Charley Anderson formerly of The Selecter has kindly sent a copy of an interview with Horace Panter of The Specials from the Coventry 80's fanzine Gordian Knot.
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Charley Anderson formerly of The Selecter has kindly sent a copy of an interview with Horace Panter of The Specials from the Coventry 80's fanzine Gordian Knot.
Visit TWO TONE CENTRAL MUSEUM http://www.2tonecentral.co.uk/
Phil Knapper was a close friend and accomplished guitarist (rock and classical) and a Coventry singer songwriter in the 70's. He travelled with a musical troupe to Finland in 1970 which included Neil O'Connor (Hazel's brother), John Gravenor (of Wandering John) and Alex Murphy. I met him in 1974 when he came to Hobo Workshop (Holyhead Youth Centre) for one of the gigs. He lived nearby so we became good friends, often jamming - sometimes playing in very informal one off band gigs. We have no recordings of him except the few I recorded on mono cassette while jamming at my house. This video is one of his songs from that time but doesn't reflect the range of his guitar work (that he taught me how to play Bert Jansch's Anji at that session gives you an idea of the range.). Phil was born in Spennymore in Co Durham but his family moved to Coventry and his father worked in the coal mine at Kersley (although they lived in the Binley area of Coventry (hence the pictures). Phil's younger brother Stu Knapper is well known on the Cov scene as the leader of the late 70's punk band Riot Act. Sadly Phil suffered from schizophrenia which hampered his development as a musician and passed away in the 1990's. It was Phil who arranged for Neil O' Connor' s band Midnight Circus (later The Flys) to play for us at the Hobo Workshop in 1974.
ASGARD - were a Coventry band in the style of Pink Floyd / Nice operating around 1969 - 71 period who were promoted by John Peel and played a number of prestigious gigs - eg Mothers in Birmingham after Pink Floyd and with Peel and Hyde Park etc. Following a recent post on Asgard with some of their music, bassist Richard Kilbride has sent these archive photos of the band and cuttings.
First a cutting from Disc - Asgard are mentioned in John Peel's column - some of them, including their manager Paul Padum stayed at Peel Acres.
Asgard played in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral in 1969 as part of the West Indian concert calld Jerico -
Asgard bassist proposed free open air concerts in Coventry in 1969 in which people could even bring along poems to read (great initiative Richard) according to this Coventry Evening Telegraph article -
The council response is interesting!!
"NO LONG-HAIRED BEATNKS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO ELEMENT" - "THE SALVATION ARMY BAND..ARE A RAVE!!!"
"Councillor Arthur Taylor, Chairman of the Recreation Committee said he would be glad to make the park available to respectable pop groups but we do not want long-haired beatniks in the San Franscisco element playing in our parks! We have the Salvation Army band playing in our parks and it's a rave! But whether pop music is eeryone's choice, I don't know." Well -
I must admit - I've never heard the Salvation Army band described as a 'Rave' before!!!!
Asgard were invited to Alexis Korner's fiftieth birthday party!!
The following are photos of the young Asgard at play with guitars and dumpeer trucks in the 60's and photos from gigs and rehearsals etc.
Along with these photos was one of another band from the 1970c period - no idea who they are or if it's a Cov band or one Asgard played on tour with - if any or Richard can throw light on this photo - let me know.
TO BE CONTINUED SOON
Mojo (Tony) Morgan's musical career has spanned nearly 40 years and he's still playing and developing. He
began as a bass player in a range of blues bands in 70's; fronted a Coventry ska band in the early 80's and made a single, played in a band with Roddy Radiation (after the Specials), took the blues on the road with Travelling Riverside blues band in the 80's and ran a couple of venues and in more recent years moved to Wales where he is a blues singer with his own Outfit - The Hoochie Coochie Blues Band.
Trev Teasdel Interview with Mojo Morgan March 2009
1. How and when did you get started on all this music lark and what were your early influences?
When I was about 10 years old, my parent's record collection was a very large collection of artist's like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lenor Horne, Billie
Holliday, and a few Robert Johnson records which I fell in love with, and lots of blues and jazz albums. In the 60s I fell in love with the sound of the likes of John Mayall, Alexis Corner, Rolling Stones. Animals. and lots of other R&B
bands. I was just mad for all that kind of stuff.
2. Your main instrument used to be bass What other instruments do you play.
I played Rhythm guitar and sang in my first band, and then I switched over to bass guitar, and stuck with it for the next 30 years.
3. The first band I saw you in was The Mick Green Blues Band - what led you to a love of the blues?
The feelings I had from listening to the blues. ( IT JUST SHOUTED OUT AT ME ).
4. Were there bands before Mick Green Blues band?
Yea! I just left school, and put a 3 piece band together called (Orange ) I was playing rhythm guitar and vocals, and Steve Harrison on drums, and Graham Dewis on Bass. we used to do lots of cover versions from The Doors, Cream, Stones, and that sort of thing! Graham Dewis's parents had a farm near Stoneliegh Island, not far from the N.E.C (Birmingham National Exhibition Centre). We used to practice there all the time. In the summer, we would practice out side to all the passers by on the motorway. The cows and the sheep liked us! We were young and just didn't care, and had a great time!
5. How did you meet Mick Green and Steve Harrison
I met Steve Harrison (Drummer) through a friend Alan Jones in Willenhall, Coventry. Steve lived up the road from me, and we became best friends. The last time I heard about Steve, he was living in France. It would be great to find where he is now, and to get back in touch.I met Mick Green through a guy called Tony who lived in the Stoke area in Coventry, and Mick became a good friend! We played together in Mick Greens Blues Band, and a few other bits and bobs, but nothing came to fruit! Steve Harrison, Mick Green and myself moved to Ealing, London, and formed a band with John Laverick and started jamming together, after a couple of weeks, we were giging around London, We were young and foolish! and it was crazy times
6. You seemed to be in a cluster of bands in the early 70's around some of the same musicians - ie Mick Green and Steve Harrison and few others such as Concert with Martin Barter on organ and one - I think with Johnny Adams (later with Squad). Apart from Mick Green band, there was Railroad in 71, Eli and Rein Chantre c 73 / 74 that I remember. What can you tell us about your early bands.
Mick Green - Lead / Rhythm Guit / Vocals
Mojo Morgan - Bass / vocals
Steve Harrison - Drums
(at various times..Johnny Adams - Vocals / Guitar and Paul Samson? Guitar)
Mojo Morgan / Mick Green / Steve Harrison (Trev Teasdel vocals / lyrics) although that didn't work out and this version of the band didn't get as far as gigging.
Mojo Morgan bass / Vocals
Martin Barter - Organ
Steve Harrison - Drums
Jim Allen - Sax
(Other similar bands with Mick Green / Simon Lovegrove (Drums) Johnny Adams (Guitar) were - Eli - Raine Chantre?)
JOURNEY OF A LIFE TIME.....Changed name of band to MORNING FREEDOM.
Tony King, vocals.
Ray .............Rhythm Guitar.
Mojo Morgan, bass
KRYSTAL....Lots of bookings with this band....working 3 to 4
nights a week.....Club Band.
BLEEDIN' HEARTS....Walsgrave based. All bands material!
Jim Allen, sax and vocals.
Mojo Morgan, bass.
Steve Harrison, drums.
Mark Burton, guitar.
(Link above to their My Space)
Donna Elkington, vocals.
Jim Allen, sax and vocals.
Mojo Morgan, bass.
Fitzroy Wilson, ryth'em
Leroy Wright, drums.
Dave Gordon, lead guitar.
SAMMY EARTHQUAKE AND THE VOLCANOES.
Dickie Slick, guitar and vocals.
Roddy Byers,AKA Roddy Radiation - guitar and vocals.
Mojo Morgan, bass and vocals.
Mojo says - "Roddy Byers after the specials had is own band Roddy Radiation and The Tearjerkers and when he was'nt playing he would come with us and play with Sammy Earthquake and the Volcanoes"
TRAVELLING RIVERSIDE BLUES BAND.
(Hear their tracks on My Space above)
John Alderson, guitar and slide.
Mojo Morgan, bass and vocals.
George Stevens, drums.
THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE BAND. (In South Wales) - Still going.
Mojo Morgan, vocals.
Mr Chilli, bass and vocals.
Vince. guitar and slide and vocals.
AJ, drums and vocals
7. What was your take on the early Coventry music scene in the early 70's?
I just did my own thing, and didn't take much notice of what other bands were doing really!
8. How did the advent of punk affect your musical career after 1977?
I wasn't really into punk at the time! But some stuff now, I do like. (21 Days I do like a lot ). Two members from Sham 69 and two member from Towers of London.
9. By 1979 in the wake of Two Tone you formed your own ska band EMF - how did that come about and what was the idea behind the band. Was there still a blues buzz there?
The blues buzz never leaves me Trev.
With EMF. I just wanted to do something different! I had just met Amos Anderson who new Fitzroy Wilson - rhythm guitarist and Fitzroy knew Leroy Wright - drums, and put an add in the paper for a singer and Sharon and Donna answered the the call and came for an audition and were recruited. Then all we had to find was the lead guitarist and sax player. I knew Jim Allen who played sax, so i recruited him. I think Dave Gordon - lead guitarist heard what we were doing and just turned up. The first practice we had all together was in Hillfields in one of the flats! and it just came together like that. It just jelled straight away!
Trev - (Yes I remember going to your flat in Hillfields in 1979 - you talked to me about doing some lyrics and you explained to me then that the concept was to form a Ska band but using blues basslines and Sax licks - I don't think it was recognised you were trying to do something slightly different with the Ska sound that fitted in with your love of the blues.
10 I went to a lot of EMF gigs at the Dog and Trumpet and Tile Hill in 1980 before I left Cov. How did the band fare after that - gigs, recordings etc.
We got under Oak Agency from Birmingham, and then the gigs started rollin in, playing all over the country in collages and then we started supporting all the Two Tone acts which was a great buzz!
Trev - I used to go to the regular gigs in Tile Hill and dance to try and get others up on the dance floor! It was very danceable music.
12 = 13. The band came second in Battle of the Bands and made a single for RCA - tell us the story and What happened to EMF - how come you split up?
I can't remember how we got into Battle of the Bands but we had to go to The Odeon in Birmingham for the first heat
with all the Area bands, and we came first. RCA put us up in London to go in the studio to do a single which went on to a compelation album for the best of Battle of the bands, and was given a trophy of Battle of the bands. There was a lot of bickering in the band by then, and you don't need that in a band, so then i put an advert in the shop to start another band, Yea! A blues band! I left my own band and started The Travelling Riverside Blues Band with John Alderson. EMF got hold of another bass player and done the final battle of the bands.
14 Tell us about the Coventry bands you were in afterwards There was a band with John Alderson and a band with Ex Special Roddy Radiation I believe - tell us about them.
When I put an ad in the Clay Lane music shop to put a blues band together. The day after John Alderson phoned me, and I remembered him from Wandering John ( A top Coventry band from around 1970). He knew George the drummer, and Trev vocalist followed! I became best mates with John and we still get together on the phone and still comes down to see us down in Wales. He a great friend and great musician, he taught me a lot.
15 Your ran a blues / Folk club at the Freemason's Arms in the 80's - can you tell us a bit about that..
I ran The Coventry Blues Club in the 80's at The Freemasons Tavern on a Thursday nights which we had some great Blues Artist from all over the UK. On Tuesday nights was a folk night with the main band Dando Shaft. Lots of different artists far and wide like Don Fardon, Mick Stuart, Dave Pegg. Martin Jenkins, Rod Felton and many more.
16. How come you moved to Wales and when?
My parents are from Wales, and I came down for holiday most of my life, I always wanted to live near the sea, and
wales just seemed right!
To be continued To Come MOJO on the Hoochie Coochie Band
Tags: coventry music scene, mojo morgan's hoochie coochie band, pembrokeshire, roddy radiation, travelling riverside blues band, two tone
News came in from Bassist John Docker that Primitives bass guitarist Steve Dullaghan has passed
The Primitives were a charting Coventry band of the 80's, produce by ex Reluctant Stereotype Paul Samson.
STEVEN ANTHONY DULLAGHAN
bass guitar, guitars (1985-1989)
b. December 18, 1966
After playing in The Primitives, Steve was in Hate (with Pete Tweedie). Dullaghan, with Martyn Bates, later evolved Hate into Hungry i, with Steve playing guitar. They recorded two EP's on the Nursery label. After two years, he rejoined his first ever band, Nocturnal Babies ("fronted by original Primitives singer, Kieron"). He also roadied for Pulp, Catatonia, and McAlmont. Currently he is "going under the moniker Means To An End".
May 30, 2001, Coventry England's Godiva Festival - Steve sits on the panel of judges at the battle of the bands.
Here are a couple of their videos -
Some found pieces on the Primitives -
"The Primitives were from Coventry and formed in 1985. They filled the gap post-Smiths and pre-Stone Roses. Their
first single was ‘Thru The Flowers’ which was released in May of 1986. The obvious focal point was Tracy Tracy who was cute as cute. The others dressed head to toe in black, wore skinny jeans and pointy boots and had Ringo Starr circa 1965 haircuts. nPaul the guitarist was clearly in love with Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and had a great collection of guitars. The band went through more line-up changes than Spinal Tap. They released six singles with the sixth being a re-recorded version of ‘Thru The Flowers’ before they eventually signed to RCA in 1987. In 1988 the album ‘Lovely’ was released and it is brilliant. The other key to their sound was producer Paul Sampson who went back through all their old demos and found ‘Crash’ a song they had scraped. This was their only big hit."
"British indie pop band the Primitives was formed in Coventry, England in mid-1985 by singer Kieron, guitarist Paul Court, bassist Steve Dullaghan, and drummer Pete Tweedie; after a handful of gigs Kieron was replaced by vocalist Tracy Tracy, a peroxide-blonde bombshell whose presence inspired a more melodic approach, which earned the group inevitable comparisons to Blondie. The Primitives' debut single "Thru the Flowers" appeared on their own Lazy label in 1986 and was quickly followed by radio sessions for Janice Long, Andy Kershaw, and John Peel. Their second effort, "Really Stupid," preceded the band's first European tour, with "Stop Killing Me" appearing in early 1987. Tweedie was dismissed from the group (allegedly for mistreating Tracy's cats) prior to the Primitives' signing to major label RCA, and with new drummer Tig Williams the group recorded their 1988 debut LP, Lovely, scoring a major UK pop hit with the masterful "Crash." After completing an American tour, Dullaghan exited the lineup, with bassist Paul Sampson stepping in for 1989's Pure; the album failed to recreate the success and excitement of its predecessor, however, and when 1991's Ian Broudie-produced Galore met a similar fate, the Primitives disbanded. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide "
More on Hobo - A to Z of Coventry Bands https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-p/the-primitives
This Post has been updated and transfered to the new Hobo sites here along with all the comments http://covdiscoarchive.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/lanchester-arts-festivals-now-coventry.html
Ted Little was responsible for organising the Lanchester Arts Festival in the late 60's / early 70's.
I never knew Ted Little but as an 18 year old, like many Coventry musicians and fans of the time, I regularly frequented the Lanchester Polytechnic's student's union on a Friday or Saturday night to see some the best upcoming underground acts of the time. The kind of bands and acts that you'd hear on John Peel at that time. The Lanch gigs were the highlight of the week. Everybody would be there. It was such a great social-networking venue and an inspiration to budding local musicians. The first band I saw in the autumn of 1969 was Soft Machine. The list of bands I saw just goes on and on and includes -
Principal Edward's Magic Theatre, Jack Bruce, Colosseum, New Jazz Orchestra, Skid Row, Osibisa, Tyrannosaurus Rex (and later T. Rex), the Nice, Yes, ELP, Ralph McTell, Strawbs, Mr Fox, Atomic Rooster, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull, Roy Harper, Vadergraff Generator, Can, Groundhogs, Duster Bennet, Kevin Ayres and the Whole World,Curved Air,Grimms, The Liverpool Poets, Jake Thackery, Neil Innes, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Scaffold, Paul Jones,Claire Hammil, Blackfoot Sue,Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, Heron, Fairport Convention, Centipede, Nucleus,Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Climax Chicago Blues Band,Patto, Mott the Hoople, Roxy Music, Wild Angels, Nashville Teens, Leon Russell, Adrian Mitchell,Pete Brown's Piblokto, ELO, Wizzard, Gentle Giant, Fleetwood Mac, Who, Elton John, Caravan, Bridgett St. John, Lindisfarne, Stone the Crows, Medicine Head, Brinsley Schwarz,Brewers Droop, Ivor Cutler, Edwin Hawkin Singers , Lesley Duncan, Suzi Quatro, Cockney Rebel, Arthur Brown,-
These are just the ones I remember seeing. Later there was the Clash, Sex Pistols, Selecter, Specials, Bad Manners, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry, UB40 and so many more - not neccessarily in that order!
Ted Little wasn't responsible for all of those bands however. He was a student at the Lanchester Polytechnic in
Coventry, where he read modern studies between 1967 and 1970. His interest in arts administration began when he ran the Lanchester Arts Festival in 1970.
I'm not clear on whether Ted actually invented the Lanchester Arts Festival but he certainly helped to establish it as a multi-media festival with some of the top bands, street theatre, film, poetry, classical, blues and jazz, comedy and much more. This model appears to have been quickly followed by nearby Warwick University with their annual mixed meda arts festival which always took place a month later in March in the early 70's.
I only know of Ted Little because the other day I got an e mail and phone call from Colin Richardson who is sited on the 1971 Lanch Arts Festival programme as the man who booked most of the artists for the Festival through the BRON Agency in London. Colin (who was a former manager of the Marquee Club in London), was
full of praise and respect for Ted Little and they established a good working relationship. Colin was particulary impressed with the Multi-media aspects of the festival and the interest and inspiration that he brought to the festival. Colin told me that it was Ted who asked him to book Monty Python's Flying Circus for what would be their first ever Live performance at the Belgrade Thetre as part of the 1971 Arts Festival. (This story will be told more fully in another post).
I also seem to remember there were some great (60's style) artistic posters produced for both the Arts festival and the gigs. If anybody has any of these posters please let us know. I really think they should be archived on the internet in some form!
I was interested to learn that Ted went on to be the administrator of the Birmingham Arts Lababoratory in 1974. I remember going along to the Arts Laboratory to watch how the Birmingham Streetpress was layed out and designed after starting Hobo magazine. I can't recall meeting Ted or even knowing that this was the same guy who organised the
Lanch Arts Fest. However, as a result of Colin Richardson's phone call, I am now aware of Ted Little and his influence on the Coventry and Birmingham Arts and music scene of the early 70's.
(Colin Richardson's Blog on Typepad http://colinrichardsonjazz.typepad.com/blog/
In my research, I discovered that Ted had gone on to bring his innovative and democratic approach to the arts to the London Institute of Contemporary Art which he headed and, in the words of the Guardian, he became one of 'Britain's leading arts administrators' .
Unfortunately Ted Little fell down the stairs and was paralysed in 1985 but despite his serious disability - "Between 1985 and 1987 he was director of Northampton Arts Centre, followed by two years as director of Artsline. He was active in the development of disability arts; in 1993 he established the Arts Council of Great Britain's initiative to increase the employment of disabled people in the arts." The Guardian
Ted Little passed away in 1999 aged 56 but his influence on the Coventry and Birmingham arts scene,not to mention his work in London and elsewhere, is still felt but those who went to Lanch Festivals or the Birmingham Arts lab back in the 70's.
If anybody has anymore information on Ted Little (especially his role in Lanchester Arts Festival) or anyone one else associated with organising the bands and festivals at the Lanch or any posters / flyers, please get in contact. I can add your information / memories in and any material you have. Alternativly leave a comment here.
You can read more about Ted Little by following these links to obituaries in the Guardian and the Independent.
Tags: artsline, birmingham arts lab, bron agency, colin richardson, coventry music scene, lanchester arts festival, northampton arts centre, ted little
NEW - LIVE AUDIO OF ASGARD ADDED FROM A GIG IN LONDON in the early 70's - added 5th Feb 2009
AND SOME NEW MATERIAL TO BE ADDED TO THIS FROM RICHARD KILBRIDE'S COLLECTION.
ASGARD (whose name was inspired by Norse mythology, land of the gods). were one of Coventry's top progressive bands in a Pink Floyd vain c 1969 - 70. Neol Davis (later of Two Tone band Selecter) sometimes guested on Sitar, John Peel took the band under his wing for a while and the band began to play more widely around the country.
This post expands on our previous post about Asgard with some addtional material supplied by the band and the promise of some live audio to come to this post. It also forms a tribute to their drummer Terry Westwood whom we have just been informed has terminal cancer and to Bill Walker - their musical genius / organist Bill Walker who sadly passed away in the mid 70's, still a young man.
This post therefore is mostly in the words of their bassist Richard Kilbride and their Roadie - Bob Mansfield with some additional information from some of their friends and associates. More on the Hobo A to Z of Coventry bands https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-a/asgard
"I have also got an original acetate (demo disc) that the band did in London which is still playable although a bit battered and scratchy." Bob Mansfield. The audio added here Track 2 is the only one with vocals - and a great track too.
was digitised and cleaned up a 40 year cassette tape from the 70's as best as can be expected for us by Roger Lomas. Thanks Roger.
Click the Reverbnation widget below to hear Asgards music -
Read more on hobo - A to Z of Coventry bands https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-a/asgard
ASGARD - by Richard Kilbride
"The band was formed as a school pal band in 1966. We were then called Union Jack and were a modish four piece Guitar, bass, farfiza and drums. They performed Who type material (hence the awful name). The three of us that became Asgard all lived within 200 yds of each other at Eastern Green and as Bill had a good shed behind his Garage that became our rehearsal studio, (every night). We soon started writing our own New wave or Psychedelic type music and did cover Nice and Floyd. We played a lot at the Umbrella Arts Club and the International Centre under the Cathedral as well as all the usual haunts that all the bands played in. We played the Warwick University Arts Festival with Pink Faries, Whistler, Sorrows etc. and Peter Waterman's progressive music venue at The Walsgrave and the Coventry police social club on a 'Penny Tour' with Comus (fantastic!) and Demon Fuzz..We were taken under the wing of John Peel for some time, through the efforts of Paul Padun our manager, We played with him on his new band spot at Mothers Erdington and also appeared at Torquay Town hall with him at a Blues festival there as support to Blodwyn Pig who failed to turn up. So we improvised a set to fill their spot. He also put us on a C.N.D festival in Victoria park (with a huge audience), headlined by The Crazy world of Arthur Brown and The Liverpool Scene. We also did many Gigs with Principal Edwards Magic Theatre in St. Ives, who were also his protogies.
The band moved to Devon to re write and re format the band, but doing so in a cottage we rented that had no electric defeated the project and Bill went off to Uni, Terry went back with Bob to Coventry and myself and Adrian Watton the bands light show and effects member stayed, seduced by the area.
I later formed a 6 piece band called Bo-Speak that had a good run of support playing throughout Devon, This band was a fusion band playing self written sets in the Talking heads, Brian Eno type stuff."
"We gigged at Mothers on our own accord not long after the Victoria Park gig (At which we replaced the then relatively unknown Black sabbath) as we impressed John Peel and he invited us to perform at his regular Friday night radio slot live from Mothers. Just as an aside Paul (our manager) went to live with John Peel in his mews appartment in Upper Harley street whilst working for bands such as Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre and Chicargo Blus Band (as did Terry when the band (Asgard) split up)"
From Asgard Roadie - Bob Mansfield - A bio of drummer Terry Westwood
"When the band went their merry ways Terry toured with Climax Blues Band along with Paul Padum for a short while after leaving Tialta Cottage in Westwood Ho, Devon. He then married Janet and lived with me in Coventry for a while until he got himself a house in Coventry. They have two sons, Neil and Lee, both of whom live near to him now in Kings Lynn. (Which is a great help at this present time). He left the heating industry (we originally both met as apprentice gas fitters in 1967) and became a lecturer in welding at Lloyds training school and got into education (technical). He joined CITB and moved back down to Westwood Ho to become regional manager for the local CITB moving finally to their head office in Kings Lynn to write their quality control system and become their health & safety director (I think). He was made redundant a number of years ago but remained on the payroll as an independent consultant, setting up his own business in the process. In between all of that he took an open university Masters Degree."
"Terry Westwood was the drummer (very much on the Nick Mason vogue) and whom the band met on the road actually jamming with them one wet wednesday night at Mothers in Erdington."
" unfortunately Bill Walker had a fatal heart atack weeks after he married circa 1975/8 ish, as did their manager Paul Padum (Coventry lad, lived in Foleshill of Ukrain family) and knew Neol Davis (Black Cat Bones) who actually never really played with Asgard as a member, more of a guest line up when he was into the Sitar"
"Paul Padun died in Bahrain whilst working with Charles Aznavour circa 1980"
Below are -
"some photos of the band in action at the Jag Sports & Social Club from a
guy called Terry Turner who was a sort of booking agent back then and organised gigs at the Jag, The Police Club and others."
New additon to this post. More the the Reluctant Stereotypes and the Lyrics can be found on Paul King's site - http://www.paulking.nl/reluctant_stereotypes.html
Steve Edgson, who was the distinctive clarinetist and showman of Coventry Ska band - The
Reluctant Stereotypes - passed away on January 8 2008 aged 53. He had been ill for some time with cancer. Steve was a leading light in a number of Coventry bands from Analog, Ens, Reluctant Stereotypes, Pink Umbrellas, The Giraffe's and more recently Two Giraffe's. Steve also played guitar and recorder.
It's relevant we should do a tribute to Steve on the Hobo site because it was at the Hobo Workshop, Holyhead Rd in 1974 that Steve's early jazz-rock band ANALOG had their first gig at our venue where they became quite popular and were photographed playing live by the Coventry Evening Telegraph as can be seen here. Steve's quirky and distinctive clarinet sound gave the band a unique sound that was to inform the sound of the all his later bands.
Analog and the Hobo Workshop
It began with a letter sent to Hobo magazine in 1974, in which Guitarist John Rushton outlined the concept of a band called Analog which led to an ad in the magazine and a series of gigs at the Hobo Workshop -
"Analog - “a new and truly original rock band”. and the line up consisted of Mick Hartley - bass / Steve Edgson - 2nd guitar, clarinet, recorder / Paul 'Babbling' Brook - he plays a double kit + vocals and John Rushton - Multi-track maniac on lead guitar and backing vocals.
They had been rehearsing a concept piece written by Paul Brook for over a year called 'Custer's Last Stand' and were looking for a first gig. John explained -
“We’re working on a 40 minute suite at the moment, as yet untitled, based on an original idea by Paul Brook. This will comprise the first half of the set, along with a super high-energy instrumental entitled ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ – say no more! The suite contains more words than ‘Close to the Edge’ and has seven main parts.”
Although it wasn't clear at the time - the Hobo Workshop 1974 -75 was a seminal moment in Coventry's musical
history and Steve was certainly a vital element in that. Coventry had had a lively music scene in the 60's, often on the edge of a breakthrough and with some notable bands and artists making the big time. The early 70's, with it's emphasis on the 'underground' and presided over by the Broadgate Gnome and The Umbrella and Pete Waterman's Progresive venues, boasted some great bands such as Indian Summer, Wandering John, Whistler, Dando Shaft and Asgard and a wealth of venues. By 1973 - the Gnome had fled to Brighton, the Umbrella club bulldozed for a ring-road, the Plough club and other venues closed and many of Coventry's top bands had split up.
New seeds were sprouting however - we started Hobo Magazine to help revive the music scene and campaign for more venues and support for bands in the city and through an arrangement with Coventry Voluntary Service Council, managed to acquire use of the Holyhead Youth Centre for the Hobo Workshop to provide first time gigs for new bands and artists along with a range of other creative ideas - street-theatre and film for instance.
Steve and his band were part of a new growth of young Coventry musicians that, unbeknown at the time, would flourish over the next 4 or five years and help to put Coventry music on the map. Jazz rock was prominent at the time before punk broke through and Steve, with his clarinet, fell easily into this trend with Analog. Another regular band at the Hobo Workshop that forms a thread in Steve's early history was the jazz rock outfit Trigon. Trigon had formed out the demise of Fission - headed by Johnny Adams (who later played in Squad with Sam McNulty - Steve's later co-partner in Two Giraffe's). Trigon was headed by Paul Samson who became band mates in Ens and the Reluctant Stereotypes. Paul himself would go on to produce the Primitives and many Bhangra tracks.
Among other bands who played the Workshop at the time included Neil O'Connor's Midnight Circus, who later achieved fame and a recording contract as the Flys in the late 70's. Neil's sister Hazel O'Connor followed through in1980 and Neil joined her tour band. The 16 year old Dave Pepper - later of the X Certs did his first gig at the Hobo Workshop too. Downstairs in the Cellar elements of the later Two Tone were brewing - Charley Anderson, then a youth worker with a group of West Indian musicans, were jamming below. I invited them to join in the sessions upstairs in the theatre but they a bit shy at the time. It was Neol Davies, who had come along to help organise a jam session who went down and befriended and jammed with the guys that made a breakthrough that lead to a number of bands being formed over the next few years such as Hard Top 22. Eventually those musicians formed the basis of Selecter and the Specials. Horace Panter also played the Hobo Workshop after its move to the Golden Cross in a Jazz rock outfit in 1975. Neol Davies managed to bring some of the West Indian musicians to the Cross but only Neol ended up playing in the jam session. Steve's own band The Reluctant Stereotypes benefited from the later Two Tone development with the band moving from pure jazz rock to ska with jazz rock overtones and the acquisition of Paul King - later to head his own chart topping band King in the mid 80's.
Unfortunately Steve wasn't to be part of King's success. After the Hobo Workshop period he joined forces with Paul Samson to form the Jazz rock band Ens, later changing the name to the Reluctant Stereotypes. The Stereotypes becaume a highly popular band on on the scene as the musicians grew in experience but the Two Tone development split the band in two. I recall members of the band telling me they were intending to leave because the band was becoming more commercial and trendy. Reluctant Stereotypes mark two took off in the very late 70's and achieved a record contract with WEA, with Steve still on board. Steve's distinctive clarinet was stil an integral part of their sound as can be heard on their album The Label - or on their My Space - Here. They began to gig more widely around the country, touring with the Specials and featured on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Paul King, Colin Heanes and Tony Wall went on to form The Raw Sceens - later called King and Steve and Paul
Samson formed the Pink Umbrellas in 1981, however, Paul and Steve moved on and formed The Pink Umbrellas. The band were a 4 piece from Coventry and consisted Paul Sampson (singer), Steve Edgson (clarinet), Rob Hill (Drums) and a bass player called Barry Jones. They had a great live presence but their single, some thought, did not do them justice.
Indeed Pete Chambers describes the musical relationship between Paul Samson and Steve this way in Godiva Rocks -
"Paul's quirky, clipped vocals grooving alongside Steve's stunning electric clarinet fills, creating some wildly colourful harmonics, indeed there is a clarinet fill on the track Joseph Monk that positively sends shivers down my spine on every hearing Steve is a master of his instrument as Paul is a supurb songwriter"
Paul became more involved with production later on with a range of credits to his list over the years and Stev moved on to the Giraffe's in the 80's with ex Squad member Sam McNulty. As Pete Chambers comments "They
were the bees knees around Coventry at the time". More recently Steve has played again with Steve McNulty in a scaled down version of the band called TWO GIRAFFES consisting of just the two of them, Sam and Steve, with Steve on guitar and clarinet as can be seen in this video.
As can be seen from the above and much more that hasn't been written, Pete Chambers is right when he say -
"Steve was a constant in the world of local music, always there, always inventive, always musically superb."
Steve made a significant contribution to the Coventry music scene over four decades, appearing some of its best bands, always with musical integrity and popularity - and we are lucky to have a range of audio and video footage to document his work.
Trev Teasdel - 2008
More about Analog on Hobo - A to Z of Coventry bands https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-a/analog
Cov musicians Jim Pryal and Kevin Harrison e mailed me this morning with new of the legendary Cov Punk singer /
front man - Gus Chambers, who passed away at the age of 52 on October 13, 2008. Sadly it was believed he took his own life.
The news has impacted on the Cov scene with Pete Chambers (who wrote a tribute in the Coventry Telegraph) saying that tributes and messages were pouring in from friends and Cov musicians and many others who had worked with him or have known him and his music.
Gus Chambers was singer with the Coventry punk band - SQUAD having stepped into the shoes of Terry Hall who left to join the Specials. By 1981 he was fronting 21 Guns who made a single for the Neville Staples record label - Shack Records. Their single was Ambition Rock (although I think there was another single too which I have in the loft somewhere - (not having a record player to play it on anymore!) - Will dig it out and see at some stage.).
"Gus later moved to America and formed Sons of Damnation, finally joining the no messing high-energy metal band Grip Inc. They were formed by former Slayer drum-king Dave Lombardo. They released three brooding albums in the mid to late 90s - Power of Inner Strength, Nemesis, and Solidify - and finally came back with a fourth entitled Incorporated in 2004, which was greeted as a true return to form by the critics." says Pete Chambers.
Pete also says of Gus "his punk-crazed stage antics were quite opposite to the real man - Gus was a thinker, and a great believer in fairness and racial equality, though to some, he was just a punk. Of late, Gus was part of the sonically-superb Mantra Sect. "I've been very lucky in my career," said Gus. "I have had the privilege of playing in front of thousands of people at festivals like Rock in Rio and the Dynamo Festival in Holland. Nothing though brings back fonder memories than playing in front of maybe 20 or 30 people in The Hand and Heart or the back room of The Swanswell."
In 2002 Gus contributed to punk site giving a good insight into the development of the punk scene in Coventry -
You can view it HERE
In the article he tells how he was advised by a mate in 1976 to go and see Roddy Radiation and the Wild Boys (Roddy obviously later went on to the Specials) and from then on was hooked. He says that punk in Coventry "started out very small and not many places to go, there was about 15 to 20 Punks all coming from different walks of life but getting together to be a part of the scene. The only pub that allowed punks in at the time was a gay pub and the student union bar at the Lanch Poly sometimes let us in, non students would get hassle etc."
The pub was the Rose and Crown - "the punk scene started to grow very quickly and was being accepted which lead to more pubs in Cov becoming punk friendly, some pubs let us put our own records on their juke boxes, a punk disco started at the weekend at the Rose and Crown, the Bear Inn become a big punk hang out, a mainly metal disco up stairs in The Golden Cross started to play punk rock and a couple of night clubs started to have punk rock nights. The first one was The Cottage, Wednesday was punk night sometimes letting local bands play. Monday nights at Mr Georges became a great venue for live bands, a lot of national acts played there plus many local bands had the chance to play ,this helped play a big part in building the local scene. Local bands started to hire out back rooms in pubs, places like The Heath, The Hand and Heart, and up stairs in the Domino played a big role in keeping music live also musicians who didn't have a record out, had no management and all that other record biz bull had the chance to book a gig and play( after all thats what punk rock was all about .) Early punk and new wave bands which contributed to the local scene in Cov. were The Flys, Roddy Radiation and the Wild Boys, The Squad, The Urge, The Automatics( later to become ska band The Specials ) The Vietnamese Babys, Gods Toys, The Pink Umbrellas ( fronted by 80ts pop Icon Paul King ) and a couple of years later came Riot Act, Oi band Criminal Class and various ska bands, The Selector. Swinging Cats."
A quick Google of his names shows there are quite a few tributes on the net to Gus Chambers - here are a couple -
Probably the best tribute to and way of remembering Gus Chambers is through his music, and, thanks to the Brave words site, I've found a quite a few videos of Gus singing with Grip Inc and one with Mantra Sect. Here are a few below but you can find of Grip Inc on You Tube.
GUS CHAMBERS dynamic vocals with GRIP INC......
"The clip features performance footage that was shot on May 8, 2008 at The Three Tuns in Coventry. MANTRA SECT bassist Wendy X said in an online posting, "What Gus did at the beginning while we were rehearsing was very typical of him! I thought he would ask me to change that bit but he loved the clip being on there. He made us laugh a lot."
Visit The Fortune's Website HERE
The Fortunes were a top Midland band of the Mid 60's.
The band's distinctive lead singer Rod Allen (born in Leicester) passed away at 63 at his home in Coventry. The band's website paid tribute to the "wonderful voice and sparkling personality" of their founding member. Rod Allen died aged 63 after battling liver cancer, it has been announced.
His contemporaries would all agree that his was one of the most distinctive voices to come out of the golden era of popular music
The harmony group's biggest hit was You've Got Your Troubles which was a UK number two hit in 1965, also
reaching number seven in the US. Other hits include Here it Comes Again, Caroline and This Golden Ring, Freedom Come, Freedom Go, Storm in a Teacup.
One of The Fortunes earliest singles was Caroline, which was used as the signature tune by the pirate radio station of the same name.
The band also recorded the jingle for Coca-Cola's It's The Real Thing advertising campaign in 1969.
The Fortunes, who have continued to perform in venues across Europe, have vowed to carry on. Allen, born Rodney Bainbridge, announced his retirement from the band at the New Year.
According to Coventry's top music journalist - Pete Chambers - The band's original name was The Clifftones before they became The Merry Men, The Fortunes Rhythm Group and finally The Fortunes. View Pete's article for BBC Coventry Here
The band originally formed in Birmingham and in in the 90's the band were joined by Coventry's legendary progressive keyboard player Bob Jackson, who wrote most of the material for their cult 1971 progressive album Indian Summer on RCA Neon and went on to play with Pete Brown (composer of Cream hits like White Room), the Who's John Entwhistle, and Apple band Badfinger.
The original line up was -
Rod Allen (Rodney Bainbridge) vocal, bass guitar
Glen Dale (Richard Garforth) vocal, guitar (left 1966)
Barry Pritchard vocal, guitar, keyboard
Andy Brown drums
David Carr piano (left 1968)
Shel MacRae guitar, vocal (joined 1966)
The Fortunes were signed to the prestigious Decca Records label in 1963 and their first record release -
under supervision of future Who and Kinks producer Shel Talmy - was a bizzare cover of the Jamies 1958 U.S. hit Summertime, Summertime (also attributed to "The Clifftones"). A second Fortunes single released the following year Caroline was adopted by the pirate radio station Caroline as its theme tune. Despite plenty of airplay, the song did not chart and subsequent single releases, although highly competent, were derivative of the current Merseybeat style. Compositions by group members in those days were usually confined to single b-sides such as Barry Pritchard's Come On Girl which appeared on the back of their third single I Like The Look Of You released in 1964.
The Fortunes fifth single was a ballad written by professional songwriters Roger Greenaway & Roger Cook
and the recording featured lavish instrumentation as well as the now trademark 3-part harmonies by the group. The song You've Got Your Troubles, suited the band's image perfectly with the record almost reaching the top spot in the British charts in August of 1965 and also climbing to No. 7 in the U.S. charts.
With a hit formula now established, a follow-up Here It Comes Again (also composed by Greenaway and Cook) was released soon after and gained a No. 4 chart placing.
The group undertook a packaged tour of the USA with Peter and Gordon and the Moody Blues.The Fortunes continued as a major attraction on the club circuit and in 1960s nostalgia shows. Founding member Barry Pritchard left the group in 1995 due to ill health and became a resort operator in Spain. He died in January 1999 at 54 years of age. Remaining original member Rod Allen continues to tour and record with the present line-up of the Fortunes which also includes Coventry musicians - the former Badfinger keyboard player Bob Jackson as well as veteran performers Paul Hooper (Ex Indian Summer) (drums) and Michael Smitham (guitar).