STOKEBEAT

 JEM FINER

Born in Stoke in 1955, son of a Keele University lecturer. Found fame as a member of The Pogues. Co-wrote Fairytale Of New York, so should be worth a bob or two. 

http://www.pogues.com/PastPogues/JFiner/JFiner.html 

 

THE FIRE  

Indie pop foursome who put an emphasis on intelligent and well-crafted songwriting.
Members: 
SCOTT CONNOR [guitar and lead vocals], ANTHONY MORGAN [lead guitar and vocals], IAIN RUSSEL [bass guitar and vocals], UMUT UYSAL [drums and percussion]. 

 

 

FIRING SQUAD

A Stafford based band from the early 80s, with a sound not unlike Any Trouble. Released a single Big Red Car on Shattered Records.

 

 

THE FITZ 

THE FITZ were an early 80s Hanley band, who Torch magazine described as new wave country and western, though were in fact more influenced by The Jam and The Clash. The first gigging line up wasMARK GOLDING [Guitar/vocals], ANDY MANSFIELD [bass] and IAN BELFIELD [drums]. After a few gigsANDY was replaced by PETE NORCOTT. They played simple but catchy new wave pop, totally unpretentious and had a good sense of humour. When MARK decided to pack in music, IAN and PETEformed ALL THE RAGE.
THE FITZ also performed a spoof set under the name THE NASTY FROG.

 

 

FLAME ON! 

A punk band, MARK from THE ROSEHIPS was once a member.

More information required. 

 

 

FLANNELFOOT

Appeared on the 'Potteries Pop' LP.

More information required. 

 

 

FLIGHT 505 

Sixties-style R & B combo, featuring vocalist & guitarist - MARK RENAUDON, [ex VERDICTS & RENE],AL DEAN, bass, ALAN HOPKINS, gtr, SELWYN BELL, drums. 

DEAN BRINDLEY, father of AGENT BLUE'S CALUM MURPHY, was manager at some point.

 

 

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH 

NIGEL WILKES & NEIL BIRD formed this acoustic duo after the split of ESPRIT DE CORPS. 

 

 

JAMES FORD 

Leek man JAMES FORD was the drummer with hip-hop outfit SIMIAN.

 

 

FRENZY

ROD EDGE, vox/gtr, DAVE SIMMS, vox/gtr, TOBY WALLEY, bass, PAUL ROLLINS, drums. Punk/postpunk, became TRIBAL OUST.

 

 

FREQUENCY LIMITED WHITE NOISE

A band from Keele (students?), voted by Torch magazine as the worst band to play The Antelope.

More information required. 

 

 

FREUDIAN LIGHTSHIP

Early 80s hippy band, formerly known as VANISHING POINT, featuring DAVE PARKS [ex-STRANGE BROOD), ANDREW PRICE - lead & vox, JOHN BALL - bass, & ANDREW EBUREY - drums. Specialized in long jamming sessions. Despite this were sometimes quite entertaining. ANDREW EBUREY was replaced by STEVE WALTERS. DAVE PARKS was replaced by FRANK DE WINTER. 

BALL & PARKS formed THE HEADSET in 1982.

 

 

THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN

THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN resembled Fleetwood Mac, or Dexy's, in the fact that they evolved into a completely different band with just one link from the original line up.
FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN #1 was a studio recording band, the brainchild of GARY JEWESS, ex BEYOND THE WALL, THE IMMORTALS, & DECADES BY NIGHT. GARY handled vocals & guitar, assisted by MICK RICHARDSON on bass, (ex DEDKATZ, ALL THE MADMEN, DECADES BY NIGHT, & ELEGANT UNEASE);NEALE DOWN on keyboards, (ex ALL THE MADMEN and DECADES BY NIGHT), MARK TURNER on guitar, JULIE SKUCHA on violin, KEV McINTOSH on drums, and others. The musical style was early 80s indie influenced - The Cure, etc.
FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN #2 were a 4-piece pop/punk gigging band. With GARY again handling lead vocals & guitar, assisted by MARTIN POTTS (brother of NEALE DOWN) on bass, JOHN OAKES ex BEYOND THE WALL on keyboards/backing vocals, and IAN CHADWICK aka CHIG, ex SKEPTIX on drums. Very popular live band around 85-86.
GARY later performed solo on the pub scene in the Burslem area before forming THE NEW SUBTERRANEANS, CHIG joined a reformed SKEPTIX in the late nineties. MARK TURNER became involved with LAST CHANCE & A NUL NOISE. 

In 2008, GARY & JOHN started again with a third incarnation, including Gary’s son LEE JEWESS.  

 

 

FULL TILT 

Information required.

 

FUNK STATION ZEBRA

FUNK STATION ZEBRA are a local 70s funk band, members coming from Buxton & Leek. The 11-piece band consists of JANET GALLOWAY (main vocals), HANNAH MOORE, DOT WALES and ELLIE MARSHALL (backing singers), MATT RYAN (drums), IVAN SHERRATT (bass), PAUL HILL (guitar),GORDON WALKER (keyboards), EMMA FAIRBROTHER (trumpet), SAM WALKER (trombone) andLOUISE WALKER (saxophone). GALLOWAY, HILL & SHERRATT were previously together in THE GODIVAS 
They perform covers of all the classic big 70s songs which were popular around that time, such as Sly and the Family Stone, The Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder. 

 

 

FUTURE ADVENTURES

Includes 3 ex-members of SPY vs SPY, and one ex-member of THE JITS.

More information required.

 

 NICK GARVEY 

A local lad who left the area to make it, was in two fairly decent bands; Ducks Deluxe, and The Motors.  

 

GLORY DAYS

Springsteen tribute band featuring ex COLOURS OUT OF TIME man ANDY PENNANCE.

 

 

THE GODIVAS

A Leek band, also known as OTHER VOICES, line-up:
JANET GALLOWAY Vocals
J.P. HILL  Guitar
CHRIS ROBINSON Keyboards
MIKE ROBINSON  Drums
IVAN SHERRATT  Bass
Indie rock/pop band playing around Stoke from 1988 - 1994.
Released CD in 1992, which received a less than complimentary review in Vox magazine, 'should go down well in France'!
Supported the Manic Street Preachers at the Marquee, which was filmed for BBC's Band Explosion 1991. In 1993 toured Germany with some no-hoper band called the Wannadies as support. Also, another Stoke connection is that 
CANDYFLIP's RIC PEET was occasional soundman
GALLOWAY, HILL, & SHERRATT went on to play in the jazz/soul band FUNK STATION ZEBRA.

 

 

ANDY GOWER

Formerly with BURST. Noel Gallagher meets Billy Bragg meets Elliot Smith, Badly Drawn Boy, Paul Weller (Jam era) and so on.

 

 

GRACE

Stoke's "prog-rockers", signed with CLAY RECORDS in 1980. Two of the band became WHITE DOORafter splitting in '81, but then later reformed. MARK PRICE of HIGH SPY was a member at some point. Far too much history to mention on this site. Everything you will need to know is here: http://www.grace-music.co.uk/index.html 

DEAN BRINDLEY, father of AGENT BLUE'S CALUM MURPHY, was manager at some point. 

 

GRANDMA DYNAMITE

90s rock band, changed their name to FIBRESTREAM around 94 / 95. Seemed to disappear not long afterwards.

More information required.

 

GREEN GINGER

DES PARTON - vocals.

MICK ROGERS  drums.

More information required.

 

THE GRIM

TOM: Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitars, ROD BAILEY: Drums, MARTIN: Lead Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals - MARTIN also plays in THE SWAMPDAWGS

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/rod.bailey/

 

GRIME

From 79-80. MR. X. was one of the members. In the words of Lou Tracy - "played quite melodic quasi-intelligent punk, restricted by being composed of Stoke Poly students"

 

 

GULLIVER QUAKE

Early 70s Leek band, LES HUNT (HUNTER, and others), LES CRITCHLOW, JOHN BIRKS, BRIAN HOULIHAN. 

 

 

THE HAPPY REFUGEES

Featuring P.J. on guitar, and TIM (ex THE PITS). Recorded one album, LAST CHANCE SALOON. P.J had this to say about it: "I was the guitarist from this band. I'm Irish, the band was based around Stoke on Trent in its later years, but this album was recorded when we lived in London between '82 and '83. I'm proud of this record because it was made at a time when there was some awful music being made in England and a bad political undercurrent of Thatcherism, but I think the music stands up as unique." 

 

 

HARRIER

Featured on the mid-80s compilation album "To Boldly Go" with the track Leave Me Now. Formerly known as CHEATER.

PAUL FARRINGTON - Keyboards
LINDON RYLES - Guitar
PADDY O'ROURKE - Drums
PHIL SHELDON - Vocals
DAVE DEAKIN - Bass 

 

HATEMONGER

90s band.

Information required.

 

HAYMAKER

TERRY FOX - vox & fiddle, LYNDA FOX - vox & percussion, MICKEY GIBSON - drums, PHIL - bass, JACK FOX - gtr. GIBSON played with GUNS 'N OATCAKES. Described as Steeleye Quo, which may give some clue to their musical style. Some of the band became BONESHAKER. TERRY FOX was in STRANGE FOX

 

HEADGAMES

Punk/reggae band, featuring NORMAN LUNT on lead vocals - a Bentilee lad who sang in a Jamaican accent! And also brothers KEEF & PAUL HAMMERSLEY from Blythe Bridge along with drummer ANDY McCEON. Politically involved types - miners' benefits etc. Released a singfle on Word Of Warning Records in 1990 - Get A Steady Job b/w No Reason to Fight. KEEF had previously played with LEARNING TO SPEAK.

http://www.headgames.surf.to/

 

THE HEADSET

Formed in 1982 by JOHN BALL & DAVE PARKS (ex FREUDIAN LIGHTSHIP), STEVE WALTERS on drums, and ex WHITE LIGHTNING BLUES BAND member JOHN STONIER.

 

FRAN HEALEY

Frontman of mega-successful band TRAVIS, HEALEY was born in Stafford in 1973; moved to Scotland as a small child.

 

THE HEATERS

Formed in 1979 in Congleton, the remnants of an abortive jazz-rock band. Contributed the reggae-influenced song Expensive Jeans to the Stoke Musicians Collective's album CRY HAVOC. The track, recorded at Manchester's Smile Studio, featured STEVE JONES - gtr & Vox, IAN JONES - bass, SIMON MELLOR - drums, and SEAN McALLISTER on piano.

 

HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS 

Originally made up of musicians from Peterborough the band had one hit – Its Good News Week, splitting after the next few singles bombed. Drummer GLENN MARTIN revived the band's name in early 1968 with musicians from the Staffordshire area : the band would go on to include : PHIL TUNSTALL,DAVE SMART, JOHN ASKEY, TONY KAYE, BILL HONEYMAN, MICK MATTHEWS, COLIN TURNER,ANDY IONNIDES, RUPERT MELLOR, and ALAN AVON. At some point they dropped Anonymous from their name. Knutton born MATTHEWS would later form a band called BALLYHOO. TONY KAYE was at one time a member of Sandie Shaw's backing group.TUNSTALL & HONEYMAN were killed in separate road accidents in the early 70s. Full history here:

http://www.garagehangover.com/?q=Hedgehoppers

Anthology CD released in 2011 -http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/stoke/hi/people_and_places/music/newsid_9326000/9326253.stm

 

HELIOPOLIS

Stafford based jazz funk band from the early 80s.

More information required.

 

THE HEPTONES

Not the Jamaican ska band. Early 80s rock'n'rollers.

More information required.

 

HERESY

Hailing from a tiny village outside Stoke-on-Trent

 

Full information here: http://www.discogs.com/artist/254668-Heresy

 

 

 

THE HIDDEN PERSUADERS

JOHN STONIER & DAVE PARKS (both ex THE HEADSET), plus SIMON LEIGH-OVERY, drums, PHIL WHITMORE, bass, plus assorted others, SIMON, STEVE, maybe more? Gigged frequently in 1992/93. Named after a book on advertising by VANCE PACKARD. By this time PARKS was calling himself DAVE WHITNEY. He would also use the name SHELLEY WHITNEY.

SHELLEY WHITNEY joined the band PINKDJINN.

 

HIGH SPY

LEE WESTON - Bass and Vocals, MARK PRICE - Keyboards, ADE PEDDIE - Vocals, Guitars and Harmonica, MARK STOKES - Guitars.

Formed in March 2006 by MARK PRICE and ADE PEDDIE , with LEE WESTON joining them three months later. 
Playing all original material influenced by the genre of progressive rock.

http://www.highspy.org.uk/

 

HIGHWIRED

HARRY BOULTON - Guitars and Vocals, SAM BOULTON - Bass, PHIL CHEETHAM - Guitars, MATT LOVATT - drums. Now based in Manchester, all originally from Scholar Green, Alsager, and Sandbach.

 

 

HOROWITZ

IAN EVANS (ex MITTENS) & PETE (ex ROSEHIPSwere the two members of this indie/pop combo. Have recorded sessions for Dandelion Radio.

 

HOUSE OF FIRE  

TIM POOLE  vocalist, CHRIS PLIMLEY (drums), PHIL ROBINSON (bass) and STU DUTHIE (guitar).

The first band to play at the Freetown Club in Hanley in 1989, which was also their first gig together as a band.

Played regularly around Stoke, Newcastle and occasionally further afield. Regularly played The Wheatsheaf in Stoke during its heyday. 

Classed as an R n B/Punk band, covering Dr Feelgood, The Clash and more. Supported Eddie and the Hot Rods at the Wheatsheaf.

Last gig was at the Rigger in 2011 for the Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival. 

TIM POOLE was previously vocalist and guitarist in Dr Dischord (a punk band) based in Nottingham 1980 – 1984 and then became vocalist in another Nottingham based band called The Lunatic Boy before returning to the Potteries in 1986.

CHRIS PLIMLEY and STU DUTHIE presently play in local band ELVIS FONTENOT AND THE SUGAR BEES.

 

 

THE HUMAN CABBAGES

Before THE LEMMINGSGREG & PHIL were briefly THE HUMAN CABBAGES, on drums at that time was school chum GREG MELLOR.

 

CRISPIN HUNT

A Londoner by birth, but known to be a diehard Stoke City fan - rumoured to be the son or stepson of former Stoke M.P. Mark Fisher. Was in THE LONGPIGS with Richard Hawley, then did some solo stuff, followed by a stint in the band GRAMERCY.

 

HUNTER

Big in the area in the mid-70s, a rock/pop band, more rock than pop.
Formed in 1975, Band had great success locally and abroad. Single "Rock On" charted in Italy and the band toured there twice in 1978.
Several national TV appearances (including the infamous "Tiswas"!)
Disbanded late 1978.
Members included 
DES PARTON (aka DAVID PARTON) on vocals/gtr, LES HUNT - guitar, CHRIS ELLISon bass & keyboards, PETER CORNELL - Violin, Trombone, Keyboards, NICK EGAN - bass, drummers were LES CRITCHLOW for the first album, and then JOHN CRIMES.
HUNT & ELLIS later played with DEMON, HUNT also played in THE CLIMAX BLUES BAND, and THE BARFLYS.
PARTON had success as a solo artist, and also fronted THE CYRIL DAGWORTH PLAYERS. EGAN & CRITCHLOW went on to play with WHITE KNUCKLE RIDE. CRIMES is with THE JOHNNY WATERHOUSE BLUES BAND.

 

HUTCH & HARI KARI

Some members previously in THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT. Club/pub band, appeared on the 70s compilation 'Potteries Pop'.

 

 

HYPMANIA

HYPMANIA’S members are: GLENN HARDING (lead guitar), ROBBIE HARDING (bass), DARREN “DAVE” GROCOTT (rhythm guitar), BRAD MALBON (drums) and MASON ADEY (vocals). Member are from all over Stoke-on-Trent: GLENN & ROBBIE from Little Chell and are the offspring of PHIL HARDING andGWYNETH WHALLEY, who were members of the band CIVIL DEFENCE, who were up and running in the early 1980s. DARREN “DAVE” GROCOTT hails from Fegg Hayes, BRAD MALBON from Birches Head andMASON ADEY from Bentilee.

HYPMANIA are influenced by Muse, but the vocals of MASON ADEY are reminiscent of those of IAN CURTIS. The music which they play is predominately indie/alternative

 

STEVE IGNORANT

STEVE IGNORANT (real name STEVE WILLIAMS) is a singer and artist. He originates from Etruria. He co-founded the anarcho-punk band CRASS in 1977. After CRASS stopped performing in 1984, he worked with other groups including CONFLICT, SCHWARTZENEGGAR, and THE STRATFORD MERCENARIES, as well as being an occasional solo performer.

He is also a sculptor, and has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the namePROFESSOR IGNORANT.

In recent years he has developed an interest in the history of traditional London music hall performance. 

http://www.steveignorant.co.uk/ 

 

 

ILLEGAL

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

More information required.

 

THE IMMORTALS

Various line ups between 1980-1984, always fronted by ex BEYOND THE WALL & DECADES BY NIGHTmember GARY JEWESS. Usually operated as a three-piece, playing powerpop/punk. Original drummer was NICK RHEAD, who went on to front NO POPPIES & A NUL NOISE, and was also involved with DAY FIVE.
GARY went on to form R.A.X., THE FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN and THE NEW SUBTERRANEANS.

 

INCANDESCENT LUMINAIRE 

Early 80s electronic band.

LESTER MARAN - Lead Vocals
MARK WHITE (previously in STIGMA) - Lead guitar
HARTLEY SLANN - Keyboards/Synth
ANDY HULME - Drums
Joined for live gigs by local club performer 
DAVE POOLE

Had a double 'A' side single out around 1980 called 'The Warning' & 'Famous Names' on 'Clock Records' label recorded at Keele.

DAVE POOLE now fronts rock covers band DISTURBIN' THE PEACE.

 

INCUBUS

Newcastle punkabillys from about 1983.

More information required.

 

INDIAN SUMMER

Going into the new Millennium, RIVER WATERS joined a semi acoustic band called INDIAN SUMMERwhich later went fully electric as INDIANA

JEN GREENE was the lead vocalist with INDIAN SUMMER and merits a special mention. She was a born with a rare metabolic disease, and in spite of this, triumphed over the many challenges her conditon presented. JEN was both a talented writer and a peformer with a positive outlook on life. Sadly she lost her life to cancer in 2007. 

 

THE INKERMAN STREET RHINOS

A band featuring, over various line-ups, ex STRANGE BROOD members ANDY STUBBS & NIGEL MACHIN, KEN BECKETT from THE LEMMINGS; and TERRY BAKER, DARYL MOSTON, DOM WOOLISCROFT, and BIUNG. They played '80's style white funk'. ANDY, TERRY & NIGEL now play in a band called THE ITS.

DOM WOOLISCROFT died in October 2009.

 

 

INSANE FALL PILOT

Early 80's band from Tunstall area featuring NIALL JOHNSON bass/vocals, DEREK JOHNSON synth,JOHNNY BENNETT guitar and KEV drums. Music difficult to describe, sort of JOY DIVISION meets Dead Kennedys, but they also did a cover of Greensleeves! Despite this description they were a very good live band. Best song was Cold Night In Paris which deserved to be a single. 

 

INSTANT CHAOS 

Early '80s punk/new wave combo, featuring SIMON GOODALL on bass, SWEATY on drums (both ex-LEARNING TO SPEAK) and GLUV on gtr. 

 

IRON CROSS 

Released the single Little Bit O'Soul in 1973. 

DAVE HILL - vocals, MARK LOVATT - drums, JOHN ISAACS - rhythm gtr/vox, GRAHAM COLLIER - lead gtr, ALAN SAUNDERS - rhythm gtr/vox

 

ITEM

A duo from Uttoxeter. A sort of "sub-Factoryesqe" sound.

More information required

 

THE ITS

Formed in 1993, THE ITS have members previously in THE MOONBABIES, STRANGE BROOD, THE LEMMINGS, THE INKERMAN STREET RHINOS, and DANGERGROUSE.  Starring legendary Biddulph drummer DAN MOWBRAYMACHE (Bass Guitar), ANDY STUBBS (Guitar and Lead vocals) and TEZ BAKER (Guitar and vocals). THE ITS play a musical style which can only be described as confused with occasional moments of tunefulness and have a good pedigree having previously supported the likes of Death Sock, Crispy Ambulance and The Flying Graysons. Turned down in 1998 by Virgin records for allegedly not returning calls seems a harsh way to bow out of the rock arena so the band soldier on. Songs to look out for: Adventure...a lovely ballad inspired by the Utterly Butterly TV ad. Dumb in the Desert...a haunting riff backdrops the tale of a deaf mute at Cricceth beach. Somethings...a song, which suggests that George Harrison just may have forgotten to add an 's' at the end. Frontier Weirdo...This song simply cannot be explained!

 

JAYNE DOE

4 piece band from Stoke. Released a track "Anthem" on this compilation:http://www.25records.com/ouch.htm

 

JEFFREY'S VELVET JACKET

JOHN HAMBLEY supplied this information.

 

"JEFFREY’S VELVET JACKET  was formed, circa 1987, by band members COLIN ANDERSON (vocals / rhythm guitar), SALVATORE LE CARTA (lead guitar), and JOHN HAMBLEY (drums).  Their first (and only) gig was to take place at The Sutherland Arms, Newcastle-under-Lyme soon after their formation; however the band failed to show.  It later transpired that frontman ANDERSON had, "...gone shopping with his girlfriend in Manchester instead".  The gig had been heavily promoted and ticket sales were strong.  This left supporters somewhat puzzled (and perhaps disappointed), which was something thatJVJ never managed to recover from.  The original line-up moved on to other projects, with HAMBLEYlater drumming in the late 90s for Welsh band SCUBA (produced by JONNY CRAGG).  SEB CLARKEcontacted HAMBLEY in autumn of 1988 and asked whether there were any plans for JVJ, and if not whether he could use the name instead?  Since the original line -up had atomised, CLARKE assumed the mantle of JVJ champion, and in this role he injected new enthusiasm into the name; going on to enjoy a successful period with the revitalised JEFFREY’S VELVET JACKET  - a band that took many of its cues from the 70s revival scene, which had gained popularity in the early 90s."

GEOFF COLE was also a member between 1990 and 1994.

 

JIM CROW 

Formed in the early 70s, this was the group that would later evolve into the popular local prog-rock bandGRACE. The original line-up comprised MARSHALL BERRISFORD, MALCOLM AUSTIN, ALAN MASLANKOWSKI, HARRY DAVIES and JOHN CREBER.

 

THE JITS

One member joined SPY vs SPY, another one was in FUTURE ADVENTURES.

More information required.

 

JOY DIVISION

WHAT?!

Although based in Manchester, half the band - IAN CURTIS & STEPHEN MORRIS - came from Macclesfield, so they just about scrape into the demographics of this site.
One of the most important bands to emerge from this country ever, numerous sites on the web, this one is as good as any:
http://joydivision.homestead.com/

MORRIS and the rest of the band (Barney Sumner & Peter Hook) formed New Order after CURTIS'S death.  

http://www.neworderonline.com/

 



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