20th 1981, meanwhile they produced three more singles: 'They Came & Took Her' / 'Romance By Mail' (1980), 'Love Song' / 'Psychomodo' (1980) & 'All About You' / 'Author! Author!' (1981) before embarking on an album 'Author! Author!' in 1981. ('Psychomodo' is a cover of a Steve Harley tune and yes it is David Essex's 'Silver Dream Machine' on the album).

In 1980 Callum MacKay left Scars to be replaced by Steve McLaughlin.

They also landed an 'Old Grey Whistle Test' appearance!

In 1982, Robert King left for a solo career and despite the best efforts of guitarist Paul Research to fill-in on vocal duties, they split the same year before their planned second album came to be.

A resurgence of interest in the band resulted from the recording of 'Lemon Jelly's' - "79 - The Shouty Track" (which samples 'Horrorshow' on their album '64 - '95'. The Scars album 'Author Author' has been recently re-released on CD, and I personally recommend it. Click here.

Grammy recipient, Steve McLaughlin is now a highly successful producer while John Mackie runs a design company. Robert King (PhD) is now a scholar of ancient biblical languages, while Callum Mackay still plays drums in French bands. Paul Research still writes & records and runs marathons!

In 2007 the remastered Author! Author! album was released on CD

Scars reformed in November 2010 for a one-off gig at the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh with TV21 and they were magnificent!  They played a live session for BBC 6 Music in February 2011 and rumours persist of more live work and new recordings!

Singles:
'Horrorshow' / 'Adult/ery' (1979)
'Your Attention Please' LIVE (Free Flexi Disc with i-D magazine 1979)
'They Came & Took Her' / 'Romance By Mail' (1979?)
'Love Song' / 'Psychomodo' (1979?)
'All About You' / 'Author! Author!' (1980?)

EP:
'Author! Author!' EP (1981)

Album:
'Author! Author!' (1981)

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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The Scene Showband

   

Joe Quigley - guitar
Eugene Roddy - drums

Formed in the late sixties, this outfit featured guitar virtuoso Joe Quigley and drummer Eugene Roddy. Did great business in Ireland and further afield including tour of South Africa.

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http://www.irishshowbands.net/pg_scene.htm

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Brinsley Schwarz

   

Brinsley Schwartz - guitar, percussion & vocals
Ian Gomm - guitar
Bob Andrews - keyboards & vocals
Nick Lowe - bass, guitar & vocal
Bill Rankin - drums, percussion

Brinsley Schwarz are perhaps best known in the annals of rock history as the band that was flown to New York's Fillmore East in 1970 in a welter of hype to promote their second album. Although many a music journalist enjoyed the largesse, the band actually got negative publicity for this escapade and it was to plague them for the rest of their career.

Formed in 1969 out of the remnants of the UK pop group Kippington Lodge, the band's reaction to that Transatlantic debacle was their second album, ironically-titled 'Despite It All' and a low-key profile on the UK club, college and pub circuit. They grew a dedicated fan base and blazed a trail for many of the so-called pub-rock bands in the seventies such as Dr.Feelgood and Kilburn & The High Roads (with Ian Dury).

The band - with Ian Gomm on guitar who joined after the second album - split up in February 1975. Nick Lowe (bass, vocals) went on to achieve success as a performer, producer and songwriter, working with the Stiff label, whilst keyboard player Bob Andrews and founder Brinsley Schwarz (guitar, vocals) appeared in The Rumour with Graham Parker.

Info courtesy of: www.huxrecords.com

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Colin Scot

Colin 'Scottie' Scot (born Colin Thistlewaite) was a folk singer/songwriter who played and lived life to the full. He was well known for his habit of singing stange unexpected covers such as Buddy Holly songs for instange much to the annoyance of the dyed in the wool folkies!

His first (eponymous) album was released in 1971 and featured friends such as Robert Fripp, Brinsley Schwartz, Rick Wakeman, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Jon Anderson and Davey Johnstone.  His singles included 'Hey! Sandy' (1971), 'Edward and Charley and Me' (1973) & 'Call me Mr.Blue' (1973). Later in 1973 he released another album 'Just Another Clown' & 'Out of the Blue' (1974) and another single 'Mandolin Man' in 1977.

I understand there are a number of live recordings too.

Sadly he died in 1999 in Amsterdam where he had taken up residence with his wife.

Ghoulz (2011)

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Scotch

   

Fergus Harper - vocals
Colin Woore - guitar
Geoff Dugmore - drums

Scotch released two singles in the UK, both in 1979 on the 'Coma' label and won a "Battle of the Bands" competition run by Evening Times in 1976. Part of their prize was the recording deal with 'COMA' records, and the two singles. They performed once on 'The Basil Brush Show' (wearing fair isle tank-tops). A friend remembers that Ferg was frequently sick before performing!

'Concentration' / 'Sad Hearts and Love Breaks' (1979) written by legendary writers Bill Martin & Phil Coulter / Phil Harding & Ian Curnow
'Take Me Tonight' / 'Next Weekend' (1979).
Neither troubled the UK charts.

The band went on to become ('Motion Pictures' with Steve Hogarth, then 'The Europeans').

Colin Woore went on to work with 'How We Live', 'Marillion' & 'Public Image Ltd'
Now a multi-instrumentalist, Geoff Dugmore is the most successful of the outfit ... playing with Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Dido, Natalie Imbruglia, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Robbie Williams, Gabrielle, Steve Winwood, Joan Armatrading, Danny Wilson, Climie Fisher, Killing Joke, The Gypsy Kings etc, etc. ... He even played 'Whole Lotta Love' with Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis on the bus at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics for a bizarre example!

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Ghoulz (2012/14)

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The Searchers

       

John McNally - rhythm guitar, vocals
Mike Pender: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Chris Curtis: Drums, Vocals
Tony Jackson: Bass, Vocals
Johnny Sandon: Lead Vocals

Feb 1962-July 1964

John McNally: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mike Pender: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Chris Curtis: Drums, Lead Vocals
Tony Jackson: Bass, Lead Vocals

July 1964-April 1966

John McNally: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mike Pender: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Chris Curtis: Drums, Lead Vocals
Frank Allen: Bass, Lead Vocals

May 1966-December 1969

John McNally: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mike Pender: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Frank Allen: Bass, Lead Vocals
John Blunt: Drums

January 1970-December 1985

John McNally: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mike Pender: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Frank Allen: Bass, Lead Vocals
Billy Adamson: Drums

January 1986-November 1998

John McNally: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Frank Allen: Bass, Lead Vocals
Billy Adamson: Drums
Spencer James: Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals

November 1998-present

John McNally: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Frank Allen: Bass, Lead Vocals
Spencer James: Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
Eddie Roth: Drums

The Searchers were arguably the greatest of the 'other' Liverpool groups. They produced a string of singles which compared in quality to the Beatles but possibly lacked the scale of originality and inventiveness peculiar to their famous rivals. They too had been a popular act in Hamburg and the Cavern and became famous on both sides of the Atlantic.

Like many of the groups that were part of the 1960s 'beat boom', the group began by playing skiffle and are alleged to have taken their name from the same John Ford movie that had inspired Buddy Holly to write 'That'll Be The Day'. They spent much of their early life as a fivepiece and had Johnny Sandon as their vocalist. The original Searchers quartet was formed when Sandon left to join the Remo Four- another of Liverpool's burgeoning collection of groups. It was this line up, under the guidance of Tony Hatch, that produced the first hits. Most of their material came by reworking American songs, but 'Sugar and Spice' was an original written by Tony Hatch.

Vocalist Tony Jackson left the group in 1964 and was replaced by Frank Allan, previously with Cliff Bennett's Rebel Rousers. Jackson went on to form a new group- the Vibrations, which managed just one minor hit; "Bye Bye Baby". The Searcher's chart fortunes also began to wane during the late 1960s and the rate of personnel changes increased. By the end of the decade their star had faded and they found themselves among the founder members of the 'oldies' cabaret circuit.

Sadly, Tony Jackson died on 18th August 2003.

Info courtesy of: www.45-rpm.org.uk

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Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger (born Margaret Seeger, 17 June 1935, New York City, New York, USA) is accomplished on guitar, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and concertina. 45 years of concerts, more than 20 solo and over 100 joint recordings and numerous original songs (among which are the classic ‘Ballad of Springhill’ and ‘Gonna Be an Engineer’) have made her a legend in her time. In 1955, Seeger left the USA & relocated to Holland and studied Russian at university. She first came to the UK in 1956 as an actress, to take part in a television film, Dark Side Of The Moon, and also joined the Ramblers, a group that included Ewan MacColl, Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins.

In 1957, together with Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker, she worked on a series of documentaries for the BBC which are now commonly known as The Radio Ballads. These programmes were highly innovative and, together with music, brought the thoughts and views of a whole range of workers to a large listening public. In 1959, Seeger became a British subject, since she has been in much demand at folk clubs and festivals. Her 35-year residency in England gave her a unique European perspective.

Her concerts, in which she makes full use of voice, 5-string banjo, guitar, English concertina, autoharp, piano and a wicked sense of humour, include an astounding range of traditional Anglo-American songs and finely crafted contemporary pieces. Her lectures and workshops on songwriting, ballad singing and the feminist content of her repertoire are entertaining, informative and forward-looking. The Peggy Seeger Songbook, Warts and All, is a tour de force in which she places 150 of her songs in a setting of drawings, photographs and informative and autobiographical notes to create a picture of her life and her time. Her family background, her residency in England and her strong and compassionate eco-feminist politics combine to produce an extraordinary performer.

She now lives in North Carolina, tours regularly worldwide and puts out a new CD every 18 months.

Ghoulz (2006)

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The Senate


left to right:
Bill Irving, Brian Johnson, Sol Byron, Anthony Rutherford, Alex "Ludgie" Ligertwood, Tam Frew and Davie Agnew at the front.

Sol Byron (aka Billy Lochart) - vocals
Davie Agnew (Mark David) - vocals, guitar
Alex "Ludgie" Ligertwood (aka Alex Jackson) - lead guitar/vocals
Brian Johnson - organ
Bill Irving - bass
Anthony Rutherford (Tony Mimms) - trumpet
Tam Frew - drums

Later:
Bob Mather - saxophone
Robbie MacIntoch - drums
Mike Fraser - organ

This Glasgow R&B group originally formed as Sol Byron's backing group and some members used pseudonyms shown in brackets above. Brian Johnston had previously been a member of 'The Golden Crusaders' and was later replaced by Mike Fraser. The band split from Byron in 1966 and supported many soul bands of the time including Ben E. King who also wrote for & produced their single 'I Can't Stop' / Ain't As Sweet As You' (1967).

They released an album: 'The Senate Sock It To You One More Time' (1968). They toured Germany then split in 1968.

Info from: The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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The Senators

Jim Dewar - keyboards
Jazz Healey
Lyall Jenkins
Kenny Rogers
Allan Robertson - bass
Bill Heggie - guitar & vocals

Dennis Murphy - vocals
John (Ching) Lee - drums
David C Vettese - vocals then bass

The Senators from Bathgate. Jim Dewar, Jazz Healey, Lyall Jenkins, Kenny Rogers, Allan Roberton, Bill Heggie. After this Ching Lee and Dennis Murphy from The Golden Crusaders replaced Kenny and Jazz ( Lyall left as well ) When Dennis left, Peter David Vettese took over vocals. When Allan Robertson left Peter picked up bass guitar and sang.

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The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (aka SAHB)

Born on 5th February 1935 (49 Govan Road) in the Gorbals region of Glasgow, Scotland, Alex Harvey had a restless employment record including trying his hand at lion taming, eventually drifting into an interest in the growing skiffle movement and was crowned 'The Tommy Steele Of Scotland' in April 1957 following a 'Sunday Mail' newspaper talent contest, beating 600 other hopefuls, including a young Sydney Devine who came second!

He formed 'The Alex Harvey Big Soul Band' in 1959 having claimed to have had 36 jobs. They would at one time tour the highlands of Scotland impersonating 'Johnny & The Hurricanes'! He played in several fledgling bands including The Kinning Park Ramblers. They secured several supports including The Beatles, Eddie Cochrane and Gene Vincent before taking the Germany pilgrimage in 1962. Before releasing their their first album in 1964, the name had been truncated to 'Alex Harvey And His Soul Band' or 'Alex Harvey's Soul Band', only this first eponymous "live" album wasn't live and the band were Kingsize Taylor's backing band, ('The Dominoes') not Alex's!

The album wasn't successful and the band spilt in 1965 though not before they played at the ballroom on Wednesday 23rd September 1964. He then recorded another album 'The Blues' (1965) with his brother Les (guitar), Bobby Thomson (bass) and Gilson Kemp (drums) before going solo, recording some singles and a couple of albums with a variety of musicians in London including 'Roman Wall Blues' (1969).

Returning home to Scotland in 1972, he recruited a Glasgow outfit called 'Tear Gas' (who were about to split following two disappointing albums) as his backing band and later renamed the ensemble 'The Sensational Alex Harvey Band'. Vertigo released 'Framed' in December 1972 with Zal Cleminson (guitar), Chris Glen (bass), Hugh McKenna (keyboards) and Ted McKenna (drums).

Almost a year later 'Next' appeared including the classic 'Faith Healer' (though it wouldn't chart until 1975), followed by their first top 20 album, 'The Impossible Dream' in 1974 and in 1975 their only top ten album, 'Tomorrow Belongs to me'. 1975 really was their most successful year, sealed with the release of their only top ten single, a cover of 'Delilah' which reached #2 in 1968 with Tom Jones. They also charted with 'Gamblin' Bar Room Blues' and a live album entitled 'Live'.

Another chart single and two albums followed in 1976 though large numbers of the record-buying public's attention was being increasingly drawn towards the punk revolution.

Alex died of a heart attack in an ambulance in Zeebrugge, Belgium on 4th February 1982.

Ghoulz (2006/9)

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Nick Mercer - vocals
Scott Duncan - guitars
Bill Anderson - bass
Rory Buchanan - drums, percussion

These four young guys in their early twenties from the Glenrothes area of Fife were formed by Mercer & Duncan in early in 2005.

Acclaimed by the NME as “Officially the most exciting band in Scotland”, they supported Oasis on their four Scottish dates, The Fratellis (with whom they share management) for a full Uk tour and have also supported Supergrass & The Pigeon Detectives.

Their tight uplifting jangly melodic pop/rock is reminiscent of The Beatles, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Kooks.

They have a publishing deal with EMI and signed to Mercury Records in 2007 while their debut album was produced by John Leckie, best known for his work with Radiohead and The Stone Roses etc.

They played Glastonbury 2007 & T in the Park 2007 & 2008.

Single releases include:
'Sergeant EP'
'K-Ok' (2008)
'Sunshine' (2008)
'Swiftly Does It' (2009)

 

Ghoulz (2009)

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7 West

           

Will Adamson - lead vocals
George Wheelwright - guitars, backing vocals
Alex Milne - keyboards, sequencing
Iain Stockdale - bass
Frankie McFarlane - drums, programming
Tony Porco - saxophone

Stevie Sharp - bass

Will first met first met George & Alex while they were all working on a Scottish World Cup song session for would-be pop svengali Dougie Armit.

'Blue Jazz' (with Allan Glen on bass) only played two gigs before they became '7 West' & released a 7" single on Rebel Records - 'When The Colour Starts To Fade' / 'Nothin' Changes' (Bel 1) in 1985 recorded at Castlesound Studios Edinburgh. They later became 'Shine' and released one album, 'A Far and Distant Shore' (1988), on RCA Victor, scoring some MTV exposure with a couple of singles as follows:

'Walking On The Town'
'Wall of Hate'

Click the links to the videos on.

George Wheelwright came from Studio 54.

Will Adamson had been vocalist with 'Straits' and 'Trax' previously.

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Ghoulz (2006/11/13)

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7th Avenue

Phil Creswick
Mark Gillespie
Jason John (aka Jason Herbert)

An (allegedly gay) boy-band, after several personnel changes, '7th Avenue' later became 'Big Fun'.

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Ghoulz (2008/11)

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Sha-Boom

Robert Lindsay - vocals

Glasgow-based band from 1979.

Robert (ex Mangas Colorado, Poly / Hombre, Anthem / Brooklyn) went on to join Street Party and went on to front another versatile wedding/party/function covers band in Glasgow called 'Bronx'.

Many thanks to Robert for the info above.

Ghoulz (2014)

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The Shadettes

The Shadettes
Bygone Dunfermline
dated Winter 2004 page IX.

The Shadettes
Image from Stuart Prentice


Exclusive! - Brian Noble interviews Alan Fraser (drums), Pete Agnew (guitar) and Dan McCafferty (vocals) of The Shadettes in late 2005 in the function suite of The Sinclair Arms in Dunfermline filmed by Dunfermline Camcorder Club.
Part 1


Exclusive! - Brian Noble interviews Alan Fraser (drums), Pete Agnew (guitar) and Dan McCafferty (vocals) of The Shadettes in late 2005 in the function suite of The Sinclair Arms in Dunfermline filmed by Dunfermline Camcorder Club.
Part 2


Exclusive! - Brian Noble interviews Alan Fraser (drums), Pete Agnew (guitar) and Dan McCafferty (vocals) of The Shadettes in late 2005 in the function suite of The Sinclair Arms in Dunfermline filmed by Dunfermline Camcorder Club.
Part 3

Pete Agnew - guitar, vocals
Alfred 'Alf' Murray - guitar, bass
Bryan Brady - guitar
Bobby Spence - bass
Alan Fraser - drums

Later:
Darrell Sweet - drums
Des Haldane - guitar
Dan McCafferty - vocals
(Manuel) Manny Charlton – guitar
Mike Archibald - drums
John Hearn -  organ, vocals

A hard working pop/soul covers band formed in 1961/2 by Pete Agnew and Alfred Murray, based in Dunfermline Scotland with a long illustrious history of support duties at the ballroom. They seemed to bounce their residencies between the KB and the Belleville Hotel depending on 'circumstances'.  The Shadettes also had a residency at the Burntisland Palais on Saturdays before landing support duties at the ballroom where they played 281 times between Wednesday 24th April 1963 and 1970, though they only played once in each of 1963, 1964 and 1965 before landing a residency in November of 1966.

Dan was originally the band's roadie and Alf left to join The Hellcats.

One amusing episode occurred very early one Monday morning when driving home from a Sunday night gig in Burntisland. The date was the 8th of August 1963 and having reached the top of a hill, the Police pulled their bright yellow ex-gas board van over and searched it. They were later told that a massive sum had been stolen from a train a couple of hours earlier! Yup, you guessed it - The Great Train Robbery! You have to admire how thorough the Police were, considering the robbery took place 400 miles South in Buckinghamshire! ('Big Noise' by Martin Kielty ISBN: 9781845021078)

Scottish promoters and ballroom managers forced The Shadettes and their peers to play daft chart covers such as 'Simple Simon Says' and conform to a dress code that saw them perform in bright yellow suits with a black 'S' on the pocket! Every week they had to learn three new chart hits until new addition Manny Charlton suggested they write their own material.

Sunday 1st February 1970 was their last gig at the ballroom before they became Nazareth with a residency at The Belleville Hotel just across Pilmuir Street, where, in the foyer, they heard the opening lyrics of 'The Weight' (1968) by 'The Band' as played on the soundtrack of the legendary film 'Easy Rider' ("I pulled in to Nazareth, was feeling 'bout half past dead").

Manuel 'Manny' Charlton also played with Mike Satan & The Hellcats, The Red Hawks and The Marshmallow 400.

While still at school, Pete Agnew formed a skiffle group called 'The Spitfires' with some mates and for their first ever gig they entered the 'Fife Under-fifteen Skiffle Competition at the ABC cinema in Kirkcaldy. Pete sang while the others played their brother's guitars without the ability to form a single chord between them, ... and they won! ('Big Noise' by Martin Kielty ISBN: 9781845021078)

Bizarrely there's a Nazareth tribute band in Brazil called 'The Shadettes'.  Check them out here http://theshadettes.com.br/

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Jimmy Shand Junior

Jimmy Shand Junior (born Erskine) is the son of the hugely internationally popular button accordion player and country dance music legend, Sir Jimmy Shand M.B.E. M.A. He is also an accomplished accordionist and regularly plays traditional Scottish Country Dances with The Jimmy Shand Junior Trio at Letham Village Hall near to his home in Auchtermuchty in Fife where he also services & repairs accordions.

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Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Shane & The Shane Gang

Shane & The Shane Gang released two singles: 'Who Wrote That Song' & 'Whistle Stop'.

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Ghoulz (2006)

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Del Shannon

Del was born Charles Weedon Wendover in 1934, the place of birth is listed as Coopersville or Grand Rapids, but they all agree it was Michigan. He learned the guitar as a teen and when he left service in the army in 1958, he sold carpets by day and played in a band in the evening, Charlie Johnson (and the Big Little Show Band). It was while playing with the band one night that keyboardist Max Crook made an unexpected key change and Del (as he was now calling himself) stopped the show and asked him to show what he had done. From that he co-wrote with Crook the perennial “Runaway”. He signed with EmBee Productions and recorded the song as his first single which set off a successful career on both sides of the Atlantic.

Arguments with management led to him setting up his own company in the USA and then later signing with a new label, Amy and then to Liberty, but by the mid 60s the hits had stopped although he was able to get Peter And Gordon to record one of his songs, “I Go To Pieces” and have a hit with it. He then worked as a producer (producing Brian Hyland) and continued to write and by the late 80s he was back with an album produced by Jeff Lynne, and in late 1989 he toured the UK where his popularity was still high, so much so that the tour had additional shows added (I saw him at a midnight matinee) but just when it seemed that life was working out, he took his own life on February 8, 1990.

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Sandie Shaw

   

Sandie's singing career began when she was introduced to Adam Faith who then invited her to audition by singing for him in his dressing room. Adam then introduced her to his formidable manager, Eve Taylor, a person with whom Sandie appears to have got on with better than Adam did.

Although her first single was ignored, and is now a collector's item, her second went all the way to the top. A long string of chart successes followed fuelled by her association with songwriter Chris Andrews. Despite the fact that all Andrews' songs seemed to need the accompaniment of a German marching band, they fitted Shaw's singing style well. So it was with 'Puppet On A String', a song she hated, which became her third UK #1. She had been pressed by Taylor to do the Eurovision Song Contest and although she won, she blamed the event for destroying her credibility. Admittedly, the rate of chart successes were beginning to come more slowly at this time, but it's more likely that the Eurovision song gave a fillip to her otherwise flagging fortunes.

Despite her statuesque appearance and bare feet the chart hits finally ceased in 1969 and she slowly sank into near obscurity. It was not until the 1980s that she would reappear as a significant performer again. She was fortunate to be something of a fantasy figure for the Smith's singing songwriter Morrissey and while at the peak of his own career he persuaded Sandie to return to the recording studio. This resulted in a further two chart entries and a series of well attended concert appearances.

Info courtesy of: www.45-rpm.org.uk

She was born 'Sandra Goodrich'.

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Pete Sheppard

Pete Sheppard was a member of the "almost vaudevillian" 'Great Fife Roadshow' with artistes such as: Barbara Dickson, Jimmy Hutchison, Rab Noakes, Artie Trezise, Cilla Fisher, John Watt, Davey Stewart, Davie Craig, Noel Farrow and Jim Herd playing folk clubs & village halls.

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Ghoulz (2006)

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The Shermans

Shaun – vocals, guitar
Graham – lead guitar
Nick – rhythm guitar, vocals
Kenny – bass
Dave – drums, vocals

The Shermans were an indie / pop / rock band based in Stirling, Scotland and formed in September 2005. They played at the 'Live At Loch Lomond' festival and many established venues including: 'The Barrowland Ballroom', 'Velocity Dunfermline', 'The Carling Academy', 'QMU' and 'King Tuts'.

The band supported bands including 'The Tiny Dancers', 'Cage The Elephant', 'The Stone Roses Experience', 'From The Jam', 'Sergeant' and played at 2009’s hogmanay celebration at Stirling Castle supporting 'Sandy Thom' and 'The MacDonald Brothers'.

The band featured multiple times on Sky Sports Soccer AM’s programme, interviewed on NorthSound radio, Central FM and have been featured on XFM, Northsound 1 and Radio Scotland.

In April 2007 they released 'Calling It Wrong' which reached number 20 in Scotland and number 23 in the UK indie charts.
The Sherman’s second single, 'Venom' was released in April 2009 and reached number 7 in Scotland and number 10 in the UK indie charts.

Both singles have were received well by the press, having good reviews in local and nationwide papers including 4 star reviews in The Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

The Sherman’s released 'Obsolete' as a free download in December 2009.

The Shermans final gig was held on the 5th March 2010.

Info from: http://www.vivalashermans.co.uk

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Bert Shorthouse

Bert Shorthouse was a well-known popular accordionist & bandleader.

Dunfermline-born fiddler Pete Clark’s first professional engagements were with Bert Shorthouse.

Bert appears on several compilation albums of traditional Scottish dance music with the various incarnations of his bands including  'Bert Shorthouse & His Glenlomond Scottish Band' and 'Bert Shorthouse & His Broadcast Band'.

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Ghoulz (2006)

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The Shy Limbs

   

Greg Lake (of ELP fame) - guitar, vocals
John Dickinson - keyboards, vocals
Alan Bowry - bass, vocals
Andrew McCulloch - drums, percussion

Based in Bournemouth England, they released at least two singles: 'Lady In Black' / 'Trick Or Two' & 'Reputation' / 'Love', both in 1969.

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Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Sidiki

Graham Wade – guitar, vocals
Dave Milne - keyboards, guitar, vocals
Brian Melville – bass
Colin Laverty – drums

Later:
Linda Campbell – vocals
Tom Dorman – bass
Mike McCann - bass
Dave Gilhooley - vocals

Sidiki formed in March 1978 from the remnants of Edinburgh band ‘Togarunt’ after Tony Usher, their lead guitarist sadly died young. After a few months this line-up was joined by Linda Campbell on vocals. Brian Melville was replaced by Tom Dorman on bass; in turn replaced by Mike McCann. This line-up remained constant until December 1980, when Linda Campbell was replaced by Dave Gilhooley (ex ‘Club of Rome’) and the band changed its name to ‘Boys In Darkness’.

They had two singles – ‘Back to France’ and ‘Heart of Darkness’ and shared management with ‘The Stranglers’.

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Silly Wizard

Bob Thomas - guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, concertina
Gordon Jones - guitar, bodhran, vocals, bouzouki, mandola
Johnny Cunningham - fiddle, viola, mandola, vocals

Later:
Bill Watkins - vocals, guitar
Chris Pritchard - vocals
Madelaine Taylor - guitar, bodhran, vocals
Neil Adam - bass, harmonium
Andy M. Stewart - vocals, tin whistle, tenor banjo
Freeland Barbour - accordion, bouzouki
Alastair Donaldson - bass, flute
Phil Cunningham - accordion, tin whistle, harmonium, synthesizer, cittern, vocals
Martin Hadden - bass, guitar, piano
Dougie MacLean - fiddle

The Silly Wizard story started with Bob and Gordon Jones in 1969. Throughout the life of the band they toured in many guises and shapes from a trio to six pieces.

After a few early line-ups they become Silly Wizard (after a book of children's stories) in the summer of 1972, and shortly afterwards John Cunningham joined. Another member during the early seventies was Maddie Taylor, later of Mirk. She left in December 1973 to join Witches Promise and so only played the first of the two gigs at the Kinema.

After signing to Transatlantic their first album tapes were lost and so it never emerged.

This was followed by many other personnel changes over the years and they toured Europe extensively and ventured to America.

A total of nine albums were released including two live recordings & a 'Best-Of' and rumours of a digitally re-mastered collection persist.

Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Silver

Steve Barnfather - vocals
Orlando 'Angie' Antionori - lead guitar
Jack McGrory - bass
George Stuart - drums

Glasgow / Kirkintilloch band whish evolved from 'Blint' and were originally called 'Silver Dollar'.

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Ghoulz (2012)

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Johnny Silvo

Johnny's main aim as an entertainer has always been to make people happy. He has continuously succeeded in this over the years by mixing excellent music, brilliantly performed, with a large measure of humour. He has a wonderful voice, which is superb in volume, clarity, tone and versatility and once heard it is never forgotten. For good measure he is also a top-notch guitarist.

Long ago, in his school days, he used to listen to New Orleans Jazz. His interest really took off while he was in the Army and sang Jazz standards – Armstrong etc.- with Army bands. He bought a guitar and formed his own skiffle group. After leaving the Army he started visiting Jazz clubs and joined the Mike Peters Florida Jazz Band. He also guested with other bands such as Monty Sunshine, Dick Charlesworth, Bruce Turner. While playing with the Jazz bands he was often given a short solo spot. This led him to switching to solo singing as the Trad. boom ran out of steam. He then turned to singing in nightclubs and restaurants in the Channel Islands.

In 1965, when the Folk movement blossomed, he started singing in Folk Clubs, which were springing up all over the country. Since then, as a solo artiste, and for nine years as part of a duo with Dave Moses, he has remained almost certainly the leading all round entertainer on the Folk scene, singing a wide variety of songs ranging from jazz, folk, blues to country and soul, selected to suit each and every audience. The songs are presented in an extremely professional manner, but with great humour.

In addition to playing the Folk Clubs he has performed in Village Halls, Arts Centres, Concerts and Festivals all over the land and in many parts of the world. He has been rewarded with appearances in hundreds of TV and radio programmes over the years, an early one of which was as a frequent presenter of 'Playschool'.

These days, on his annual visit from Norway, his performances just get better and better, so much so that he is fast becoming a living legend.

Info from: www.perrottsfolly.com

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Simone

Simone is an American female R&B/Soul, Music, Hip-Hop/Rap singer who released 'Starting Over' / 'Don't Know What'. Simone has been blessed to perform with various bands within the United States as well as being a featured artist internationally. On the European stage Simone has collaborated with Soul Basement of Italy. 'Starting Over/Don't Know What' is Simone's first solo outing on Lola Waxx Records. On this project Simone has teamed up with her 'homie', LA Producer Armand Tulumello.

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Ghoulz (2006/11)

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Alex Sinclair & The Stardusters


Alex Ferguson

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Ghoulz (2015)

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Sir Percy and the Riot Squad (Sir Percy Quintet)

Tom Ferrie - vocals
Ian Wright - vocals
Big John Thompson - lead guitar
Jim Fraser - rhythm guitar
Colin Wright - bass
Bob O'Brian - drums

Later:
Colin Cameron
- drums
Ray Gibson
- drums

'Big' John Thompson was self taught after seeing Duane Eddy & Eddie Cochrane & Gene Vincent at the Empire in Glasgow in the early 60s then he worked in Massey's. He got together with some friends & played in the YMCA in Drumchapel.

It happened like this: John met versatile entertainer Tom Ferrie, then he was introduced to Bob and he new Colin and Ian then met a friend in McCormacks in Glasgow and he put John in touch with Jim Fraser and they formed as 'Sir Percy and the Riot Squad' in the mid sixties.

Turning professional shortly afterwards and went off to Italy for a few months only to come home as they were short of cash. On the way back they  hit a bad rain storm and the Glasgow papers carried the story of a group lost in floods!

The band toured extensively in clubs and clubs all over Scotland with ‘Dean Ford & The Gaylords’ (later Marmalade), Frankie Miller, The Pathfinders and many others. In 1966 Tom began work as a part-time DJ and in 1970 he left the band. He currently broadcasts on Scottish radio station ‘Clyde 2’.

They returned to Italy after a time where Bob met and married an Italian girl and decided to stay and joined 'The Casuals'. The others returned home having stayed there in total around two years and Colin Cameron joined.

They then decided to go to London where they saw an advertisement and attended an audition in a London pub where they met John Edwards and blew everyone away! He took them on that night and they played all over Britain and also appeared on Radio 1 shows almost weekly though the material they recorded was rejected by Decca.

The Band later became known as 'Crazy Paving', releasing an MCA single - 'Anytime Sunshine' / 'Sweet Brandy' (October 1970 and re-issued May 1971). It started picking up major airplay in L.A. (KHJ) and Chicago (WCFL) in March 1971, peaking in the Billboard chart at #103.

Other recordings include: 'Margaret Elspeth' (1968), 'She Loves That Boy' / 'Such a Good looking Girl'.

Many thanks to 'Big' John Thompson for much of the info.

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Skeets Boliver

   

Skeets Boliver have been described variously as “semi-legendary” and "The best band ever to play the Four Seasons in Montrose!” Do accolades come any heavier than that? Members included Stewart Ivins, Christopher Marra and his brother Michael Marra who is often acclaimed as “one of Scotland's most talented and original songwriters and performers”.

He was born in Lochee, Dundee in 1952. A Rolling Stones-type school band called ‘The Saints’ was his first band before he was famously expelled from school at the age of 14. He then had a variety of jobs before he formed his next band, ‘Hen's Teeth’, in 1971 (whose line up included Scots fiddler Dougie McLean). By the mid seventies he was a professional musician with Dundee-based ‘Skeets Boliver’ who lasted for approximately four years during which time they toured extensively, moved to London and recorded three singles without commercial success. They split with Michael pursuing a solo career. 

Singles:

Streethouse Door/I Can't See The Light (1976)
Moonlight in Jeopardy/Ain't I Being Good To You (1977)

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The Skerries

Iain Mackintosh
Jackie Jenette
Gavin Livingstone
Bobby Eaglesham
Peter Livingstone

Active in the 1960's.

Bobby Eaglesham was a member of Five Hand reel.

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Skid Row

Brendan 'Brush' Sheils - bass, (later vocals & guitar too)
Phil Lynott - vocals
Bernie Cheevers - guitar
Noel Bridgeman -  drums

Later:
Robbie Brennan - drums
Gary Moore - guitar
Eric Bell - guitar
Paul Chapman - guitar
John Wilson - drums
Eamonn Gibney - vocals
Ed Deane - guitar
Kevin McAlea - keyboards
Paddy Freeney - drums
Jimi Slevin - guitar, vocals
Timmy Creedon - 2nd drummer, vocals
Johann Brady - bass
Jody Pollard - guitar
Dave Gaynor -
Ian Anderson -

Skid Row have been called Ireland's answer to King Crimson and were formed in 1967.

Cheevers was replaced by a sixteen year old Gary Moore in 1969 after Moore had demoed by playing tracks off a Bluesbreakers album. The band's first single was released that year on the independent Dublin Song label. The early singles were subsequently re-recorded for their first album 'Skid' in 1970. Lynott had left the group before the first album but appears on the early single 'New Places, Old Faces' and soon after formed Thin Lizzy (Moore would join that band in 1977-8).

The band's second single 'Saturday Morning Man' was produced by Irish legend Donal Lunny (later to feature in the Irish traditional revival with Planxty and the Bothy Band). Skid Row's sound developed as a blend of country ballads, heavy rock, and fusion influenced by jazz music, notably Oscar Peterson and John Coltrane.

By late 1969 they had signed to CBS. In 1970-1 they recorded four studio sessions and two concerts for BBC Radio, only the second of the two concerts recorded in January 1971 survives. The second album, '34 Hours' was released in 1971 but their last recording with Moore on guitar was never released until 1990. The band split in 1972 only to reform in 1973 with a fluid line-up and split again in 1974.

Another short-lived line-up formed in 1975.

Later Gary Moore would sell the rights to use the name to an American metal band for ,000.

Sadly Gary Moore Died in February 2011.

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The Skids Click here to go to 'Memories'
 

Exclusive Stuart Adamson Interview

Click the disc to hear a 14 minute pre-interview chat between Stuart Adamson and local DJ / Entertainment Historian Brian Nobile.

This recording was made in August 1989 in preparation for an interview on 'The Mid-Morning Review Show' on Radio West Fife (Hospital Radio Dunfermline) and has rarely been heard before now!

This recording is part of Brian's 'They Played Dunfermline' audio & video collection. Reproduction is with Brian's permission only.  Contact Brian through my Feedback page.

Conversation heard between two fans leaving the last Dunfermline 30th anniversary gig on Thursday 5th July 2007:

Fan 1  "What time is it?"
Fan 2
  "1977!"

So much for the Physicists who tell us that energy can be neither destroyed nor created. After the two Glen Pavilion gigs in Dunfermline in 2007, I reckon Richard, Bill, Mike, Bruce, Jane & Brian have a cheque coming for supplying the National Grid!

We all owe a sincere "Thank You!" to every individual who contributed to these special events, especially the local guys who raised so much awareness via the web sites, the tech crew, the fiercely loyal fan base and of course the band members old & new who cared enough to go through with it. (See below for my Glen gigs review)

I've never been more proud to be a Skids fan from Dunfermline.

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Thanks to CaL at www.the-skids.co.uk for the images above

               
Stuart, Bill, Ricky and almost Alistair on stage at the Kinema Ballroom Christmas gigs (Sunday 23rd December 1979)
Courtesy of the private collection of Anne Wilkie - Many thanks Anne!

                           
Dunfemline          Virgin Publicity   Kinema Ticket              Kinema Poster               Kinema Ticket               Dunfermline Press   Kinema Poster
Press                   Photo              (Ray & Kay Smillie)       (Smid)                          (Xmas 1979)                (9th February 1979) (Smid)

                       
CaL at www.the-skids.co.uk                      4 Howard Devotos?               30th Anniversary Shirt      Glen Ticket 05/07/07     Kinema Ad   Kinema Poster
(Love the reference to 'Brucies')                                                                                                                          (Smid)        (Smid)

                The Skids on the Kinema Ballroom stage    The Skids on the Kinema Ballroom stage
1" button badge    Congrats Ad    Ballroom Ticket (Mel)         Glen Poster                      On Kinema stage (Smid)

'Stiff' Test & 'Chiswick' Challenge 24/02/78                   
(scarsresearch)     Sunday Mail               T in the Park                 Their 'friends' were   Ballroom Ticket                  Charles EP Poster
Can you spot:                                      (Malcolm Button)           Trax for this gig       
(David McLaren)
3 Skids
Pano & Clive Ford
The Scars
The Freeze
The Cuban Heels
The Subs
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The Skids appeared at the Ballroom 14 times between 1977 & 1979.

Thursday 15/09/77 (solo)
Thursday 22/09/77 (solo)
Friday 14/10/77      (solo)
Monday 24/10/77   (supporting The Clash with
Richard Hell & The Voidoids & The Lou's)
Friday 25/11/77      (solo)
Sunday 25/12/77    (solo) Xmas Ball
Tuesday 14/03/78   (supporting Wreckless Eric with The Rezillos)
Monday 27/03/78    (solo)
Sunday 14/05/78    (supported by The Valves)
Sunday 29/10/78    (supported by The Zones)
Sunday 25/03/79    (supported by Trax)
Sunday 17/06/79    (supported by The Edge & Delinx)
Saturday 22/12/79  (supported by Fingerprintz)
Monday 23/12/79    (supported by Fingerprintz)

"Ghoulz, my memories of the Kinema are of great importance to me".  "It's where we supported the Clash".  "It was also the place we most looked forward to playing in the early days and dreamed of headlining, which we did on many occasions".  "The first time we played was an amazing experience, sold out, buses coming from all over Fife - a truly incredible night for me, a 17 year old local boy and I'm sure for the rest of the band".  "These were the happiest times for us, before we changed and slowly pulled apart".

"Congratulations on the site".  "Merry Xmas" (December 2006)
  Richard.

(www.richardjobson.com)

Original Line-up:
Joey Jolson (aka Richard Jobson - born 6th October
1960) - lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar, piano
Stevie Cologne (aka Stuart Adamson - born 11th April 1958) - lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals, synthesizer, percussion
Alex Plode (aka Bill Simpson - born 15th August 1957) - bass, backing vocals
Tom Bomb (aka Tom Kellichan) - drums

Other early name variations included: 'Richard Jolson', 'Alexander Plode' & 'Thomas Bomb'. These stage pseudonyms were dropped by early 1978.

Later:
Russell Webb - bass, synthesizer, backing vocals, percussion, guitar, piano, tympani,
Mike Baillie - drums, percussion, xylophone, vocals

Other contributors on album or live:
Rusty Egan - drums
Alistair Moore - keyboards
Kenny Hyslop - drums
Chris Jenkins - guitar
David Batchelor - piano
Bill Nelson - guitar, keyboards
Midge Ure - keyboards
Paul Wishart - saxophone, flute, piano, backing vocals
JJ Johnson - drums, percussion
Jude Nettleton - children's chorus
Julius Newell - children's chorus
Andrew Sigsworth - children's chorus
John Sigsworth - children's chorus
Alison Pipkin - children's chorus
David Pipkin - children's chorus
Hannah Yeadon - children's chorus
Esther Marshall - children's chorus
Chloe Dymott - children's chorus
Marlis Dunklau - backing vocals
Gracie Benson - backing vocals
Sally Nettleton - backing vocals
Harriet Bakewell - backing vocals
Mary Volke - backing vocals
Derek Wadsworth - didgeridoo
Alan Darby - guitar
Mike Oldfield - Fairlite
Dave Duncan - Bodhran
Tim Cross - piano, Fairlite
Virginia Astley - backing vocals, flute
Frances Lynch - backing vocals
Nicky Holland - backing vocals
Debbie Mitchell - backing vocals
Nick Griffiths - backing vocals
Alan Rankin - guitar
Billy Mackenzie - backing vocals
Ken Locke - cello, backing vocals
Bruce Watson - guitar (reunion gigs 2002 & 2007)
Jamie Watson - guitar (reunion gigs 2007)
Jane Button - backing vocals (reunion gigs 2007)
Brian Jobson - backing vocals (reunion gigs 2007)

Crew:
Pat Kelly: Engineer
Kip Mcbay: Tour Manager
Clive Ford: Technician / Roadie

Biography:

If Dunfermline has a music hero it must surely be Stuart Adamson. He loved the town, it's people and it's football Club (Dunfermline Athletic).

Manchester-born, but locally brought-up lad, Stuart Adamson, formed a covers band in 1973/4 called 'Tattoo' with Jock (Paddy) McMonagle (lead guitar) and Ian (Eetchie) Law (drums) and before long, fellow Beath High School pupil Bill Simpson was brought in to learn the instrument and replace the original bassist. They performed songs by artists such as 'David Bowie', 'Roxy Music', The Rolling Stones' & 'Status Quo' in venues all over Scotland including the Institutes in Crossgates and Lochgelly and as far afield as Elgin. After Jock's departure to join the Police, 'Tattoo' split and Stuart began to put together a new band towards the end of 1976.  When he saw 'The Damned' at 'Tiffany's' in Edinburgh on Monday 21st March 1977 the course of his career in music veered off into the New Wave.

'The Skids' were formed that same month following a fortuitous meeting with (a striking looking local lad with attitude and an interest in 'words') Richard Jobson on an Edinburgh street corner and an audition in a Cowdenbeath Working Men's Club called 'The Gun'. Later again Tom Kellichan responded to the advert in the Dunfermline Press dated Friday June 24th 1977 below, stating "DRUMMER wanted for new Wave Band young and energetic. no hairies please".

Read it carefully again and you'll notice the use of capitals suggests the job's with a young and energetic Lochgelly radio station! (PS I've removed the phone number because it's currently still in use!)

Tam's Uncle Eck drove him and the kit to the audition in the all important 'van' and The Skids had all but arrived.

Early jokey suggestions for a new name for the outfit included 'Marcus Zen Stars with Tom Bomb and the Martyrs of Deal'. Thankfully it didn't stick and the name they settled for is rumoured to have come about as a modification of another early idea to call themselves 'The SS Kids' but who knows?

They quickly found rehearsal space through Mike Douglas (aka Pano) who ran the 'Friday Night Rock Club' in the Bellville Hotel in Dunfermline (a haunt of the local biker fraternity, though he was never gang member despite reports to the contrary) and early management was with Clive Ford.  Pano pretty much 'discovered' the Skids and gave them their first break by arranging a date for their first gig on Friday 19th August 1977 at The Bellville Hotel Dunfermline in support of Matt Vinyl & The Decorators (advert below).  Pano would later manage the band before moving to manage Trax & later again, form Slurpy Gloop.


Dunfermline Press dated 19th August 1977 (page 3)

Their second outing was an open-air Chilean Defence benefit gig on the bandstand of the Glen Pavilion in Pittencrieff Park Dunfermline the next day on Saturday 20th August 1977 accompanied by 'Bad News',  Netherbow, Brodie & Dead Loss Band.

One year later in 1978 they would play this benefit (the 3rd of its type) again, this time accompanied by by 'Monolug' & 'Bad News' but were stopped by the Police after only two songs. Some mindless fool threw a beer glass at the stage, striking a fan on the head and causing injuries requiring stitching. There was also controversy over the lyrical content of their anti-Communist song 'Contusion'. Stuart explained that the song was about the fact that the event wouldn't have been permitted in a Communist country, and suddenly the power went down and plugs were smashed. The Police also attended. Local opinion is divided as to whether the saboteurs were the allegedly pro-Communist 'Monolug' or the organisers themselves. Some disorder by disappointed & angry fans resulted though there was no 'riot' as reported elsewhere.  Within a month they were playing the ballroom & inside six months they would land support slots for The Buzzcocks & The Stranglers.

Pano championed their first gigs and founded the independent label 'No Bad' Records for their first excursion on to vinyl, which they self-financed. "It cost about a hundred quid to make it, we booked a studio in Edinburgh, we had a one hour booking, we ran in there and set up our gear and recorded this song and it was a wonderful little song, a wonderful little record" (Jobson). The 'Charles' / 'Reasons' / 'Test Tube Babies' E.P. (music & lyrics by Stuart) was and is that wonderful little record (March 1978) which was swiftly followed in May by the first of their five John Peel sessions.  Other No Bad products include: 'Hero' / 'Walking On The Water' [NBS2, 1980 by local band Biocar] and two albums by Dunfermline folkies 'Heritage' - 'Some Rantin Rovin Fun' [NBLP1, 1980] and ‘When the Dancin’ it’s a’ Done’ (NBLP2, 1981).

They then spent some time working the London pub & club punk circuit from a squat in West Hampstead until management passed to local entrepreneur Sandy Muir who owned the local record shop (A. Muir & Son) in Queen Anne Street Dunfermline. Virgin picked them up on May 6th 1978 for an eight-album deal (cross-collaterised with a publishing deal and a £5000 advance) and released a white 7" single ‘Sweet Suburbia’ (written about the town of Glenrothes in 'Fife) in September 1978. A red vinyl EP ‘Wide Open’ followed in October which included 'The Saints are Coming' and a consequent debut appearance on Top of the Pops, but real chart success would not come until the passionate anthem ‘Into The Valley’ hit No 10 in February 1979. This was to be the band's most successful year when they spent thirty one weeks in the UK chart and between 1978 and 1980, they scored ten British hits, half of them reaching the top 40. Overall they spent sixty weeks in the UK singles chart.

The Skids were part of the pretentious, arty second wave of punk that didn’t buy into the torn clothes or spitting though they were none the less energetic.  The Skids' music was characterised by huge hypnotic chant-laden anthems that demanded that every soul in earshot must leap around in a barely controlled manic fashion that suggested the floor had suddenly been connected to the national grid.

It was impossible to ignore Jobson’s strange affected vocal tone, intensely dramatic presentation, impenetrable military flavoured lyrics and bizarre violent kicking stage ‘dancing’ so many of us copied (much to the distress of onlookers who stood too close). This vision was coupled with Adamson’s highly charged, choppy 'bagpipe' guitar styling and distinctive strangely ‘Scottish’ song construction.  (I think it best if I avoid comment on their choice of stage clothing).

A solid, passionate local following (which is still so much in evidence today) grew with each release and healthy sales of their early singles and debut album ‘Scared To Dance’ (a #19 hit) were assisted in no small part by their being championed by John Peel on BBC Radio One.  Their singles were often good value for money as they frequently included free extra tracks/discs and picture sleeves, though the ubiquitous coloured vinyl was not to everyone's liking.

The cracks began to really show when Stuart walked out of the recording sessions for the debut album and the band. Consequently some tracks featured a session guitarist before Stuart was persuaded to return to the band and the sessions.  This would be the first of several such 'disappearances' which continued occasionally even in his days with Big Country.

The Skids could certainly never described as ordinary or predictable.  They were well liked amongst other local bands of which they were very supportive. Click the flashing red LED for a personal memory by the author. Click here to go to 'Memories'

In mid 1979 Kellichan was replaced for drumming duties with Rusty Egan from 'The Rich Kids'.

Their sound was hugely matured and evolved by one of Stuart's heroes, Bill Nelson though as expected, not everyone was happy with the electronic additions so apparent on their second album 'Days In Europa' (1979). The cover of the album too drew criticism from the press with it's Aryan imagery, reminiscent of the Berlin 1936 Olympics and gothic font. Virgin later replaced the cover with a much less memorable black sleeve for the later re-issue (re-mixed by Bruce Fairbairn to make it more palatable for the Yanks) and with a different track-listing which replaced 'Pros And Cons' with 'Masquerade'. Bizarrely though, the first album cover makes an appearance on the second one as a picture on the wall of the scene and the same scene appears on the rear cover though the picture on the wall is of the their first album 'Scared to Dance'!

In early 1980 the remainder of the original rhythm section was replaced when Bill left after a particularly heated exchange with Ricky in a TV studioo and was replaced by bassist Russell Webb from ‘Slik’ & ‘The Zones’, then Mike Baillie from ‘Insect Bites’ took over from Rusty on drums. (Rusty went on to join ‘Visage’ with Steve Strange).

'Days in Europa' was followed by a third album 'The Absolute Game' (1980) whose early orders were rewarded by the gift of a free mini-album of experimental tunes called 'Strength Through Joy'. Some of these tunes were later played live.

Mike left after a particularly unhappy period in April 1981. He was replaced by Kenny Hyslop (also from 'Beings', 'Salvation', ‘Slik’ & ‘The Zones’) and by June 1981 Adamson had become disillusioned with the band’s direction and tensions forced his departure in the August of 81 but not before Ricky had been sacked and reinstated a couple of times!. Stuart would later form the massively successful Big Country with Bruce Watson, (previously of local band Delinx). They would go on to sell more than 20 million albums.

Jobson & Webb soldiered on though with Paul Wishart (sax/flute) but without Hyslop who was also sacked and later joined Simple Minds. They produced a passionless, morose, final, almost ‘folky’ album, ironically called ‘Joy’ in 1981 with substantial support from several session musicians but it was widely lambasted by critics (and the most dedicated of fans) and sank without trace after Virgin withdrew it after only 3000 sales.

By January 1982 The Skids were no-more, with Jobson already pursuing a career in modelling and poetry. He once claimed to be the highest paid male model in the country! He then formed The Armoury Show with John McGeogh & John Doyle to limited critical acclaim and produced an excellent album ‘Waiting For The Floods’ in 1985. He has since been married (for 3 years) to, and divorced from, Mariella Frostrup and had a highly successful career in TV journalism, presenting and film direction.

Bill Simpson emigrated to Australia then returned home to Scotland where he still lives today.

Mike Baillie had also previously played with 'Abnormal Load' (with Speccy Potter - guitar & Johnny Thornton - bass) and with 'Insect Bites' (Matt Vinyl [Mathew Black] - vocals, Colin Bendall - guitar & Joe Telford - bass).

Tom Kellichan recorded a couple of tracks for Bill Nelson including 'Decline & Fall' from the album 'Quit Dreaming & Get on the Beam' (in early 1979) and on the album 'Sounding the Ritual Echo'. He later played drums with a band called  'Secrets' and ran a music bar called 'The Sax Bar' in an area of Playa de las Americas in Tenerife, Spain called The Patch. He played drums in the house band called 'Real Deal' who play rock covers and it is alleged that he can also turn his hand to singing some Sinatra!  He too has now returned to Scotland.

Tragically (after a hugely successful twenty-year worldwide career with Big Country) on December 16, 2001 Stuart Adamson was found dead in a hotel room in Hawaii. He had been missing for several weeks from his Nashville, Tennessee home. The official verdict was suicide.

Many fans, friends and family members attended a moving memorial service on January 27th 2002 in The Carnegie Hall in his adopted hometown of Dunfermline. A clearly distraught Jim Leishman (manager of Dunfermline Athletic Football Team) paid tribute to his close friend by sharing some treasured memories and Richard Jobson / Bruce Watson performed a uniquely moving acoustic version of The Skids’ hit ‘Into The Valley’. I feel the whole affair was most apt.

A tribute concert was held later on 31st May 2002 in The Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow including performances by Bill Nelson, Runrig, Midge Ure, Steve Harley, Dead Men Walking, The Vibrators, Damon Hill, Hugh Cornwall and both Stuart's children, Kirsten & Callum. 'The Skids' were reformed for the occasion with members Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson & Mike Baillie accompanied by Bruce Watson, Kirsten Adamson and Carol Laula. They performed a lengthy set & I will never forget how it felt to feel 18 again! Thank you one & all.

Later, towards the end of the gig, it was impossible not to cry as I lost count of the number of choruses of 'Chance' we all sang. "Oh Lord, where did the feeling go,... Oh Lord, I never felt so low".

Stuart is much missed by all who were privileged to have met him and The Skids are fondly remembered, especially  locally by those of us who personally experienced their raw energy and determination to entertain.

Members of The Skids reformed again with friends for a party following the Edinburgh International Film Festival's Premiere of Richard's film '16 Years Of Alcohol' on Thursday 14th August 2003 where the line-up was Ricky, Bruce, Bill, Mike and Stuart's son Callum Adamson.

A superb fan's web site was set up by fans & friends CaL & Cob in February 2006 in support of a friends & fans meeting in Dunfermline on 3rd June 2006 where Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie & Bruce Watson (Delinx & Big Country) jammed to the delight of all.

U2's guitarist 'The Edge' has always been a huge Skids fan and in late 2006 'U2' & 'Green Day' released a cover of 'The Saints are Coming' (in aid of the victims of Hurricane Katrina) which reached #2 in the UK chart on the week commencing 12th November 2006.

The web site began to draw massive support from their still fanatical following for a more formal gathering open to the public and pressure began to mount for a more complete reformation.

The first new Skids album in 26 years, 'Masquerade Masquerade' (live at the Hammersmith Odeon 1980 & Glasgow Apollo 1979) and 'The Saints Are Coming - The Best Of The Skids' were released on February 26th 2007. Richard writes in the sleeve notes: “For me it was what we were all about, the rush, the energy, the audience, the sound of Stuart Adamson’s guitar and the two of us flying through the air on stage passing each other mid-flight, smiling with joy.”

Then in April 2007 the news we'd all been waiting for, ... they were to reform to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first ever gig, way back in August 1977, by playing at Scotland's biggest open-air music festival, 'T In The Park' on Saturday 7th July!

In the may they announced a live 9-track session would be broadcast on DJ Billy Sloan's show on local radio station 'Clyde One' on July 1st. Along with a two-part extensive interview with Ricky, they played Melancholy Soldiers,

Then even better news! They were to perform two warm-up gigs in Dunfermline's Glen Pavilion on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th July 2007.  The original date (5th July) sold-out in two hours and caused the Carnegie Hall box-office to crash for several days! The 4th July was immediately added and sold-out a few days later. More than 1600 ticket sales in a week - not bad for a band who split 25 years ago!

With a substantial guest list and additional late ticket sales, each gig was witnessed by approx 1000 ecstatic fans.

Below is my review of the 4th, 5th & 6th of July 2007:

I've always kinda thought that it's a terrible cliché, how folks talk about feeling like a teenager again, but now I know it's achievable as it’s a pretty fair description of what I've just been through, though I wasn’t 11 stone again unfortunately.

 

I came soooooo close to getting into one of the rehearsals, as having spoken to Bill Simpson & Bruce Watson, I was invited to one of the later dates, however there had been a number of others there too over the preceding weeks and a decision was made to banish all further unnecessary visitors in the last few rehearsals! Damn!

 

Wednesday 4th July 2007:

The support were local boys from Rosyth 'The Draymin' whom I'd heard were good but I had no first-hand experience of them. They were OK but I don't feel it would be fair to judge them under these circumstances as my mind was too full of Skids expectation. They certainly need to learn some stagecraft though.

 

The raised stage was unremarkable except for a video screen at the rear (which refused to work on the Wednesday) and a substantial array of what looked to me like pretty impressive amplification and PA set-up though I confess to knowing next to nothing of these matters any more.

 

The crowd grew into a formidable collection of the curious & faithful and having noticed that the 1000-strong sell-out crowd were largely around my age (40s) I expected them to stand around tutting and nodding maybe even tapping a foot. I have seldom been more wrong.

 

As the lights dimmed they were transformed from a collection of disparate individuals into a homogenous pack of hungry carnivores demanding to be satiated, not unlike Johnny Depp’s un-dead Pirates.

 

The band came on to the intro from 'Peaceful Times' which eventually morphed into 'Animation'. It was at this precise point that I wondered if the floor had been connected to the National Grid! Grown men who should and probably do know better were sucked back thirty years to experience massive involuntary muscular seizures and became young punks all over again. Many had no idea why they were behaving like this again, they only knew it felt very good, they had no choice and they would do it until either the music or their hearts stopped.

 

I'm guessing the band, and Richard in particular, were probably pretty nervous as Dunfermline has a reputation for spectacular indifference, however these guys were more like a Glasgow audience - If they don't like you, you're gonna know it.

 

However if they do........

 

Suffice it to say I had decided to observe the evening as a calm muso, carefully assimilating the show so I could make educated comment at a later stage. But before I knew what hit me I was throwing my old bones around on the periphery of the mania having collected just enough sense not to enter the maelstrom right down in front/centre.

 

All at once The Glen Pavilion in 2007 became The Kinema Ballroom in 1978/9. It felt exactly the same. I've not felt it before or since and I don't expect to ever feel it again.

 

The set was the better part of two hours though it seemed more like 20 minutes. Ricky (Richard nowadays) had some words of wisdom in between songs though as much as to get his breath back than to deliver his council. Much to his credit he performed as if no time had passed at all and we were all 17 again.

 

The band were:

Richard Jobson - vocals, witticisms, fantastically awful out-of-time leaping & kicking in the great tradition and unfeasibly wide smiling (a joyous light seemed to emanate from his face at times)

Bill Simpson - musical bass guitar & backing vocals

Mike Baillie - fluid, solid concrete drums

Bruce Watson - Stuart’s lead & rhythm guitar

Jamie Watson (Bruce's son) - Stuart’s lead & rhythm guitar too

Brian Jobson & (the very beautiful) Jane Button - soaring backing vocals

 

The set-list was:

Peaceful Times (intro morphing into) Animation
Of One Skin
Melancholy Soldiers
A Woman in Winter
The Saints Are Coming
Working for the Yankee Dollar
The Olympian
Charles
Out of Town
Scared to Dance
Hurry on Boys
Charade
Circus Games
Masquerade
Sloop John B (intro morphing into) In to the Valley
 

1st Encore
Vambo Marble Eye (Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
The Saints are Coming
 

2nd Encore
Of One Skin
TV Stars (with the ubiquitous contemporary lyrics) Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsey  & Paris Hilton didn’t fare too well!

 

With a quick word in Bruce’s ear, Ricky replaced the 2nd programmed cover ('All The Young Dudes' – Mott The Hoople) with another performance of ‘Saints’ when Vambo seemed to calm the savage beast over much despite Bruce’s hilarious Zal mask and Jamie’s rampant lion jacket!

 

Generally, Ricky did what he always did and better than he used to, Bill was a rock-solid reliable foundation, Bruce was as close to being Stuart as anyone ever will be and his son Jamie was remarkably accurate too, Mike Baillie always had the ability to gauge the correct degree of flamboyance in his drumming to impress & beautifully augment without detracting from the melodies and finally the backing vocals were the icing that we've never heard live before and what a difference they made! (Did I mention that Jane Button is very beautiful?).

 

The whole thing was recorded (audio & several camcorders) by Glaswegian, Willie Richardson as part of a planned documentary of the entire reformation/anniversary event which was never released publicly.

 

It’s at this point the question must be asked, “Where is the 2002 Barrowlands Stuart tribute footage?” (Shame on whoever is sitting on that).

 

I had my trusty attenuating earplugs in and so still have all some hearing left. They also allow you to hear the music clearly and so I can attest to there being precious few mistakes although the more obvious ones were immediately forgiven.

 

The reaction at the end of the set wasn't quite as tumultuous as I'd expected, but I discovered why when I returned to the company of my friends, ... I couldn’t speak! I'd probably shouted my last in the second hour and not noticed! I then also noticed that the ceiling was leaking. Unfortunately the fluid was a sweat cocktail sourced from around 1000 different individuals with whom I'd only had the most fleeting of relationships. I had wondered why the roadies were wiping the amps down with towels.

 

Thursday 5th July 2007:

I attended the 'Meet & Greet' in the afternoon at the venue where I had some time to talk over old times with the band & the faithful with as much voice as I could muster while they signed my poster and a friend's singles before the sound check which I enjoyed with some other lucky bystanders while taking some photographs/footage. Ricky was suffering from post gig joint pain and spent the whole afternoon stretching his aching limbs.

 

The band was universally gracious and generous with their time and signatures for around three hours while chatting to their disciples and preparing to muster enough reserves to do it all again.

 

The Thursday gig was even more special as I was accompanied by my wife Margaret, my life-long friend Dr. Neill Martin (keyboards with Trax) and his lovely wife, Anastasia. Later we met another raft of old acquaintances including Pano (Mike Douglas) who 'discovered' and was The Skids first manager and later Trax manager too.

 

I had some reservations about the Thursday as I couldn't conceive of how Wednesday could be topped, however (and I'm not used to this) I was wrong again as they stepped it all up several notches and out-did the previous performance with even greater enthusiasm.

 

It was quite simply incandescent.

 

I lost control again and probably lost my remaining croak in the first couple of tunes. My legs faired little better but you don't notice after a bit. (Until you stop).

 

The set list was broadly similar, though Vambo was dropped altogether in favour of more original gear.

 

Having saturated the ceiling on the first night, the perspiration rain began even earlier and several shirts were completely discarded (unfortunately by blokes) and the roadies had to towel down the equipment again.

I think many were quite choked as we saw Stuart looking over the assembled mass approvingly from the projection screen and we remembered one of our leaders was missing. I certainly augmented my contribution to the humidity with a few tears.

 

Into the Valley was tagged on to the last encore of 2007’s TV Stars and it was all over.

 

As we hobbled out of the venue the scene was reminiscent of the retreat of a battle-weary army holding each other up & picking-up casualties on the way.

 

Walking through the surrounding Pittencreiff Park (The Glen) we over heard the following:

 

Fan 1  "What time is it?"
Fan 2
  "1977!"

 

Priceless!

 

Friday 6th July 2007:

The faithful & local worthies joined Bill Simpson for a nostalgic bevvy in the pub Stuart used to own in Dunfermline ('Tappie Toories') where the small private bar had been laid aside for us with an amp and a guitar. Several disciples played riffs sufficient for a sing / croak-along while stories of what we still couldn't quite believe had happened were exchanged.

 

A few were allowed up into the third floor flat above the pub where Stuart occasionally stayed and we continued suitably reverential conversations about what had been and what might have been.

 

I then staggered home to begin winding down.

 

I can honestly say that it took me two days to come down from the experiences of those preceding three and have felt somewhat hollow since.

 

I didn't go to 'T in The Park' but have heard many stories and watched the on-line footage. It seems they didn't disappoint the 25-30,000 there either. I understand that Ricky had Cortisone injections in his knees to allow him to get through the performance having damaged same in Dunfermline on the Thursday. What a man!

 

During the Glen gigs, Ricky was quite self deprecating of his own lack of traditional dancing/timing/singing skills but the affection shown tonight indicates we like him just the way he was/is. To those in 'working men's Dunfermline' who perceive him as pretentious (i.e. he read books voluntarily) had better be silent because he belongs to us all now! He paid several great tributes to his friend Stuart and spoke for us all who miss him.

 

Hope that's given you a flavour of a few nights those who witnessed them shall never forget. Alas it'll never happen again. If only the gigs could have been in the ballroom. (How typical of a Scot to still find a grain of dissatisfaction).

 

Since launching ‘KinemaGigz.com’ I've been lucky to be in close contact with the local guys (CaL & Cob) who run the fan site, the myspace site & the official site and have been introduced into their tightly-knit family of friends and I’ve renewed some highly valued old friendships too. The graft involved in building this site has been and remains well worth it, purely for this alone.

 

How joyous to be a kid again.

 

Ghoulz.

Ricky claimed that the 'Tin The Park' gig will be (in the words of a certain Mr. David Bowie) "the last show we'll ever do".

Though my heart says they should tour the UK extensively one last time, my head says "finish at the top boys".

A 'fan gathering' took place at The Corner Music Bar in Dunfermline on Saturday July 5th 2008 entitled 'The Masquerade Ball' featuring a jam session by with Bill Simpson, Mike Bailey, Bruce & Jamie Watson and Jane Button & Colin Harrower (Cob) on vocals!  Support came from Edinburgh punks The Axidents and a set by Bruce, Jamie and friends.  Unsurprisingly, tickets were sold-out.

 

Illustrated Discography (with UK chart positions)

Singles/EPs:

   
'Charles' / 'Reasons' / 'Test Tube Babies' (March 1978)
(7" black vinyl single)

       
'Sweet Suburbia' / 'Open Sound' (1st September 1978) #70
(7" black or white vinyl single)

   
'The Saints are Coming' / '
Of One Skin' / 'Night And Day' / 'Contusion' (November 1978) #48
(7" black or 12" red vinyl EP)


'Into The Valley' / 'TV Stars' (9th February 1979) #10
(TV Stars was recorded Live at the Marquee on 1st November 1978)
(7" black or white vinyl single)

   
'Masquerade' / 'Out Of Town' / 'Another Emotion' / 'Aftermath Dub' (March 1979) #14
(7" black vinyl EP) or (7" 'Masquerade' / 'Out Of Town' black vinyl single)
 

   
Pre 'Scared To Dance' Demos (unofficial)
(7" red vinyl EP)
 

   
'Charade' / 'Grey Parade' (September 1979) #31
(7" black vinyl single)

   
'Working For The Yankee Dollar' / 'Vanguard's Crusade' / 'All The Young Dudes' / 'Hymns From A Haunted Ballroom' (November 1979) #20
(7" black vinyl EP)


'Animation' / 'Pros & Cons' (February 1980) #56
(7" black vinyl single)


'Circus Games' / 'One Decree' (July 1980) #32
(7" black vinyl single)
(Also version with poster sleeve)

       
'Goodbye Civilian' / '
Monkey McGuire Meets Specky Potter Behind Lochore Institute (October 1980) #52
(7" black vinyl single or picture disc)

   
'Woman In Winter' / '
Working For The Yankee Dollar (Live)' (November 1980) #49
(7" black vinyl single with comic sleeve)

       
'Fields' / 'Brave Man' (August 1981)
(7" black vinyl single)

   
'Iona' / 'Blood & Soil' (October 1981)
(7" black vinyl single)

   
'Into The Valley' / 'Masquerade' / 'Scared To Dance' / 'Working For The Yankee Dollar' (1983)
(12" EP)


'Into The Valley' / 'Babylon's Burning' 7" (1992)
(7" black vinyl single)

Albums:

       
'Scared to Dance' (23rd February 1979 re-released 1980 & 1990 & re-released with more tracks October 2005) #19
(Only 20 blue copies exist!)
(Also on CD)

           
'Days in Europa' (November 1979 - withdrawn & reissued March 1980 with new cover)
Re-released with more tracks 2001 #32 (Also on CD)

   
'The Absolute Game' (September 1980) #9 [20,000 copies with free 12" mini vinyl album 'Strength Through Joy']
(re-released October 2004) (Also on CD)

   
'Joy' (November 1981)
CD still awaited


'Fanfare' compilation (1982)
(Also on CD)


'Dunfermline' CD compilation (1987)
CD


'BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert' March 10th 1979 (1991)
CD


Sweet Suburbia (compilation) same tracks as 'Dunfermline' (1995)
CD


The Very Best Of The Skids (2003)
CD


Into The Valley - The Best Of The Skids (same tracks as 'Dunfermline') (January 2005)
CD


The Saints Are Coming (compilation) (February 2007)
CD


'Masquerade Masquerade' [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon 1980 & Glasgow Apollo 1979] (February 2007)
CD

 

VHS Video:


The Skids (VHS) Video Collection (1989) [23 mins]

DVD:


Skids Live 2010 DVD (at the Alhambra Dunfermline) [75 mins]

 

The John Peel Radio One Sessions:

1. Recorded in unknown BBC Studio on 16th May 1978
First transmitted on 19th May 1978
Of One Skin
Open Sound
Contusion
Night And Day
TV Stars

2. Recorded in BBC Maida Vale studio 4 on 29th August 1978
First transmitted on 1st September 1978
Dossier Of Fallibility
Hope And Glory
Six Times
The Saints Are Coming

3. Recorded in BBC Maida Vale studio 4 on 30th April 1979
First transmitted on 7th May 1979
War Poets
Withdrawal Symptoms
Hymns From A Haunted Balloon
Masquerade 

4. Recorded in BBC Maida Vale studio 4 on 19th February 1979
First transmitted on 26th February 1979

Summer
Hang On To The Shadows
Zit
Walk On The Wild Side

5. Recorded in BBC Maida Vale studio 4 on 1st September 1980
First transmitted on 15th September 1980
Filming In Africa
An Incident In Algiers
Circus Games
Snakes And Ladders (Instrumental)

The first four sessions above were performed by the original line-up: Richard Jobson (vocals), Stuart Adamson (guitar), William Simpson (bass), Thomas Kellichan (drums).

The fifth & last session was performed by the following line-up & friends: Richard Jobson (vocals, guitar on 'Snakes And Ladders' only), Russell Webb (bass), Mike Baillie (drums), John Mcgeoch (guitar - 'Filming In Africa', 'An Incident In Algiers', 'Circus Games', vocals-'Filming In Africa', 'Circus Games'), Steve Severin (vocals - 'Filming In Africa', 'Circus Games' only).

 

Web Sites:

The definitive Skids fan site (incl a forum) can be found here:www.the-skids.com and I highly recommend it.

The official site can be found here: theskids.com check it out regularly.

 

Trivia:

1. Both Dunfermline Athletic and Charlton Athletic Football Clubs run on to their respective pitches to The Skids' biggest chart single 'Into The Valley'. The connection with Charlton being that their ground is known as 'The Valley'.

2. In 1991 'The Manic Street Preachers' released a  single, "Motown Junk", which includes samples of The Skids' first single, 'Charles' (March 1978).

3. Their early road crew was formed of  Pat Kelly & Kip McBay who formed 'Joe's Diner' & 'Biocar' & later founded 'Sound Control' (The UK’s biggest supplier of musical instruments and equipment). Pat is now its Managing Director, while Kip is with rival firm 'Guitar Guitar'.

4. For those of you unable to decipher the lyrics to 'TV Stars', here's what I hear:

Marquee Recording 1st November 1978

(This is... this is the political part. We do also speak politics to you today. Och it is. Albert Tatlock for fing parliament)

 Eddie's Tammy, Stanley's Chamois

Ena Sharples, David Hunter
Meg Mortimer, Stanley Ogden

Albert Tatlock x2

Jim Baines, John Peel
Annie Walker, Meg Richardson

Albert Tatlock x2

Kenny Dalglish, Meg Mortimer
Sandy Richardson, Annie Walker

Albert Tatlock x5

 

Apollo Recording (16/06/79)

No chance................................

Eddie's Tammy, Stanley's Chamois

Ena Sharples, David Hunter
Meg Mortimer, Stanley Ogden

Albert Tatlock x2

David Hunter, Meg Mortimer
Stanley Ogden, Diane Parker

Albert Tatlock x2

Wally Simpson, Reg Perrin
Diane Parker, Everybody in Glasgow

Albert Tatlock x4.

 

Live Session on DJ Billy Sloan's show on local radio station 'Clyde One' on July 1st 2007

Vera Duckworth, Deirdre Barlow
Alan Turner, Carol Vorderman

Albert Tatlock x2

Peggy Mitchell, Gordon Strachan
Paris Hilton, David Beckham

Albert Tatlock x2

Gordon Ramsay, What a tr,
Alan Hanson, Simon Cowell

Albert Tatlock x2

 

Live in the Glen Thursday 5th July 2007

Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell
Kenny Dalglish, John Peel

Albert Tatlock x2

Paris Hilton, what a fy
Paris Hilton, what a fy

Albert Tatlock x2

Simon Cowell, What a wr
Gordon Ramsay, What a tr

Albert Tatlock x5

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The Skinflints

   

Ricky - vocals
Greg - guitar
Sean Henighen - bass
Simpson - drums
Stu - Keyboards

The Skinflints are a rock 'n' roll band from Glasgow currently working on their debut album with Blacksugar records.

"huge whirlwind of guitar rock with massive rhythms and industrial electronic undercurrents that fill the place with sound and provide a storm force of sound to transport you to places way beyond the average rock or indie band" Andy Garibaldi, "Dundee, live bands to watch".

"A sound that could fill stadiums, Ive gotta get along to see these guys live, if they are as good as their recordings they will be well worth investigating." - Vic Galloway 15th December 2008

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Barry Skinner

Barry Skinner started singing Folk Songs in the late 1950's. He formed the Coventry Folk Club in 1962 and sang full time professionally from 1964 to 1980. In sixteen years on the road he sang in innumerable folk clubs throughout the British Isles as well as at concerts, festivals, colleges etc. He also sang at clubs, concerts and festivals in Holland, Germany, Spain and the USA. Along with over 200 TV and Radio appearances, three solo LPs and various compilation albums, it turned into a very busy and enjoyable sixteen years.

1980 brought a change. Barry had always had a great love, knowledge and interest in the canals and had for many years featured a programme of slides and songs about canals. He joined Coventry Education Waterways Scheme, which ran two narrow boats as “floating classrooms” and for the next five years travelled the length and breadth of the navigable canal and river system in England and Wales. He also appeared on many programmes about canals on radio and TV during this period.

In1985 he moved to Snowdonia, to work as an outdoor instructor, taking early retirement in 1998 as Chief Instructor and Deputy Head of Liverpool Hope University's Outdoor Centre at Plas Caerdeon, near Barmouth in Snowdonia.

Barry sings both Traditional and Contemporary songs, as well as many of his own compositions. He plays guitar and banjo and is accompanied on the keyboard by his partner, Anne. Together they guarantee an entertaining and enjoyable evening.

Barry once had his own 'Barry Skinner Folk Group' and played and recorded with Martin Jenkins in the folk/rock band 'One Day Thomas'.

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Slade

Noddy Holder - vocals, guitar
Dave Hill - guitar, vocals
Jimmy Lea - bass, violin, vocals
Don Powell - drums

Originally recording as 'The 'N Betweens', this UK quartet performed regularly in the Midlands in the Spring of 1966, playing an unusual mixture of soul standards, juxtaposed with a sprinkling of hard rock items. A chance meeting with producer Kim Fowley led to a one-off single, "You Better Run", released in August 1966. Two further years of obscurity followed until their agent secured them an audition with Fontana Records' A&R head Jack Baverstock. He insisted that they change their name to Ambrose Slade and it was under that moniker that they recorded Beginnings. Chaff on the winds of opportunity, they next fell into the hands of former Animals bass player-turned-manager, Chas Chandler. He abbreviated their name to Slade and oversaw their new incarnation as a skinhead group for the stomping "Wild Winds Are Blowing". Their image as "bovver boys", complete with cropped hair and Dr Marten boots, provoked some scathing press from a media sensitive to youth culture violence.

Slade persevered with their skinhead phase until 1970 when it was clear that their notoriety was passé. While growing their hair and cultivating a more colourful image, they retained their aggressive musicianship and screaming vocals for the bluesy cover version of "Get Down And Get With It", which reached the UK Top 20 in 1971. Under Chandler's guidance, Holder and Lea began composing their own material, relying on distinctive riffs, a boot-stomping beat and sloganeering lyrics, usually topped off by a deliberately mis-spelt title. "Coz I Luv You" took them to number 1 in the UK in late 1971, precipitating an incredible run of chart success that was to continue uninterrupted for the next three years.

After the average "Look Wot You Dun" (which still hit number 4), they served up a veritable beer barrel of frothy UK chart-toppers including "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", "Cum On Feel The Noize" and "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me". Their finest moment was 1973's "Merry Xmas Everybody", one of the great festive rock songs and a perennial favourite. Unpretentious and proudly working-class, the band appealed to teenage audiences who cheered their larynx-wrenching singles and gloried in their garish yet peculiarly masculine forays into glam rock. Holder, clearly no sex symbol, offered a solid, cheery image, with Dickensian side whiskers and a hat covered in mirrors, while Hill took tasteless dressing to marvellous new extremes.

Largely dependent upon a young, fickle audience, and seemingly incapable of spreading their parochial charm to the USA, Slade's supremacy was to prove ephemeral. They participated in a movie, Flame, which was surprisingly impressive, and undertook extensive tours, yet by the mid-70s they were yesterday's teen heroes. The ensuing punk explosion made them virtually redundant and prompted in 1977 the appropriately titled Whatever Happened To Slade. Undeterred they carried on just as they had done in the late 60s, awaiting a new break. An appearance at the 1980 Reading Festival brought them credibility anew. This performance was captured on the Alive At Reading '80 EP, which pushed the band into the UK singles chart for the first time in three years. "Merry Xmas Everybody" was re-recorded and charted that same year (the first in a run of seven consecutive years, subsequently in its original form).

Slade returned to the UK Top 10 in January 1981 with "We'll Bring The House Down", and in 1983 shot to number 2 with "My Oh My". The following year's "Run Runaway" also reached the Top 10, and became their first US Top 20 hit. The hits subsequently dried up and in the late 80s the original quartet, while never officially splitting up, began working on other projects. They last appeared together in February 1992. Slade are one of the few bands to have survived the heady days of glitter and glam with their reputation intact and are regarded with endearing affection by a wide spectrum of age groups.

However, it appears that their creative peak is way behind them, as highlighted by the emergence in the mid-90s of the derivative Slade II (minus Holder and Lea). In stark contrast, the 1997 compilation Feel The Noize received outstanding reviews in the UK, heralding a mini-glam rock revival. Lea has released several singles under various pseudonyms, while Holder has become a popular all-round television personality, co-starring in the ITV sitcom The Grimleys, and also hosted a regular 70s rock programme on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio. He was awarded an MBE in the Millennium New Years Honours List.

Info from: www.sladeinengland.co.uk

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Slaughter & The Dogs

   
                                        The cancelled gig Tour Poster

Wayne Barrett – vocals
Mick Rossi – guitar
Howard "Zip" Bates – bass
Brian "Mad Muffet" Grantham - drums

Taking their name from two of their biggest influences - Mick Ronson's ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ and David Bowie's ‘Diamond Dogs’, ‘Slaughter and the Dogs’ formed in April 1976 at Manchester's Wythenshawe Sharston High School with a line-up of Mick Rossi (guitar), Wayne Barrett (vocals), Howard "Zip" Bates (bass) and Brian "Mad Moffet" Grantham (drums). Following a series of local gigs the band managed to convince Malcolm McLaren they had a 'huge following' and so blagged the support slot to ‘The Sex Pistols’ legendary show at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall on July 20 1976, a gig that also saw the first performance by the Buzzcocks.

A couple of support slots to The Damned plus their own headlining shows at venues like London The Roxy and Swindon The Affair, persuaded the May '77 release of the band's debut single "Cranked Up Really High"/"The Bitch" was released by Manchester Independent label Rabid Records and coupled with the band's manic and highly visual live show helped establish Slaughter and the Dogs on the the booming punk circuit. Two cuts "Boston Babies" and "Runaway" were included on the brilliant compilation "Live At The Roxy", and were filmed by Don Letts for the Punk Rock Movie. All this helped lead to a deal with Decca Records, also at the time home to ‘Cocksparrer’, and later ‘Adam and the Ants’.

August 29 1977 saw the release of "Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone" - 3 minutes of unadulterated power and aggression that had a marked effect in laying the foundation to the early 80's Oi! movement.

Late November 77 saw the release of their second Decca single "Dare To Blame" and it was promoted by a short tour of London venues like the Marquee, The Nashville, Dingwalls, and a national tour with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers.

For February 1978 "Quick Joey Small" 7" Slaughter were augmented by a guest appearance by Mick Ronson, but even his presence couldn't help kick this cover of a 60's classic into the charts. A short jaunt across the UK taking in such venues as Manchester Poly (with John Cooper Clarke), Birmingham Town Hall (with Eater), and Liverpool Eric's (with Johnny Moped) was mixed up with final recording sessions for the debut LP.

Editor's Note: The band never played the May 1978 Kinema gig with Eater & Blitzkrieg Bop as they split after only a handful of dates of the 'Do It Dog Style' Tour.

But by the time of the final release "Do It Dog Style" on June 13 1978 the band had split up for the 1st time. It looked like the world had heard the last of Slaughter and the Dogs, but two of the founder members Mick Rossi and bassist Howard Bates formed a new band - Studio Sweethearts. With new recruits drummer Phil Rowland (ex Eater) and guitarist Billy Duffy (of Cult fame). This band lasted only one show and one single "I Believe" on DJM.

It was announced on July 26 through the music press the band was back. The re-launch was at Manchester's The Factory on August 10th (recorded and released in the early 80"s as "Live At The Factory"). A few more gigs followed before the release on November 8th of the single "You're Ready Now". The Sounds review stated, "Great fun, I never knew they were this good". The single was promoted by 3 sold-out nights at the London Marquee, though this sudden surge in popularity wasn't enough to persuade Wayne Barrett to stay with the band and he quit in early 1980 to pursue a career on his own song writing.

With a recording contract to fulfil Rossi, Baker and Rowland quickly recruited vocalist Eddie Garrits aka Ed Banger, ex of the Nosebleeds who released the brilliant "I Ain't Been To Music School" 45. His vinyl debut came courtesy of March 1980's "East Side Of Town" 45 which was quickly followed by the album "Bite Back" - both releases issued under the shortened name Slaughter. A mini tour took place with Abrasive Wheels as support at Birmingham, Manchester and London Electric Ballroom (with Cockney Rejects).

June 25th saw the release of the single "I'm The One". A full UK tour followed (taking in Retford, Edinburgh, Dumfries, Grangemouth, Paisley, Dundee, Blackpool, Blackburn, Derby and London). But eventually lack of chart success led to Rossi quitting in August '80 - putting the Dogs down for the next 16 years.

Mick Rossi remained the most active of the band following its demise - recording an album with ex Heavy Metal Kids vocalist Gary Holton and 2 other projects The Swingers and The Monsters. He moved to Los Angeles to do acting and hook up with a part time covers band with Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) called Usual Suspects.

Rumours were rife of a reunion in the early nineties after a low profile release of an album called "Shocking" on Receiver Records. It wasn't until 1996 when everybody followed the Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre example that Slaughter and the Dogs headlined the "Holidays In The Sun" festival in Blackpool UK, 1996 - captured on limited edition CD, coloured vinyl LP and more recently DVD "Back and Biting". The last 9 or so years have seen the band touring Europe, USA, and Japan regularly. A new album "Beware Of" was released in 2003 and a follow up is currently being planned along with a new DVD ("Live in San Francisco/Japan").

Info from: www.steveharnett.com

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Kenny Slaven 

Kenny Slaven was an eccentric Scottish fiddle player who played on Ronnie Lane’s ‘The Poacher’ (1974), #36 in the UK chart. He also played with Slim Chance in Ronnie’s UK live tour known as ‘The Passing Show’ which was a bizarre kind of carnival, complete with tents, barkers, etc with Slim Chance & Bill Barclay. Viv Stanshall, from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, was the ringmaster for a time until his penchant for alcohol got in the way.

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The Slaves

Moira Ross vocals
David Mann - guitar, vocals
Archie Strang bass
David Watson - guitar
Pete Scobbie - drums

Later:
Phil Glen - vocals
Tommy Berry - keyboards

Based in Denny/Bonnybridge, The Slaves performed between 1963-1977 and played the Maryland Beat Club & the Elizabethan in Glasgow, Perth City Halls and Auchterarder Town Hall, supporting Rory Storm & The Hurricanes and The Ivy League, etc. Other venues included 'La Bamba' in Falkirk and 'Hot House' in Stirling.

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Sleaz Band

Jim Bodie - vocals
Clark Robertson - lead guitar
Phil Robertson - bass
Frank Kosiba - drums

Jim Ross - drums
Jim Kelly - guitar, vocals
Robbie Stewart - drums

The first Sleaz Band was named when the band was booked as 'Rock Tonsils and the Sleaz Band' to support 'Pink Floyd', 'Gethsemane' and various others at Dundee Art College Revels in 1968.  Eventually the 'Rock Tonsils' bit was dropped leaving just  the Sleaz Band tag.

The band did at least 60 gigs in 1969 supporting Chris McClure, Eire Apparent, Love Affair, Blues Junction, John Dummer Blues Band, Desmond Dekker, Tear Gas at Sergeant Pepper's in Glasgow and Eclection and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac at the Green's Playhouse Glasgow on 16/10/69.

During February 1970 Frank Kosiba left to become a full time teacher.  Jim Ross took over the drums and the band also turned professional due to the number of gigs they were getting. That year they toured with Deep Purple, Chicken Shack, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Manfred Mann Chapter lll. They also supported Cliff Bennett Band, Aardvark, Graham Bond, David Bowie (at the Aberdeen Uni Art College Ball) Man, Stoics, Badfinger, Smash, Arrival, Los Caracas (Middle of the Road), Edison Lighthouse, White Trash, Dream Police, Consortium, Gracious, Bay City Rollers, and Tear Gas again. Some 97 gigs at least from Jan 2nd to Jul 11th that year.

In 1971 there were 163 gigs or more - supporting Medicine Head, Poets, Joyce Bond Revue, String Driven Thing, Slade, Groundhogs, Man, Chris McClure, Equals, Ashton Gardner & Dyke, Argent, Mungo Jerry, Merlin, Chicken Shack, Northwind, Nickolson, Heads Hands and Feet, Salvation, Thin Lizzy, Fairweather, Paladin, Assegai, Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon, Warm Dust, and playing alongside good friends Bubbles and Tear Gas. They also played alongside Dusty Hutt, Poorhouse and Kaywana Stock and did the original Cavern, Liverpool before it was demolished.

Contrary to popular thought that Sleaz Band did not record, they started an LP in London at both Sarm and Marquee Studios in 1973.  In 1974, on the 21st of June a single called 'All I Want Is You' c/w 'Midnight Man' was released on the Fontana label.   All four band members are credited on both sides on both sides of the single - equal shares was the philosophy.

There were 156 gigs in 1972 between Jan 2nd and Oct 28th.  Once again supporting various names such as Alex Harvey (Pre Sensational), Nazareth, Slade (the Scottish leg of their nationwide tour  - Status Quo did the English dates), Walrus, Country Joe Macdonald, Wishbone Ash, Edgar Broughton Band, Man, and Tear Gas again.  Phil Robertson left this version of the band in late August during a bust up in Wrexham of all places and they did the outstanding gigs with a roadie on bass until breaking up in October.

At the end of 1972 Bill Fehilly (Mountain Management) persuaded Phil and Clark to re-form the Band with Jim Kelly (ex-Honours & Honeybus) on guitar and vocals and Robbie Stewart on drums.  There were 136 gigs in 1973 supporting Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Screaming Lord Sutch, Gypsy and the Scottish Tour with Nazareth. They also played a few gigs with a band they got on well with called Stiltz.

On 23rd August 1974, after a falling out Jim Kelly decided to leave on the way to a gig leaving the other three to carry on.  The manager had lined up a replacement (who went on to better things) but the rest had had enough and went back to civvies.  The LP was shelved incomplete and only a very poor quality tape exists somewhere.

Info courtesy of: www.rockingscots.co.uk

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Sloopy


Promotional pic from
Bathgate Bands

Jamie O'Neill - lead guitar, vocals
Jim Thyne - rhythm guitar
Andy Fairley - bass
Tam Howson - drums

Ronnie O'Neill - lights & roadie

Bathgate rock covers band 'Gannet' changed their name to 'Sloopy' around 1975 when original bass player Malcolm Lochrie was replaced by Andy Fairley.  They turned professional in 1976 but were finished by 1978 when they changed their name to TNT.

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Ghoulz (2008/9)

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Slurpy Gloop

Pano (Michael Douglas "no not that one!") - keyboards, various electronic gadgetry
Fritz (William Ian Fitzsimmons) - keyboards, vocals
James Barney Ward - synth, strings, backing vocals
Maria Berry - backing vocals

Others included:
Derek "Deek" Coll: - keyboards, drums, percussion 
Kenny MacDougall - drums, percussion
Craig Hood - drums, guitar
Talcy Malcy - trumpet
Alison Reid - vocals
Wee Lynsey n Tracie
Arfur Fuxsake - synth, computer programming

Way back in the late seventies, Pano briefly managed Dunfermline bands 'The Skids' and later, 'Trax'. He then formed 'The (Dick Emery) Family On Holiday' (Members included: Pano - guitar / Fritz - keyboards / Nipper Morton (Murray Ferguson) - vocals, drums / Peter Hamilton - drums / Scott Roberts - bass / Collapso - drums). Described as a psychedelic / electro / punk group, 'The Family On Holiday' played and recorded around the fife coast of Scotland and released a 7” single ‘Who’s a Pretty Boy Then?’ / ‘You’re as Cute as a Dead Gerbil’, recorded at Palladium Studios on their own ‘Fabidoo Records’ label in July of 1981. (It was the chosen single of the week in ‘Melody Maker’ of guest reviewer Mark E Smith (singer with Mancunian legends ‘The Fall’!)

'The Family On Holiday' later spiralled out of control and transformed briefly into ‘Choir Invisible’ (Pano, Fritz & Warpo on drums).

Take electronic legends and luminaries such as Karl Heinz Stockhaesen, Philip Glass, innovative brain-waving stereo pioneers 'Tonto’s Expanding Head Band' and on to the weird and wonderful krautrock 'Faust', then add 'Kraftwerk', 'Syd Barrett', 'Pink Floyd' and 'The Pixies' into the equation and you'll begin to understand the mix that inspired Pano to form his next project, 'Slurpy Gloop' in 1985.

Pano dreamed-up the moniker to turn his musical ideas, inspirations and technological skills into reality. Starting off with not much more than a guitar, Minimoog and drum machine (Warpo), material was written, analysed and moulded into the shape that was to become the basis of that certain 'Slurpy Gloop' sound.
 
He then enlisted friend and Choir Invisible music collaborator William Ian Fitzsimmons (Fritz) whose armoury included an Octave Cat synth, and a Roland String Synth. Fritz appeared to be quite shy in the early stages of the band but soon proved to be anything but when performing. He had amazing off-beat rhythm and an ear for a good original keyboard sound. He later moved on to vocals and at his best an excellent singer and performer but his pièce de résistance had to be his song writing.
 
Having written the preliminary sketches for what would become the backbone of an album, the duo called-out for someone to have a freelance roll and experiment with some kind of vocals to layer on top of some unfinished work.

Maria Berry had never sung with a band before, but what she lacked in experience was made up by her enthusiasm and lack of fear to try something new & different and usually performed on her adrenaline / nerves. The end result (live and recorded) was rather intriguing to say the least. She soon adapted herself to tune in to the sound with her own inimitable style.
 
With Fritz and Maria concentrating on vocals, the door was open for a new keyboard player to add a new dimension to the sound. All they expected from James Barney Ward was some different keyboard work but once he settled in with a Minimoog, Oscar Synth and Crumar Strings he created some mind blowing tunes. James also had an interest in backing vocals and his unique style is evident all the way through the album.

On Saturday 23rd May 1987 they had a bash at a Beatles-style roof-top gig one warm sunny afternoon at Sunset Studios in central Dunfermline atop a building known as 'Shafi's' on the corner of Carnegie Drive, Chapel Street & Bruce Street where they rehearsed & recorded the album.

Pano himself takes up the story:
"This is where we had our rehearsal/recording studio and I remember it was a Saturday afternoon and a lovely summers day, so within a whimsical second or two the decision was made to open the skylight, chuck up the backline and p.a. and just go and have a wee practice in the sunshine. The only thing was that once we started jammin', mayhem ensued as down below the traffic had stopped, the Police and papers turned up and the band consequently were arrested but released 4 hours later without charge. A nice time was had by all" ..

‘I Heard it in a Bathtub in Ohio’ was recorded at Sunset Studios Dunfermline (atop the old Shafi’s building) mixed and mastered at REL studios in Edinburgh.
 
For a period of time while Slurpy Gloop were totally together and at the height of their creativity and totally psyched up for it, they were ignored by the influential music heirarchy/industry bigwigs who couldn’t really think where these guys fitted in or quite politely had never heard of them and did not want to, because they were not hip and in consequence the buzz, adrenalin and creativity that was there in abundance during rehearsals and the recording of ‘Bathtub’ soon petered-out and the band went their separate ways through time. While other experimental incarnations of the band came & went, none were anywhere near as good or had the definitive vibe within the original line up of Pano, Fritz, James and Maria ..
 
Album:
‘I Heard it in a Bathtub in Ohio’ (1988) - Digitally re-mastered mixes from ‘Bathtub’ now available on Garageband

Tracklisting: 'Victory Beat' / 'In Little Ones' / 'Power of Lies' / 'Ribbons of the Heart' / 'An End to a Start' / 'Don't Let Your Touch Die' / 'Feelings (The Outsider)' / 'Let Go' / 'Come Wake Me'.
 
Pano continues to record as ‘wakiaudio’.

A new line-up of Slurpy Gloop (without Pano) was formed, [Fritz (William Ian Fitzsimmons) - vocals / James Barney Ward - Keyboards / Arfur Fuxsake (ex-roadie) - Keyboards] and returned to the stage on Saturday 19th June 2010 to play most/all of the album at Wellwood Club Dunfermline to an audience of approx 60, supported by friends Bruce & Jamie Watson. They were described as "Psycho-delic electronica or electronic psych-delia".

Cheers Pano!

Ghoulz (2007/10/11)

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The Small Faces

   
24th April 1967

Steve Marriott - guitar, vocals
Ronnie Lane - bass
Jimmy Winston organ, guitar
Kenney Jones - drums

Ian McLagan - keyboards
Rick Wills - bass
Jimmy McCullough - guitar

Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott had already played in other bands when they met up for the first time in London's East End. These two created the 'Small Faces' together with Kenny Jones who was then playing on Lane's group 'The Pioneers' and Jimmy Langwith an acquaintance of Marriott's. After some success with their live stage act they were signed up to Don Arden's management who in turn secured a record distribution contract with Decca.

Their first release 'Watcha Gonna Do About It' which was co-written by the original bass player of the Shadows, Ian Samwell, proved an instant success, but their next single was an untypical failure. Jimmy Winston left the group after a dispute with the other members and was replaced by Ian McLagan who had until then been with Boz and the Boz People. The band settled down with the new line-up but other management disputes continued which led to them moving to Andrew Oldham's Immediate label. It was this period that saw the band at its most creative and produce some of its most memorable and unusual singles.

By February of 1969, Marriott quit the group quite suddenly saying that he didn't like the musical direction the band was taking and felt that he could no longer contribute. Steve went off to join Peter Frampton in a new venture that became the group 'Humble Pie'. The Small Faces were not able to continue after this trauma and split up. However, they would emerge, again with Marriott together with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, as the Faces during the 1970s.

Sadly, Steve Marriott died in a fire at his home during 1991.

Info courtesy of: www.45-rpm.org.uk

Click below for pix of an autographed Woodmill High School (Dunfermline) magazine article featuring a Small Faces interview with pupils Avril Young & Sheena McIntyre after their Dunfermline gig on Monday 24th April 1967.

           

           
I'm very much indebted to Alex Stean for these images.

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Smiles

Smiles

From left:
Gregor ? - bass
Cliff Hanley jnr - guitar (son of Cliff Hanley - broadcaster)
Jimmy ? - vocals
Robert Strain - guitar
Gordon ? - drums

A 1970s covers band (T Rex, Slade, Rod Stewart, The Who, etc) from Glasgow / Cumbernauld / Falkirk.

Robert Strain

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Ghoulz (2010)

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Andy Smith Orchestra / Sextette

Andrew Smith played at the Kinema with Horace Demarco before he had his own bands, the Andy Smith Sextet and Orchestra. He went on to be bandleader at the Raith in Kirkcaldy and played at the Fountainbridge Palais in Edinburgh before moving to Birmingham and leading the band at the Top Rank Suite there.

He played with Manny Charlton of Nazareth at the Kinema too. He then toured with P J Proby, played extensively on the Pebble Mill lunchtime shows and also toured for many years as trombonist and in the vocal group with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, He also ran his own trad jazz band called '100% proof'.

Andrew (as he was always known at home) sadly died in 2006.

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Dick Smith Rock 'n' Roll Band (aka Dick Smith Band)

   

Dave Barrett - vocals
Paul Downes - lead guitar
Paul Madden - guitar
Steve Barrett - bass, backing vocals
Steve Swift - drums

The Dick Smith Band were a rock band formed in 1978 from New Brighton in the North West of England who frequently played in Fife, Falkirk and central Scotland. They released a 7" single 'Motoway Madness' / 'Body Heat' (1979) followed by 'Way Of The World' / 'Giving The Game Away' (1980). They were considered to be part of the new wave of British heavy metal (NWoBHM).

Incidentally ... their lighting engineer later became Paul McCartney's front-of-house sound engineer!

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Ghoulz (2012)

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Whistling Jack Smith

Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway had come up with a tune called “Too Much Bird Seed” which was recorded by arranger / producer Ivor Raymonde whistling it with accompaniment by The Mike Sammes Singers. The tune was re-titled “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” to emphasise it’s Britishness as all things British were the in thing at the time. It must have worked because apart from scoring a hit at home, this was a top 20 hit in the USA.

Whistling Jack Smith was given a persona and that was Billy Moeller (whose brother Tommy was in Unit Four Plus Two). There were a few attempts to follow up but this was probably too unique for lightning to strike twice.

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Ghoulz (2006)

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Sneeky Pete

   
Single Front                     Single Rear

Wally Cameron - vocals
Johnny Cameron - guitar
Duncan Cameron - guitar
Donny Finlay - bass
John McGinlay - keyboards
John Ward - drums

Later by 1977:
Sandy Brown - keyboards
Rab McQuillan - drums

Formed in 1971 in Glasgow and playing a mix of covers and original tunes, they supported 'Caravan' and the 'Tyla Gang' in Scotland before recording a single, 'Night Time in the City' / 'Gettin' Out' (released 25/05/79) in Kirkland Park Studios, Strathaven.

That same year they appeared at the Loch Lomond Rock Festival with 'The Stranglers' 'Dr. Feelgood', 'The Skids' and 'The Dickies' and supported 'The Buzzards' on their UK tour.

A self-financed cassette album, 'Live & Kicking' (12/79) on their own SPR label failed to lift their fortunes and they were no more.

The Camerons now run Riverside recording studio in Busby. "the premier music production and recording complex for Glasgow and the surrounding area." It includes the largest recording space and live room in Scotland.

Ghoulz (2010/11/15)

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Snowblind

John Hughes - ?

Snowblind were a young (late teen / early twenties) band from Wishaw whose members knew each other as they had had played with other local bands previously. They played at the Kinema on Saturday 22nd April 1972. While the reason they split is not yet known, they all went on to play with other bands later though none of them became professional.

Thanks to Mairi MacIver (John's sister) who was at the Snowblind/The Change gig at the Kinema on her 14th birthday for the info above!

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Ghoulz (2015)

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The Sole Generation

The Sole Generation
My thanks to Bill Nisbet for this image

Fritz Freeburn - vocals, saxophone
Dougie Strong - vocals
Dougie Wright - rhythm guitar
Alan Moir - bass
Bill Nisbet - lead guitar
Bill Kyle - drums

Later:
Mark Ellen - drums

A local band from Dunfermline, active in the latter half of the sixties, who evolved from 'The Ambassadors' sometime between September 1965 and June 1966. Predominantly a soul & R n B band, they supported The Moody Blues on Tuesday 19th July 1966. Throughout their time together they supported artists such as Gene Vincent, The Troggs, The Small Faces, Cat Stevens, The Bee Gees, The Kinks, Chris Farlowe and many many more, though unfortunately no recordings exist. Fritz Freeburn had played previously with 'The Hellcats'. Dougie Wright went on to play with both 'Scope' and 'Middle Age Spread' but is sadly no longer with us. Drummer, Bill Kyle is now running 'The Jazz Bar' in Edinburgh.

Mark Ellen (later of 'Vanity Fare') replaced Bill Kyle when he left.  He also played with The Falcons.

I'm indebted to Bill Nisbet for this information & image.

Ghoulz (2010/11)

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Jimmy Somerville

Jimmy Somerville (born June 22, 1961) is a Scottish pop singer. He had considerable success in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, and has also had a successful solo career.

Somerville was born and raised in Glasgow and has a highly distinctive falsetto (high pitched) singing style, and is also openly gay. He is also a left-wing and human rights political activist. His music has consisted largely of disco music, but has also sometimes contained ground breaking social commentary. 

He co-founded the synth pop group Bronski Beat in 1983, who proceeded to have a number of hits in the British charts. Their biggest hit, Smalltown Boy, which reached Number 3, was written about persecution of a gay youth in a provincial town, which at the time was ground breaking.

He left Bronski Beat in 1985 and formed The Communards with classically trained pianist Richard Coles. They had a number of hits, including a cover version of Thelma Houston's Don't Leave Me This Way which spent four weeks at Number 1 in the charts, and became the biggest selling UK single of 1986. He also sang backing vocals on the Fine Young Cannibals' version of Suspicious Minds, which was a UK Top 10 hit.

The Communards split in 1988 and Somerville launched his solo career. He had several solo hits between 1989 and 1991, also singing on the second Band Aid project at the end of 1989. But after releasing his 1991 album Run From Love, Somerville left the limelight and was absent from recording for a number of years.

He returned in 1995 with an LP called Dare to Love. Another album, titled Manage the Damage was released in 1999, and Root Beer came out a year later. Most recently, his dance-based fourth solo album, "Home Again," was released in 2005.

Somerville also has an acting career, appearing in Sally Potter's 1992 film of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, in Isaac Julien's 1998 Looking for Langston, and in the Girltown episode of the cult science fiction television series Lexx.

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Ghoulz (2006)

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Sonia

Enrolling in drama school at the age of eight, set Sonia Evans on the path to becoming a professional singer and actress where she gained a LAMDA gold medal with honours. Her determination paid off and shortly after leaving school she made appearances in the popular sitcom ‘Bread’ as well as the soap opera ‘Brookside’.

She was only sixteen when she first entered the music business. Whilst playing the Liverpool club circuit, record producer Pete Waterman spotted her and an impromptu audition secured a recording contract with Simon Cowell at BMG. Sonia’s debut single ‘You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You’ was released in 1989 and shot to number one in the UK selling a staggering 350,000 copies. Numerous television appearances revealed her bubbly personality and natural enthusiasm endearing her to a large audience. Her debut album sold half million copies and included a string of top singles such as ‘Can’t Forget You’, ‘Listen To Your Heart’ and ‘Counting Every Minute’.

In 1991 Sonia was able to develop her songwriting talents and released the album ‘Sonia’. Further hits followed including ‘Only Fools’ and ’Be Young, Be Foolish’ and a tour of Europe, The Far East and North and South America strengthened her already substantial following. She also presented ‘Wetter the Better’, a Saturday morning children’s TV show.

Her next step clearly displayed her versatile voice and genuine love of performing as Sonia was invited by the BBC to be the UK representative in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst the Irish pipped her into second place, her single ‘Better The Devil You Know’ hit the UK charts at number 9 and her album, of the same name, entered the album charts at number 20.

Sonia then entered the world of theatre, receiving excellent reviews as she performed with Dennis Waterman in ‘Slice of Saturday Night’ in London’s West End. On meeting the producers of ‘Grease’, Sonia was once again signed on the spot for the lead role of ‘Sandy’. For twelve months, until April 1995, she performed to a full house and critical acclaim alongside Craig McLachlan and Shane Richie.

After the success of ‘Grease’, Sonia appeared as one of the major stars in the ‘What A Feeling’ tour with Irene Cara, singing songs from the hit movies and musicals and travelling throughout the UK for four months. This proved to be so successful that a 2nd UK tour was arranged and also an overseas tour. Sonia is a veteran pantomime performer and often plays the principal boy role. Her credits over the years include Dick Whittington, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Aladdin.

For the 1996 Summer Season Sonia appeared in Blackpool in ‘The Lily Savage Show’, which again proved to be so successful she was singing to a full house every night. This led to her playing ‘Bunty’, the daughter of Lilly Savage in BBC’s ‘Lily Savage Show’. During Summer 2000, Sonia starred in John Conway/AMG