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Vision Collision

Vision Collision were a late 1970s pop/rock band. Two of their members were Terry Lilley, who played bass, and Andy Wickett, who sang lead vocals; he would later become the lead singer of Duran Duran. Vision Collision never released any material.

Terry Lilley, who had previously been a member of punk band Dennis & the Din Makers, formed Vision Collision with singer Andy Wickett and other musicians. They borrowed their equipment and rehearsal space from Duran Duran, playing in Wickett’s room at Cheapside, Birmingham where Duran Duran also rehearsed (Stephen Duffy’s band, The Hawks, played downstairs on the veranda).

Vision Collision were an opening act for Duran Duran at the now-defunct Star Club in Birmingham in 1979, one of their first ever performances. Entrance fees were only 50p. After the gig, Andy Wickett would eventually become Duran Duran’s lead vocalist, while Terry Lilley would form pop band Terry and Gerry, effectively breaking Vision Collision up.

Info from Duran Duran wiki: http://duranduran.wikia.com/wiki/Duran_Duran_Wiki

P45 live at The White Horse Inn 28th Nov 1980

Cuba live at The White Horse Inn 28th Nov 1980

Thanks to Steve Palmer

The Scent Organs

Future Duran Duran star Roger Taylor was in this punk band before he shot to fame!

Would love to know more!

Crucified Toad

Future Duran Duran star Roger Taylor was in this punk band before he shot to fame!

Would love to know more!

World Service

Formed in 1988 by Andy Wickett, ex of The Xpertz, Duran Duran and TV Eye, they were the first British band to tour North Africa and the Sahara regions picking up music and cultural influences on the way and would go on to support Duran Duran in the 1990s.

Nick Aletti, a member of The Androids, have sent in this video he made of World Service while studying at Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University).

As Nick recalls:

I hadn’t seen it for years and Andy just got in touch and asked me if I still had it. It took me ages to find it as the VHS tape had been stuffed in a box and kept in storage all this time. Basically it was the final project I did for the video module of the Communications Studies course at Brum Poly. Hardly anyone saw it at the time because it wasn’t completed until late June 1987 when most people had left. I knew Andy from the Birmingham music scene and saw World Service play a few times before approaching him about this. He wasn’t at Brum Poly at the time. They had just done a demo and this was one of the standout tunes on it. The others weren’t bad either.

This is a beautiful version of The Beatles ‘A Day in the Life’ and a great video to boot!

More of Andy and his music can be found at www.andywickett.com

Duran Duran

Duran’s first gig upstairs at the Communist book shop in Birmingham at a club called The Star Club

Duran Duran were created by Andy Wicketts, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, and Simon Le Bon, though none of the Taylors are related. The group has never disbanded, but the line-up has changed to include guitarist Warren Cuccurullo from 1986 to 2001, and drummer Sterling Campbell from 1989 to 1991. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the band’s fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the band in summer 2006, and London guitarist Dom Brown has been working with the band since.

Duran Duran were one of the most commercially successful of the new romantic bands and a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. Since the 1980s they have placed 21 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 and 14 in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, and have sold more than 100 million records.

A selection of the band’s hit singles from the 1980s include, “Girls on Film”, “Rio”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Save a Prayer”, “Notorious”, and the James Bond theme “A View to a Kill”. In the early 1990s, the band released, “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone”, and released “Sunrise”, and “What Happens Tomorrow” in the 2000s. “Falling Down” was released from their 2007 album, Red Carpet Massacre.

Discography:

* Duran Duran (1981)
* Rio (1982)
* Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983)
* Notorious (1986)
* Big Thing (1988)
* Liberty (1990)
* Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) (1993)
* Thank You (1995)
* Medazzaland (1997)
* Pop Trash (2000)
* Astronaut (2004)
* Red Carpet Massacre (2007)

Special Thanks to Keith Law at unsignedcity.com for content.

TV Eye

Formed in 1976  by Andy Wickett, Eamon Duffy and Dave Kusworth (later of The Jacobites) who left Moseley Art School in Birmingham and formed TV Eye, a band named after an Iggy and the Stooges song.

The Xpertz

Reggae/Dub/Electro group featuring Aleem Panwar and Andy Wicketts, TV Eye, Duran Duran and World Service.

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