The Hykells

The Hykells were very popular around the Birmingham area playing WMC and other venues including Park Concerts. Shared stage with groups such as Status Quo, Fleetwood Mac ,and others.  From circa 1968 to 1976 Changed name to Phoenix4 in early 70’s

Memories of Brum Gigs 1980-84. Were you there

Amazing list of gigs attended by Bryan Taylor. Any more to add?

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers    
The Fabulous Poodles Birmingham Odeon 02/03/80
     
The Skids    
The Books Birmingham Odeon 26/09/80
     
Cheap Trick    
Angel City Birmingham Odeon 04/11/80
     
Uriah Heep    
Samson    
Spider Woverhampton Civic 21/11/80
     
Queen    
Straight Eight Birmingham NEC 06/12/80
     
Slade    
Taurus    
The Drill Birmingham Odeon 20/12/80
     
Elvis Costello & The Attractions    
Dave & The Mistakes Birmingham Odeon 04/03/81
     
Iron Maiden    
Trust Birmingham Odeon 12/03/81
     
Mike Harding Birmingham Odeon 24/04/81
     
The Cure    
Carnage Visors (film) Birmingham Odeon 03/05/81
     
Japan    
Modern English Birmingham Odeon 14/05/81
     
Whitesnake    
Billy Squier Stafford Bingley Hall 17/05/81
     
Toyah    
DJ Kay & The Millionaires Birmingham Odeon 20/05/81
     
The Beat    
The Belle Stars    
Nervous Kind Woverhampton Civic 24/05/81
     
Slade    
The Eric Bell Band    
Diamond Head    
Titch Turner’s Escalator Woverhampton Monmore Green  
Case Ladbroke Stadium 31/05/81
     
Light Of The World    
The Inversions Birmingham Odeon 06/06/81
     
The Teardrop Explodes    
The Delmontes Birmingham Odeon 22/06/81
     
Kraftwerk Birmingham Odeon 23/06/81
     
Robert Palmer    
Weapon Of Peace Birmingham Odeon 24/06/81
     
Duran Duran    
Animal Magnet Birmingham Odeon 11/07/81
     
UB40    
Musical Youth Birmingham Odeon 18/08/81
     
Foreigner    
Diamond Head Birmingham Odeon 25/08/81
     
Siouxsie & The Banshees    
John Cooper Clarke Birmingham Odeon 26/08/81
     
Simple Minds    
Icehouse Birmingham Odeon 24/09/81
     
Sad Cafe    
The Fabulous Wonderfuls Birmingham Odeon 01/10/81
     
Ultravox    
Eddie & Sunshine Birmingham Odeon 04/10/81
     
U2    
The Comsat Angels Birmingham Locarno 19/10/81
     
Depeche Mode    
Blancmange Birmingham Locarno 04/11/81
     
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark    
Random Hold Birmingham Odeon 08/11/81
     
The Stranglers    
Mr. Sprat’s 21st Century Popular Motets    
Taxi Girl Birmingham Odeon 15/11/81
     
UB40    
The Beat    
The Raincoats Birmingham Bingley Hall 24/11/81
     
The Human League    
The McNairs Birmingham Odeon 30/11/81
     
Joan Armatrading    
Cliff Hunter Birmingham Odeon 09/11/81
     
Japan    
Blancmange Birmingham Odeon 17/11/81
     
Toyah    
Fad Gadget Birmingham Odeon 20/12/81
     
Duran Duran    
Talk Talk Birmingham Odeon 21/12/81
     
Duran Duran    
Talk Talk Birmingham Odeon 23/12/81
     
Adam & The Ants Birmingham Odeon 18/01/82
     
New Order    
The Stockholm Monsters Moseley Imperial Cinema 23/01/82
     
The Teardrop Explodes    
The Ravishing Beauties Birmingham Odeon 06/02/82
     
UB40    
Nightdoctor Birmingham Odeon 16/02/82
     
Haircut One Hundred    
Weapon Of Peace Birmingham Locarno 16/03/82
     
Pigbag    
Traitor Birmingham Locarno 17/03/82
     
Graham Parker    
John Watts Birmingham Odeon 06/04/82
     
Bauhaus    
Doctor Filth    
Tony Allen Birmingham Locarno 23/04/82
     
The Cure    
Zerra 1 Birmingham Odeon 28/04/82
     
Fashion    
White & Torch Birmingham Odeon 27/05/82
     
Haircut One Hundred    
The Bluebells Birmingham Odeon 08/06/82
     
The Clash    
The Xpertz Birmingham Bingley Hall 18/07/82
     
Dead Wretched    
The Obsessed    
Devoid Redditch Valley Stadium 28/08/82
     
Active Restraint    
The Sect The Prole Club  
The Strange Boutique Dudley, The Crown 15/09/82
     
Stoned Rayzens The Prole Club  
Strangled At Birth Dudley, The Crown 22/09/82
     
Roxy Music    
Mari Wilson Birmingham NEC 26/09/82
     
Dexys Midnight Runners Birmingham Hippodrome 03/10/82
     
From Eden Stourbridge The Mere 08/10/82
     
Eyeless In Gaza The Prole Club  
A Hundred Days Dudley, The Crown 13/10/82
     
From Eden    
Reeves & Phipps Stourbridge, The Broadway 20/10/82
     
Kid Creole & The Coconuts    
The Impossible Dreamers Birmingham Odeon 21/10/82
     
Bauhaus    
Brilliant! Birmingham Odeon 23/10/82
     
Fashion    
Kajagoogoo Birmingham Odeon 31/10/82
     
Japan    
Sandii & The Sunsets Birmingham Odeon 04/11/82
     
Adam Ant    
The Sinatras Birmingham Odeon 06/11/82
     
A Flock Of Seagulls    
The Alarm Birmingham Odeon 08/11/82
     
Siouxsie & The Banshees    
Zerra 1 Birmingham Odeon 13/11/82
     
Yazoo    
Boys Own Birmingham Odeon 15/11/82
     
ABC    
Carmel Birmingham Odeon 18/11/82
     
From Eden    
Reeves Dudley JB’s 19/11/82
     
The Adicts    
The Sect Dudley JB’s 20/11/82
     
Ultravox    
The Messengers Birmingham Odeon 29/11/82
     
U2    
The Set Birmingham Odeon 04/12/82
     
The Jam    
Apocalypse Birmingham Bingley Hall 08/12/82
     
Simple Minds    
China Crisis Birmingham Odeon 10/12/82
     
Blancmange    
Fiat Lux Birmingham Odeon 15/12/82
     
Dire Straits Birmingham NEC 17/12/82
     
Virus    
Midnight Ramblers    
The Alchemists    
Spontaneous Human Combustion    
Endangered Species The Prole Club  
Ancient Rebels Dudley, The Crown 22/12/82
     
The Statues    
Spontaneous Human Combustion Dudley JB’s 07/01/83
     
The Pink Umbrellas    
The Start Dudley JB’s 08/01/83
     
Echo & The Bunnymen    
Now Is The Time To Forget The    
Whimpering Child Becomes A Warrior Birmingham Odeon 22/01/83
     
The Applicators Dudley JB’s 01/02/83
     
The Stranglers    
Nick Marsh Birmingham Odeon 02/02/83
     
Steve Gibbons Band Dudley JB’s 05/02/83
     
The Pink Umbrellas    
The Start Dudley JB’s 05/03/83
     
U2    
The Nightcaps Birmingham Odeon 10/03/83
     
From Eden    
The Membranes Stafford College 18/03/83
     
From Eden    
Kokuma Birmingham Duma Express,  
Formula The Opposite Lock 24/03/83
     
Mari Wilson Birmingham Odeon 25/03/83
     
U2    
Big Country Birmingham Odeon 27/03/83
     
BB Dudley JB’s 02/04/83
     
From Eden Dudley JB’s 08/04/83
     
Crown Of Thorns Dudley JB’s 09/04/83
     
Virago    
Fish And Friends Stourbridge The Mitre 14/04/83
     
From Eden    
Laissez Faire Moseley Fighting Cocks 15/04/83
     
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark    
The Cocteau Twins Birmingham Odeon 26/04/83
     
The Adicts    
Subterfuge Dudley JB’s 29/04/83
     
From Eden Stourbridge The Mere 06/05/83
     
New Order    
James Birmingham Tower Ballroom 09/05/83
     
New Model Army Dudley JB’s 13/05/83
     
The Dancing Did Dudley JB’s 14/05/83
     
The Alarm    
The Rockets Kidderminster Town Hall 19/05/83
     
From Eden    
Reeves    
Formula Birmingham Polytechnic 20/05/83
     
Hanoi Rocks    
The London Cowboys Birmingham The Mermaid 27/05/83
     
Another Dream Dudley JB’s 10/06/83
     
From Eden Stafford College 17/06/83
     
From Eden Nottingham The Asylum 22/06/83
     
Big Country    
The Dancing Did    
The Lotus Eaters    
The Swinging Laurels The Aftermath Festival  
King Birmingham University 24/06/83
     
The Chameleons Dudley JB’s 25/06/83
     
X-Mal Deutschland    
Gene Loves Jezebel Dudley JB’s 01/07/83
     
Bauhaus    
St. Anthony’s Fire Birmingham Odeon 03/07/83
     
The Pink Umbrellas Dudley JB’s 09/07/83
     
Colour Me Pop London The Rock Garden 10/07/83
     
Echo & The Bunnymen    
Fatal Charm Birmingham Odeon 16/07/83
     
The Cure    
SPK The Elephant Fayre  
Laughing Academy St. Germans, Cornwall 30/07/83
     
Lords Of The New Church Birmingham Tin Can Club 12/08/83
     
U2    
Simple Minds    
Eurythmics    
Big Country    
Steel Pulse Dublin, Phoenix Park  
Perfect Crime Phoenix Festival 14/08/83
     
The Adicts Dudley JB’s 19/08/83
     
The Stranglers    
Big Country    
Man    
Hanoi Rocks Reading Festival 26/08/83
     
Jayne County Dudley JB’s 02/09/83
     
Death Cult    
Rubella Ballet Birmingham Tin Can Club 09/09/83
     
The Gymslips Dudley JB’s 10/09/83
     
Big Country    
One The Juggler Birmingham Odeon 14/09/83
     
Bay City Rollers    
The Armoury Show    
The Comsat Angels Futurama Festival  
John Cooper Clarke Leeds Queens Hall 17/09/83
     
Killing Joke    
Death Cult    
Jayne County    
Play Dead    
Ligotage    
The Box    
The Poison Girls    
The Mekons    
Flesh For Lulu    
The Three Johns    
New Model Army    
Holy Toy    
Action Pact    
Ground Zero    
Pleasure And The Beast    
Bone Orchard    
Lavolta Lakota Futurama Festival  
Pink Peg Slax Leeds Queens Hall 18/09/83
     
The Defects Dudley JB’s 23/09/83
     
The Stockholm Monsters Dudley JB’s 24/09/83
     
Siouxsie & The Banshees    
Fad Gadget London Royal Albert Hall 30/09/83
     
Newtown Neurotics Dudley JB’s 07/10/83
     
The Chameleons Dudley JB’s 14/10/83
     
John Foxx Birmingham Tin Can Club 15/10/83
     
Hanoi Rocks    
Ausgang Birmingham Tower Ballroom 20/10/83
     
X-Mal Deutschland    
The Wolfgang Press Birmingham Tin Can Club 22/10/83
     
Echo & The Bunnymen Royal Shakespeare Theatre  
Ben Elton Stratford Upon Avon 23/10/83
     
Lords Of The New Church    
Crown Of Thorns Birmingham Tower Ballroom 25/10/83
     
The Enemy    
Iconoclasts Dudley JB’s 28/10/83
     
The Tall Boys Dudley JB’s 04/11/83
     
The Icicle Works Birmingham Polytechnic 11/11/83
     
Public Image Ltd    
First Priority Birmingham Odeon 13/11/83
     
The Chameleons    
Gene Loves Jezebel    
1919 Nottingham Rock City 16/11/83
     
Eurythmics    
Virgin Dance Birmingham Odeon 18/11/83
     
SPK Birmingham Tin Can Club 19/11/83
     
Killing Joke Birmingham Tower Ballroom 12/12/83
     
Aztec Camera Birmingham Aston University 13/12/83
     
Simple Minds    
The Decorators London The Lyceum 18/12/83
     
Elvis Costello & The Attractions    
Prefab Sprout Birmingham Odeon 19/12/83
     
Crown Of Thorns Dudley JB’s 23/12/83
     
Ramrods    
The Sect Dudley JB’s 13/01/84
     
Red Shoes Birmingham The Railway 16/01/84
     
Pop Da Freak Dudley JB’s 02/02/84
     
Spear Of Destiny    
Kingdoms Birmingham Aston University 17/02/84
     
One The Juggler Dudley JB’s 18/02/84
     
The Stockholm Monsters Dudley JB’s 24/02/84
     
Dead Or Alive Nottingham Sherwood Rooms 25/02/84
     
Prehistoric Pets Stourbridge The Mitre 02/03/84
     
Danse Society    
Dormannu Birmingham The Powerhouse 04/03/84
     
From Eden    
Visit Birmingham Duma Express,  
Jeremy Paige The Opposite Lock 08/03/84
     
Simple Minds Birmingham Odeon 13/03/84
     
The Armoury Show    
And Also The Trees Birmingham Tin Can Club 16/03/84
     
The Smiths    
Red Guitars Birmingham Tower Ballroom 20/03/84
     
Pale Fountains    
Year Zero Birmingham Tin Can Club 23/03/84
     
Julian Cope    
The Woodentops Birmingham Odeon 24/03/84
     
Flesh For Lulu    
Pop Da Freak Birmingham Tin Can Club 30/03/84
     
The Chameleons    
The Wild Flowers Birmingham Tin Can Club 31/03/84
     
The Chameleons    
Blue In Heaven Manchester The Hacienda 06/04/84
     
Joe Jackson    
Big Heat Birmingham Odeon 08/04/84
     
Gang Of Four Manchester Carousel Club 13/04/84
     
The Waterboys    
The Scarecrows Birmingham Tin Can Club 14/04/84
     
Gang Of Four    
The Europeans London Hammersmith Palais 15/04/84
     
The Cocteau Twins Birmingham The Powerhouse 17/04/84
     
REM Birmingham Tin Can Club 24/04/84
     
The Cure    
And Also The Trees Birmingham Odeon 29/04/84
     
Hanoi Rocks    
The Milkshakes    
The Stingrays    
Guana Batz    
The Tall Boys    
The Prisoners Nottingham The Palais 30/04/84
     
Spear Of Destiny Birmingham The Powerhouse 01/05/84
     
New Model Army Dudley JB’s 04/05/84
     
Zerra 1 Dudley JB’s 05/05/84
     
From Eden    
The Kiss Club Dudley JB’s 11/05/84
     
Psychedelic Furs Aylesbury Friars 12/05/84
     
Prefab Sprout    
Hurrah Birmingham Odeon 16/05/84
     
The Adicts    
The Sect Dudley JB’s 18/05/84
     
Psychedelic Furs Liverpool University 19/05/84
     
Psychedelic Furs Birmingham Odeon 20/05/84
     
Psychedelic Furs Stoke On Trent  
Passion Puppets Hanley, Victoria Hall 22/05/84
     
Psychedelic Furs    
Passion Puppets Nottingham University 23/05/84
     
The Cramps    
Specimen Birmingham Odeon 26/05/84
     
New Order    
The Stockholm Monsters Birmingham The Powerhouse 03/06/84
     
Hanoi Rocks Birmingham The Powerhouse 05/06/84
     
Dead Can Dance Dudley JB’s 08/06/84
     
Friends Again Dudley JB’s 09/06/84
     
Siouxsie & The Banshees Birmingham Odeon 11/06/84
     
Siouxsie & The Banshees Birmingham Odeon 12/06/84
     
The Passion Killers Lye, Peppers 13/06/84
     
The Statues Stourbridge, The Broadway 14/06/84
     
From Eden Leicester Polytechnic 17/06/84
     
From Eden Birmingham University 21/06/84
     
X-Mal Deutschland Birmingham The Powerhouse 24/06/84
     
Hanoi Rocks Stafford Top Of The World 25/06/84
     
The Inca Babies Dudley JB’s 29/06/84
     
Artery Birmingham Peacocks 30/06/84
     
The Inca Babies    
From Eden Birmingham Tin Can Club 30/06/84
     
Psychedelic Furs London Hammersmith Odeon 02/07/84
     
The Kiss Club    
From Eden Birmingham Barrel Organ 11/07/84
     
The Go Betweens    
The Scientists    
From Eden London Dingwalls 19/07/84
     
Helen & The Horns Dudley JB’s 20/07/84
     
The Waterboys London Marquee 22/07/84
     
10 Go To 20 Stourbridge Jesters 25/07/84
     
Cry Of The Innocent Stourbridge Jesters 09/08/84
     
Prehistoric Pets    
The Kiss Club Birmingham Snobs 17/08/84
     
The Armoury Show    
The 10 O’Clock Gang Birmingham Tin Can Club 18/08/84
     
Cabaret Voltaire Birmingham The Powerhouse 21/08/84
     
The Skeletal Family    
Balaam & The Angel Birmingham Tin Can Club 25/08/84
     
The Rag Dolls Birmingham Peacocks 29/08/84
     
The Kiss Club Birmingham Peacocks 02/09/84
     
The Wild Flowers Birmingham Peacocks 14/09/84
     
The Kiss Club Kingswinford The Summerhill 17/09/84
     
Major 5    
Chase Dudley JB’s 18/09/84
     
The Sid Presley Experience Dudley JB’s 28/09/84
     
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions    
The Blow Monkeys Coventry Polytechnic 03/10/84
     
Echo & The Bunnymen Birmingham Odeon 05/10/84
     
Echo & The Bunnymen Birmingham Odeon 06/10/84
     
Sisters Of Mercy London The Lyceum 31/10/84
     
The Icicle Works Wolverhampton Civic Hall 01/11/84
     
Terry & Gerry Birmingham Virgin Records 02/11/84
     
The Rag Dolls    
Pigbros Birmingham Peacocks 03/11/84
     
Lords Of The New Church Birmingham Tin Can Club 03/11/84
     
The Surf Drums    
Mighty Mighty Birmingham Barrel Organ 05/11/84
     
From Eden Dudley JB’s 07/11/84
     
10 Go To 20 Birmingham Peacocks 08/11/84
     
From Eden Birmingham Peacocks 09/11/84
     
U2    
The Waterboys Birmingham NEC 12/11/84
     
Flesh For Lulu Birmingham TIn Can Club 16/11/84
     
The March Violets Birmingham TIn Can Club 17/11/84
     
The Cult    
Balaam & The Angel Birmingham The Powerhouse 20/11/84
     
The Surf Drums    
The Great Outdoors Birmingham Peacocks 03/12/84
     
The Rag Dolls Birmingham Peacocks 06/12/84
     
The Babysitters Birmingham Peacocks 07/12/84
     
Mighty Mighty    
Russell Burton’s 15 Minutes    
The Velvet Underwear Birmingham Peacocks 08/12/84
     
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions    
The Blow Monkeys Birmingham The Powerhouse 09/12/84

Nick Duffy

Nick Duffy (born Nicholas John Duffy on 24 June 1956 in Birmingham, England) is a musician, artist, illustrator, and filmmaker.

Nick is the elder brother of singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy. They are both co-founders of the folk-pop group The Lilac Time. Nick is a multi-instrumentalist, and has been a frequent contributor to Stephen’s solo recordings. He also plays in other musical projects and has released solo recordings.

Artistic career
In addition to making music, Nick has long worked as an illustrator and has pursued a variety of artistic endeavors. Before Stephen released his first album The Ups And Downs in 1985, the brothers formed their own design office called “DUFFY and DUFFY”. For the album’s preview release, they had an exhibition of about 80 paintings, drawings, photographs, and video. Duffy studied art at Fazeley Street Department of Foundation Studies and Experimental Art and then Portsmouth Polytechnic Department of Fine Art, Lion Terrace.

The Lilac Time
Main article: The Lilac Time
In 1986, Nick and Stephen formed The Lilac Time along with his friend, Michael Weston. Since their formation, the Lilac Time have gone through various line-up changes with the Duffy brothers as mainstays. In the band, Nick plays banjo, violin and accordion among other instruments. He also contributes songwriting and has done production work on their recordings. The band’s sporadic activity and recording output have intertwined with Stephen’s solo and songwriting career.

Nick is featured in The Lilac Time documentary film “Memory & Desire” by Douglas Arrowsmith which was slated to be released in 2009.

Other musical projects
In 1989, Nick formed Bait after The Lilac Time’s idea for a double album was rejected by their label Fontana. The Lilac Time ended up making Paradise Circus and the remaining material was released under “Bait.” In the 1990s, Nick had made a solo recording, Original Super Mango, under the name “Eagle Ombina.” He later formed Zsa Zsa Zsa, who released a self-titled EP. Nick’s new album Sapphire Stylus was released in December 2009 on Bogus Frontage.

Personal life
He lives with his family in Cornwall.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Duffy
http://nickduffy.co.uk/?page_id=1146
https://nickduffy.bandcamp.com

Angeline Morrison

Originally from Quinton, now relocated to Cornwall, Angeline Morris is a solo artist and the voice of Ambassadors of Sorrow and is currently recording with Nick Duffy.

Solo albums:
Are You Ready Cat? Freestyle Records 2013

The Rowan Amber Mill, Angeline Morrison – Silent Night Songs For A Cold Winter’s Evening Miller Sounds / Owl Textures 2014

Singles & EPs
NPB* Featuring Angeline Morrison – Plastic Love ‎Catchy Go-Go Records 2001

The Feeling Sublime

Ambassadors of Sorrow
There is No Ending 2011

Easterly 2009

The Nervous Kind

This is part one of the Nervous Kind Story 1979-82 sent in by Paul Comaskey.

The Nervous Kind came together in late 1979.

They were:  Gregg Nicholls   = lead guitar ,and backing vocals
                   Owen Comaskey= lead vocal and rhythm guitar
                    Paul Comaskey = Drums
                    Maurice Wolfe    = Bass 

Formed by Gregg Nicholls , who at the time owned the coolest cloths shop in Oasis Birmingham called Route 66, and by Owen Comaskey who was the lead singer with the short lived mod band The Townies .

It was watching The Townies gig at the Golden Eagle which prompted us all to do something better . Gregg approached Owen ,Owen invited me (Paul Comaskey) and Maurice Wolfe came on board to play bass . We were all regular “shoppers ‘ at Route 66. So the band was born . Gregg and Owen wrote most of the songs.
We played our first show at The Star Club on Essex Street supporting local band Dance. Steve Gibbons was at that show and invited us to open for him as JB’s Dudley .So the Nervous Kind were off and running .Our first demo was recorded in Erdington we have no copies of that . Our next demo was recorded with Bob Lamb 
Screaming Rita and Help from us which lead to us being offered a deal with Graduate Records , who at the time were the label UB40 were on. We recorded a single for them called Five to Monday (unreleased)It was now 1981. We played regularly at The Cedar Club and headlined many times at The Holy City Zoo. Toured with The Beat , and played with UB40 and Dexy’s . After the deal with Graduate fell through we struggled to find a label .We continued playing locally and recorded a BBC session for Kid Jensen (I think) produced by the late great Dale Griffin (Mott The Hoople)By 1982 we were floundering and Gregg left to go live in NYC. We replaced him with Paul Adams from the Hawks 
Maurice left shortly afterwards and we replaced him Simon Colley from The Hawks .By now Owen was the main songwriter. The new line up recorded a demo at Pete Kings studio and we were preparing to 
to start play out again, when Owen quit and moved to NYC to write with Gregg .

Enter Matthew Edwards…
 
Owen and Gregg lived in NYC for about 18 months returning to Birmingham late in 1984 . They had written an albums worth of songs and were ready to put The Nervous Kind back together. 
 
While they were away, Paul Comaskey,  Simon Colley and Paul Adams had joined forces with Matthew Edwards and became Sommerville. They signed to Virgin TEN where ironically their stable mate was Stephen (TinTin) Duffy that is another tale that should be told?  
 

While Sommerville were writing and recording there album, Paul Comaskey rejoined the Nervous Kind. 

The Nervous Kind (2) were now in search of a bass player, Maurice Wolfe had made the smart move to take a break from music and go teach in Montserrat!! Mick Llyod had just left Felt and he played bass for a short while .Ultimately after open auditions they recruited Bill Stair from the Bristol bands Art Objects and Blue Airplane, the new line up was set and began gigging mostly in London and recording while preparing to return to NYC.

This track England Swings was written in NYC by Gregg in 1984 recorded with the London Philharmonic a demo session for CBS. 1985.

Moving the band to NYC in 1986  turned out to be harder than any of us thought. Obtaining visa’s and a place to live and work was not easy even back then. When the dust had settled in early 87 , Gregg was in London getting married and starting a solo career. Owen Paul and Bill were living in Manhattan and had recruited two new members. Dave Houtson (a scouser) who played guitar on some early demo’s but ultimately was replaced  by Mark Spencer on lead guitar.

Mark was with us until 1990, and went on to play with The Blood Oranges, Lisa Loeb, Freddy Johnson,  SunVolt and Jay Farrar and many others. MJ Mynarski a piano player and composer joined to play keyboards also with us until 1990. He moved to LA in the mid 90’s to compose music for film and has a successful career to this day working in TV and film .

The Nervous Kind played the New York circuit for a few years with some success, and recorded with some up and coming engineers back then namely Tim Hatfield now at Cowboy Technical Services and Tony Maserati now at Mirrorball.

Towards the end of 1990 it was clear  The Nervous Kind had run it’s course. We made the tough decision to call it a day .
Bill Stair stayed in New York and became a hard working successful session player, sadly he and his darling wife Doreen died in a tragic car accident down in Oaxaca just 18 months ago and are greatly missed by us all.

 
Owen and I moved to San Francisco with our families . I stayed there for many years playing with as many different bands as possible . 
 
There are lots of albums out there with me playing drums on them . 
The Hairdressers, The Sunshine Club, Richard Buckner, and my personal favorite The Music Lovers, which reunited me with my dear friend from Birmingham Matthew Edwards.  
 

I now live in Maine I write and record at home, there are four solo albums of mine out there on Bandcamp and soundcloud. I also still write songs for film and TV with MJ Mynarski available on iTunes and youtube. 

Owen moved back to New York where he managed a club on the lower Eastside for many years called Arlene Grocery , famous for his HeavyMetal / PunkRock Karaoke. 
He developed and produced a short lived TV show for VH1 called “album covers ” which had new bands covering albums that had most influenced them a great show and idea that someone else will do again I’m sure.

 
That idea lead to Owen forming The Major Tom’s in New York . Now he is back living in Birmingham you can catch The Major Tom’s (UK) at least once or twice a year and the famous Hare and Hounds Kings Heath .
 
So there you have it an abbreviated history of The Nervous Kind the story of  four lads from Erdington Birmingham who took the world by storm . 
 
You just don’t know it ….yet .

Midland Beat

Influential magazine chronicling the Brum Beat era in the 1960’s

Full copy of Midland Beat No 1, October 1963 featuring John Lennon, two Brum Cavern Clubs, The Midlands Jazz Scene, Brum Beat

Full copy of Midland Beat No 3, December 1963 featuring George Harrison, Jazz at the Town Hall, Tut Tut, Astronauts in Germany and The Ian Campbell Folk Group

Full copy of Midland Beat No 4, January 1964 featuring The Shadows, Ringo Starr, all girl group The Orchids, adverts for the TWO Brum Cavern/Kavern clubs and a racist cartoon!

Full copy of Midland Beat No 20, May 1965

Wilsons Arms Disco

Disco held at the Wilsons Arms in Knowle in the mid to -late 1960s

Jacobites

The Jacobites were formed in Birmingham in 1982 by Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth, following the breakup of their respective previous bands, the Swell Maps and the Subterranean Hawks.
The two had met in early 1980, with an initial live performance together in May 1982 under the name Six Hip Princes, but it was not until 1984, after Sudden had already issued two solo releases, that the duo adopted the name Jacobites (after the rebel movement to restore the Stuart line to the British thrones) and completed the lineup by adding Nikki’s brother Epic Soundtracks, also formerly of the Swell Maps, and bassist Mark Lemon. The Jacobites were a more traditional, song-oriented outfit than the Swell Maps had been. Sudden and Kusworth were both strongly influenced by The Faces, Bob Dylan, glam rock, and, most vitally, The Rolling Stones — their open worship of the group (Kusworth’s entire body of work would later be described as “A tear-stained meeting of Johnny Thunders’ ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory’, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses’, and Neil Young’s ‘Down by the River’ wrapped in scarves, bound up in leather pants, and shrouded by cigarette smoke”, while Sudden called the Stones “the best band there has ever been” and was working on a Ronnie Wood bio at the time of his death), combined with their velvet-and-scarves style of dressing and their girls-and-drugs style of living, made for a natural comparison with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The group released a string of albums and EPs between 1984 and 1985, garnering increasing critical interest, a certain appreciation in the British underground, and great popularity in Germany, but also began shedding its original members in the latter year — Soundtracks to Crime & the City Solution, Kusworth to a well-regarded but ill-remembered solo career.

With the breakup of the songwriting team at its heart, the Jacobites became little more than a name for the shifting backing unit Sudden used for his solo career. An American compilation was released in 1986 after the band’s boozy, weary-eyed brand of romantic songwriting gained the devoted support of the similarly-minded Paul Westerberg, and another comp followed in 1988, but the group would not exist again in meaningful form until 1993, when Sudden and Kusworth rejoined forces to recreate the Jacobites with a new lineup that featured Glenn Tranter on guitar, Carl Eugene Picôt on bass, and Mark Williams on drums: all friends from Birmingham. A series of obscure releases followed throughout the mid-1990s, doted upon by the band’s cult following, particularly in mainland Europe, but otherwise generally ignored. After God Save Us Poor Sinners appeared in 1998, the Jacobites remained silent while Sudden and Kusworth continued their solo careers. With Sudden’s death in 2006, the band is now permanently defunct.

Discography
Studio Albums
Jacobites (1984)
Robespierre’s Velvet Basement (1985)
Howling Good Times (1994)
Old Scarlett (1995)
God Save Us Poor Sinners (1998) (2 releases with different track lists on Glitterhouse and Bomp! Records)

Compilation Albums
Lost In A Sea Of Scarves (Rarities Collection) (1985)
The Ragged School (1986)
Fortune Of Fame (Big Hits & Broken Biscuits) (1988)
Fortune Of Fame (Big Hits & Stereo Landings) (1988)
Heart Of Hearts (The Spanish Album) (Rarities Collection) (1995, Spain)
Hawks Get Religion (1996)

Live Albums
Kiss Of Life (Recorded live in Hanover in 1995, limited edition) (1995)

Singles
Shame For The Angels 7″ / 12″ (1984)
Pin Your Heart 12″ (1985)
When The Rain Comes 7″ / 12″ (1986)
Don’t You Ever Leave Me CD (1993)
Can’t You See? CD (1995)
Over & Over 7″ (1997)
Teenage Christmas 7″ (1998)
The Otter Song 7″ (2011)

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Force Five

Force Five, (not to be confused with the group of the same name from Southend on Sea, who cut some records and appeared on Ready Steady Go), were one of the many groups formed in Birmingham in the early sixties. They didn’t record anything or appear at any top venues but had fun playing the music of the day. They were active between 1962 and 1966

There were many members:-

Richard (Rick) Gale. Rythmn Guitar

Paul Davies. Bass/Vocals

Barry Gummery. Lead Guitar

Dave Curtis. Lead Guitar

John Rawson. Drums

John Proctor. Bass/vocals

John Goodchild. Drums

Dave Hall. Drums

Gordon Lee. Lead Guitar/vocals

Bill Taylor. Vocals

Ron Comley. (non playing, but wrote songs)

The most settled and active line up was Gale/Curtis/Goodchild/ Proctor and Taylor.

The band was managed by Rick Gale’s father, Dick, who also came up with the name.

The band started with friends Rick and Barry, who went to Kings Norton Grammar School getting together with Paul who went to Moseley Art School and was in the same class as Roy Wood. John Rawson, also of KNGS, was recruited and the band (then called The Deltones) used to go to the dances held each week at Bournville Church Hall and borrow the booked band’s amps and drums and do a few numbers in the interval. One of these bands was Carl Wayne and The Vikings who were really nice to us. Curtis and Proctor also of KNGS joined along with Taylor who went to Bournville Technical School. Bill’s friend Ron was a good songwriter and wrote several songs for us. Force Five then started playing at youth club dances, clubs, weddings and other social events around Birmingham. In the summer of 1966 Gale got a place at one of the London Universities, Proctor went off to train as a PE teacher in Loughborough, Curtis started a course at Aston University, Goodchild went to study Architecture and Taylor moved away with his job, so the band broke up. Fast forward to 2010…. Ron Comley, who in the Force Five days had also fronted The Impacts (mentioned on this site), had reformed The Impacts, which featured Bill Taylor on vocals. Bill had been a long time member of The Taylor Made Band. Ron was also in a second band called V60, playing bass and singing. V60 needed a guitarist and although they hadn’t been in contacy for nearly 50 years, he managed to trace Rick Gale through facebook. Rick then joined V60 who were playing much the same set list as Force Five did in the 60’s. In 2015 Ron, who by now, was over 70, decided to retire. V60 then recruited Bill Taylor from the now defunct Impacts. Tom Houghton took over on bass and vocals, to join Pam Holiday (drums/vocals) and Chris Watts (vocals/guitar). V60 changed their name to The Vintage Sixties Company. They rehearse regularly and play the occasional gig.

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