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 A BAND CALLED DORIS 

Also known as DORIS, and ABC DORIS, this outfit originated from Holmes Chapel. AOR style music, they contributed the song Many Miles from Home to the Stoke Musicians Collective's album CRY HAVOC. Also released singles on their own ABCD record label - Living Danger b/w Sitting Here Waiting in 1981 was ABCD1, and Gypsy Eyes in 1982 was ABCD3, which indicates that there may have been another single ABCD2.
Line-up:  
AMBROSE PARTINGTON - keyboards, PETE MOSS - gtr, bass, vocals, PAUL HELSBY - drums, and the main man BOB WEBB - vocals, gtr, bass .

 

 

A NUL NOISE

4-piece mid-80s punk band, heavily inspired by Crass. Fronted by NICK RHEAD, the former drummer with THE IMMORTALS. Ex FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN member MARK TURNER played guitar, JULIE SKUCHA on violin, and the drummer was BILL 'JOCK' WHITE, who was previously involved with DAY FIVE. Released one track, Hibakusha, on a compilation album on Crass Records entitled Bullshit Detector 3 - http://www.discogs.com/release/565584. Hibakusha was produced by NEALE DOWN, ex ALL THE MADMEN, DECADES BY NIGHT, THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN, THE CONE, & TIGER CLUB. JULIE SKUCHA had previously worked with THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN. NICK RHEAD formed NO POPPIES.

 

AGENT BLUE

One of the bands featured on this site that really should have made it big, AGENT BLUE were an indie/punk quintet from the Oakhill/Boothen area, comprising NIC ANDREWS (vocals), MATT JONES(drums), CALUM MURPHY (bass), JOSH HILL (guitar) and MARK TAYLOR (guitar & backing vox). Their 2004 single "Crossbreed" came out in late 2004. The three-track release followed on the heels of the singles "Snowhill" (Fierce Panda) and "Something Else". Conspicuous due to their crunching guitars and raucous attitude, the band were noticed by Universal and subsequently signed. AGENT BLUE split with Universal in 2005 and set out as independents to wreak musical havoc on their own terms. The band split in the summer of 2007.

DEAN BRINDLEY, father of CALUM, at one time managed GRACE, FLIGHT 505, THE LEMMINGS, SQUIBNOCKET FARM, & THE KILLJOYS.

 

THE ALERT

Macclesfield punks.

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ALL THE MADMEN

CHRIS BAILEY - vocals, MICK RICHARDSON - synths, NEALE DOWN - synths, RICHARD SMITH akaCAVALIER aka JAH SMITH - drum machine. The brain child of MICK & NEALE, ALL THE MADMEN were formed in 1980 from the ashes of punk bands DEDKATZ and BEYOND THE WALL, taking off in a completely different direction, with an electronic sound reminiscent of The Human League, Gary Numan, & Depeche Mode.
After initially approaching former 
DISCHARGE drummer ACKO as a potential front man, the duo recruited former BEYOND THE WALL singer CHRIS BAILEY. Debuting at a house party in August 1980 supporting STRANGE BROOD, the band went on to play a number of gigs in the Newcastle area - The Bear, El Syds, Ritzy's, etc.
Recorded a three track demo at Bumble Studio in August 1980, including a cover of Alice Cooper's Schools Out with 
JULIE VAUGHAN on 'schoolgirl backing vocals', one track - Superior Life - was eventually released on the Slip Records compilation CRY HAVOC in February '81. By this time the band had split up due to 'musical differences'. The track was played a number of times on John Peel's Radio One show.
MICK & NEALE worked on a number of further projects together including DECADES BY NIGHT, THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN, RED FETISH, and THE CONE; CHRIS & RICHARD left the local music scene, apart from CHRIS occasionally working as a roadie for DISCHARGE

In 2006 ALL THE MADMEN were approached by Obscure Identities 1980, a Californian independent record label, with a view to releasing a vinyl album! Around the same time, Superior Life appeared on an unofficial German release 'None Night of Flexipop Vol. 6' : http://www.discogs.com/release/1103672

In 2010, the track Living Is A Nightmare opened an unofficial American release, CRISPY NUGGETS VOL.1:

The album DO YOU HEAR THE SIRENS CALLING was eventually released in August 2010.http://www.discogs.com/All-The-Madmen-Do-You-Hear-The-Sirens-Calling/release/2502873

A follow up - IN A DIFFERENT PLACE - came out in 2011.

http://www.discogs.com/All-The-Madmen-In-A-Different-Place/release/3283766

Another unofficial release containing Superior Life - NOW THATS WHAT I CALL MINIMAL 80'S VOL 12 -appeared in 2010.

CHRIS BAILEY died on New Year's day 2011.

 

ALL THE RAGE

Formed by PETE NORCOTT & IAN BELFIELD, both ex THE FITZ, with TONY BOYLE [ex SQUARE PEGS]on guitar and vocals and ERIC DOWNEY on guitar and trumpet. PETE later formed THE KETTLE ONS.

 

ALTERN8

From Stafford, ALTERN8 conisted of 2 producers MARK ARCHER & CHRIS PEAT. They originally started out as NEXUS 21 as a pure techno act, but they decided to produce hardcore and rave under the nameALTERN8.

 

THE ALTERNATORS

This band from the early 80s were made up of students from Keele University. 

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THE AMAZING GREEN PARADOX BAND

A band from 1981 playing acid rock.The band included MICHAEL O'DEMPSEY (songwriter & electric 12-string), GEOFF BLUNDELL on keyboards (who also played in another local band  called BREEZE with MICHAEL O'DEMPSEY), LES HEWITT on lead guitar, ROBERT O'DEMPSEY on another lead guitar, KIM HICKMAN on drums he also played in GOLGOTHA. On bass was SLAUGHTER, also on bass was a guy called DODDROBERT O'DEMPSEY went on to play in many groups,and promoted many mainly folk gigs. MICHAEL O'DEMPSEY played  keyboards with the MAGIC MUSHROOM BAND and the ambient trio TUU, later moving to New Zealand.

 

THE AMAZONS

One of the bands on the early Stoke Musicians Collective scene. Did one gig at Stoke Poly, then becameBE JUNGLE

 

ANIMAL LOGIC

Featured on the mid-80s compilation album "To Boldly Go" with the track Trees And Animals.

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ANNA REXIA

Involved with THE STOKE MUSICIANS COLLECTIVE in the very early days.

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ANY TROUBLE

A bunch of students from Manchester who were studying at Crewe & Alsager college, lived in Crewe, and rehearsed in Shelton. Signed with Stiff, went on to have a moderately successful career before splitting, front man CLIVE GREGSON continues to this day to work in the music business. Full info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any_Trouble 

 

THE ANYTHINGS

Late 80's Fall/Velvet Underground influenced band from Tunstall area. Singer/guitarist was SIMON GARNER. 

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THE ART RATS

From Nantwich.

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ASCENSION

Early '70s avant garde/free music outfit featuring, amongst others, JEFF HARTNETT, who would later be involved with the early Stoke Musicians Collective.

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ASYLUM

Punk band. TONY 'BEANO' HAZELDINE on vocals, ex THE PLAGUE,  DAVE MANNING, who died in 2015, played bass, CHRIS SLATER on lead, and KEVIN HAMMOND on drums.

It was also BAZ from BROKEN BONES first band.


 

 THE AUCADION

Stafford based 5 or 6-piece from the early '80s. Should have been much bigger than they actually were. Comprising DAVE TOMLINSON (bass, synth, vox, percussion), NIGEL REES (guitar, bass, vox),ALPHONSE (drums), CHRIS PRICE (synth), NORM THE STORM (vox), MARK GODRIDGE (bass, clarinet, vox). TOMLINSON was formerly in THE OBSESSIONS. DAVE, NIGEL, CHRIS & ALPHONSE were together in THE POSITIVE IONS.

 

BABY SILVERSKINS

Melodic hardcore band (bit like Fugazi meets Snuff) from Crewe/Audlem. Released a split EP with Buxton's PigPile on Refusenik Records, a 6x track demo "5 Litre Grunt" and were on a Japanese compilation called "The Best Punk Rock In England, Man"

 

http://www.discogs.com/Baby-Silverskins-Pig-Pile-Baby-Silverskins-Pig-Pile/release/2408801

 

 

 

BACCHUS PLATEAU

Rock band from the late seventies, some of whom went on to become LE GRIFFE. 

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BAD LOSERS

Alsager based rockers, formed around 1982.

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BAMBOO ZOO

From somewhere out Woore/Market Drayton way. Similar to the eighties band Japan.

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THE BARFLYS

They morphed from pub rockers THE DRAGONS which featured GAVIN SUTHERLAND on bass.

LES HUNT - guitar
GEORGE GLOVER - Keys
STEVE HAYES - Guitar and vox
ROB ROLF - bass
JON 'CROW' WRIGHT - drums

Regulars at the Rigger in Newcastle and the Gardeners Retreat in Stoke.

STEVE, ROB & JON also played in THE BOBCATS

 

THE BATWING CHAPS 

Leek based band, managed by NIGEL BAMFORD (former manager of THE VEINS and original member ofDISCHARGE) comprising :
MICK ROGERS - vocal/guitar
ANDY CLARKE - drums
ROBIN WAGG - guitar
PETE HANKEY - bass

They also brought in a trumpet player called 
REG LAMUMBA (DAVE EDWARDS from METROPOLISand a percussionist by the name of "HOGGET ZACORSKI" - both made up names but that was what they went out as. 

Played on tour in 1982 with Culture Club (on the tour when "Do you really want to hurt me" broke big and followed that with dates on Kid Creole and the Coconuts tour.
Virgin sniffed around but didn't follow through.

PETE HANKEY also played with UNITED NATIONS, and eventually ended up playing with THE RUDE BOYS.

http://www.therudeboys.co.uk/

 

 
BE JUNGLE

Formerly THE AMAZONS. Gigged between '81 and '83. ADRIAN TINSLEY on bass, IAN TINSLEY on rhythm guitar, and JONATHAN PLANT on vocals, they are the founder members.Also featured on lead guitar - PAUL HARVEY and on drums - GRANT PALMER.

All members continue in music in some form, PAUL HARVEY went on to join Pauline Murray, and is now an artist and lecturer. 

ADRIAN TINSLEY and JONATHAN PLANT went on to form Moorland Pottery, and continue to write music and play in the band FRONT ROOM.

IAN TINSLEY still plays and has gigged in musicals. 

 

 

BEYOND THE WALL

Also known as "THE WALL", the band took their name from a song in their set - Existence Beyond The Wall. BEYOND THE WALL were a 5-piece post punk/new wave outfit based in Newcastle, together for the first half of 1979. Comprising: CHRIS BAILEY - vocals, STEVE COLCLOUGH aka COUG, ex DEDKATZ, on guitar, GARY JEWESS on bass, JOHN OAKES on keyboards, and TIM SIMPSON on drums. Highlight of their short career was the gig at Newcastle Guildhall in February '79 on the night that Sid Vicious died - as rumours and then news filtered through, the crowd and the band rose to the occasion. A truly memorable gig. BEYOND THE WALL split before realising their potential.
CHRIS BAILEY joined ALL THE MADMEN, GARY formed THE IMMORTALS, later joining DECADES BY NIGHT before forming R.A.X., THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN, and latterly THE NEW SUBTERRANEANS.JOHN also played in THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN & R.A.X. TIM later played in THE WHITE LIGHTNING BLUES BAND, & THE KILLJOYS. STEVE got married and left the local music scene. 

 

 

BILLYCLUB 

A US punk band featuring ex DISCHARGE original TEZZ. 

 

 

THE BLACK CATS

Local boxing legend PAT BROGAN was lead singer with this early sixties beat group. He also sang withTHE PHANTOMS. 

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THE BLACKJACKS

Skiffle act that evolved into a rock ‘n’ roll group. MICHAEL BEARDMORE, on guitar; MICHAEL BLOOR,on bass; BOB BOOTH, on drums; singer FRED BOSWORTH, and TERRY EVANS, on guitar. In 1961 FRED BOSWORTH was tragically killed in a car accident. TERRY EVANS went on to form TERRY KING & THE SAINTS.

 

 

BLISTER

Early 70s heavy metal outfit, well known for playing The Gaiety, they released a single called ‘The Bomb’ which was on the jukebox of the well known Hanley pub The Black Horse. 

 

 

THE BOBCATS  

Featuring former BARFLY members STEVE, ROB & CROW along with "the other PETE FRAMPTON".

 

BOX 'EM DOMINOES

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BRAVE NEW FLESH

One of the bands involved with the early Stoke Musicians Collective, performed at the Burslem bandstand SMC festival in 1980. KEVIN JERVIS on vocals, GRAINGER REECE on synth, ROGER McINTOSH on guitar, amongst others. Evolved into WALTER MITTY.

 

 

BREADLINE

GARY CHELL, ex DEDKATZ on drums, and JANET EVANS on vocals, DARRELL GRRENHALGH on bass and NEIL CHELL on vox/gtr.. Released a single in 1979 called Thank God It's Friday on ZIPP RECORDS, recorded at Penkhull's Bumble Studio and produced by KENNY STEVENS. GARY & DARRELL went on to work together in UXB.

 

BROKEN BONES

Punk band formed by BONES, ex-guitarist with DISCHARGE.

Upon leaving DISCHARGE in 1983, guitarist TONY 'BONES' ROBERTS formed his own post-hardcore metal band, BROKEN BONES, recruiting drummer BAZ (ex ASYLUM), bassist ODDY, and vocalist NOBBY to complete the lineup. It is unclear whether drummer CLIFF and bassist TERRY ROBERTS (BONES' brother) were the same musicians working under different names, but they soon replaced BAZ and ODDY. Their 1984 debut, Dem Bones, established their modus operandi with loud guitar bashing and political protest lyrics. Such albums as Bonecrusher (1986) and the part live, part studio F.O.A.D. (Fuck Off and Die, 1987) demonstrated little variation from that formula. The CD issue of 1987's Decapitated compiled Dem Bones, the title non-LP single, and the 1985 Seeing Thru My Eyes EP. For 1989's Losing Control, BROKEN BONES returned with vocalist QUIV and bassist D.L. HARRIS, to no discernible musical difference. More albums followed: Trader in Death (1990), Stitched Up (1991), and Death Is Imminent (1993). A singles compilation was issued by Cleopatra in 1996. Without Conscience marked the band's first release for the new millennium, issued in mid-2001. 

Embarrassing fact: BAZ won a best dressed Adam Ant lookalike at Bruno's Kings Hall disco in 1981! 

 



THE BURNHEARTS

Mid 80's band featuring 3 brothers (TIM, JEZ, & SIMON CAWLEY) from Abbey Hulton, played Elvis Costello/Byrds influenced New Wave. SIMON [known as SID] wrote some memorable pop songs, "Paradise" being a particular crowd pleaser. Also featured TONY 'PANZER' RIZAK on lead guitar.

 

 

BURST

From Fenton, featuring ANDREW GOWER, and STEVE TILLEY, who owns the recording/rehearsal studio Mushroom. GOWER went on to have a moderately successful solo career.

 

CANDY FLIP

Well, half the duo come from the Potteries. UK house music duo CANDY FLIP consisted of RIC PEET (b.RICHARD ANDERSON-PEET, Merseyside) and DIZZY DEE (b. DANIEL MOULD, Stoke). (PEET was sometimes soundman for Leek band GODIVAS). They originally joined the UK house outfit This Ain't Chicago, who released "Ride The Rhythm" on the Club label. By the time of CANDY FLIP, they were dressed in psychedelic flares, boots and shirts that saw them earmarked as part of the "Madchester" 60s revival. As a duo their first release was the minor club hit "Love Is Life". However, a cover version of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" earned them their first UK chart success, reaching number 3 in March 1990. Originally intended as a b-side to "Can You Feel The Love", it was perfect fodder for the second summer of love generation. The follow-up, "This Can Be Real", and its successors, failed to make the Top 50, and the duo split-up in 1992. MOULD now works as a producer with his brother KELVIN MOULD, remixing tracks for Blueboy, Sister Sledge and Bentley Rhythm Ace, while PEET has engineered albums by the Charlatans, Six By Seven and the Wildhearts. 

 

CAPITALIST NOTION

Macclesfield punks. STEVE COPE on vox, FEWTRELL on bass, formerly of REMAINS, ANARAX, & THE NEWPORT DOLLS, COLIN JACKLIN on gtr, LAWTON on gtr, & STICKS THORPE on drums.

 

CAPSTAN

South Cheshire folk rock band from the late seventies, PETER HAWXWELL played guitar, banjo and harmonica. He now plays trombone for the Audley Brass Band. 

 

CARNIVAL

A four-piece featuring CHARLIE HARRIS (Pembrokeshire refugee from Newcastle High School) on lead guitar (he had played with NEW GENERATION, who morphed into THE SUTHERLAND BROTHERS). Played at the Crystal Ballroom in Newcastle on Sunday nights. Singer was called COLIN. They used to do a cover of 'It's a Carnival' by ADY SHAW of THE KAVAAN.

 

THE CATALECTIC PARAGOGE

An experimental duo featuring PATRICK REGAN & CLIVE BUTTLE on various instruments. They often worked with GRAINGER REECE on his assorted projects. Occasionally performed live, more often than not at 'free music' shows in the Burslem Leisure Centre. They also contributed a track to The STOKE MUSICIANS COLLECTIVE album CRY HAVOC in 1981 ' Re: Bertha De Cool ' under the nameAMPRIBRACH ENALLAGE & THE CATALECTIC PARAGOGE.

 

CHASER

Rock band from the late 70s who played a mixture of covers and originals. Guitarists GORDON ALLEN &PETER RAMTSO were amongst the members. BRIAN WRIGHT was the singer, he had a single out in the mid 70's called 'LA DE DA' written by DES PARTON on the PYE label.

 

CHEATER 

From the early 80s. STEVE GOWANS - vox, PADDY O'ROURKE - drums, DAVE DEAKIN - bass, LINDON RYLES -gtr. Featured on the mid-80s compilation album "To Boldly Go" with the track 'Kill Two Birds' although by this time the band had become known as HARRIER.

 

 

THE CHEEZY HELMETS

Regulars at The Vine around 1981/82. 

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THE CITY ZONES

1990’s rock band THE CITY ZONES has seen an issue of a new single “Spoils of Humanity” available worldwide on download. The live track recorded by the BBC in the late 1990’s was never released. Written by TIM SANDERS, ANTHONY MACHIN and IAN AINSWORTH from the group was adopted by The Green Party for advertising during the 2010 election campaign. Since this release showed promising sales previous releases have seen reissues such as THE CITY ZONES most popular recording La Maison De L’Amour. THE CITY ZONES were an extremely popular support band of the 1990’s all the members originated from Stoke-On–Trent including 1992/3 Bass Guitarist ANDY WHITFIELD (ex GRACE).

The 7 piece outfit originally failed to make a major impression on the singles or album charts but were a consistant live act throughout the 1990’s. The 2010’s may prove to be the time for the ageing rockers - line up..TIM SANDERS (Vocals /Bass), JULIE GATOR (Keyboard, backing), ANTHONY MACHIN (Guitars),IAN AINSWORTH (Vocals), STEVE THOMKINSON (Guitars), KEVIN THOMKINSON (Percussion).

 

CIVIL DEFENCE

Hailed from Tunstall and began gigging around Stoke-on-Trent in 1982 until their demise in 1984. Line up was : PAUL BRERETON and PHIL HARDING (guitars), MICK EDDINGTON (bass), PHIL BRERETON(drums), JAN EGGINGTON (vocals) and GWYN WALLEY (keyboards).

In 1984, HARDING & WALLEY left - to marry each other, and the rest of the band became PARANOIA.

 

THE CLIMAX BLUES BAND

Stoke/Stafford blues rock band, date back to the late sixties. Originally known as the CLIMAX CHICAGO BLUES BAND, and before that THE GOSPEL TRUTH, the band have gone through many changes of line-up. Famous for their top 10 UK single Couldn't Get It Right, the band have released numerous albums.DEREK HOLT of the band wrote this about the beginnings of the band:

"Our first regular Sunday residencies were at The Crown and Anchor in London, this was where CLIMAXreally started as a band, inviting people like Alexis Korner, The name grew from COLIN COOPER'S CLIMAX JAZZ BAND,into THE CLIMAX CHICAGO BLUES BAND, then we dropped the Chicago bit as it was confusing for the Yanks who thought we were 'Chicago'.

The Rose and Crown Etruria was a great little gig where loads of local musicians used to jam, I don't thinkCLIMAX ever did a gig there as the band but we would have turned up at seperate times for jam sessions. After the Crown and Anchor we then moved the Sunday nights to The George in Burslem where we eventually got'discovered' by a scout for Parlaphone, EMI, we then were invited to do our first album, in Abbey Road studio in 1968, we recorded it in a day, and the front cover features a sepia photograph of the band standing on the railtracks in Longton just over the road from The Crown and Anchor".


Click here for everything you need to know: http://www.climaxbluesband.co.uk/

 

GEOFF COLE 

GEOFF COLE is a singer songwriter from Wolstanton who played with JEFFREY'S VELVET JACKETbetween 1990 and 1994. After a 17 year (!) rest he began performing solo before forming the “CHARRINGTON COLE BLUES COLLECTIVE” in 2013. The band’s debut single has received over 30 radio plays in the UK and USA

The video can be seen here: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlI2sTHI9_k

 

 

ED COLI

Alter ego of GRAINGER REECE (WALTER MITTY, SONS OF MONKEYS, EMPTY PIANOS).GRAINGER moved to Wales in the 1990s. He died in 2009. Grainger's son Patrick was involved with an outfit called BETA POINT (not quite as left-field as GRAINGER'S output):

 

COLOGNE

A futurist/synth band from 1981 (when else?), described as being similar to the band Japan. Three guys and a girl.

 

THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT

RICKY BALLAN  drms  

GEORGE GLOVER keys

PAUL STEVENSON  bss  

PHIL TUNSTALL vcs 

PETE WAINWRIGHT gtr    

MICK NIXON  gtr 

HUTCH      vcs              

DES PARTON  vcs        

A Stoke-on-Trent band that was formed around 1965/1966 as THE SYSTEM by GEORGE GLOVER PAUL STEVENSON  with guitarist GERALD BROOKS and RICKY BALLAN . In early 1967, PETE WAINWRIGHTreplaced BROOKS and PHIL TUNSTALL came in on lead vocals.

In October 1967, MICK NIXON  took over from PETE WAINWRIGHT on guitar. NIXON had been lead singer with THE GOSPEL TRUTH, which subsequently morphed into THE CLIMAX BLUES BANDWithin days of his joining, THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT got the opportunity to tour Sweden on a 14-day tour and shared two shows with HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS before doing further dates with the Troggs.

Back in England, the band briefly gigged around the Stoke-on-Trent area before landing a three-week stint at the Star Club in Hamburg in December where they met Richie Blackmore, who sat in on several occasions.

THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT then headed to Cologne for two weeks to play the Storyville Club followed by another fortnight at the Frankfurt Storyville Club. A second tour of Sweden in April-May 1968 was a disaster. In December, TUNSTALL was tempted away with an offer to join a new version ofHEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS. More COLOUR SUPPLEMENT information here -http://www.garagehangover.com/?q=HedgehoppersThe band continued briefly as a four-piece but then brought in a singer called HUTCH (aka BERNARD HUTCHINSON). HUTCHINSON recorded a single,NIXON's The House Where I Live backed by Plastic People at Tangerine studios produced by Freddie St John Lloyd but it was never released. Neither was an album recorded soon after by THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT

With HUTCH, THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT gigged consistently for about two years, returning frequently to the Top Ten Club, touring Denmark and the UK, including several appearances at the Cavern.

They then replaced HUTCH with DES PARTON who went on to write songs for Sweet Sensation. He also had a chart hit with a cover of the Stevie Wonder song, Isn't She Lovely? The band then toured as THE DAVID PARTON BAND after the follow up single on Pye Records, In Everything You Do You Make Happyflopped, the band split. 

GLOVER later joined THE CLIMAX BLUES BAND and still plays with them to this day.Some of the band went on to become HUTCH & HARI KARI.

 

THE COLOURS OUT OF TIME

PHILIP BOURNE - bass (ex THE PITS); JOHN DURRANT - drums; ANDY PENNANCE - guitar; STEVE REYNOLDS - vocals; DAVE ROBINS - guitar, backing vocals; ANDY BUCKLEY- keyboards, drums (he left the band after the first single). ANDY & STEVE were founder members of T.V. EYE.
Crewe based Stooges/Joy Division influenced indies, released the EP Rock Section in '81. Peel faves, one of the very best bands to come from this area. PHILIP BOURNE is the cousin of ALL THE MADMEN'sNEALE DOWN, and the brother of PROXIMITY'S IAN BOURNE. The band folded around 1983/4 time.

In 2005, a compilation album 'Stroll Upon The Wall Of Sound' was released on Grand Theft Audio; this has everything ever recorded on it including the Peel session.

ANDY currently plays bass in GLORY DAYS, a Springsteen tribute band.

http://www.coloursoutoftime.blogspot.com/

 

 

THE CONE

A recording-only duo comprising the ex ALL THE MADMEN & DECADES BY NIGHT duo NEALE DOWNand MICK RICHARDSON, plus numerous guests. Much experimentation, sampling, etc. Many cassette recordings from the period 1983-85 were around at the time, no actual releases.
NEALE evolved the project into TIGER CLUB.

 

THE CONSPIRATORS

Pub rock/Merseybeat/sixties popsters fronted by KEVIN DULSON. Gigged just about everywhere in the city. Released an album - 'Live At The Hempstalls'.
KEVIN DULSON died in 1998.

 

 

THE LONNIE COOKE BAND

The 21st century musical project of LEGENDARY LONNIE. Along side LONNIE, the line up includesTERRY BATEMAN on the Bass and vocals, DAVE BADDELEY on Keyboards and BARRY CARTWRIGHTon the Drums

http://www.lonniecookeband.com/

 

 

CORPSE

1980s anarcho-punk band from Crewe/ Winsford. Released a 7x track demo in 1983 and had a song on Conflict label Mortarhate compilation  - We Won't Be Your Fucking Poor.
More info:

 

http://uk82.150m.com/bands/corpse.html


http://www.discogs.com/Various-We-Wont-Be-Your-Fucking-Poor/release/470486


https://www.facebook.com/UKlostpunk/posts/233943293401337

 

 

 

THE COSMIC EGG BAND

Formed in early '78, a group of students influenced by GONG, HAWKWIND etc. A 5-piece, members included ANDY WINFIELD bass, RICK LEWIS keyboards, TONY LAMB guitar, KAREN on vocals & percussion.

 

 

THE CROCODILES

A Cheadle band from the mid-80s, with a sound reminiscent of NEW ORDER, with a Stranglers sounding bassist.

More information required.

 

THE CYRIL DAGWORTH PLAYERS

Personnel:
PETER FRAMPTON
GEORGE GLOVER
GLENN MORGAN
DES (DAVE) PARTON
RON SMITH
JOHN WRIGHT

Released one album:
THE CYRIL DAGWORTH PLAYERS (Pye NSPL 18499) 1976

A one-off DES PARTON project. The album features an Edwardian style cover and the music is rather bland melodic rock, almost pop rock in places.
The 
PETER FRAMPTON in question here was not THE Peter Frampton but another guy who played in a folk band called POACHER, and who now has a R&B band called ESCAPE COMMITTEE.GEORGE GLOVER now plays keyboards for the THE CLIMAX BLUES BAND. He previously played with THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT.

 

 

DANNY & THE RAIDERS

Early 60s rock and rollers, KENNY CAPPER/vox, JAKE PLANT/bass, ALAN SYZEMORE/drums, TERRY BRAIN & GEOFF ADAMS/gtrs. PLANT was previously in a band called RICKY & THE JET STREAMS, & he later formed THE LYRIC.

 

DARIO G

DARIO G are a three piece dance act from Crewe. PAUL SPENCER and SCOTT ROSSER, who met at college in Salford, joined up with STEPHEN SPENCER. The '97 hit single Sunchyme sold over two million copies in Europe alone and the follow up single Carnaval De Paris became a '98 World Cup theme tune. To add to their success the trio released their debut album Sunmachine and the follow up single of the same name in the summer of '98. Their second album, titled 'In Full Colour', was set to hit the shelves early in 2001 but never appeared.
An urban myth stated that they took their name from Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi - untrue!!
Band member 
PAUL SPENCER says: "There's not really much of a story here, all I can say is that the origins of the name of the band had nothing to do with the manager of Crewe, and the three members support(ed) Liverpool, Swansea and Stoke City". PAUL SPENCER was previously in ABOUT TIME. He went on to manage THE TOMMYS.

 

DARK HORSE

A harmony trio comprising of GRAHAM BATES, DEAN HALL and JOHN ASKEY, were entered in, and won, the “Ansells Find a Star” competition, by JEFF ARNOLD of GENESIS DUO. The final was staged at the Jollees night club. They were spotted by one of the Judges at the Jollees final, and were put through to appear on the “New Faces” television show. GRAHAM BATES left the band before their appearance and was replaced by PAUL WALKER, after WALKER left the band they expanded to a four piece withDAVID JAMES on drums and STEVE FARHAM on lead guitar, DEAN HALL on second guitar and JOHN ASKEY on bass. DARK HORSE went through a few changes after that and finally split to go their own ways. JOHN ASKEY & DEAN HALL  later formed a duo called RANDY.

 

DARK PARADE

Trent Vale based Cure copyists, did a number of gigs around 1982-83.
'MATCH' MATTHEWS, gtr/vocals, CARL MOUNTFORD, bass, TIM McLOUGHLIN, synth, JONATHAN ALDERSEA, drums. McLOUGHLIN is rumoured to have joined PLUS SUPPORT.

 

 

DAY FIVE 

NICK RHEAD (THE IMMORTALS, A NUL NOISE, NO POPPIES) played drums, JEFF - gtr/vox, ALISON, bass/vox, and STEVE DARLINGTON - gtr, (ex ESPRIT DE CORPS). PAUL DAVIS ex THE SHOCK was a member for a while. BILL 'JOCK' WHITE was also involved somewhere. CND propogandists. ALISON & JEFF were previously involved with the Limited Warfare theatre group.

 

DEAD SET AGAINST

Their sound is driving ska punk guitar and drums with heavy reggae bass lines and to top it off both male and female vocals putting the point across.
The band were formed in 1994 and have only two original members in their current, and most productive, line up. They are 
HOLKY - vocals and TILLY - guitars and vocals. Other members are MUFF - drums who has been stable since 1997 and KEVO - "bassmeister" who joined in 1998. Last, but not least, is RAE - female vocalist who joined in 1999.
A bit more:
 http://www.angelfire.com/punk/dsa/The%20Band.htm 

 

DEAD WASPS

1995 - present day. Electronic / dance music. released 2 albums.
GARY WILDSMITH - keys, beats
HAYLEY MITCHELL - vocals

 

DEAD YELLOW

Information required.

 

GRAHAM DEAN

After aspirations during his school days of being a professional cricket player GRAHAM saw a band called The Beatles one evening on TV. This sparked an interest in music and he started to learn the guitar. After a short spell in local schoolboy bands GRAHAM joined forces with RONNIE NELSON, ALAN BENTLEYand JAMMY 'TREBLE' LOWE to form a band in the early 70s called FUNNY FEELING. This band toured the British Isles extensively and also performed a six-week season at the Burnham Court Hotel, Guernsey.  When FUNNY FEELING disbanded in the mid 70s GRAHAM and RONNIE NELSON continued as a duo playing pubs, clubs and hotels in the local area. Work was good and as a duo called THE DEAN BROTHERS played over 300 gigs a year through to the mid 1980s. In 1984 illness forced GRAHAM to retire from the music scene, but after recovery he met and joined forces with GARY SANDWELL andSTEVEN McNICHLAS to form the band NO BARRIERS. They initially played only self-penned material in many local venues with a recording deal in the offing. This unfortunately fell through when once again illness struck a band member and the publishing companies involved decided to shelve the idea. The band at this point decided to learn a cover show and embarked on making a living touring. With successful auditions in Birmingham the band performed a six-week season in Norway followed by many trips to Germany, Belgium and Holland. This continued until 93 when after a short spell in the duo NO BOTHER, GRAHAM decided to try life as a solo artist. Once again this involved extensively touring England, Scotland and Wales. This has continued up to the present day, although traveling has been reduced recently with an abundance of work in the local and Greater Manchester areas. GRAHAM has now produced nearly two albums worth of new material.

 

 

DEATH ZONE

DEATH ZONE were originally formed in 1981 when DAVE DEATH went to a Damned gig and met up withPHIL DEKAY, ASH & STRINGER. DAVE had been playing in a local punk band called K-OSS since 1977 but they had just split so he was on the lookout to form a new band. DAVE & ASH had known each other for years, so he asked if he wanted to form a band. And so DEATH ZONE was born! The only problem was that the only person who could play anything was DAVE, so first he had to show PHIL how to play bass & ASH had to teach himself how to play drums. DEATH ZONE  played their first gig at the renowned punk venue The Vine, where all the punk bands from all over the UK use to play, After this gig, STRINGER left the band, so PHIL came off bass & went on vocals and TESSA came in on bass. The band now had a lineup that would last until 1984. DEATH ZONE went to the Twilight recording studios in Manchester & recorded their first demo, including the songs I hate the pigs, Religion, Street gangs and 3rd world war. DEATH ZONE now played loads of gigs, went back the studio to record their second demo, including the songs Something's wrong, Nuclear arms race, Cowardly assassin, and The youth is to blame, which was on Conflict's Compilation Album "Who What Why When Where?"This got the band lots of coverage in international fanzines and also in Maximum Rock 'N' Roll magazine and Punk Lives Magazine. In 1984 ASH left and they asked STEVE DEFEKT to join. DEATH ZONE then went back the studios to do some recording, powerful grungy songs like Singled out, Killer, Rot in hell. Killer & Rot in hell were both on the punk compilation album "Party Pooping Punk Provocations". This album gotDEATH ZONE a lot of recognition and many gigs. TESSA would be the next member to leave in 1986 andDAVE'S brother FLUFF joined.

 

http://www.discogs.com/artist/314077-Death-Zone

 

 

DEBBY & THE DINGS

One of the bands on the early Stoke Musicians Collective scene.

More information required.

 

DECADES BY NIGHT

An electro-trio formed in 1981 by MICK RICHARDSON & NEALE DOWN, both ex members of ALL THE MADMEN. Both guys were responsible for synths, drum machines, & taped effects, with ex BEYOND THE WALL bass player GARY JEWESS on vocals. Original working title for the band was THE BELGIUM 5, they were more experimental than ALL THE MADMEN, influenced by Cabaret Voltaire and P-I-L, amongst others.
Played just one gig at Quenchers in Hanley, and recorded one song - Life Spiral - which was released as a single on SLIP RECORDS, as a double-A side with two tracks from 
THE SONS OF MONKEYS.
All three would again work together in 
THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN.

Surprisingly, Life Spiral became a 21st century cult classic in European electronic clubs : 

http://frequent-waves.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html

 

 

THE DECKS 

5-piece "new-wave" act, Blythe Bridge based, comprising TONY PALMER / vocals, PHIL WINSTANLEY / gtr, PETER GORDON / gtr, GEOFF PRINCE / bass, HOWARD BATES / drums & vocals. Contributed 1 track - Drowning In The Airwaves - to the Stoke Musicians Collective's album CRY HAVOC.  

 

DEDKATZ

The DEDKATZ were a 5-piece punk band from Trent Vale, formed early 1978 as THE GRAVES, splitting in January 1979 after only a handful of gigs. Line up was MICK RICHARDSON - vocals, STEVE COLCLOUGHaka COUG -rhythm guitar, STEVE EYRE - lead guitar, MARK DIMMELOW aka DIM - bass, GARY CHELL - drums. The band recorded a two song demo at Penkhull's Bumble Studio in late '78. The band were a typical third-rate punk mess, with a set of about a dozen self-penned numbers, filled out with covers of The Sex Pistols songs Did You No Wrong, and New York - the latter done in a reggae stylee!
MICK, COUG, & DIM then reformed in the summer of '79 with session drummer JOHN 'CROW' WRIGHT to record a self-financed single for Market Drayton based label REDBALL RECORDS - Day Of The Dogs, backed with Living Is A Nightmare - MICK also playing synthesizer on Nightmare. The single was never released.
MICK went on to play keyboards & synths in ALL THE MADMEN, DECADES BY NIGHT, ELEGANT UNEASE, & THE CONE, and played bass in the first incarnation of THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGNCOUGlater played guitar in BEYOND THE WALL. GARY CHELL played with BREADLINE & UXB.

STEVE EYRE is involved with REEFY BLUNT & THE BIFTAS: 

 

 

THE DEEP

THE DEEP are a hybrid of the cult eighties band THE DISTANT. Reformed in 2004 this band are local to the town of Leek. With a career that makes Oliver Reed look sober, their comic rock songs are like nothing ever done before or since. The last line up included original member UNCLE NORBERT on guitar, BONG WATER on bass, TRACY TAMPON on timpani & tambourine, AZZ THE SPAZZ on drums, and TOMMY TUCKER on triangle

Or not.

 

UNCLE NORBERT  - real name ROBERT PLANT - died in 2015.

 

 

 

DEEP SIX 

This band were around in 1981.

Information required.

 

DEFECT 

This punk band formed in December 1980. COLL on vox, DAVE on bass & vox, YOGURT on gtr & vox,GRIZZ on drums. Played the CLAP HANDS gig in '82. 

 

DEMON

Put together around 1980, originally as a studio band to record a heavy metal album and single for Hanley record label CLAY RECORDS. Band then followed up with live work. Many well-known Potteries rockers have featured in the band at one time or another, including DAVE HILL; LES HUNT (ex HUNTER); ex VERMIN, SKEPTIX, SECTION 5 & DISCHARGE member FISH; Radio Stoke broadcaster CHRIS ELLIS(ex HUNTER); and GAVIN SUTHERLAND of THE SUTHERLAND BROTHERS.
20+ years on, the band seem to be as popular as ever. 
CHRIS ELLIS went to live in Australia, but later returned to live in Leek.

http://the-demon.com/

 

DESTINATION VENUS 

Pop/punk band, released a CD 'Speak Up Brown', a review of which can be found here:
http://members.tripod.com/reviews7/id48.htm

 

THE DIABOLISTS

This punk band from Chesterton were around from 1981, most of the band at that time were about 15 years old. MARK GREEN vocals, SHAUN LOWE guitar, PAUL PITULA bass and STEVE WOOD drums. Released song called Braindeath on compilation album Demolition Blues in 1983. Split up in 1984 after supporting GBH in Salford.

 

DISCHARGE 

Formed either late '77, or very early '78, one of The Potteries' first punk bands, Shelton based. Various 'rehearsal' line-ups existed, including one with NIGEL BAMFORD (son of BBC reporter Barney Bamford) on bass; first proper gigging line-up was TERRY ROBERTS aka TEZ on vocals, his brother TONY ROBERTS aka BONES on guitar, ROY WAINWRIGHT aka RAINY on bass, TONY AXON aka ACKO on drums, (RAINY played guitar for the first two gigs, and NIGEL BAMFORD played bass). The band looked destined for oblivion, until ACKO left the band in 1979 (due to getting his girlfriend pregnant and having to sell his drumkit!). Final gig was supporting The Damned & The Ruts at the Victoria Hall.
TEZ took over on drums, and new vocalist KELVIN MORRIS aka CAL was recruited. The band's musical & lyrical direction veered towards CND/anti-war sentiments, and they were (somewhat surprisingly) signed to Mike Stone's new record label, CLAY RECORDS. They were managed by TANYA RICH between 1978 and 1980, she was responsible for getting them their record deal. They achieved some success, touring parts of Europe, even having a single - Never Again - reach the Top 75, and the album Hear Nothing... reach number 40 in the album charts.
Various personnel changed would occur, 
BONES formed his own band BROKEN BONES, replaced bySTEVE BROOKES aka FISH from THE SKEPTIX, and towards the late 1980s the band seemed to disintegrate - RAINY was seen working as a postman around Stoke in 1989 . In the mid-90s, the band got together again with various line-ups.   

NIGEL BAMFORD managed THE VEINS, and later THE BATWING CHAPS, and is now a concert promoter.

TEZZ also played drums in US punk band BILLYCLUB, played guitar with THE MINISTRY on their 1989/90 USA tour, and also worked from time to time with SECTION 5. 

 

 

THE DISTANT 

Self-proclaimed eighties 'cult band' from Leek. Original member UNCLE NORBERT reformed the band as THE DEEP in 2004.

 

 

DISTURBANCE

Based in Alsager, formed 1977, members:

CLIVE WILLIAMS - Rhythm guitar

PHIL MURPHY - Lead guitar/ vocals

SHAUN GILLESPIE - Bass /Lead Vocals

JOHN GILHOOLY - Drums

Punk band with own material, gigged around the area for a year or so before splitting in 1979 and becoming THE PITS.

 

DISTURBIN' THE PEACE 

Rock covers band fronted by DAVE POOLE (formerly INCANDESCENT LUMINAIRE). 

http://www.disturbinthepeace.co.uk/

 

D.I.Y.

Involved with the STOKE MUSICIANS COLLECTIVE in the very early days.

Students at Keele Uni. ROBERT PERRY saw them playing at Bridge Street without a bass player and asked if he could join. TONY MORGAN on alto sax and piano, PAUL JONES on alto sax and ANDY BLAKE on tenor sax who went on to join MAN JUMPING. SIMON HARPER was the drummer who later joined the Ghosts when he moved to London. Used to draw a good crowd from Keele Uni at Bridge Street.

 

DOGGO

A blues band, a four-piece. They were around in the late 60s/early 70s. One member was JOHN RHEADwho later played with THE RHEAD BROTHERS. Other members were DAVE TOMLINS on bass, MICK SHEMILT on drums, & MICK GILLICKER.

 

 

DORSAI 

A rock band from the late seventies, one member was CHRIS BEVINGTON

Involved with the STOKE MUSICIANS COLLECTIVE in the very early days. 

More information required.

 

DUTCH & THE DOCTOR 

1996 - present day. Rock / acoustic / pop. Released 2 albums
MARTIN HASSALL - vocals, all instruments
JASON WEBSTER - vocals, all instruments

 

DYNAMO DRESDEN

A duo from Oakamoor comprising BIBBLE on vox, ANDREX on gtr.

More information required.

 

E-BOW

All three members of E-BOW were formally members of SQUIBNOCKET, or SQUIBNOCKET FARM for those of you with really long memories.
Although their earlier influences can still be heard, the sound is maturer, with lead vocals from 
NICK STEWART and the harmonies and flute of NICCI HEATH. 

 

RICHARD EARDLEY 

Audley born bass player formerly with Welsh band Melys. Big faves of Peel.

2005 saw him join THE PEAKZ.

 

ELEGANT UNEASE

Early 80s electro-pop/futurist combo based in the north of the Potteries, comprising NIGEL MADEW on vocals/keyboards/electronic percussion, ARTHUR BOSTOK on keyboards/vocals/electronic drums, andSTEVEN BOOTH on guitar & keyboards. A 4-track cassette, titled INNERVISIONS, was recorded in 1982, featuring Innervisions, Time, I See Ice, and Life's Tragedy. Sold well around the Chico's & Maxim's club scene of the time.
Ex 
ALL THE MADMEN synthman MICK RICHARDSON joined the band in mid-82 for a number of live gigs, including the Victoria Hall debacle CLAP HANDS. The band faded away shortly afterwards.
MICK RICHARDSON went on to contribute to the works of THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN, RED FETISH &THE CONE.

NIGEL MADEW died in 2002.

http://crispynuggets.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/elegant-unease-innervisions-1982.html


 

ELVIS FONTENOT & THE SUGAR BEES 

Over 800 gigs including New Orleans French Quarter Festival twice and Continental Club, Austin, Texas. Supported FAIRPORT CONVENTION and ELIZA CARTHY. Been played on Radio 2 and 3. To mention just a tiny portion of the history. Band members are CHRIS PLIMLEY, CRAIG BEVERLEY, NICK BARBER, PAUL ASHER, PHIL BUTLER, STUART DUTHIE. CHRIS PLIMLEY and STU DUTHIE previously played inHOUSE OF FIRE.

http://www.elvisfontenot.com/

 

ELYSIAN FIELDS

Featured on the mid-80s compilation album "To Boldly Go" with the track Smile.

More information required.

 

THE EMPTY PIANOS 

A gigging band put together by GRAINGER REECE aka ED COLI in 1982. 

More information required.

 

 

ERASERHEAD

Featured on the mid-80s compilation album "To Boldly Go" with the track Evil Hearted Lover.

More information required.

 

ESPRIT DE CORPS 

Featured ex SUPRAGODS members NIGEL WILKES, vox/gtr, & ROGER McINTOSH, gtr, and LOU TRACYbass, as well as STEVE DARLINGTON drums. Released a single in 1981 - Anxiety b/w The Tea Cup Song - on Come Records.NEIL BIRD had replaced LOU TRACY on bass before the single was recorded. DARLINGTON went on to play with DAY FIVE, he was replaced by MARTIN BOYLEwho susequently worked with SACK THE JUGGLER. ROGER McINTOSH left to join TOWNHOUSE, and WILKES & BIRD formed a duo called FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.

 

NIGEL WILKES died in 2015.

VINCE EVERETT & THE BLACK ORCHIDS

Early sixties beat group, VINCE EVERETT was a member. He began his career fronting a group called THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLERS in Longton. 
In 1959 he then went on to front 
THE BLACK ORCHIDS and recorded with Fontana Records cutting three discs. VINCE was killed in a car crash returning from a gig in south Wales in the 70s.

 

EXECUTIONER 

Featured on the mid-80s compilation album "To Boldly Go" with the track Fly To The Rainbow. The same band as THE EXECUTIONERS? Who knows?

 

More information required.

 

THE EXECUTIONERS 

Involved with the STOKE MUSICIANS COLLECTIVE in the very early days.

More information required.

 

EXIT CONDITION 

Hanford based 4-piece punks, the band were a success in Eastern Europe for a while but never took off in the UK, great energy live. EXIT CONDITION were part of the mid 80s UK melodic punk/hardcore scene that spawned the likes of SNUFF, LEATHERFACE and er? OK, so nothing major came out of that particular punk rock timeline.

 

THE EXITS

This band of Keele University students played the local scene in 1978. Punky/new-wave sound, with the addition of violin, and also a sort of synth/noise making machine. JULES SMITH played drums.Released a 5-track E.P. on Way Out Records in 1978 - WOO-1 Yodelling EP: Apathy/ Glandular Angela/ Going Places/ Fuck The Weekend/I Love The Dole, and split before the end of the year.

One track from the E.P - Glandular Angela - can be heard here:http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/24578 (If you listen to the whole show, DJ Terre T raves on about THE EXITS, even going on to suggest that they should reform and appear on the show!) 

 

EXPOZER 

NWOBHM band, featuring :
STEVE BYATT (V)
TIM BLACKWOOD (G)
KEV HOLMES (G)
GARY MARSHALL (B)
TIM BEDSON (D) 

Released an E.P. - Exposed At Last. TIM BLACKWOOD later joined LE GRIFFE, and also formed the bandREVENGE.

DAVE BROADHURST, later to play with METROPOLIS, was a guitarist for some early gigs.

 

 


 

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