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Formula 1

Part of the 1960s Brumbeat explosion, signed by Larry Page and released a cover of the Kinks’ ‘I Just Can’t Go To Sleep‘ on Warner.

Band members:

Keith Hughes – lead guitar
Bob Mansfield – bass guitar, replaced by Mel Stanton
Ken Price – vocals
Paul Stevens – rhythm guitar
Pete Trickett – drums

Hi Guys.. Just thought you might like a pic I have of us when I was drummer with Formula 1 ..

Formula 1_PT


Venue somewhere in Moseley!

Station Inn

Pub/Venue in Selly Oak in the 60s

Gotham City

Venue at the Crown and Cushion in Perry Barr in the 60s.


Venue in Erdington.

Bent Jade Club

Pete Bonner

Local Dj in the 80s  at venues like The Golden Eagle and The Tincan.


David West-Mullen has written into the BMA about the band Money:

Money were a Birmingham based rock band formed in 1977 from members of former local bands Gypsy Rose and Walrus Gumboot. They signed a publishing deal with Judas Priest’s old label Gull Records and released their debut album First Investment, produced by Chris Tsangerides (Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Tygers of Pang Tang) in 1979.

Despite heavy gigging, Radio One Rock Show sessions and airing of their only single (Aren;t we all searching?) and good rock press reviews the album failed in the UK but on release in Japan, notched up sales of over 23,000 copies. Due to lack of Rec Co financial support the band left Gull and released an EP (Money) in 1980.

Line-up changes and lost opportunities resulted in the band splitting just as a big London Management co were showing interest. The band members went on to form various bands and music activities. In 2007 the album was picked by On-line co Rock Candy Records mastered to CD and presented with a 16 page booklet containing the history of the band. This is currently still available on-line through Rock Candy

Rock Critic Paul Suter states “…their lack of commercial success has failed to dim the bands brief but bright appearance on record with ‘First Investment’ consistently hailed as a hidden British hard rock classic. Truly, one of the era’s most highly regarded obscurities.”

The Probe

Chris Wilmot sent this great piece about his former band The Probe and the stunning poster for a gig supporting the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

I wonder if anyone remembers the band The Probe who played around the area and beyond from 1967 to about 1972.

I was the guitarist with the band and remember some great gigs at The Plaza Old Hill / Handsworth, The Factory, Swan at Yardley, George Hotel Walsall, Birmingham Top Rank (now the Academy) Woverhampton Queens Ballroom, Dudley zoo Queen Mary Ballroom where on one of our many gigs Robert Plant wanted to sing with us but our singer said no!! plus loads of local gigs in the vacinity.We were all from the Halesowen, Blackheath, Old Hill and Dudley area.

Over time we went from playing Soul to Progressive which gave us appearances as support for Family, Jethro Tull, Geno Washington, Amen Corner, Bonzo Dog Band, Fleetwood Mack, Marmalade plus loads more big names….we were pretty busy 2 gigs a night a couple of times thanks to the Plazas revolving stage…we set up on the back while the pevious band played on the front…then turned round playing….a bit scary looking back! Our old valve Vox and Marshall amps took a beating but never or rarely went wrong.

The most weird were the gigs in London at the height of the psychedelic 60’s…one underground club under a church ( i think it was famous)and we were invited to play at a party later that night complete with liquid lights and full weirdness.Our bass guitarist reckons we played at the Marquee but I don’t remember that!! or supporting The Moody Blues at Stourbridge Town Hall, but hey ho I’m getting old!

We won a record contract via a Radio Luxembourg band contest in around 68/69 and had to meet the infamous Jimmy Saville at Belle Vue in Manchester for a meal and later played at the equally infamous Top 10 club for his charity work!! He was a strange and scary man.
We recorded an album at De Layne Lee Studios in London, which was The Place in the day….Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mack, Stones tapes lying about in there on the side…the old 8 track metal tape reel cans….My big regret is I didn’t take photos…I never thought it might be interesting for the future. Apparently Jimi recorded Hey Joe and the Are you Experienced album in there…it was tiny and below offices in Soho but has now been redeveloped and is out of town.

Look it up as is very interesting. For some unknown reason based on the contract, we never released it and despite best efforts, couldn’t even buy it off them to use. The producer was looking after Black Widdow at the time…somebody Meeham Junior….bit of a 60’s type complete with e-type and lotus cortina. I didn’t take a shine to him much.
Any way…hope it stirs some memories!!


Birmingham’s legendary psychedelic club.

Starting out in a the back streets of Birmingham in 1984 Sensateria was the ultimate sensory experience with the audience being over-whelmed by Parachutes, Live Liquid Shows, Strobes, Smoke machines, Incense, Psychedelic Posters plus the psychedelic sounds of the long forgotten 1960′s! No two nights where ever the same.With the likes of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Birmingham’s favourite cult artist Broadcast regularly in attendance over its ten-year existence, Sensateria was a brilliant alternative club in the city at venues such as The Fantasy Club, The Powerhouse, The Hummingbird, Digbeth Civic Hall and Snobs.

One of the most iconic aspects of Sensateria were the beautifully crafted posters and flyers that Mark MacDonald, who a started Sensateria, created. They became much sort after and Benedict Davies has sent a couple into the BMA.

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