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Old 23-05-2001, 01:16 PM
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Good bands that nearly made it.

Back in the early to mid eighties there were a few bands doing the circuits of South London who should have gone on to greater thingts, maybe, they did but I don't know it.

One in particular that we used to go and see regularly was Circus, Circus, Circus, anyone else hear of them or know what happened to them?

There used to be some sort of connection with the Forest Hillbillies and they used to do a great version of the Thunderbirds theme.
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Old 23-05-2001, 01:21 PM
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Old 23-05-2001, 02:52 PM
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There are several I used to see a lot that never made it, bands that were great live in small venues, almost cult status, but for various reasons (lack of ambition, unwillingness to take the risks, the commercial material that was released was never representative of how good they really were). Compare them with the ones that were crap but had some visibility supporting almost every badn of the early 80s I ever saw (the Headboys, A Flock of Seagulls). For example:

Nine Below Zero. One of the best live bands I've ever seen. early 80s mod band playing blues, R&B (as it's supposed to be - see other thread), some Motown. Fantastic harmonica player. Band when downhill when he left, but they're still going. Commercial albums were poor, singles sounded like heavy Chas & Dave. Their legacy is their first album Live at the Marquee.

The Never Never Band. Regulars on the circuit around the Friars at Aylesbury (fantastic live venue. Genesis played regularly early 70s) and Oxford late 70s early 80s. One album (cassette only no commercial deal. Poor studio version of great live act). Sound hard to describe but a bit like Magazine. Most of the band had other jobs and never wanted the big time. Band leader was guitarist from Druid (obscure mid 70s band album was Fluid Druid - like weird hippyish early Genesis - but one fantastic track - Painters Clouds - that Never Never also did)
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Sorry Never Never Band weren't south London (9 Below were/are). So were Splodgenessabounds
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When I lived in Beckenham I used to know one or two of Circusx3 quite well, but sadly have no idea of what happened to the band.

Any news of The Hinnies, Buddy Curtis and the Grasshoppers, Fast Freddie's Fingertips, or Totally Kitsch?? Thought not!
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the London SS, but then most of them went on to join other punk bands of the time.
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More recently, what happenned to Speedy? I saw them at T in the Park '97, bought their early singles, and thought they would make it big - but alas...
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My two favourite pub bands were The Drivers who were regulars at the Cartoon and whose singer Nick Van Eede went on to front the Cutting Crew and The 45's, a sort of poppy/moddy band whose singer/guitarist Phil Johnstone went on to play keyboards, write and produce Robert Plant's solo material and Chris Marra (bass) joined the FANTASTIC Danny Wilson.
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Nine Below Zero. One of the best live bands I've ever seen. early 80s mod band playing blues, R&B (as it's supposed to be - see other thread), some Motown. Fantastic harmonica player. Band when downhill when he left, but they're still going. Commercial albums were poor, singles sounded like heavy Chas & Dave. Their legacy is their first album Live at the Marquee.
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Nine Below Zero were a brilliant band especially live, some of them also used to live up the road from me at the Peabody estate in Tulse Hill. Saw them live again last year and they still sound great. The harmonica player you mentioned recorded and played live with Oasis. Another good South London band that just seemed to vanish were Carter USM
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The best band EVER to come out of south London has to be the Godfathers. Camberwell boys I believe. They almost broke into the big time around 1987 with the album "birth school work death"... although they always seemed to be better live. Must've seen em 20 times during the 80's and early 90's. The world made a BIG mistake missing out on this lot.
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Nick van Ede was in the year above me at school. We used to go and watch him play acoustic guitar on a friday night down at the Royal Oak in Dormansland, long before Cutting Crew became one hit wonders over here. They were however very successful in the states and he once told one of my friends who he kept in touch with that he'd been at an awards ceremony with the Stones picking up a gong for one million airplays on US radio...a few royalties there methinks!

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"Our Daughters Wedding". Saw them at The Old Venue in Victoria and my sister had the single Lawn Chairs. They were pretty good I seem to remember. Naked Lunch anyone?
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Just thought of the Hampsters, More Mushrooms Vicar, Nicky Moore, Highway 61 and Blue Chicken.

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just remembered the fantastic, but never quite made it, The Stairs.

they were a 60's style garage/psycho-delic band around in that period between Madchester and Brit-pop, but were infinetly better than the whiny-indie boy Blur, and the Manc trash Oasis.

They had an album out which was called The Stairs, and a few singles - Russian Spy and I, Squash Tomato Stomp and a few more i cant think of.

Lead singer was called Edgar Summertime and was a damn fine bassist too.
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Nitzer Ebb were the best band i ever saw live.
Shame they split up, love all their stuff up to the last album
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