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Old Cambridge Bands

...after the impending success of us managing to get hold of some tracks by Stormed, it got me thinking that we should pool connections to see if we could find tracks by more of the local bands we loved all them years ago. I can give webspace and decent bandwidth to any of it and could knock up a basic webpage for them if we got enough. We do have to get permission from the bands involved though :-)

So what do you think?

If you like the idea, write the name of the band and a few words as to why and i'll edit this post to form a list of who we want and where we're at), and if anyone knows any of the members of the bands give them a shout or point us at them.

This could be great...

I'm gonna start with...

Stormed - (CD on its way... massive thanks to Rob)
This Replica - (Man from Uranus was in them... must contact him)

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 8:13pm on Tue 30th May 2006. Viewed 40,829 times.

Not a Cambridge band, but I saw them loads at the Fisher Hall.. Dumpy's Rusty Nuts. I saw them out at Melbourne once too.

I can't wait for the Stormed sounds, James!

Published by FergR at 10:02pm on Tue 30th May 2006.

Dumpys Rusty Nuts, now theres a blast from the past. I still have a cassette of them live from the kerrang festival in 84. My uncle taped if off the radio and gave it to me when i was about 10. The tape was also my first introduction to Motorhead. mmm, memories

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 8:55am on Wed 31st May 2006.

And it wouldn't be a WAN thread if there wasn't a gig plug in it!

Ciarafest 8, Saturday, September 30th, Portland Arms - not only do we have The Saffs headlining, but also The Pony Collaboration doing a 50/50 split set as their classic old mid-90s teen indie band Return of Id, with full original line-up. Hurrah!

Published by hairyarsenal at 9:12am on Wed 31st May 2006.

Hofman - Coz every local i speak to always goes on about them and i've never heard them. I think thats a good enough reason.

Published by QueenBlag (not active) at 9:36am on Wed 31st May 2006.

Hofman are on Hairy's mixtape. Good tune.

Published by Matt H at 9:56am on Wed 31st May 2006.

I loved Horndog , i have all there CD's ///...........

Published by General lee at 9:57am on Wed 31st May 2006.

I loved Horndog , i have all there CD's ///...........

And their drummer.

:o)

Published by Matt H at 10:05am on Wed 31st May 2006.

Wasn't there some band called Pink Floyd or something, I'm told they did quite well...?

Published by John Techno at 10:05am on Wed 31st May 2006.

*And their drummer.*

Actually your wrong !! there drummer lives in australia !

Gaz was the Bass player and front man ......

Published by General lee at 10:06am on Wed 31st May 2006.

Keith's Dad!

Published by sam i at 10:10am on Wed 31st May 2006.

Gaz was the Bass player and front man ......

Well you learn something new every day. Hang on, maybe you should get Gaz to play bass whilst kicking a bass drum and headbutting a snare or summat. If he had one of thoseBritney mics he could sing too.

Now I'd pay good money to see that.

Published by Matt H at 10:15am on Wed 31st May 2006.

*Well you learn something new every day. Hang on, maybe you should get Gaz to play bass whilst kicking a bass drum and headbutting a snare or summat. If he had one of thoseBritney mics he could sing too.*

Its been mentioned b4 however , we need no bass .

*Now I'd pay good money to see that*

make a change from wasting my mums time ...

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Freeboy was cool , never a fan of gwei-lo

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Published by Janeyferr (not active) at 10:41am on Wed 31st May 2006.

gwei lo were great.
not strictly a cambridge band, they played here quite a bit, but one i always thought were cool - they were from peterborough and got into heroin apparently, played the portland a few times with skinrush and a couple of others. the secret hairdresser upstairs at the graduate in 99 or something before they got the limiter in was a great show.

Published by harvey_dangerous at 10:43am on Wed 31st May 2006.

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Published by actionfist (not active) at 10:45am on Wed 31st May 2006.

I tried to start this idea on cambridgebands ages ago, was trying to get joel to add old.cambridgebands.com to his site, maybe this could still happen if you talk with him?

Buried Trevor would be cool to hear again.

Our scene is so incestuous, I reckon an online band family tree would look quite interesting...

Jay

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Published by actionfist (not active) at 10:46am on Wed 31st May 2006.

no no no no actionfist - it was badly written, sorry.
i meant a different band altogether. maybe they were called tic....?

Published by harvey_dangerous at 10:47am on Wed 31st May 2006.

Also not a Cambridge band, but the sublimely wonderful Hannah Fallen (from Harlow) would be lovely to hear again. Lovely people, lovely My Bloody Valentine-esque music. Last thing I knew of them was guitarist Ben had moved to a Welsh mountain where he was making Shaker style furniture.

Published by John Techno at 10:49am on Wed 31st May 2006.

This is a a very local thread I must say.
I should mention that Colnel hathy were they best band I can remember seeing.
Love the Ska

Published by chilledout35 at 12:03pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Don't think there are any Vertical Hold demos about, which is a shame, but it was a fun band to be in. I think the ages ranged from 14 to 28 at the time, and the musical tastes were just as diverse.

Published by jake_furious at 12:03pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Do RTC count ?

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Published by actionfist (not active) at 1:41pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

For the record, gwei-Lo were local not into smack.

Published by HarryGibbons at 1:42pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

"Do RTC count ?"

You know he's going to try and kick your ass for that...

Published by QueenBlag (not active) at 1:56pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

*You know he's going to try and kick your ass for that...*

he will have to wait in turn like a good boy

Published by General lee at 1:57pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

I think we all know that Jazz always comes first so I'm gonna jump the queue!! We haven't gone anywhere and you know it. Just can't get any gigs cos you've taken them all, still you need the practise ;)

Gwei Lo were definatly from Cambridge (they all lived in a house on Mill Rd) and none of them were into smack. FACT!! and yes, it's a bit sensitive because they were (are) my friends and with light of what happened in the past it's not nice to throw a rumour in to the mix.

The Frames at the Portland Arms. I watched the soundcheck then had leave to go to work. Crying.

Published by JazzRTC at 2:04pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

*Jazz always comes first*

aye

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Published by royston (not active) at 2:18pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

acupuncture were shit, but i was in them.

Published by rikabel at 2:22pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

*summerhouse, who had/have the only guitarist General Lee fear!*

really? why would i fear a mortal ?

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Published by jedimia (not active) at 2:44pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Colonel Hathi's Dawn Patrol and the Camel Squad

1993 if I Remember correctly!

Published by daveybwoy at 2:50pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

The Other Garden. I think one of them is in 'Stone Cold Queen' now. that was mid-late 90s i think

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 3:02pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

didn't they attempt to sue green day for "warning"?

Published by Jay_B (not active) at 3:04pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

I remember them having a barney with GD over something .

i knwo the drummer from stone cold queen ,..... is that good or bad ?

Published by General lee at 3:05pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

they did indeed. im guessing they didnt win. I saw them loads for some reason. They had some wicked songs. I wonder what the singer/songwriter guy is doing these days, i liked his voice...

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 3:08pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

wasnt the drummer named 'animal' or 'beast' or something?

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 3:08pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Back in the olden days my favourite local band was Your Dinner fronted by Demmy. He later formed another band called Pluck This. Bloody great they were..both bands were way ahead of their time. Anyone else remember them?

Published by snufkin at 3:10pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

and wasn't the singer just an ely-version of shaun ryder?

Published by Jay_B (not active) at 3:11pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

he certainly looked like him!!!

How about HEAVYLOAD. a proper pub band. all excellent players. playing covers, but still good.

ooo and BOUVIER. they were great.

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 3:14pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Ely? I don't know about that...and he was much better-looking than Shaun Ryder.

Published by snufkin at 3:14pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

I didn't grow up in Cambridge(shire) so this thread is making me feel a bit left out... How about legendary Aylesbury band the Fecking Eejits? Or The Scabs?

There, I feel much better now.

Published by Jude 1 (not active) at 3:17pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

I probably only say that because my old band gigged with them in ely a couple of times.
Heavy Load are still about I think, Jon's definitely rattling around...Bouvier were good, but very recent still!

Published by Jay_B (not active) at 3:17pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

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Published by actionfist (not active) at 3:17pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Demmy's myspace
http://www.myspace.com/demmyjames

I remember your dinner in the local listings when I was getting onto the music scene, but never saw them. Was Apes in Control responsible for end of music at Fisher Hall, by having mashed potato fight?

Published by Bassman at 3:25pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

yeah a bit too recent for this thread. Ok hows about Grand Theft Auto and Soldier of Fortune? Rich from The Shivers old Hardcore Punk Bands, they were amazing live.

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 3:25pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Marillion! Howard Jones! John Otway! We had ALL the best musicians in the Aylesbury "scene".

Published by Jude 1 (not active) at 3:27pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

werent PATTO a cambridge band. They had an awesome drummer who own a pub in Cambridge

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 3:33pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Jedimia - checked 4fit site, didn't realise Dillan played for them, haven't seen him for years. Remember supporting his old band Catfish at the boatrace (too) many years ago

Published by Bassman at 3:34pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Jude, stop trying to join in.

only kidding but I guess this seems to be the only active thread at the moment....

jesus, hardcore punk???

Published by Jay_B (not active) at 3:34pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

I know, I'm like the saddo unpopular kid trying to butt in to the conversation all the cool kids are having, aren't I ;-(

Published by Jude 1 (not active) at 3:35pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

no. I think you're probably the cool kid trying to be geeky for a change with the saddos...heh

Published by Jay_B (not active) at 3:36pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Indeed I was involved but I was all stealth like and evaded getting caught. Having said that when we went to do our 12th knock and run on thier house we bumped into them in the strret (they were weilding weapons) and they asked us if we had seen or knew anyone who was doing it. We lied, naturally and buggered off to the party where Maz had fallen asleep and pissed on some gay men. Oh those were the days, eh fist?

Published by JazzRTC at 3:38pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Bless you Jay_B, but I reckon not :-)

Published by Jude 1 (not active) at 3:38pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Based on the reviews for Gwei-lo's stuff i my be purchasing a copy later - http://bellaunion.com/artist.php?artcode=gweilo

I am feeling a bit left out too, must of the bands in Stamford are all still going in amalgamated forms - Erika Black, Portman (ex- Dutch Oven), Uniting the Elements, Glass Onion, Matricyde & Schism are all still going strong and Midget have recently reformed. Thankfully Wooden Tin have given up the ghost.

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Published by jedimia (not active) at 3:52pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

yep hardcore punk. They were tight as fuck. All skin heads and used to play ace of spades twice as fast as motorhead! They had some great originals too 'Motherf*cker' was a favourite of mine

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 3:53pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Other Garden matey is my next door neighbour. In fact, technically, the other garden from whence the band get their name is actually my garden (although I share it with others).

But don't worry, this pop triv won't be on the test.

Published by HarryGibbons at 4:56pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Was it Colonel Hathi who had the guitarist with a guitar carved in the shape of a tiger or something???? Forgive my memory it was 25 years ago-ish!

Published by FergR at 6:06pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Oi wingnut a question for you !

Published by General lee at 7:50pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

John Otway? Aylesbury?!! Ther man is an honourary Harlower!
Is that RTC as in Rotterdam Terror Corps? 'Cos I don't reckon they're from Cambridge...:)

Published by John Techno at 8:11pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

freeboy did some good stuff back in the day which shouldn't be too hard to track down...

They did a compilation of what I think was everything they released. I'm sure there's a few people on here that have it, I know I do

Published by Robadob at 8:14pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

woo.... what a response.... funny thing was i thought it had bummed when i looked late last night.

Jude, QB.... hopefully when we start getting some tracks up, you can give them a listen, and laugh at us for how bad our tatse was then, or loathe us for how lucky we were with the great bands we had here in cambridge!

dammit i can't edit the first post in a thread so list is here... in brackets i'll try and update where we are at with them... i'm gonna try and contact all the people i think i might be able to get to in a few more days when i have a bit more time.
If anyone else wants to grab people they know that would be way cool... i don't wanna be headmaster here!

some bands have not made the list for either not being from cambridge or general concensus is they are too recent (i don't know where that line comes?) or for being a covers band.

colonel hathis fans may like to know that i think they are reforming and doing some gigs, gary seemed very excited about it a couple of months ago

gwei-lo were spectacular i thought, worked and was good friends with gav (now in the bfb of course) through most of the gwei-lo period i think, including the truly tragic ending. One problem we might have is that they were signed to bella union and i certainly have no idea what material that covered... we need permission for everything on this, though i suppose it is vaguely (and i mean vaguely) possible that bella union may allow a track or two.

Harry Gibbons knows the stuff!

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The List
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Stormed (CD coming)
This Replica (the Man From Uranus)
The Other Garden (HG's neighbour!)
Your Dinner/Pluck This
Buried Trevor
The Saffs (jazz said he'll give em up)
Hofman
Gwei-lo
Grand Theft Auto
Soldier Of Fortune
Keiths Dad
Freeboy

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 8:16pm on Wed 31st May 2006.
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One problem we might have is that they were signed to bella union and i certainly have no idea what material that covered...

Just brought the Gwei-lo album from the bella union site (did you know there selling used copies on Amazon for 20.00??). You could contact the label direct from the website and ask. They might be pleased to have part of there back catalogue on show. http://www.bellaunion.com/page.php?id=contact

Published by QueenBlag (not active) at 9:17pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Gav played bass for Gwei Lo throughout. Let me see if i can hassle Dave to give the word on the subject. Of course before Gwei Lo/Smegma he was handling the low-end chores for Manna Maya...

Published by HarryGibbons at 10:19pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

I think I've got the early Gwei Lo/Smegma stuff somewhere. The packaging on the Bella Union CD is lush. And Al's solo CD is well worth a listen.

James you can have some of the Saffs 'Too late to Terminate' era stuff.

I remember when we first did that demo. My then girlfriend had just had her 2nd ultrasound of my firstborn and I asked her if we could use the picture for our demo. She thought it was sweet and then asked what we we're calling it (the demo not the child). I told her and had the image of the child snatched away faster than it took me to help make the thing and we had to make do with a featus from the internet.

And we all lived happily ever after....

Published by JazzRTC at 11:08pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Your then girlfriend and firstborn? You make it sound like you've had tons of girlfriends and kids when we all know you've only had one and two respectively :oP And if I remember the night that child was concieved it was very quick, lol. Love you xxxxx

Published by Teresa at 11:21pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Always ruining a good story with factual truth Teresa!!

Published by JazzRTC at 11:32pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

Biting back the quips here...

Published by HarryGibbons at 11:59pm on Wed 31st May 2006.

some of best bands in late 70s early 80s wwere:-
Softboys (Robyn Hitchcock)
The Users
hondo
Dolly mixtures
Zeds
Rob Appleton band
Tranzista
Lonely
Telephone Bill and the Smooth Operators
Katrina and the Waves

Published by steve w at 8:29am on Thu 1st June 2006.

I'd like to hear some Nutmeg. ...Aaaand in England...
Who was the band who did the song about Arbury Road? I'll need to find out.

Published by Silent Rob at 8:35am on Thu 1st June 2006.

Wow, i have that Gwei Lo cd in my greasy little mits already. Fucking works no music policy may get stomped at lunch time when the boss goes out.

Published by QueenBlag (not active) at 10:50am on Thu 1st June 2006.

Way, way back I was in a band called Device - this was around the time of bands like The Softboys (Robyn Hitchcock), Hondo, Dolly mixtures, Stormed, Your Dinner. We actually managed to get out of the incestuous Cambridge scene and played at places like the Rock Garden.

Later I was in Rumour Has It - we played about 10 brilliant gigs and then fell apart - good band though.

Played a tour in Holland with Sindy and The Action Men - honest!

Later still I joined Colonel Hathi. Can't answer FergR's question about the guitarist with a guitar carved in the shape of a tiger though, but then I only drummed with them for a couple of years.

Re James info: "colonel hathis fans may like to know that i think they are reforming and doing some gigs, gary seemed very excited about it a couple of months ago."
Gary hasn't said anything to me about this - which probably means they're going to use that really young and far-too-good-for-his-age drummer instead. =(:o-

...yes, I'm pretty long in the tooth now, but still gigging - with The Screens.
Next gig: 7th June at the Soul Tree, supporting Fortune Drive (ha, got the plug in!)

Published by wingnut at 12:00pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

I can gladly supply a chief sharkey tape should anyone want one. Don't all rush at once.

Published by Silent Rob at 12:25pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Wingnut your shameless.....

Published by General lee at 12:26pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

I remember Device and Stormed, were both good. Anyone remember another band that played pubs a bit called Samuri, had great lead guitarist, think they actually came fron St. Ives

Published by steve w at 12:32pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

how about

the desmonds
cherry orchard
filthy rich
mayhem
hope and glory
the nightjars

Published by tallthinkev (not active) at 1:21pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Manzerik

Published by Matt H at 1:23pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

I work with one of filthy richs ex-guitarists

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Published by actionfist (not active) at 1:27pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Apes in Control were great - another Demi project I think

Davey Graham might have had something to do with that too - remember Makka studios
(was that how it was spelt?)

Published by wingnut at 1:30pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Published by steve w at 1:41pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Chief Sharkey hee heee!
Is that the one with me shouting 'Is he having a wank' on it at a Portland gig?
Oh dear I could be so embarassing back then ;)

Published by Three Headed Lizard at 1:53pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

The Australian Foxy Ramone used to tear shit up on a fairly regular basis. As far as I know, we're still together, but it's been a while... I was also part of the hilarious Other Garden knock and run debacle of '97 and I definitely remember Jazz getting caught.

Published by limehurst at 2:31pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

There's a number of Chief Sharkey live tapes, but the only one I've got is the "properly recorded" demos, which sounds exactly the same as the live stuff minus applause of amazed fans.

Did anyone see the Original Foxy Ramone with Jason Freeboy and Sarah Stripey?

Published by Silent Rob at 2:51pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Pah! Our pale imitation Foxy Ramone were a lot more fun...

Published by limehurst at 3:11pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Silent Rob - yes I did.

Published by Three Headed Lizard at 6:30pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Limehurst and Actionfist can I please verify for the record that I did not get caught!! I was ninjalike and blended into the surroundings before any suspicion was raised.

Published by JazzRTC at 6:48pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

As an addition to my 'Stormed' memories, can anyone remember 'What Noise?' who I believe Mike was in prior to 'Storm The Dorms'??? I saw them once, was blown away ......and then they split. I'm fairly sure Mike did play with them, certainly Bill (?) sang as he did briefly for 'STD' before leaving Mike to his own devices...

Published by FergR at 8:56pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

I vaguely remember 'What Noise? - but it's all a long time ago - couldn't say for sure if Mike Michaels was involved.
How about Pure Thought? Remember them? Rob Appleton on vocals and a great guitarist - they played really good atmospheric stuff.

Published by wingnut at 9:31pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Black Not Green, they totally rocked and should have won the band competition back in '99. http://www.blacknotgreen.com/

My Friend Irma- they should have gone on to be huge, and should have also won the band competition in '99 :-) Many great boatrace gigs, definately sadly missed.

Horndog, awesome metal band, what happened to them?

The Beards, saw them in the band comp this year. Great entertainment :-)

Houston 500 :-)

Published by Willz at 10:15pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

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Published by Green Mind (not active) at 10:17pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Chief Sharkey hee heee!
Is that the one with me shouting 'Is he having a wank' on it at a Portland gig?
Oh dear I could be so embarassing back then ;)

Teehee!!! That was a funny night!! I think I've got the recording somewhere. I saw the original Foxy Ramone, the Australian FR were much better! :)

And Alcopop with Ivan wearing his feather boas!! I wanted to learn how to play the bass after watching him!! :)

Published by Clairee at 10:31pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

One of the first things i found in my new house was a copy of Black Not Green's album, was just about to listen to it as have finally moved my computer upstairs & the cd was down the back. They any good?

Published by QueenBlag (not active) at 10:37pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Horndog, awesome metal band, what happened to them? Metal ???? metal ??? punk rock maybe

Horndogs Bass player Front man is happy well and plying drums for General lee
No idea what either of the guitarists are doing
Drummer move to australia

Published by General lee at 10:41pm on Thu 1st June 2006.

Ah yes, Alcopop!

What happened to Sarah from Stripey? Did she go to London and spawn offspring or something?

Published by Three Headed Lizard at 12:20am on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Thanks for posting the link to Demmy's myspace, Bassman. It's good to see that Demmy's still working and putting out interesting stuff.

Never saw Apes in Control. Must have been away from Cambridge at the time so sadly missed the mashed potato fight. What sort of un-rock n' roll venue refuses to put on gigs because of a bit of flying mashed potato? Who on earth started it anyway..did the band come armed with tupperware containers...or was the audience responsible?

Published by snufkin at 11:19am on Fri 2nd June 2006.

black not green - not my kinda thing at all. although i did see them play many many times for some reason...

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 11:31am on Fri 2nd June 2006.

I think the band brought it with them... I'll get the story again, and post it here once I know it's accurate!

Published by Bassman at 12:02pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

I remember seeing Elcka who were supported by Freeboy and Travis at the Boat Race. Travis were awful. They should have given up there and then.

Published by Three Headed Lizard at 12:35pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Yes, I'm intrigued about the mashed potato mayhem. Not enough bands throw food around these days. I think food fights should be encouraged. They are hilarious in a refreshingly stupid way

Another band I remember (around 82, shit I'm so horribly old) was called Inner Sense. Tim Corcoran was the drummer and they had a sax player called Steve or Stuart or something else beginning with S. They used to play a song called God in my Beer which still gets stuck in my head sometimes. I don't think they were around for very long though

Published by snufkin at 1:21pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Here's a few

Smile (the bass player was dreamie)
The Dear Johns
Jacobs Mouse
Creed

Published by Glen Bulb at 1:53pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Does anyone remember Whiskey Before Breakfast?

Published by Three Headed Lizard at 2:43pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

I only saw Whiskey Before Breakfast once. It was at Strawberry Fair in 1996. I thought they were utterly fantastic, but then I keeled over 20 minutes later and had a little rest. This means that my judgement might not have been at it's best.

Published by Silent Rob at 3:03pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

another band i'd like to hear again were Slipstream from St Neots, used to play cambridge a fair ammount and played at the sunfest thing in st neots which must have been about 1991ish... does anyone remember them?

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 3:09pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Whiskey Before Breakfast were great - Cath Coombs was in it (I've 'borrowed' a couple of her WBB tshirts, v groovy)... Not sure what Nigel (drummer) is up to... Martin has moved to Scotland, I saw him playing with Joe Townsend recently

http://www.myspace.com/townsendgreen

Published by Bassman at 3:35pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

So what bands do you have on the list so far James?

Published by QueenBlag (not active) at 3:41pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

here's some more...

Perfect Vision
The Models
Dr Skull
Thirteenth Chime

Published by wingnut at 3:42pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

There was a band called 'Chopper' methinks half cambridge half oxford-used todo a song called "jumping around to minor threat" circa 1989-90

Immaculate Deception

Private Idaho/4 Minute Hate- not sure if im remembering the name right here...

Whatamess!

Yeah - Creed and Smile (Hehe Dreamy bass player - whaddaya reckon AccidenProne?)

Published by BrotherRat at 3:57pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Immaculate Deception - wow! With Seb Steed on vox... We did a couple of gigs with them when we were at Long Road. We shared drummers, and played an 18th birthday party that rozzers and council broke up due to drunkenness and things on fire (I think). We still have a recording of that gig, including an a capella version of Jim'll Fix It theme tune once we'd been told to turn everything off...

Very Rocknroll...

Did some of Imma Dec go on to be in Creed?

Published by Bassman at 4:03pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Some of Immaculate Deception went on to form Smyle, where I joined 'em on bass. None of Creed were in the band that I recall, though me memory ain't what it used to be.

Published by AccidentProne at 4:38pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

very sad that DayCentre didn't make it onto anyone's list, but then we did kinda slip under the radar

or maybe i just completely imagined being in that band

Published by koosh at 4:44pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Hey Wingnut. I remember 'Thirteenth Chime', in fact I have their 'Fire' single on my shelf. I came to know of them because I met Mick Hand, who sang for them, on a building site. He was a welding apprentice at the time I think.

Published by FergR at 5:05pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

immaculate deception (or reincarnation of) did a gig or 2 the other month, with Jay and Daz back doing something with a guy from london on drums and Alternations Dj Kickwit whacking out a bit of bass. Now Jay has moved down to london though so am not sure of anymore.
Daz drinks down the portland a lot and still wants to do music though

erm, i'll update the list in a day or 2... too much work on at the moment

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 5:08pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Thirteenth Chime were actually from Haverhill, but gigged in Cambridge most of the time.

Here's another one for you - The Mood Assassins. I played very briefly with them - wish I'd stayed because they were really good - Phil Darke on bass was a great player. Stormed covered one of their songs at Strawberry Fair - I never heard a local band covering another local band's song before or since.

Published by wingnut at 5:12pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

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Published by jedimia (not active) at 10:06pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

I miss PUFFENSTOSH!

Man of the Cloth was a chooooon!!!! oh and 'Flash the Gash' naturally.

Published by speedycourier at 10:57pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

Oooooh YeSSSS MANZERIK Too!
I lost my copy of 'Clear' an early album, when Gabby was the singer. RIP :-((
Even Gaz hasn't got a copy of it any more !
Manzerik really shoulda become rich superstars, really. Schmokin Choons!

Published by speedycourier at 11:21pm on Fri 2nd June 2006.

the stormed cd came today... off to the fair now so will put the tracks up tomorrow

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 12:10pm on Sat 3rd June 2006.

The suspense is killing me James!!

As a Cambridge musical aside...
I saw The Ruts at the Corn Exchange whenever, and the support came on... a ska band who played an instrumental for their opener. Nice enough sound, I thought. Then as they launched into their second number a bloody great fat bloke came onstage and started dancing around like a lunatic. Of course I hadn't heard of Bad Manners before......

Published by FergR at 10:23am on Sun 4th June 2006.

Stormed fans (and interested parties).... your time has come... i have 8 tracks up at http://www.alternationmedia.com (just a spare url i had so i have used that), if we can get hold of a few more tracks from some other bands, i can look at stylingit properly and adding some graphics (maybe band pics would be good too?)

The tracks are mp3's recorded at 256k so the quality should be good and the size of them isn't too silly for downloading. The 8 Stormed tracks come in at 58Mb total so broadband is probably handy for them.
You should (if using windows) be able to stream them in your browser but it is more advisable to right click them and "save as..." and that won't bollocks up my bandwidth too much either!

Be interesting to see what people think of them, i had forgotten quite how weird and wonderful they were blending so many different influences. Once again thanks to Rich for these tracks.

Enjoy!

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 6:06pm on Sun 4th June 2006.

Nice one. Did you get my PM re Your Dinner, James?

Other masters and recordings also available for

Dr Skull
Hondo
Apes in Control
Pluck This

Published by Bassman at 9:28am on Mon 5th June 2006.

I think you can include RTC James, as they were called Right Turn Clyde back when they were good!! Still think Easy Tiger is a tune, and a Kerrang single of the week, gotta be included I feel :-)

Grand Theft Auto were ace live and all pretty young then as well, Rich is a punk at heart for sure! And also Manzerik, great band and named after the legend that is Ray Manzerik, keyboard god!!

Published by Danny Vice (not active) at 1:19pm on Mon 5th June 2006.

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Published by jedimia (not active) at 1:21pm on Mon 5th June 2006.

The Fisher Hall Mashed Potato Incident by Mark Russell (drummer)

Fisher hall gig with Reggae/ska line up of bands. There are skin heads
and dreadies in the audience all looking a bit ugly at each other. A
local complete Heid-the-ball called Chocolate Box Mackenzie (AKA
'Chocky') arrives in Your Dinner's dressing room with 2 buckets of
mashed potato, with string, sweetcorn and blue food colouring added, and
a packet of paper plates. With no further ado, he starts to dish out
portions of goo and goes out handing them around the audience. As you
can imagine, most of the audience are going 'what the fuck am I supposed
to do with this?', and starting to look at the other audience members to
pick out a hopeful target. Unfortunately for us (Your Dinner), we are
just about to go onstage at this time, so as we do, a sudden dawning
occurrs to the entire audience simultaneously, and we got through the
opening number (probably 'Iron Claw') to a constant pelting of blue goo.
Though we did our best to clean up afterwards, there was still a lot of
potato and string hanging from the roof at the end, which caused the
church (who own Fisher hall) to take a dim view of Rock and Roll gigs
from that point on. Can't say as I blame them though. I always felt that
the gig might have turned ugly between skins and rastas, and that a coat
of mash prevented a few bloody noses on the night, so well worth it in
the end I thought; ....but that was the early eighties for you!

Published by Bassman at 2:06pm on Mon 5th June 2006.

yes thanks bassman, i did... gonna get onto a couple of people this week i think... went a wee bit wild at the weekend and am miles behind with work so have to do some of that first.
Hope y'all are enjoying the stormed tracks

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 7:29pm on Mon 5th June 2006.

Hi James
I have a compilation album made in 1982 of Cambridge bands on Wimp Records. It?s called ?Honey For Tea? and was put out by a friend of mine David Gower. The bands featured are:

The Great Divide (Boo Hewerdine on Vocals)
The Lonely
Your Dinner
Sindy and the Action Men
Pure Thought
The Agents
The Amyl Dukes
The Rapiers
Hondo
Su Lyn Band
Seven Fifty Four
The Innocent Bystanders

I?ve also got the Your Dinner 12? single Power Over You / Compulsion, from 1984
and probably Cambridge?s first Rap record made by Chris Mann (The Stormed?s drummer) in 1987.
If any of them are of interest let me know and I?ll send you copies.

I?m thinking Bassman is on the case with the Your Dinner / Apes in Control material? if so could you see if Mark?s still got a copy of the Dinners Live Tape ? Alive! - even in the Belly of an Alien? They were a truly fantastic live band and although none of the recordings I?ve heard really capture their energy this came closer than most.

I?ve also got (somewhere) the Pluck This live tape and The 13th Chime Single ?The Coffin Maker? (witness the birth of Goth!).

Published by white dope on funk (not active) at 11:30am on Tue 6th June 2006.

Back to Wingnut's comment - yep Davy Graham rescued some of the old masters from Makka studios when it shut.

Master tapes also exist for Killdares, Man from Uncle, and probably Nimrods according to Mark. White Dope - I passed yr comments re Live Dinners tape, will let ya know ASAP. Have also passed him link to this thread so he can get involved!

Published by Bassman at 1:37pm on Tue 6th June 2006.

Awesome stuff.... i should actually get proper organised with this... i have a big list of people to mail and i think i may need to get some more bandwidth (or reduce the sample rate of the mp3's).
I don't have a tape deck anymore, so anybody who is able to aid in converting tapes to either mp3 or cd would be awesome.

Gonna speak to teh cambridgebands.com lot and see if they wanna do some stuff with it too

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 7:57pm on Tue 6th June 2006.

That sounds like a bonza idea, Joel should be up for that I reckon. Well, he may be a busy man but one of the team would be!
Anyone remember Simplicity from 99? Is that too recent? I reckon I have some of our stuff kicking around, I imagine Alex Harris would (obviously). The EP we did before we split up was grrreat.

Published by Jay_B (not active) at 9:37am on Wed 7th June 2006.
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tim from conscious pilot used to be in the nightjars. will ask him if he's got any old stuff

Published by Saint Nick (not active) at 10:45am on Wed 7th June 2006.

DOGBOY - another for the list...

This is gonna be great. Cant wait to hear some of these old bands...

btw, I can help with any Vinyl -> CD conversion

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 10:56am on Wed 7th June 2006.

Don't know why you don't like Black Not Green, I thought there album was quite good considering.

Published by QueenBlag (not active) at 11:07am on Wed 7th June 2006.

*Gonna speak to teh cambridgebands.com lot and see if they wanna do some stuff with it too*

speak away :o)

Published by General lee at 11:13am on Wed 7th June 2006.

Yep, Mark has copy of Alien Belly on tape! Is checking for masters...

Published by Bassman at 11:15am on Wed 7th June 2006.

I can dig out some songs from Device, Rumour Has It, Seven Fifty Four, Kick(aka Crawthumpers) and early Col Hathi. Can't say they'll be great quality as I'll have to convert some from dodgy old cassettes, but I'll see what I can salvage. What sample rate do you want these at James?

Published by wingnut at 11:39am on Wed 7th June 2006.

Ersatz anyone? They had a 7" out on leisure sounds, got played on John Peel's show...

Published by deejay66 at 11:44am on Wed 7th June 2006.

Another coupla bands for the list...

Surfin Druids
Shoot the Moon
Baghwan Fresh

Published by Bassman at 11:54am on Wed 7th June 2006.

I remember Ersatz - gigged with them at the Alex Wood Hall I think.
Old Cambridge venues - there's another idea... er, perhaps not

Published by wingnut at 11:57am on Wed 7th June 2006.

One Ersatz member went on to greater things... (www.harveysarcasticdisco.com)
Whilst on topic...
It's funny I was talking to one of the guys who did electrical work for tonka, he had no idea what had happened to Choci/Rev and was blown away when I filled him in on the Harvey stuff.

Published by deejay66 at 12:07pm on Wed 7th June 2006.

this is all on my list for tomorrow...

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 7:47pm on Wed 7th June 2006.

Nutmeg..anyone mention Nutmeg? & if I recall there was also Prohibition, Graham & the mushrooms, Turtlenoise(aka The Flowershop)

Published by Paddy at 10:02pm on Thu 8th June 2006.

What happened to Cherry Orchard? I think they won the bands comp the first year I played it

Published by Bassman at 11:48pm on Thu 8th June 2006.

getting hold of some nutmeg shouldn't be a problem

Published by Jay_B (not active) at 8:58am on Fri 9th June 2006.

yup - if i've got a nutmeg album (and i have) then loads of peeps must. he says confidently.

Published by Saint Nick (not active) at 9:20am on Fri 9th June 2006.

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Published by actionfist (not active) at 9:34am on Fri 9th June 2006.

Blimey - this is brilliant - so many names from the past. Device were a great band (Do The Wallpaper Scraper - yeah) as were 13th Chime and Your Dinner (I still have live tape and single).

Many many moons ago I was the first drummer in Stormed (Storm The Dorms for a couple of gigs). The original line up also featured Bill (only one gig I think) and Michael who had both been in What Noise - my last gig with them was somewhat bizarrely supporting Hanoi Rocks at the Sea Cadet Hall. Then I played with the Mood Assassins for a couple of years (great band). After that, having been playing drum stool tag with him for some years, I was in House Grinder with Chris Mann and that was it for my Cambridge musical life.

Has anybody out there got any of the old Corn Exchange posters? I'm particularly looking for the Buzzcocks/Slits poster from March 1979 as it was the first gig I ever went to

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:53am on Fri 16th June 2006.

Actually the Buzzcocks/Slits gig was March 78 - that's a very long time ago depressingly!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:57am on Fri 16th June 2006.

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Wow, Dr Rhythm, you remember Do The Wallpaper Scraper - that was such a great band to be in at that time, shame we broke up prematurely.

You drummed with Phil Darke then - what a bass player - what an all-round musician in fact.

Published by wingnut at 1:13pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

Saw Device quite a few times - mainly at The Great Northern (now there was a venue). You could usually get served in there even if you were 14 which was a major bonus.

Yeah - certainly did play with Phil Darke (in more than one band) - great musician and an all round good bloke. I've just forwarded him the link to this so he can laugh at his enduring fame!

On the What Noise video - I have a very vague memory of being shown that when I first met Michael and Bill. What has happened to Michael - is he still in Cambridge?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 1:57pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

Dr R - Are you Simon, from Linton?

Lost touch with Phil, bump into him about every four years - would be glad to have his email address if you're happy to PM me with it.

Published by wingnut at 2:52pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

I certainly am Simon from Linton - details forwarded

Published by Dr Rhythm at 4:07pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

Nyugati Palyaudvar, if the other five people who saw them are aroudn, were great.

Published by rishistar at 4:20pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

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Published by Green Mind (not active) at 4:21pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

Yep - Trevor from NP has probably been the most gifted and visionary musician I've ever worked with. He'd always do really amazing improvised stuff every time.

Published by rishistar at 4:28pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

This has officially been the best thread ever. Thanks James!

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 4:29pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

Hello to Simon from Linton, this is Andy also from Linton :-)

Published by AndyC at 4:42pm on Fri 16th June 2006.

All this talk of Linton reminds me of my first proper band, Necromancer, which was based in the village. We were sort of metal and seemed to play mostly at biker events even though we did play the Great Northern a few times. Lead guitarist was the excellent Ralph Honey who really should have gone on to greater things - could have been a speed metal legend!

Still go back from time to time but it's a bit rubbish due to the fact that there are now only 3 pubs when there used to be 7 - happy days!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 12:03pm on Sat 17th June 2006.

Ralph Honey is still gigging in a covers band - a true guitar god - and a really good bloke too.

Published by wingnut at 5:13pm on Sat 17th June 2006.

Bassman - I'd be interested to have a listen (again) to the Killdares tape(s) from Makka. I thought they would have been chucked years ago. Nice to hear Davey kept stuff. Chris recorded us two or three times there. I bumped into Demmy in Brighton, where I live, a few years ago (Blimey, probably about 10, now I think about it). Good to hear his stuff on his myspace.

Anyway, I'd be grateful if you'd pass this on to the power that be. I'd love to get a copy of whatever he's got knocking about.

Cheers

theerockhunter@hotmail.com

Published by theerockhunter at 11:08pm on Mon 19th June 2006.

Hi Rockhunter, will pass yr message on to the powers that be... Arrr... sorry, went pirate for a mo

Published by Bassman at 9:36am on Tue 20th June 2006.

I would add Final Scream and Vanishing Point to those happy memories of Cambridge!

Published by tsdxm at 9:48pm on Wed 28th June 2006.

NP were bloody brilliant

Published by harvey_dangerous at 9:15am on Thu 29th June 2006.

On the old cambridge bands theme - Mark (Pluck This, Apes in Control, Hondo) will be playing with Horace X this Friday at the Loft...

Saw Demmy last night, and I think he's playing The Rock on 11th July.

Published by Bassman at 9:56am on Thu 29th June 2006.

:)

Published by pa-lang at 2:18pm on Fri 30th June 2006.

Well now, back to Cambridge Bands - Stormed - Michael Michael - what ever happened to him? And was his middle name really Michael? Stormed at Strawberry Fair pictures to follow. Final Scream - another iconic Cambridge outfit. Supported the Meteros at the Sea Cadettes I think.

Published by exlinton at 3:57pm on Fri 4th August 2006.

two words DEAD ELVIS

Published by kingsofswing (not active) at 4:18pm on Sun 6th August 2006.

Anybody remember The Rapiers, Boris and The Spiders, Wobbly Jellies or President Reagan Is Clever and what about Hondo?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 6:15pm on Wed 9th August 2006.

i'd love to see dead elvis rise from the erm... dead. played one of the first alternation nights at the firkin, sammy superb.

I've been really busy and don't really have time to go searching through tapes and stuff at the moment but if anyone has any old bootlegs or whatever they want to send me and i can pop them online, drop me a pm through the site.

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 9:50pm on Wed 9th August 2006.

Thought I'd prolong this unfeasibly large thread and plug my hubby who I see was mentioned earlier. Anyone remember Adventure Playground (including Ralph Honey - lead guitar , Alastair Cameron - Drums), or Fast friends (Ralph again), Kick mentioned earlier (Ralph, Paul 'The Screens' -Drums, Jim 'hedgepig' -Bass I think??), or what about Thinking Aloud (Kim Hayward - Bass, Ralph Honey..again!)
Of course these were all way before my time but I do have some recordings on an old format I think they call analogue...... :-)

Published by robynguitar at 12:14pm on Tue 12th September 2006.

Seems a good thread to post this link in too:

http://www.wereallneighbours.co.uk/cambridge_events/event.php?id=29662

The Saffs and Return of Id - come on!

Published by hairyarsenal at 12:24pm on Tue 12th September 2006.

Yeah - big up to Ralph Honey - he's a lock keeping rock guitar God legend y'know - actually all the bands listed are from his later blander period - what you want is Necromancer - Lady Leather - yeah!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 12:38pm on Tue 12th September 2006.

I want to write a song about you (I want to write a song) I want to write a song about you (I wnna write a song) I don't want to sing it I don't want to sing it ...

Repeat with various other versions, including

I wanna bake a cake just for you

I don't want to eat it

______

heeheee, does anyone know what cambridge band sung this?

Published by Three Headed Lizard at 2:29pm on Tue 12th September 2006.

Were they signed to Wimp Records?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 2:36pm on Tue 12th September 2006.

a shit one, by the sound of it

Published by Itchen Ferry (not active) at 2:36pm on Tue 12th September 2006.

Blimey - just look at those stats - even the mighty "Steve Irwin has died" has only managed 2,962 hits!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 3:43pm on Tue 12th September 2006.

Brilliant idea to post tracks from the old favourites. Still remember those heady nights down at the Sea Cadets and Corn Exchange... I'd give my right arm to get hold of some Nutmeg tracks, especially "And in England", "Why You Lie" and "In the Mood". Also would love to hear the Stormed again. "Let's go down to the market town..." "Johnny doesn't like me, 'cause I don't drink beer..." I remember well This Replica, Jacob's Mouse etc, but it was Tom Dalpra of Nutmeg who really set the stage alive. To this day don't think I've seen a performance to match the old Nutmeg gigs. P.S. Anyone remember the Stokers?

Published by Tim Large at 10:44pm on Tue 23rd January 2007.

I've got the Nutmeg album on Vinyl and i've got a bootleg of the last gig that's around somewhere, but i'm not sure where.

Published by simon_b (not active) at 11:03pm on Tue 23rd January 2007.

I've got the Nutmeg album on CD - got Tom to sign it for a laugh for when he got famous, hehe, and it says "cheers for the good times" or something. Its a fun album.

Published by hairyskiver at 8:36am on Wed 24th January 2007.

Dr.Rhythm-

I know Phil Darke, mate of mine! He used to produce my old band Simplicity(who Jody Botting from The Shivers used to play bass for us) and some of my early solo stuff.....

I agree Phil is a wicked musician and all round top guy!

Alex

Published by Alex Harris2006 at 10:05am on Wed 24th January 2007.

Was that at Minstrel Court or his very own Darkside? He's actually one of my oldest friends and has this bizarre memory of me asking him in the playground at primary school whether or not he liked drinking bulls blood - a surreallist at seven years old I was!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:08am on Wed 24th January 2007.

i do have a plan of actually sorting this out properly this year (and hopefully the time)

Tim large.... mp3's of stormed are still up at http://www.alternationmedia.com

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 10:15am on Wed 24th January 2007.

Dr.Rhythm- it was Darkside but when he left the external studio and worked from home in his basement. When he started selling his Mastering systems as a day job...around 1998/99...

Published by Alex Harris2006 at 10:31am on Wed 24th January 2007.

I want to write a song about you (I want to write a song) I want to write a song about you (I wnna write a song) I don't want to sing it I don't want to sing it ...

Repeat with various other versions, including

I wanna bake a cake just for you

I don't want to eat it

______

heeheee, does anyone know what cambridge band sung this?

Haha!! You made me spit my toast out and laugh far too much to be doing boring work! I've not heard those lyrics for a while!

Published by Clairee at 10:33am on Wed 24th January 2007.

heeheee, does anyone know what cambridge band sung this?
Oh dear. http://www.myspace.com/chiefsharkey

Published by Silent Rob at 10:36am on Wed 24th January 2007.
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That Chief Sharkey page is vastly improved for no music and no idiots singing.

Published by simon_b (not active) at 10:37am on Wed 24th January 2007.

Bag One

Jackson Family Values

Kings Of Head

Published by Romsey Sessions at 10:44am on Wed 24th January 2007.

the boy arber was in JFV so he may have some recordings i can get my grubbies on

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 10:55am on Wed 24th January 2007.

anyone remember the Dear Johns?

They were quite good. Fronted by Ben Miller now of Miller and Armstrong fame.

Published by sam i at 11:06am on Wed 24th January 2007.

were they really? i remember them just... i think... would they have been going around 1990? (or maybe later)

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 11:10am on Wed 24th January 2007.

yeah. I think they could probably have gone somewhere, but Ben gave it up to do the acting thing.

They had a song called 'Armitage Shanks' that was very good. Plus the unforgettable 'Nigel'.

Published by sam i at 11:33am on Wed 24th January 2007.

MoodAssassins

I posted the below a couple of months ago on a different thread but have now scanned in the photo to go with it!

Cambridge has a long and noble history of disastrous outdoor events - the biggest flop ever being the Fine Weather Fair of August 1986. It was held just off Milton Road with the line up supposed to be Stranglers, Wolfgang Press, Jah Wobble, The Bible and The Mood Assassins - the organisers expected at least 5,000 people . Sadly it coincided with Hurricane Charlie blowing in from the Atlantic (check your weather records for the details) and was a total utter failure - nobody came and only the Mood Assasins (my band) got to play on the main stage because it became so dangerous. The organisers decided that the event would continue in the beer tent but the really stupid thing was that they only had the standard licensing of the day (12-2.30 and 6-11) so there was this big gap in the middle of the day with nothing to do/drink). Eventually, once the bar opened we played again, some guy with a guitar (Richard Heap?) played and The Bible put in a good set - guess there were about 100 people there max.

The only plus point was that a picture of us braving the storm made the front of the CEN - big stage with literally 5 people watching in a muddy field - I have the photo on the wall in my office as a reminder of how things can go completely tits up.

Did anybody else attend this very rubbish event?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:04pm on Sat 27th January 2007.

i was actually going to mention DayCentre! but had no idea how big they were/how many people would remember. only saw them once at impington village college at a gig my sister was also playing in. cant even remember the name of her band.

i am somewhat a young'un of this board. a mere 18 year old nipper, so i think all the bands off R*E*P*E*A*Ts dustbin of histon comp is the furthest back i can remember

Published by willis at 2:03pm on Sun 28th January 2007.

Daycentre were ace. I saw them once at the man on the moon i think. David and Arthur are in CRS now.

Published by simon_b (not active) at 2:06pm on Sun 28th January 2007.

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Published by the fucken (not active) at 11:38am on Mon 29th January 2007.

Acid In My Face was a great Nightjars single.

Published by simon_b (not active) at 11:43am on Mon 29th January 2007.

hmmm the nightjars...sounds very familiar. wasnt Rich from the shivers in the nightjars?

Published by shadow_of_the_wasp at 12:21pm on Mon 29th January 2007.

tim out of wave67 was in the nightjars

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Published by the fucken (not active) at 1:09pm on Tue 30th January 2007.

What a fabulous thread - I've gone all tingly. It's all so early 80's. Obviously remember necromancer, moodies, killdares, amyl dukes - my legendary brother-in-law Buckett was drummer for this band and Sindy and The action men - anyone old enough to remember elephunt? Rapiers, perfect Vision. Roaring Boys (!) Your Dinner. Blimey there's loads. There is a rock family tree somewhere on the net - I found it not long ago - it had originally been printed in the c e n years ago.

Sorry I could ramble for ages....

Published by molly at 7:58pm on Tue 30th January 2007.

Here's the old CEN link:
http://www.geocities.com/HappySurfer1/

This link has only a bit of info, but another handful of links:
http://iankitching.me.uk/music/local.html

I used to work for the guys who started and ran Spaceward Studios in Stretham ('The Old School' there). Only two of those guys are left working there today in it's current non-studio incarnation (Steve Penn and Joe Bull), but Ted Hayton and others that used to work there are still around Cambridge:
http://www.spacewardstudios.ukf.net/discog.htm

Published by Dalevis at 11:25pm on Tue 30th January 2007.
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Well done Molly - I had totally forgotten about the Amyl Dukes!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:10am on Wed 31st January 2007.

Some more not mentioned, maybe some of you remember: Children of Some Tradition, Bogus Renegades (my old band), Some Passionate Friends (lead singer went on to be Rogan Whitenails), Double Yellow Lines, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Spin.

Published by Gozby at 9:00pm on Mon 25th June 2007.

I think I used to work with someone who used to be in Children Of Some Tradition. It's a small world...

Published by HarryGibbons at 9:04pm on Mon 25th June 2007.

I had emails last week with my old bosses from Spaceward Studios in Stretham who turned me onto this new/old gem:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Money-Time-Great-Divide/dp/B000OHZK6I/ref=sr_1...

The story behind that band can be found here:

http://www.myspace.com/thegreatdividecambridge

Or for a more rare morsel of Cambridge's past:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=320128626094...

Published by Dalevis at 9:46pm on Mon 25th June 2007.
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Ah yes - Wimp Records - Cambridge answer to Motown!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:23pm on Mon 25th June 2007.
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You might try to contact him thru WAN*er 'White Dop On Funk'. 'From earlier in this thread:

>>"I have a compilation album made in 1982 of Cambridge bands on Wimp Records. It's called 'Honey For Tea' and was put out by a friend of mine David Gower."
>>Published by white dope on funk at 11:30am on Tue 6th June 2006.

Published by Dalevis at 10:33pm on Mon 25th June 2007.
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I think I might have tried that before but will have another go - he was very much a Cambridge "face" back then but I haven't heard from/of him for years.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:38pm on Mon 25th June 2007.

If anyone wants the stormed mp3's they should hurry up as the domain they are on will expire soon as i have more than enough domains!

http://alternationmedia.com

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 2:35pm on Wed 4th July 2007.

Did you have no joy in getting stuff from other bands?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 2:58pm on Wed 4th July 2007.

i got some contact info but really haven't had any time to do anything with it.... hopefully i will at some point

*hassles boss to get me an assistant*

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 3:34pm on Wed 4th July 2007.

Necromancer! I saw them at the Great Northern, must have been 1981. Wasn't Andy O'Neill in the band? He was in my French class at Hills Road, I remember his Moto Guzzi.

Published by stefan at 4:29pm on Sat 21st July 2007.

Yeah 1981 would be right - we played there several times in 81/82 - my first proper band.

Andy O'Neill was our bass player - good bloke and my next door neighbour in Linton at the time - sadly I've lost touch with him but I think he is involved in academia in some way.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 5:36pm on Sat 21st July 2007.

"And Alcopop with Ivan wearing his feather boas!! I wanted to learn how to play the bass after watching him!! :)"

Great Bass Player!

Once he'd finally finished slating me, I sometimes wonder whether he ever managed to painfully toil over his words long enough to put the first paragraph of his novel together.

I hope so because that was his passion. Come On Ivan!

Published by PANIC at 5:43am on Fri 31st August 2007.
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I used to work with him, and he left to write that book. Though I have no idea what the outcome of that was, as it was around 3 years ago.

Published by Three Headed Lizard at 8:39am on Fri 31st August 2007.

This Replica have a facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5313492403 and you can listen to a load of old songs at http://www.reverbnation.com/thisreplica/

happy days

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 4:31pm on Wed 26th September 2007.

Happy days indeed! Just found a Myspace page for Mel's Kitchen, which used to rehearse near my home in Cottenham:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&frien...

Published by Chris Pearl at 2:12pm on Thu 25th October 2007.

What about Strange Brew regulars at the Burleigh Arms , Fisher Hall and the Sea Cadets.
Where support for the Angelic Upstarts when their roadie attacked an innocent bytander with a hammer.

Published by alberttatlock at 10:59am on Wed 7th November 2007.

I was there, it was my bass player who got hammered... nasty night, guy on the door with a wooden mallet whacking everyone who was trying to flee the violence.

I can remember it like it was yesterday... Upstarts roadies throwing punks into the river... then dancing to the taped music before the bands... knocking into everyone and being assholes... they knocked into an American guy who pounded the crap outr of one of them, then it kicked off and the roadies got slapped... then notorious Upstarts roadie Ginger Kev went up to the durmmer of the band and got a hammer off of him... jumped off the stage running towards me and my friends... swung the hammer, I ducked and then he swung it again hitting my mate in the temple and damn near killing him. I remember seeing him in the ladies room with a hole in his head and a girl trying to stem the flow of flood.

That was a bad night... I stayed and watched the band but all my friends left...

Paul was in hospital for weeks, had to have his skull opened up and pressure eleviated from his brain... I think he got out of music... we all drifted soon after...

Published by ababoonsass at 11:09am on Wed 7th November 2007.
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I remember hearing about that at the time - very nasty.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:13am on Wed 7th November 2007.

I've got a recording of the Amyl Dukes performing at the old Station Hotel (Station Road) in about 1982. I think it's actually a composite of recordings from two gigs (about an hour in total). It was originally on tape (copied from a tape which Martyn Rae [sp?], lead singer, lent me at the time) but I later copied it to CD and now have it as MP3s so it's in good condition and easily distributed. In principle, I would be happy to share it with anyone who is interested (or post on a web site somewhere). But would be happier doing so if I knew that Martyn was OK about that. Is he out there still? (Is he still singing with the Frigidaires who I see are still around) [You can tell that I no longer live in Cambridge!]. Anyway, thoughts anyone? David (davidwolfe@matrixlaw.co.uk)

Published by David Wolfe at 8:15pm on Thu 13th December 2007.

some bands i have been in:
Tonic
Effortless
Lady Cadaver
Vertical Hold
The secret hairdresser
Auto Shop
Dead Elvis
TNA

Published by dead-elvis at 11:28pm on Thu 13th December 2007.

I can't think why, but the name Amyl Dukes does kind of suggest they should have been playing leather bars

Published by Robadob at 11:55pm on Thu 13th December 2007.

I still have the video of the 1990 (i think) Cambridge Rock Group Competion final starring This Replica, Colour Factory and The Dear Johns, its the stuff of legends.

Published by Glen Bulb at 9:08am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Blimey and double blimey - I know you David Wolfe - from a very VERY long time ago. I'll give you a clue and that clue is Melville - not too hard I suspect!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:35am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Triple Blimey ... I know David Wolfe as well and now I know who you are Dr.R ... Melville indeed!

Published by Old Rocker at 10:41am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Oh and I just wanted to say I briefly dated Cindy of the Action Men...

Published by Old Rocker at 10:42am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Oh now that is freaky - "dons thinking cap"

I thought I was the only veteran of said establishment on here.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:45am on Fri 14th December 2007.

I still have the video of the 1990 (i think) Cambridge Rock Group Competion final starring This Replica, Colour Factory and The Dear Johns, its the stuff of legends.

I was at that.... great gig.

Published by James Alternation (not active) at 10:49am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Just PMd you doctor...

Published by Old Rocker at 10:50am on Fri 14th December 2007.

http://www.geocities.com/happysurfer1/
any of you guys on this list?

Published by steve w at 10:51am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Just mailed you back Old Rocker!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:31am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Which Cindy - the original or Penny De whatever it was?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:32am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Hehe yes Penny de Whatever. Waal, I think.

Published by Old Rocker at 11:35am on Fri 14th December 2007.

He He - I snogged her at a party once!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:37am on Fri 14th December 2007.

"Oh now that is freaky - "dons thinking cap"

I thought I was the only veteran of said establishment on here."

There's at least one more!

Published by space_echo at 11:46am on Fri 14th December 2007.

"I still have the video of the 1990 (i think) Cambridge Rock Group Competion final starring This Replica, Colour Factory and The Dear Johns, its the stuff of legends"

The Color Factory were a great band... was anyone on here present at Flightpath when they recorded their cassette album?
I still have that cassette and the original 4 track demo... was it them who had the song "Thinking to myself" or similar??

Published by ababoonsass at 11:48am on Fri 14th December 2007.

You snogged my Penny? Bastard!

Published by Old Rocker at 11:52am on Fri 14th December 2007.

Actually, she kind of forced herself upon me - thinking about it though, I did go skinny dipping with her once as well !!

Space Echo - what sort of vintage are you then?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 12:19pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

^ A likely story, doctor ... she skinny-dipped with anyone, you know :)

Published by Old Rocker at 12:33pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

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Published by um bongo (not active) at 12:43pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

The thought of her being anyone's mother is doing strange things to me ...

Published by Old Rocker at 12:45pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

"Space Echo - what sort of vintage are you then?"

Same as you, assuming you're who I think you are...

Published by space_echo at 1:01pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

Space Echo - I'll PM you!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 1:03pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

some bands i have been in:
Tonic
Effortless
Lady Cadaver
Vertical Hold
The secret hairdresser
Auto Shop
Dead Elvis
TNA

You were theoretically in Chief Sharkey for about 2 weeks too, although we never actually got as far as playing together.

I think the Secret Hairdresser must have had more ex members than any other band in Cambridge. :)

Published by Silent Rob at 2:20pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

You're all babies;
Sundowners
HiFi's
Prowlers
Dawnbreakers

Published by Bozee (not active) at 2:41pm on Fri 14th December 2007.

Does anyone know anything about a band called The Jellies? Just heard them tonight. They recorded a 7" at Spaceward Studios in 1982 and sound pretty much like Liquid Liquid. The DJ said they were from Cambridge, but maybe it was just the recording -- anyone know anything about them?

Published by bad-timing at 1:41am on Sat 26th July 2008.

Spiritwalk.

In Flight. (I have demo tapes from those two)

Ezio and Booga.

Angstrom.

Hope & Glory (Now merged into Roxoff)

Renegade.

Oh and Slingshot - in 8 years I never missed one of their gigs... ;o)))

Dumpy ('s Rusty Nuts) gave me a CD of 'Live Somewhere In England' when I was DJing at a bike rally he was playing at...

Published by pagan_flame at 2:27am on Sat 26th July 2008.
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Published by finsbury (not active) at 3:15am on Sat 26th July 2008.

*Vital Escape*

i do , i remeber them i saw them at the junction i think.

Published by General lee at 10:23am on Sat 26th July 2008.

I saw Vital Escape too. Don't remember what they sounded like mind.

Published by simon_b (not active) at 10:51am on Sat 26th July 2008.

bad_timing:
I have a vague memory of Mark Keds being in a band called The Jellies...think it was later than '82 tho!!
Maybe two diff bands

Published by Wreckless (not active) at 11:58am on Sat 26th July 2008.

I got the Vital Escape CD - so cool. I think it was the same folk that formed "Radiator" and released and album that was never as big as it should have been - sounded a bit like pitchshifter, they supported Motorhead once at the cornex

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Published by grabsplatter (not active) at 8:11pm on Sat 26th July 2008.

>Does anyone know anything about a band called The Jellies? Just heard them tonight. They recorded a 7" at Spaceward Studios in 1982 and sound pretty much like Liquid Liquid. The DJ said they were from Cambridge, but maybe it was just the recording -- anyone know anything about them? Published by bad-timing at 1:41am on Sat 26th July 2008.

Don't know anything about The Jellies (I didn't move here until 1999), but I used to work with the guys and in the building of the former Spaceward Studios in Stretham. The Spaceward Studios website has the name of the 7" they put out listed under 'T' for 'The Jellies' (instead of 'J' for 'Jellies'):

http://www.spacewardstudios.ukf.net/discog.htm#T

Published by Dalevis at 8:59pm on Sat 26th July 2008.
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Published by grabsplatter (not active) at 11:23pm on Sat 26th July 2008.

The Volume Bandits from Wisbech.

Massively ahead of their time in early-mid 90's.

Anyone ever hear them?

Published by Robson at 12:04am on Sun 27th July 2008.

>The Spaceward Studios website has the name of the 7" they put out listed under 'T' for 'The Jellies' (instead of 'J' for 'Jellies').

Thanks for looking Dalevis but Googling and finding that was how I knew it was done at Spaceward in the first place. I think I met the engineer once (if I've got the right person), but apart from that I can't dig up any more. The track has been re-released this week as part of a mix put out by Optimo in Glasgow.

This is the track anyway:
http://fairtilizer.com/track/10634

Published by bad-timing at 1:37am on Sun 27th July 2008.

Narkosis Punk AMF (one of their members is now in Pocket Lips) were really good, as were Calling Orson (who did the best cover ever of Van Halen's 'Jump'!). Also I remember (though not that I was a huge fan of) Alice Band, but I know there's now another lady/band from Cambridge calling herself/themselves by that name.

Published by MissRegaling at 2:08am on Sun 27th July 2008.

DorothyOakRoom

When gigs WERE gigs

Published by Bozee (not active) at 10:36am on Sun 27th July 2008.

^^^

*makes note: this is a good thread killer*

*passes on to BigM for Event Chat posts*

Published by Bozee (not active) at 12:14pm on Sun 27th July 2008.
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I like that pic. Anyhoo, Jacobs Mouse. OK they were from Bury, but they were a defacto Cambridge band and they pissed all over most others.

Published by simon_b (not active) at 1:42pm on Sun 27th July 2008.

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Published by grabsplatter (not active) at 1:43pm on Sun 27th July 2008.

Ooh yes. Aceness on a stick.

Published by simon_b (not active) at 1:45pm on Sun 27th July 2008.

i think this is the best thread on WAN ever.... over 2 years old and still going strong :-)

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Published by grabsplatter (not active) at 2:47pm on Sun 27th July 2008.

Steve Lockwood (Psycho Steve) is playing with his band Hot Lips & Chilli Fingers on the steps of the Guildhall at 1pm on Wednesday. Part of the Buskers & Street Performers Festival according to the Crier.

Published by lilly_p at 7:55pm on Sun 27th July 2008.

You're only saying that because you started it ;-)

naturally ;-)

Published by alternation (not active) at 8:26pm on Sun 27th July 2008.

Someone mentioned Houston500 a while back- didn't the singer reform with a new band and try and gig again? strange. Saw them at Strawberry Fair the first year I went.

Not exactly old any of these bands, but missed by me nevertheless

- Midnight Crazies
- Blue Gandhi / Diastole
- Jeff (Also known as Lifter for about two gigs - about the same length of time they had Mark Ellis of Hamfatter fame on bass)
- Rapture

and the once yearly gig of DieAwayFromMe isn't nearly enough.

Published by mudsharkinterview at 2:54am on Mon 28th July 2008.

Grap, I don't think the band was called Keiths Shed but the same band was called, Keiths Dad and Celebrity Squares. They could have been called Shed at one point but changed it because of the rise of the band Shed 7. Sure I am right.

Published by tallthinkev (not active) at 9:28am on Mon 28th July 2008.

I think the Keith's Shed family tree runs something like this:

Keith's Dad -> Shining Path -> The Celebrity Squares -> Shed -> Keith's Shed

Fans will be pleased to hear that there's going to be a one-off Keith's Shed reunion performance on Sept 20th to celebrate Tom R's 40th.

Published by sam i at 9:38am on Mon 28th July 2008.

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Published by grabsplatter (not active) at 12:58pm on Mon 28th July 2008.

Jeff (Also known as Lifter for about two gigs - about the same length of time they had Mark Ellis of Hamfatter fame on bass)

i really liked Jeff too
After Effect, and i think, The Riverside Blues Collective are both spin offs from Jeff think both are still going, (can't look at myspace from here)

Published by steve w at 1:18pm on Mon 28th July 2008.

Riverside Blues Collective has Ian on drums I believe,

After Effect has Drew on guitar and vocals, also used to have Mark in. Our bassist plays in After Effect in too.

Also, I miss The Blueberries, when Cliff Ward just wanted to play hard blues rock all day - now he's messing about playing the violin... Their drummer was mint.

Published by mudsharkinterview at 7:03pm on Mon 28th July 2008.

Also, Eudaimonia, a fine fine fine band.

Published by mudsharkinterview at 7:21pm on Tue 29th July 2008.

I used to like wave67. What happened to them?

Published by zigaboo modeliste (not active) at 7:58pm on Tue 29th July 2008.

they all die of cumitis

Published by General lee at 8:13pm on Tue 29th July 2008.

Cumitus? I thought that was an ingredient in Indian food.

Published by zigaboo modeliste (not active) at 8:15pm on Tue 29th July 2008.

It wasn't The Jellies it was The Wobbly Jellies - that single is on Wimp Record I think. They were basically a student band and therefore gigged a lot for a couple of years before splitting. If my memory serves me correctly, the drummer was Tony Shepherd, later a member of The Bible.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 12:42pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

Interesting. All the (admittedly few) mentions of it online call them The Jellies though.
Possible that they changed it for the occasion of making a single maybe?

Published by bad-timing at 12:47pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

Not as far as I can remember and they were certainly Wobbly whenever I saw them - will look into it.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 1:24pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

sure i had a single by Wobbly Jellies, probably still have, were they on the Honey For Tea album too?

anyone remember Eat Your Dinner by Your Dinner, Singer was one of first white guys i ever saw with dreadlocks

Published by steve w at 1:48pm on Wed 30th July 2008.
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Actually they weren't on Honey For Tea but probably should have been.

I've got the Your Dinner 12" single and the Live At Fisher Hall cassette - what a great band they were.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 2:02pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

I think they used to rehearse at the housing co-op on Mill Rd. The white dreadlocked guy was called Demmy I think.

Published by alberttatlock at 2:07pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

alberttatlock were you by any chance a Skids fan?

Published by steve w at 2:08pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

I was steve w.

Published by alberttatlock at 2:10pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

Now that was a great gig at Corn Exchange, 1979

Published by steve w at 2:14pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

Cant believe I missed that , the gig for me that year was the Ruts at the Corn Ex.^

Published by alberttatlock at 2:20pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

He certainly was called Demmy - he was also in Apes In Control and Pluck This - he's still about it seems - http://%3Cfont%20color=blue%3E%3Cb%3Ewww.unsigned.com/bbyb

On the Wobbly Jellies front, I found this - http://www.disque.jp/cargo/goodsprev.cgi?gno=108022103 - there's a couple of sound clips.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 2:22pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

That's the Wobbly Jelly single i have :)

Published by steve w at 2:37pm on Wed 30th July 2008.

still playing somewhere in Essex

I remember the Dawnbreakers. Johnny Cullen was a great singer. Where is he now?

Do you remember these?

only one motto

Published by AgedGroupie at 4:19pm on Mon 4th August 2008.
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That's one for Bozee I think.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 4:41pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

Bring back drummers with just a snare I say.

Published by arthurCRS at 4:45pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

Traps

..... or something like this perhaps!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 5:08pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

"I remember the Dawnbreakers. Johnny Cullen was a great singer. Where is he now?

Do you remember these?"

JC was driving a cab last time I heard. Haven't seen him in years.
You got me on the kiddie group. No idea.

*sighs*

Published by Bozee (not active) at 5:15pm on Mon 4th August 2008.
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It's not an early version of The Frigidaires is it :0) !

Published by Dr Rhythm at 5:46pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

Didn't they do the Haymakers in 2006?

Published by Bozee (not active) at 5:58pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

.....and 1896 as well I think !!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 6:00pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

bit before my time

Published by Bozee (not active) at 6:03pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

Strawberry Shortblade! *runs*

Published by Your Tourniquet at 8:09pm on Mon 4th August 2008.

Tsk tsk young man - Strawberry Switchblade!

Clicky clicky here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Switchblade

Published by Manda Panda at 10:32pm on Mon 4th August 2008.
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I played trumpet (pretty badly) for Bhagwan Fresh and the Gurus of Jive and Colonel Hathi's Dawn Patrol so think that I have the most letters from two band names possible.
I remember fondly Infernal Death,The Surfing druids,The Sardines, Perfect Circle, Apes in Control (yes Demi does rock). Oh God my memory has gone. Must have been all those DoDos and lager at the sea cadet hall. What a lot of fun it all was. Thanks to all from the sea cadets', the Burleigh and the Rock comp for some great teenage nights. By the way, Tim "Love" Lee from Bhagwan Fresh is still knocking out corking tunes from New York. Look up Tummy Touch records

Published by badmonkey at 12:14am on Sat 24th January 2009.

badmonkey, are your initials JM?

Published by lilly_p at 12:57am on Sat 24th January 2009.

I've just rediscovered my Ways to Move tape from 1985. Anyone remember this? It was the tape that started the Cambridge Music Trust, which became the Cambridge Venue Group, which eventually got The Junction built.
On it are the likes of Your Dinner, Hondo, Depending on the Weather, Mood Assassins, Dr Skull & the Crossbones, The Kildares, Glass Asylum etc. Just in the process of digitizing..............

Published by peterswisinfo at 5:15pm on Tue 10th March 2009.

The thread that wouldn't quit.

Published by arthurCRS at 5:19pm on Tue 10th March 2009.

Is Ricky Howlett still about up in Cambridge? I used to lvoe his folky stuff and remember doing a cover version of Ant Music in the Portland one night after work!!

Published by newportandy at 8:37am on Wed 11th March 2009.

re: Ways To Move - yes I remember that, mainly because I'm on it!!

Would love a digi copy if possible.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 9:51am on Wed 11th March 2009.

Is Ricky Howlett still about up in Cambridge?

He has a show on 209 Radio called Can of Worms which is great

Published by goatwolf at 10:08am on Wed 11th March 2009.

I've been sorting through a mountain of CDs and found a few old Cambridge band releases

Virgin Suicides, Miss Black America (well, more Bury), Neo, various REPEAT compilations.

Some pretty good tunes among them, it has to be said.

However, I also found some of those Wild Skies CDs and they were, overall, a bit ropey.

Published by David at 10:18am on Wed 11th March 2009.

The Wild Skies compilations would have made a pretty good single CD. Four of the buggers definitely stretched it a bit thin!

Published by SB___ at 10:19am on Wed 11th March 2009.

On the Wild Skies fenland (? I think) CD there's a 'rap' tune that CRS* know off by heart and perform privately most times we meet. I really hope G4 isn't a WANer - it was comedy genius.

There was also a song about 9/11. Erkorama.

And then there was us and Stars of Aviation. Can't remember much else, but yes, it was dodgy. We enjoyed the studio time though.

Published by arthurCRS at 10:42am on Wed 11th March 2009.

"Stretching it a bit thin" has always been the Cambridge way!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:43am on Wed 11th March 2009.

Interlaken were on it too. It was one of our favourite recordings. What i do remember was lots of bands who weren't from said areas ending up on the fenland comps to make up numbers!

Published by SB___ at 10:44am on Wed 11th March 2009.

*Coughs nervously*

Published by arthurCRS at 11:00am on Wed 11th March 2009.

*drums fingers*

Published by SB___ at 11:01am on Wed 11th March 2009.

*cracks knuckles*

(just to join in)

Published by Jude 1 (not active) at 11:07am on Wed 11th March 2009.

How about HONDO ? 1979 - 83
I was one of the founding members and played with them for 2 years.
Some tracks can be heard on the Spaceward Studios site
New digitally remastered album on CD
Re-mastered and produced at Fast Tracks Studios

It was basically a reggae band and a rock band fused together. Some of the tracks were influenced by ska which was very big at the time.
It was a great live band and were regulars at Strawberry Fair.

Published by Key Bored at 3:07pm on Sat 4th April 2009.
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yeah great band, have a single somewhere, What do we want (we don't want no war) i think it is.

saw them support Freddie MacGregor too at Corn Exchange that was a good gig

Published by steve w at 6:37pm on Sat 4th April 2009.

holy crap, i've just seen your dinner and the zeds mentioned on the same page.been checking youtube and everywhere to try and track down some tunes.
i remember seeing your dinner hundreds of times in the 70s and 80s loved their music, lead singer had wild hair

Published by davoscaff at 7:57am on Sun 24th May 2009.

time

Holy Shit - Just found this

This was at the Junction in 1992 with a band I was in called This Replica. I am the guitarist stage left in the mInistry t-shirt. I soooo miss this hairy bunch, and infact the 'scene' at the time. Check out Cousin IT on keys.

I like the guitar run in the middle of this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvC0JqywNBg&feature=related
and here's another
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixw3H1F4oqo&feature=related

We did infact do an entire set of Sister Ray as well, my kindred spirits ; )

Published by Space News at 9:46am on Sun 24th May 2009.

All the guys in This Replica (except me) had older brothers in another very popular Cambridge band at that time called Nutmeg. I say 'Cambridge' but it was actually the era of the Soham Invasion. God I miss those times. I think Im gonna go kill myself. Life is so long and weird.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Ozqnl3cVA&feature=related

Published by Space News at 9:52am on Sun 24th May 2009.

At the time I thought Nutmeg were too regular Rock for me but I actually prefer them to This Replica now. Much looser sound.

Published by Space News at 10:26am on Sun 24th May 2009.

This replica are really really good. 'shreds' is a tune!

Published by goatwolf at 12:38pm on Sun 24th May 2009.

They were yeah. 'Shreds' however I am very afraid of.

Published by Space News at 1:03pm on Sun 24th May 2009.

those are some proper rippin vocals

Published by goatwolf at 2:01pm on Sun 24th May 2009.

Did you get fed up with the guitar Space News?

Published by _____ (not active) at 2:04pm on Sun 24th May 2009.

To about the same degree that Im getting fed up with keyboards. Im bringing the geetar back actually. And the vox. I got caught up in the synth stuff as just a way to be able to do shows on my own when I couldnt find others to play with and its carried on from there.

Published by Space News at 6:46pm on Sun 24th May 2009.

The other guitarist, Darren, he had this peculiar style of tuning his guitar to E, like a slide guitar and just playing with one finger across the strings. Simple and effective.

Published by Space News at 7:05pm on Sun 24th May 2009.

There's a MySpace page for Nutmeg...
http://www.myspace.com/nutmeguk

& check out RichScurrah's YouTube site for videos...
http://www.youtube.com/user/RichScurrah

Published by RichTone at 1:46pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Published by SB___ at 2:51pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

I have very fond memories of many a Nutmeg gig, and when they won the Camb Band Comp :-)

Published by Manda Panda at 3:16pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

My then band were beaten into second place by Nutmeg in the final of that year's competition - boo hoo!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 3:44pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

It's because you had a sampler. They might have given you a dispensation to enter, but they clearly knocked marks off ;-)

Published by SB___ at 3:46pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

That is very true - they were so rockist back then!!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 4:02pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Lads, is that the year that John Peel was a judge? One year that I went around that time he was..........

Dr R which band were you in ? *shows complete ignorance*

Published by Manda Panda at 4:03pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Dr. R, i wish you'd been there a few years ago when Tom Dalpra, as the MC, had to introduce a guy doing live techno. Poor lamb didn't quite know what to make of this newfangled music without guitars...

Published by SB___ at 4:11pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

House Grinder it was - bit of an industrial thing.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 4:15pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Tom Dalphra is a great frontman.

Published by daggg at 4:57pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Hey RichTone - if youre who I thinks you are - HELLO. Miss all of you guys.

Published by Space News at 7:01pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

John Peel did infact compere the cambridge rock comp for a couple of years in the late 80s early 90s

Published by Space News at 7:44pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

I was back at home in Lode yesterday and dug out my old fanzines - I found issue 3 of TSW from 2002 and the free CD on the cover had a few local tracks on it. From memory these were the locals included:

CRS* - Fixed/Forgotten, Right Turn Clyde - Shortofa..., Neo - Rage, Broken Family Band - Walking Back To Jesus (Demo), Fell Thru - Windowsill, Beastly Beastly Gas Collisions (Ricky Leach) - ?, The Johnson Effect (Steve Adams) - ?.

That Steve Adams track was great if I remember correctly... thinking of uploading the whole CD for download just for nostalgia's sake. At The Drive-In are on the CD too!

Published by barksdale at 8:11pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Thanks Space News, I wasn't going bjonkers then :-)

Published by Manda Panda at 8:18pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

I shook his hand on the Exchange stage in front of 500 or so, but I was wearing a cowboy hat so that cancels the memory. Made it to the finals in a REMish sorta band, which I think was the year after NutMeg. The Bicycle Thieves took it my year - if that rings any bells.

Published by Space News at 8:23pm on Thu 28th May 2009.
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That Beastly Beastly Gas Collisions was some quality work. Gotta dig out the great footage I have of yr man Leach at the Eats Tapes alldayer thing. I laughed all the way thru I think.

Published by HarryGibbons at 8:50pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Damn I was a stupid for missing that Eat Tapes event :(

Published by _____ (not active) at 8:54pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

So looking forward to yer set Saturnday night Mr Gibbons.
I cant believe I just wrote a funky pop song which Christine Aguilera would do justice too. Listening to the Spice Girls at work is rubbing off on me I think. Gonna have to sing in a higher pitch and double track to get the effect I need. May have to wear a sequined dress while doing it to get in character.

Published by Space News at 8:57pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

I was on the judging panel for the Junction band comp once. It was difficult to swing it towards the band you actually liked...

Published by HarryGibbons at 8:58pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

Its too subjective. I really dont approve of competition in any sort of art nowadays - books, music, art, etc.
The winner gets an over-inflated ego and the loser gets deflated, and over something as fragile and precious as creativity

Published by Space News at 9:02pm on Thu 28th May 2009.
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Couldn't you just run it through Audacity and upscale it a few notes or an octave. Wish I could do that with my mumblingz like in IMMSE

Published by _____ (not active) at 9:57pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

I get yuh. I hope that you can come up with some device to carry round with you.

Yeah, Im gonna try a few pitch approaches next week, acousticaly and computerized.

I am actually very hard of hearing. Too much headphone blasting in the past which is why I dont wear them anymore. Im forever asking people to repeat themselves. Its annoying.

Published by Space News at 10:05pm on Thu 28th May 2009.
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I actually used pitch change on the shortest track on my wanpilation, the cuteness that is Pigeon Street by Caustic Window, aka Richard D James. I think I dropped it down to D minor, but hey its only 19 seconds :D

Published by _____ (not active) at 10:13pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

*searches through pile of scratched up CDRs next to computer to find 19 seconds of pitched Aphex*

Published by Space News at 10:18pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

I also high pass filtered about 15 seconds of White Heat by Nic Endo to surreptitiously implant the bells which are there 2 time 2 and also the intro to track 22 for Ninyo-Hime by Rie Tanaka. It was all about hidden meanings, every track has some deeper relevance and the order is all important too (not that anyone but you will probably ever listen to it). Maybe I'll upload it as an mp3 next month. The annoying thing about comps is hearing things weeks after that you'd have liked to have included, like the American national anthem sung in Japanese (at the end of the soft porn cult film 'The Glamourous Life of Sachiko Hanai')

Published by _____ (not active) at 10:33pm on Thu 28th May 2009.
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I wouldnt be able to decipher the meanings in your comp. I think the meanings for you are very personal.

Pizzicato Five are my favourite Japanese band, and one of my favourite bands. Most people I know dont like them though. Too happy, too disco. The singer is very sexy and worldly. I wish i was her.

I listen to and watch every single URL link on WAN. Some for only a few seconds, of course. Others all the way through.

Published by Space News at 10:48pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

I really like that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHRG7pryiwI
my favourite japanese band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p00PvZwVbYc
but i'm always open to new suggestions and influences, basically i'm a sponge :)

Published by _____ (not active) at 11:41pm on Thu 28th May 2009.

The Pillows are great.

Glad you like Pizzicato.
The vocals on that are approaching what I was talking about needing.
She says she likes 'happy Japanese boys, shy Western boys'.

Published by Space News at 6:28am on Fri 29th May 2009.
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Pizzicato Five are great - everyone should have this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Pizzicato/dp/B0000036SW/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UT...

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:09am on Fri 29th May 2009.

I did go on a bit of a P5 obsessed trip towards the end of last night, will continue listening throughout the weekend.

Published by _____ (not active) at 12:13pm on Fri 29th May 2009.

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If any Fellthru stuff is wanted by anyone I can happily supply. :)

Published by fellthru at 8:44pm on Sat 11th July 2009.

Jellies/Wobbly Jellies mystery solved!!

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/10/im-feeling-ok-i.html

Published by Dr Rhythm at 5:15pm on Wed 2nd September 2009.

Hmmm...

Hiya chaps! Interesting to find these topics after all these years!

I still have some old copies of Scene & Heard in the loft...and loads of photos from the old Cambridge scene (and tapes too!)... etc etc...

Mark Curtis - enquiries@design-zero.co.uk

Published by markcurtis at 10:45pm on Thu 11th March 2010.

Subculture (1982/3)... punk rock/oi! band, put put one 7" entitled "University City" (or something similar), the guitarist wore Pringle sweaters and was one of the first members of staff at Parrot Records.
The 7" was re-released by Captain Oi! Records as a split LP with the rather dubious ABH, whose "apolitical" stance saw them play with Nazi bonehead bands.

Anyway... as you were.

Published by aracoonsfarts at 7:53am on Fri 12th March 2010.

I have that single.

Published by Kuryakin at 7:39pm on Fri 12th March 2010.

I shook his hand on the Exchange stage in front of 500 or so, but I was wearing a cowboy hat so that cancels the memory. Made it to the finals in a REMish sorta band, which I think was the year after NutMeg. The Bicycle Thieves took it my year - if that rings any bells.Published by Space News

as this thread has been necroed...

I believe you were in 'At Ten Paces' with the Americans (plus two girls in mini skirts and suspenders in the wings holding up signs offering salvation for $9 and 99 cents... oh dear) ...

that year was won by Jason Smith's band The Cherry Orchard... Bike Thieves were second...

we were expelled at the semis for having a pro in the band... didn't read the rules... or sorta of ignored them... a fuss was made by a judge... Tom ran on and stage dived when we were playing that year and a year or two later joined the band!

Published by happyted at 8:07pm on Fri 12th March 2010.

well, the cowboy shtick kinda bugs me with that memory - alot of that daft sort of wild west irony happening back then. The strippers dont bother me, definately wasnt the last time I shared the stage with erotic dancers - twice at Glastonbury in the Los Vagueness tent with with a noir jazz band and for awhile touring around with Naked Ruby, a glam rockabilly band from Brixton, with three gogo dancers. That was a hell of alot of fun.
$9.99 sounds about right.

Published by Space News at 11:14am on Sat 13th March 2010.

what a blast it is reading this!!my name is keith rae and I played bass in some bands in Cambridge.The ones I remember are Chris Hamburger and the Waves,Floating Unit ,a band with Rob Appleton and mark noel johnson that I can't remember the name of,and later I played jazz with the Savoy jazzmen and Trevor Kaye.I would appreciate it if anyone has old photos or more info thanks.just remembered does anyone recall the sunday lunchtime sessions at the Alma?and Jack the landlord?
I can be contacted on wallace12@latinmail.com

Published by celtic at 6:02pm on Fri 2nd April 2010.

Jack McGoggan and the Alma... 1975-76...

"we've had yer money so piss off" was his throwing out cry... played there with Duncan and The Darts, Ducks on the Wall Gang and the Lonely...

and The Alma have started having bands again...

Published by happyted at 6:55pm on Fri 2nd April 2010.

I think theres an old cambridge band performing somewhere in the Strawberry Farye film

http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk/strawberryshorts.php#farye

Published by joosypigeon at 7:21pm on Fri 2nd April 2010.

you are correct joosy

http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk/strawberryshorts.php#farye

trawl down the page to the vid entitled...

STRAWBERRY FARYE
The past is a foreign country . . . welcome to Cambridge in 1977.
Giant inflatble martian monsters attack, high kicking Can Can girls whoop it up and the crowd chills to some far out tune.
All this and some wicked VHS drop out.
Filmmaker: Cambridge May Day Group
runtime: 33:43

and at 17.16 the Waves start playing Stranger on the Shore.... 1977...

that would be Kimberley Rew guitar, Rob Kelly Bass and vocal, Alex cooper Drums and Roger Jackson as a guest on Keyboards...

after that it's the early Soft Boys with Alan Davis on guitar, Robyn Hitchcock on gtr voc, Andy Metcalf on Bass and Morris Windsor on drums...

then some can can dancers and then Red Express doing their funk... Dennis Andrews, Bill Sharpe, Jumbo Barker, Brian Wren , Malcolm Tagg-Randall, Mark Jackson... I think Bubs White is on that vid...

flares all round...

I was there...

Published by happyted at 8:22pm on Fri 2nd April 2010.

OMG!!! . . . what was it like Mr happyted? . . . how many stages were there? . . . how many stalls?

Published by joosypigeon at 12:52pm on Sat 3rd April 2010.

it was small and intimate and very local... and one main stage is all I recall in the years from '74 to '77... I remember playing at the Tech canteen on Strawberry Fair day 1979 with The Soft Boys and The Rob Appleton Blues band that had played at Strawberry Fair earlier that day...

8-11th June 1969, the first Cambridge Free festival had 2 stages, one next to the other to avoid set up time gaps... that was the first free festival I attended... Pink Floyd played on the Sunday at The Rex Theatre...
http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/cambridge-free-1969.html

Published by happyted at 4:21pm on Sat 3rd April 2010.

Some brilliant film there - couldn't go in 77 as it clashed with our Scout Fair (!) but I was there in 78 for a bit - it was basically the main stage plus maybe two small ones.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 6:29pm on Mon 5th April 2010.

i have some old analogue live takes of The Rapiers, Amyl Dukes and Your Dinner. I can convert them to digital to send online.

Published by nuttyprof at 10:57am on Tue 11th May 2010.

I have Paul Weston's email (Rapiers) and Martin Rae (Amyl Dukes) is in The Fridges with me...

Published by happyted at 12:51pm on Tue 11th May 2010.

Hi,
Just noticed about The Stormed. I happen to know Nick Grant ( The Bass player) 87-89. Would be great if someone out there still owned the live video of Stormed at the ADC Theatre 1988. Would love to get hold of a copy and surprise the .... out of him
Cheers

Published by jess moore at 7:01pm on Wed 19th May 2010.

Published by daggg at 7:50pm on Wed 19th May 2010.

Ah Michael Michael - that's actually a pretty professional video.

What I would like to see is them doing "Guns To Africa".

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:43am on Thu 20th May 2010.

Does anyone know where I can now get hold of the Stormed mp3s- missed boat first time round. Haven't thought about them for years until this morning and got me searching for them again...

Published by Ragga at 10:17am on Sat 12th June 2010.

new unheard songs by the Stormed are now available and can be listened to on YouTube titled The Stormed New Revolution, tracks 1 to 8. Excellent stuff! best ever! particularly like 'Tiger tiger Desert storm' and 'Hollow dreams' Enjoy.

Published by peter black at 9:07pm on Fri 13th August 2010.

What happened to Mikey Mike, he must of moved away from Cambridge?

Published by daggg at 1:09pm on Sat 14th August 2010.

Many thanks for that Peter - Guns To Africa is a cover of a Mood Assassins track - I was in both bands but had never heard the Stormed version until now.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:27am on Sun 15th August 2010.

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Are any WANers old enough to remember Finger in the Dyke?

Published by nuttyprof at 6:31am on Thu 16th September 2010.

^Was this at the Burleigh Arms ;-]

Published by daggg at 12:32pm on Thu 16th September 2010.

I went in there once and asked someone if I could bum a fag. That didn't go the way I'd hoped.

Published by splattergrabs at 1:07pm on Thu 16th September 2010.

Are any WANers old enough to remember Finger in the Dyke?

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yep...
with Alan (blue Telecaster) and Marten Rae (pre Rorty Dazzler, Amyl Dukes, Frigidaires). they played The Alma a few times.

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Published by faygene (not active) at 5:45am on Mon 20th September 2010.

Great Happyted, I should have known we could rely on you. So they were a duo then: kinda fits in with Dagg's BA suggestion, eh?

Published by nuttyprof at 3:25am on Tue 21st September 2010.

Link:
Happyted's comment on the Alma and Re-opening of the Bun Shop
If Jack of the Alma did say, 'Come on you toffs, we've 'ad your money, piss off!' he was aping the (original) Bun Shop landlord, Jim, who said it every night. Somehow it seemed more authentic coming from a Londoner instead of a Scotsman! Great memories!
Ironically, The Bun Shop (St. Tibb's Row) was not on the Cambridge 'Dead pubs' list.
(I'll second the-management's 'Cambridge Arms' comment, too.)

Published by nuttyprof at 7:29am on Tue 21st September 2010.

Link:
Happyted's comment on the Alma and Re-opening of the Bun Shop
If Jack of the Alma did say, 'Come on you toffs, we've 'ad your money, piss off!' he was aping the (original) Bun Shop landlord, Jim, who said it every night. Somehow it seemed more authentic coming from a Londoner instead of a Scotsman! Great memories!
Ironically, The Bun Shop (St. Tibb's Row) was not on the Cambridge 'Dead pubs' list.
(I'll second the-management's 'Cambridge Arms' comment, too.)

Published by nuttyprof at 7:29am on Tue 21st September 2010.

Finger in the Dyke were a 4 piece... I just don't recall the drummer and bass player...
Jack McGoogan didn't put the toffs bit in his shout, it was from about 1975 and it was in a thick Glaswegian accent "we've 'ad your money, now piss off"...
he used to play footy for Partick Thistle and his son had trials with a top Scottish team...
.
first time I heard "we've 'ad your money, now piss off" was at the Weathervane Perne Road in the first band I was in back in 1967...

Published by happyted at 1:07am on Wed 22nd September 2010.

pay to play?

Published by fireballxl5 at 2:53am on Wed 22nd September 2010.

Enjoyed that one, fireballx15. Drummer was the same as with Donna and the Kebabs. Bass player's name is Charlie.

Published by nuttyprof at 9:09am on Wed 22nd September 2010.

jokes aside I have never paid to play even when playing in London regularly but I knew a lot that did when putting on their shows and filling a coach and trekking up to the smoke and getting zilch, "yeah great man, we'll see if we can pay you next time" would be the promoters response... i remember one London venue/promoter trying that on with one particular Cambridgeshire band and their 'helper' and his mates 'persuaded' the promoter to pay up.
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as a kid playing in Cambridge there were 20 odd pubs putting on music regularly and paying the bands... I remember playing alongside Mr Lucifer, Tuesdays Child, Little Women etc... the Weathervane was a good payer.

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Published by faygene (not active) at 2:17am on Fri 24th September 2010.

Funny how times change. In the sixties and very early seventies you never needed to play a pub at all in Cambridge area.

Every weekend there were dances at ALL the village halls and the various social clubs.

In cambridge you had the guildhall the Corn Exchange and the Dorothy Ballroom running dances every weekend.

Sad to see how little of that scene remains (I.E. NONE!)

Ivan

Published by ivansc at 7:28pm on Mon 13th December 2010.

yawn

Published by Boudicea Bambaataa at 8:23pm on Mon 13th December 2010.

I got Great Divide - Money and Time CD yesterday, it's really good, if very 80s ans great sleeve notes about the bands history.

Still love the title track one of Boo Hewerdine's best

Published by steve w at 8:45am on Fri 18th February 2011.

The Great Divide track on the "Honey For Tea" compilation is really good - the rest of their stuff left me a little cold.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:35am on Fri 18th February 2011.

Hi All

I lived in Cambridge form 1976 - 82. Whilst there I got to know all the contemporary bands of the time. I lived in a house in Abbey Rd, (Sic) with Clive Kilby, (Brilliant guitarist) and Douglas Workman, keyboard - (Played with Hondo for a while) & Yann Le Gouec, (Now famous Graphic Artist, then at CCAT and excellent Jazz guitarist). We used to Jam regularly with Tim Corcoran, who was the drummer for The Flow, which also had Clive Kilby on guitar, Finn on bass and Mike Henderson on vocals, occasionally Steve used to play sax. Demis (Vocals), Neil, (Guitar), Chris on bass and Chinese George on drums - which made up the Your Dinner line up - all from Edinburgh. The Dolly Mixtures and the their older Brothers, who also had a Punk band & Hondo used to pop in from time to time as did all the 'Cool People' of the time. We all basically grew up together; these were heady days - what I can remember of them!! I will never forget. I feel fortunate to have been close friends with all these amazing people.

Published by velvetundercoat at 5:10pm on Thu 14th July 2011.

Clive is still about as is Tim. Tim plays in the Freddie Hall Band and others. The Brother of the Dolly Mixtures was Andrew Boar, he was in the Users and he's still about as is the guitarist from the Users, Chris Free, now iwith his new band The Sound of Pop Art. Sara Onyette from The Cherry Orchard is playing some bass on his new album. I think Demmy from Your Dinner is still about.

Published by happyted at 5:33pm on Thu 14th July 2011.

Crossland and Nutmeg may both be playing at an event in Ely in 29th October along with lots of other bands for Mick Gillett Memorial Concert (Mickfest)

http://www.ely.org.uk/index.php/component/content/article/3-newsflash/...

Published by steve w at 8:56am on Tue 2nd August 2011.

Blimey - I'm not sure if this has been posted before but it's absolutely fascinating - http://www.i-spysydincambridge.com/assets/pdf/booklet-march2011.pdf

Happyted - do you think anything like this would be possible for the 70s or 80s?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 4:10pm on Mon 5th September 2011.

Hard to believe that a band has been missed from this thread but I've just realised that there is no mention of Zoom - excellent musicians who played deeply unfashionable jazz funk in the early 80s. They did, however, cover the always excellent "Brick House" which was a real set saver!! Chris Maitland, later of Porcupine Tree, was the drummer.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 4:39pm on Mon 5th September 2011.

Hi To all who hopefully remember a band from the mid to late 80's in Cambridge called HOLLOWLAND. I recently found some old cassette tapes and decided to give them a new lease of life on YouTube. You can find them here.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Hollowland8689/videos
http://www.facebook.com/Hollowland
Would love to hear from anyone who may have photos of the Band / gigs or who remembers Gary Shepherd /James Cupit/Jason/John Varty or Rick Spicer. we won the Cambridge evening News best band of 1987 and failed miserably in the 1989 Cambridge rock Competition under the ridiculously over the top guise of PRIESTS OF VENGEANCE but inbetween all that found time to have a lot of fun gigging in and around cambridge....great days!

Published by hollowman3087 at 10:52pm on Mon 12th March 2012.

Hard to believe that a band has been missed from this thread but I've just realised that there is no mention of Zoom - excellent musicians who played deeply unfashionable jazz funk in the early 80s. They did, however, cover the always excellent "Brick House" which was a real set saver!! Chris Maitland, later of Porcupine Tree, was the drummer.

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and excellent guitarist Chris Wong, now guitarist with Toyah Wilcox and sessions for lots of people. www.chriswong.co.uk

Published by happyted at 10:54am on Tue 13th March 2012.

Loved Dolly Mixture, and although not a Cambridge band, their friends, The Reenes (The Gymslips) were great.
Also Billy Pilgrim, ex Rapier Paul Weston's band. Remember the Keep Cambridge Live demo with Atilla the Stockbroker on the back of a flatbed truck, going down Mill Rd. Still have a life drawing of Demmy from Your Dinner from when he posed for us at CCAT, must have been 1983.
Good times!!!

Published by floozeanne at 2:28am on Sun 1st July 2012.

Here are three bands that played at Melbourn Rock Club during the 80's.
The Axe Band
Rendezvous
The Force

Published by The Rock Club at 11:43am on Wed 19th September 2012.

I spend some time sorting out old band tapes and photos of the 4fit. Here are some photos with backing tracks from the Boat Race, The Globe + another pub out of Cambridge, Corn Exchange and the practice room in Queens:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbNkd9mQqgo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5T-Zt56A7g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNqiEGW8oVA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP_SyLyYOqI

Published by IanOnline at 8:11pm on Wed 31st October 2012.

Colonel Hathi were great!

Published by TheCambridgeGuy at 7:29pm on Fri 2nd November 2012.

Really happy to have stumbled across this thread, I used to love the Cambridge rock scene mid to late 80's.
Not read all posts thoroughly yet but very happy memories of :
Nutmeg
Surfin Druids
Indiscretion ( with Mark from Ezio)
Double Yellow Line
Sardines
Corn exchange and the sea cadet hall
I'm sure I have some old VHS footage from the rock completion 1987 /88 will have to dig it out !

Published by Anniewaites at 8:47pm on Mon 26th November 2012.

Blimey, that footage sounds interesting - I should think quite a lot of people on here would fancy a peek!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 5:39pm on Tue 27th November 2012.

Hopefully some of you will find the link below interesting - about Colonel Gomez and their 'infamous' rock competition appearance etc here...

http://www.johnnydee.net/meetjd.html

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Published by markcurtis at 10:23pm on Sun 9th December 2012.

nice Cleaners from venus interview!

Published by goatwolf at 5:24pm on Mon 10th December 2012.

I've been thinking for some time that it'd be really nice to try and tie together all of these little stories and histories and make a Cambridge Bands wiki site. The stuff that is rejected from wikipedia.org for not being 'notable' enough is often, like many of the recollections on this thread, the most interesting.

I realise this would probably be a Sisyphean feat, but then the collaborative nature of wikis might give it the potential over time to grow into something quite cool? Anyone a) know wiki markup (was it the Silent one who used to contribute and edit wikiedia in the past?) or b) think this is an idea of any worth?

Published by arthurCRS at 6:19pm on Mon 10th December 2012.

I did used to edit wiki a lot but don't any more. Learning the markup is easy, you just edit another page and copy the formatting for your own article.

I would probably do some editing on this if someone created the initial page to edit.

Published by Silent Rob at 8:50am on Tue 11th December 2012.

Published by Silent Rob at 8:57am on Tue 11th December 2012.

Wikipedia even kyboshed the Levinson Press Report with a false entry...

seems Levinson copied and pasted stuff from Wikipedia without checking...

'Lord Justice Leveson’s report on UK press ethics last week featured the statement:
The Independent [newspaper] was founded in 1986 by the journalists Andreas Whittam Smith, Stephen Glover and Brett Straub, and was published by Newspaper Publishing plc.'

Whittam Smith and Glover were two of the three founders - but who is this Brett Straub? The name was inserted into the Wikipedia page for The Indie in October 2011 and, as often happens, left uncorrected for a year.

The Telegraph put in some leg work and discovered Straub is a recent architecture graduate of Pomona College in Los Angeles County. A friend at the college inserted his name on several Wikipedia pages, according to Straub, crediting him with not only founding a UK newspaper but also inventing Coca-Cola.

Californian Straub, 25, told The Telegraph:

I don't even read newspapers. I graduated college eight months ago and the biggest thing we learned is don't trust Wikipedia for facts.

That’s advice Lord Leveson and his team could use.

British newspapers have fallen for several hoaxes derived from their dumb dependence on Jimbo Wales’s Big Bag of Trivia.'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9723296/Wikiped...

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Here's something I wasn't aware of - never seen it before - http://www.discogs.com/Various-Strange-Fish-The-Cambridge-Album/releas...

Published by Dr Rhythm at 2:39pm on Mon 17th December 2012.

I actually have a copy of this!

(Somewhere in my loft)

The Double Yellow Line ( or "Double Yellow Yawn" - as they were (rather cruelly) referred to at the time) - was I recall, a real highlight - in retrospect - a couple of years before it's time - I remember when the first Seal album came out, thinking that it would not have sounded out of place if Trevor Horn et al had got hold of it and had Seal record it.

(Make of that what you will).

If I recall correctly from the time, it was charity album - the bands donated their tracks for free.

Published by markcurtis at 9:43pm on Mon 17th December 2012.

not local but i ALWAYS saw them at the boat race ... doo the moog

Published by itsbexyo at 3:41am on Wed 2nd January 2013.

I'm sure I just heard Nemone on 6Music saying she was going to play something by Puncture Repair Kit. Wasn't that a band formed of formerly formal WANers?

Published by Old Rocker at 10:14am on Thu 3rd January 2013.

^ Indeed, research proves this to be so. The record is going to be played in a couple of mins' time.

Published by Old Rocker at 11:46am on Thu 3rd January 2013.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 5:12pm on Thu 3rd January 2013.

Does anyone remember Montreal?
Active '85-87? if its been mentioned,
I missed it (there's loadsa read) If not
what do/did you think?

Published by colin at 12:42am on Wed 6th February 2013.

I think I do - were they a bit metal?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 9:37am on Wed 6th February 2013.

Dr Rhythm, cool glad you do!
A bit metal and a bit good!
The singer is still on the go.
(Singing).
Any info on anyone else?
Any one else remember?
Cheers, Dr R.

Published by colin at 2:39pm on Sat 9th February 2013.
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Colonel Gomez get a mention in this weeks' edition of The Cambridge Student!...

Page 20 "Hidden Cambridge"

http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/download/TCS_Volume14_Lent_Issue6.pdf

Published by markcurtis at 4:42pm on Thu 21st February 2013.

Wow - lots of info about the people & grassroots music in the mid 80s! Not sure if this chat is still that active....

Did a lot of photography with the Cambridge Venue Group and local bands 85 - 87.... and just looked through an exhibition I did back then for the venue campaign ....
(think Mark Russell was involved somehow..)

Does anyone recall the Thakes incident on East Road - just opposite the Boat Race?
Have some photos & story from the night (30th Nov 85) that helped spark the CVG campaign mentioned above... there was quite an active mix sound -set up at the time
and quite a few un-scripted music events...

Recall that Apes in Control were big, have some gig-pictures of Dr Skull, Apes in Control the Ways to Move concert (inc Dave), Dr Soul, Hondo & Sunugal ( + audiences) that may be worth sharing again...

Some bands noted from various posters from that time :
Dr Skull & the MegaBone Orchestra + the Killdares : Sea Cadets 15th Feb 86
Dr Skull, Double Zero's, Children of Some Tradition : St Mathews School, 19 April 86
Hondo & Sunugal : Parkside School Feb 7th 86
Dr Soul & Soul Trader : 23 May, 86
In Flight, Burleigh Arms : 2 July 86
Dr Soul, Apes in Control, Blatant Beast : Coleridge Community College, 12th July 86
Mood Assassins, Blind Lemons, PC Freakbody & the Allstar
Bastard Squad : Sea Cadets, 16 Aug 86.
Misty in Roots, Hondo, Sky Ray Dummy : Corn Exchange, 31st Jan 87(prob?)

Left cambridge in 87/88: it is great to hear the venue campaign eventually lead to the Junction... in 89 I think. Be good to hear more how/ if the Junction filled the local music scene music gap of the mid 80's...

Lots of info.... should have a go at scanning in some photos...

cheers

John

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:32pm on Sat 2nd March 2013.

Interesting post John,

I certainly do remember the Thakes incident in East Road (Cycle store?) – though I was only 15 at the time - and just about to start to write for Scene & Heard (remember that?) only about year afterwards...

I’d always understood things got quite bitter and twisted between the CVG and those who ran the Junction once it opened. I’ll not name names, but if I recall correctly the Cambridge Venue Group had one member appointed as part of the then new venue management/governance, but ultimately they felt they found themselves ‘forced out’ soon after the Junction opened. Overall, I recall a lot of CVG members (although I was involved in the group directly) at the time, felt that the core values/organising principles of the campaign were very quickly brushed aside once the venue was up and running. Certainly I recall feeling that there quickly seemed to be an “us” and ”them” culture between the staff brought into manage the new venue (from outside Cambridge) and those involved with the CVG and other interests in the Cambridge music scene.

I was still running gigs at Sea Cadet Hall (with a chap called Tim Cole!) up to, and for a while after the Junction opened and certainly the main reason for us stopping, was the feeling amongst those who governed the SCH venue, was the Junction would finally fill the gap the Sea Cadet Hall had long offered as a 'mid size non-pub' Cambridge music venue, so the Sea Cadet Hall could, and did, finally end its long association with local and national music.

I only promoted one gig at the Junction in it’s early years (Ozric Tentacles) which sold out easily, and saw tickets being touted outside for three or four times the face value, but despite this – and ensuring that at least one local band got a support slot – I certainly didn’t feel that at the time as local promoters we were welcome to return. But then again, in fairness to the Junction I was, quite frankly an arrogant little bastard (only in my late teens – by way of excuse!) in those days (and belated apologies to all that I annoyed!), so probably didn’t do myself any favours when we looked at booking again.

That said, I always felt there was a big frustration amongst local bands in the early months/years of The Junction that they could never get support slots for the national bands appearing, even with the venue’s in-house promotions, so local acts found themselves resigned to appearing at a few “local band” feature nights (I remember attending one shortly before my Ozric gig - with The Dear Johns* – featuring Ben Miller of Death in Paradise, Armstrong & Miller fame etc and also featuring another local band – Shades of Indifference – remember them?) – I remember feeling at the time local nights weren’t that well run by the venue’s as in-house promotions – and I honestly felt they at the time they were almost ‘set to fail’ - such was perceived resistance to the CVG et al. I think eventually local bands mostly just had to ultimately resign themselves to only being given a gig to play in the bar area.I also recall (though the memory may cheat!) that in those early days of The Junction – the venue routinely argued that the lack of local support slots for in-house promotion of national acts was down to the policies of the agencies that stopped the Junction’s own in-house promoters that were booking the national acts that prevented the booking of additional local acts on the bill. I do recall being outraged by this at the time – and I do have to say, that as a local promoter who often used London agencies to book national acts (Ride at the Sea Cadet Hall being one example) that I never ever, ever once found the slightest problem with any national booking agency letting me putting on an additional local support act – even on package tours.

That said, I am long retired from the music scene – doubtless things have changed hugely and The Junction is much more supportive of local bands nowadays!

*I think I still have a copy of The Dear Johns gig with Ben Miller on VHS video in my loft – as the video company that ultimately filmed the Ozric gig used their local gig as a technical test shoot before the Ozric gig.

Published by markcurtis at 9:02pm on Sun 3rd March 2013.
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I'm going to have to defend the Junction on one count. Inhouse promo or not, while some agents will let you put a support on, all to often they will tell you who's playing, especially once a band is at a certain level. It's a constant source of frustration, but I do get locals on larger shows from time to time, although rarely.

Published by SB___ at 9:14pm on Sun 3rd March 2013.

I really like 'The Pony Collaboration'. What happened to them?

Published by jude_28 at 9:24pm on Sun 3rd March 2013.

Still gigging

Published by SB___ at 9:25pm on Sun 3rd March 2013.

ApesinControlatParkside86

Sounds like I have some catching up to do here!

Havent even been to the Junction yet - (moved to study in Lancaster)!
but def on my to-do list next time im in the area...

Here is a photo from Parkside (school) from 86. Quite like this one - Mark Russell is at the drums and Demmy is just visible on the right at the front of the stage.

Quite a fun night if I remember.
Scan is a bit scratchy - the originals and negatives are much clearer.
Think we hosted another couple of gigs at Parkside (remember photographing
Hondo & Sunugal)- but it was a bit noisy for the neightbouring residents so it wasnt a permanet solution - part of the argument for the venue.

Looking at the Junction website - sounds like an active scene now, still with some type of youth / Introducing type theme, so guess some continuity in some way. What a different
time compared to back then: there is so much choice of venue to see music now.

There was even talk / sketches about building the Junction / Venue in the roundabout at the end of East Road: the old Cattle market seems more practical - and has allowed expansion space. At the time the pictures were very compelling / imaginative for both.

More on Thakes in a while : yes remeber the Scene & Heard. I did some news articles in CCAT's Front Page magazine about the events then also, was 18 back then.

Does anyone have any sound tracks of the sounds of these 80's bands?
I have a Way to Move Tape some where, even an Apes in Control one here - next need to find a tape deck. There was a guy - Phil who did a lot of video's then also - rode a BMW trail bike I think - is he still about ?

J

Published by vicky-the-viking at 12:02am on Mon 4th March 2013.

If anyone is interested, Cambridge Central Library has almost complete sets of Scene & Heard and Blue Suede News - fascinating from a local music history point of view.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:05am on Mon 4th March 2013.

Published by SB___ at 7:40pm on Mon 4th March 2013.
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Thakes85

Marc - that is great to hear such a clear picture that there was some mixed / ambivolent feelings when the Junction started up. Part of the music scene then was - well 'edgy and unscripted disco events' you could say and I did wonder how well this would map into a long term commercial venue. I hear what you are saying about the lack of slots for local bands - can imagine that would have caused a lot of frustration.

The Sea Cadets was such a fun venue, yet some how it felt out of the way and not very permanent- I recall many a time heading up along the Cam to the gigs there.

Yes Thakes was a disused cycle shop (see the picture).

85 was quite a year, what with live aid and the ability of music to motivate.

Be good to read more of the local history on this -thanks Dr Rhythm for pointing to the Central Library : this chat room is doing a pretty good job though...

To add to this archive - here is the part of the feeling of the time captured on the Thakes night.
I wrote this upinto the Front Page Student Magazine, December 85, so this is 'fresh' from
1985...
Be good to hear other peoples opinins about these events - is this how you remeber it?

Start quote
"Near Riot as Party Banned

On Saturday 30th November, East Road was closed to traffic due to a disturbance rarely seen in Cambridge. Three hundred people of differing age groups had gathered with the intent of going to a party which was to be held in the now-empty squat in Thakes bike shop. The police presence holding them back consisted of about eighty men and women. The road sides were also covered with at least twenty police vehicles.

Why was this happening? Chief Superintendent, Harry Gelsthorpe stated: "As far as we know this was a disco that went wrong and too many people wanted access to East Road".

The organisers were arrested for 'stealing electricitiy'. From then the crowd began to swell. The police presence was 'to protect the disco equipment inside the building' according to the Chief Superintendent. As the tension built up a van was brought into block the entrance. The crowd pushed back at the police line. One shouting person was pulled to the ground and arrested - he was bundled into the van. The crowd became even more tense as banging came from inside the van. The pavement by the van was cleared by three police dogs on a leash. One man was attacked and bitten. This caused the crowd to compact even more and as the van squeezed out, a bottle smashed on the windscreen; people were trampled and crused in the chaos. The van was replaced immediately by twenty policemen linking arms and forming a barrier. One officer commented 'I'm here to protect my lads'. At 2:30, after three hours of unrest, the remaining crowd was dispersed by a threat of 'arrest for causing an obstruction and disturbance'.

During the three hours of unrest, thirteen police vehicles were damaged, including cars with slashed tyres; seven peole were arrested and three policemen were injured - it isnt known how many bystanders were hurt. After this the disco equipment was returned to the owners house by the police. Some locals watching the disturbance said they were infuriated by the polices attitude and language towards them when told to leave.

The squat had become a 'unique place for local music in Cambridge'. Local bands had played over the three previous weeks. Many other bands were also showing some interest in this new outlet for music. It started as a disco, covering the squatters leaving party: this had lasted all weekend - the atmosphere tainted by a couple of eleven-year-old vandals who were not welcome but entered and smashed the windows.

The Labour Councillor representing the local Council flat residents, lobbied for an immediate demolition of the building on receiving complaints about the music. Local residents stated that this was by no means a unanimous opinion."
End Quote
Written as an 18 year old.

Published by vicky-the-viking at 7:50pm on Mon 4th March 2013.

TakesDiscokit85

...and this was the view from inside

Published by vicky-the-viking at 7:52pm on Mon 4th March 2013.

I was outside - an interesting evening!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:01am on Tue 5th March 2013.

Love this thread. Nice photos, Vicky

Published by ed____ at 12:13pm on Tue 5th March 2013.

I was at NJ Thakes and arrested at Rob Roy/Boathouse and the church hall squat party that is now demolished at the end of King Street. Went to court over Boathouse incident.

Published by daggg at 12:44pm on Tue 5th March 2013.

In many ways, I think this thread defines WAN - it was certainly what dragged me in!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 12:47pm on Tue 5th March 2013.

Re earlier post on Blue Suede News, i reviewed Katrina and The Waves with The Lonely at Ely Rugby Club for that. loved the Family Trees that were in the magazine.

Published by steve w at 10:25am on Thu 7th March 2013.

Published by markcurtis at 9:39pm on Thu 7th March 2013.
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blimey... the Ely Rugby Club gig... I remember that... still have the contract somewhere...

Published by happyted at 11:28am on Fri 8th March 2013.

This Must be linked already but, in case not :-

http://www.af4k.com/cambridge.htm

Published by steve w at 2:39pm on Fri 8th March 2013.

My dad's the bloke on the left of the Ramblers pic (2nd pic from top)

Published by SB___ at 10:37pm on Fri 8th March 2013.

Colleragegig86

Great to hear about all the influences and linkages we have.

Didnt do the Ely gig - sounds interesting.

Based on the rave music links, thanks for the pointers Mark - had a relook at the posters and material from 85/86. There was quite a bit of early disco-deck music happening:
most of the gigs I covered had a line-up and also a 'disco' advertised in one way or another. Here is an example 'billing' from the Colerage Community College gig 12th July (86). Dr Soul, Apes, Blatant Beast - plus 'Tone Def' sounds the disco part and talk of a Chalk Pits Party.

Trying the remember the music influences from that time that I heard:
in addition to rock beats of the time think there was Sly & Robbie, James Brown, some regge. Can anyone recall the early hip-hop disco deck artists that the like of Tone Def blended together so well....? Guess that the happenings of 85/86 were at the roots of this music/ rave scene in the Cambridge area.

Been listening to some eighty's sounds today on radio 6, great...some more photos in a mo...

Published by vicky-the-viking at 6:10pm on Sun 10th March 2013.
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apesparkside86

Have a photo of Dr Soul ( on saxaphone) - but its in an exhbition so hard to scan.

Following on from the above threads - 'typical music evening' at the time

Apes in Control from Parkside -
....

Published by vicky-the-viking at 6:18pm on Sun 10th March 2013.

audienceparkside86

..and the view from the stage, well of us I guess..

This gig pretty much filled up the whole school hall.

Was quite something - also for me as this was my old secondary school so had some extra meaning in a way....

Published by vicky-the-viking at 6:22pm on Sun 10th March 2013.
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apesparksidec

...left of stage: Apes, audience, sounds riffing and dancing. A charged and expectant atmosphere.

Not sure who else was listed on the line up that night....

Published by vicky-the-viking at 6:26pm on Sun 10th March 2013.

discoparkside86

... and back to one of these above themes: then there were the disco sounds; typically a couple of turntables, a stack of vinyls and the 'disco sound crew' : it was tough to photograph this and capture the atmosphere of the moment. Here is one example from Parkside I think, or perhps Collerage, standing around the disco-deck, during the performace / sounds. Rough backdrop poster stapled to the wall, flashing lights on the turn-tables on the, thk-thk-thk- beats. Does anyone else have any other recollections
examples of these 85/86 sounds ?

Published by vicky-the-viking at 6:34pm on Sun 10th March 2013.

Tone Def perhaps?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:08pm on Sun 10th March 2013.

I thought my youth was in colour must have been black and white ;-]

Published by daggg at 12:20am on Mon 11th March 2013.

Probably was Tone Def.

Plus all the grey tones...! Know what you mean ...I'm missing hearing the sounds also, just saw a link to drskul.org with some music/ mp3.

Back then it was simply easier to take black & white and develop these myself (at the Cambridge Darkroom - did a lots & lots of film), plus it linked with contemporary art/ documentary photography at the time so was part of that theme.

Would typically take the pictures and develop them next day. Have a few colour slides of Dr Soul, Sunugal and Ways to Move and Sea Cadets...as experimented with these at bit, lets see how these look / scan in ...

Published by vicky-the-viking at 12:42am on Mon 11th March 2013.

Published by markcurtis at 10:08pm on Fri 15th March 2013.

WaystoMoveDaveG

Good to see the rock competition.

Have actually got some colour slides from then - didnt develop many into full blown pictures cause of cost then. Here is a bit more of a photo discussion from Ways to Move...and some Venue discussion stuff

Dave Gowar playing at ways to Move...

Published by vicky-the-viking at 7:59pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

waystomovelazers

...which had all sorts of lighting, inc lazers

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:01pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

waystomovestage

the Ways to Move concert had about 400 people atteding, held at the Guildhall (16th Dec 85).

This concert was put on, with the Cambridge Music Trust following a City Council meeting on the 9th Dec to listen to the issues of the N J Thakes incident. That meeting was attended by over 100 people who were asking / demanding ? the provision of a permanent entertainment centre.

The Ways to Move concert helped to gauge to type of audience size that was important then...

The light show was quite something....

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:09pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

waystomovecontactsheet

...bit hard to see but this was a contact sheet,...Dr Skull included,
from the Ways to Move Night.

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:13pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

sunugalparkside

Not sure what the exact line up was that night. It certainly included Honodo and Sunugal.
Prefer these pictures of these two bands taken at Parkside - they are a bit more dynamic.

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:16pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

hondoparkside

and Hondo..

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:17pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

VenueMeetings

The venue campaign involved meetings with reps from a lot of voluntry groups...
here are the ones I recall :

Cambridge Arts Forum, Vagabond Promotions, Cambridge Co-operative Development Agency, Cambridge Music Trust, Youth Council, Makka Sound Studios, Muscleman Music, Stawberry Fair, Eastern Jazz, Cambridge Modern Jazz Club, Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge Community Radio, Cambridge Youth Theatre, Open House, Andrew Murden Centre, CCAT, CALA, Independent artisits and individuals

...

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:25pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

beforetheJunction

... its quite something that the Cattle Market site managed to get converted into the Junction. This is what it used to look like (view from Hills Road bridge).

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:29pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

...these are some of my favorite images from 85/86. Many were published in an exhbition published in the Cambridge Darkroom on Jan 31st to Feb 22 1987.... which has since been sitting in my attic...

feels better for all to see some of the story from that time. Life is so easy now with iPhones and digital cameras : back then developing these B&W & colour photos myself took a lot of time & patience!

Should roll these up into a discussion / presentation to share with all.
I wonder what interest there would be to see these ..? Any thoughts ?

Heard from some younger Cambridge residents that the Junction is fun.

John

Published by vicky-the-viking at 8:56pm on Sat 16th March 2013.

I'm hiding behind the drums in that photo of Dave Gower/Mood Assassins - the lasers were quite impressive as I remember.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:03am on Sun 17th March 2013.

are you still playing now?

Published by vicky-the-viking at 2:43pm on Sun 17th March 2013.

I was until a few years ago when I broke my collar bone - never been the same since and I would struggle to play a full set I think - annoying!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 9:48pm on Sun 17th March 2013.

oh - what a pain! Does the rest of the band play in one way or another...?

Tried looking up Apes / Your Dinner...and came up with Horace X.

Just saw a youtube link for Horace X at the Junction. These sounds sound very familiar...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ffNWetFh2o

Published by vicky-the-viking at 10:23pm on Sun 17th March 2013.

Nobody is really doing much band wise but Carlos (guitar) and Phil (bass) are still very much playing and involved with music. Paul (percussion) went on to be a top local DJ and I'm sure he's up to something. Dave moved up to the Midlands and the last I heard of him he was playing in a band called Flaming June but that was quite a few years ago now. I at least went out on a reasonable level - last proper gig I played was at the Shepherds Bush Empire supporting the Hoodoo Gurus.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:01am on Mon 18th March 2013.

The Containers - pics from 1977

Just came upon this forum. I was in 1977 Cambridge band The Inserts, which mutated into The Containers by 1978, and even though we were then London based, the first version of the Cs was essentially, Cambridge - myself James A Smith - vocals / guitar, Adrian Foster - bass, Stella Barker - vocals rhythm guitar. Robyn and Morris from the Soft Bos made up our numbers for the demo session I've just restored, recorded at Spaceward Studios in March '79 - they are now on youtube at the following...

http://www.youtube.com/user/AyliffeSmith/videos

Published by AyliffeSmith at 5:47pm on Wed 12th June 2013.

Ezio & Booga in Totnes 2013

... saw EZIO play in Totnes a few days ago - turns out they are from Cambridge and been there since mid 80's: what a fab set / sound. Got talking about the various gig prepation / roadies.

Here is Ezio and Booga :

Published by vicky-the-viking at 11:00pm on Wed 12th June 2013.

gigprep-84

...for the 84/ 85 venue campaign here are some of the behind the scenes / sound / lighting desk guys, more black and white..

This is a mix of photos from vagabond promotions and the ways to move gig:

Published by vicky-the-viking at 11:04pm on Wed 12th June 2013.

sound desk

getting ready. Are the sound desks still this size now?

Published by vicky-the-viking at 11:06pm on Wed 12th June 2013.

andy keithly - lights

Here are a couple of Andy doing the lighting

Published by vicky-the-viking at 11:08pm on Wed 12th June 2013.

ways to move lights

This was from the Way 2 move concert - with the lazers set-up on the otherside of Andy.

Small world - heard that Ezio knows Andy.

Dr Rhythm - good to hear you had a good last major gig.

Published by vicky-the-viking at 11:12pm on Wed 12th June 2013.

The thread that keeps on giving. Great photos Vicky.

Published by arthurCRS at 11:15am on Thu 13th June 2013.

There was also a Ways To Move album launch party at Kambar (or whatever it was called back then) - as you might imagine, having so many bitchy local musician egos in such a confined space was a bit dangerous!

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:21am on Thu 13th June 2013.

I think some things dont change that much :-) !!

Published by vicky-the-viking at 10:27pm on Thu 13th June 2013.

The pic after the Ezio one features (I think) local sound hero Davey Graham in younger days. He's a dude. He's the guy on the right of the pic, not the bloke with the massive curly barnet.

Published by SB___ at 9:45am on Fri 14th June 2013.

DG was certainly considered the best sound man in town back in the 80s - is he he still active?

Published by Dr Rhythm at 10:28am on Fri 14th June 2013.

Not seen him in a long time, but he did sound at the Boat Race and latterly The Portland. Pretty much the best engineer i've known.

Published by SB___ at 10:31am on Fri 14th June 2013.

He was always bang on with live drum sounds which a lot of sound engineers just don't seem to be able to do properly.

Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:26am on Fri 14th June 2013.

All way before more time of course (!), but still - I found this a rather interesting read!

http://i-spysydincambridge.com/assets/pdf/booklet-may2013.pdf

Published by markcurtis at 6:59am on Sat 15th June 2013.

Davey Graham a very good sound engineer and I had the pleasure of working with him a few times in and around Cambridge.

Published by The Rock Club at 9:17am on Sat 15th June 2013.

Was Davey the Scottish guy who was at the Boat Race in the mid-late 90s - if so he was very helpful, and a pleasant bloke.

Published by Kuryakin at 11:30am on Sat 15th June 2013.

...hm, be good to know what he did to capture the drum sounds so well....could well still learn something now.

Published by vicky-the-viking at 5:51pm on Sun 16th June 2013.

mark - yes an interesting read about 60's to 70's music. Must head over to visit cambridge and experience the Junction / fiver unplugged etc...

Published by vicky-the-viking at 7:07pm on Sun 16th June 2013.

Kuryakin - yep, that's Davy alright.

Published by SB___ at 7:33pm on Sun 16th June 2013.

Hi Guys, here is a link to a positive & empowering chat I recently had about 'Happening space..'. enjoy, comment & share etc.. :-)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/160341859/Thinking-About-Happening-Space

It chats about parallels about the 'start-up' music scene pre-Junction and current start-up music scene in Liverpool... and this includes photo's from the Venue campaign in Cambridge.

Called it 'Thinking About Happening Space..'

Have published it on Scribd.

Published by vicky-the-viking at 10:14pm on Sun 25th August 2013.

vicky-the-viking - Are those photos from the Ely Beet & Social club?

Published by mudsharkinterview at 9:43am on Sat 31st August 2013.

hi mudsharkinterview -

These photo'sare from Parkside community college- CVG/Vagabond promotions gigs, Ways to Move concert in the Cambridge Guildhall and the East road - Thakes incident.

perhaps the same bands played at ElyBeet & Social club - mid 80's but didnt cover that location then. Hope this helps.

Published by vicky-the-viking at 12:45pm on Sat 31st August 2013.

Published by The Rock Club at 12:25pm on Tue 29th October 2013.

Opening with a wonderful shot of Gary Dash's bum!

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Published by ChandraFleslr at 10:48pm on Thu 1st May 2014.

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Published by Dr Rhythm at 11:46pm on Fri 2nd May 2014.

Hi all,
Anyone remember post punk agit popsters Red Over White back in 1985-7? Played a lot of benefit gigs in and around the city. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers Dave Wick, Tim Brooks, Dave Fletcher and Brendan Costello. Memories, photos, etc etc. Partic from Cambridge & Haverhill folk.

Published by Dave Fletch at 2:44pm on Wed 11th June 2014.

Does anyone have any memories of the Peterborough band Sudden Sway?

Published by rawvegetablepuree at 6:00pm on Thu 28th August 2014.

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