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Second Hand Band

Second Hand Band (SHB) were formed in Birmingham during October 1974 and comprised of ex members from the bands Eclipse, Etelka and Che. The original line up was Bob Ensor (drums) John Patchett (guitar) Clive Hunt (Bass guitar) and Gary Wookey (vocals). Most of the material they played, about 99%, was self penned.

The band’s first gig was in June 1975 at the Jug Birmingham, but more work soon followed that year including several gigs at Bogarts, Barbarellas, Cloud 9 in Redditch and the Greyhound, Fulham Palace Rd in London.

During 1976 the band was taken under the wing of Ricci Dee, the Bogarts resident DJ and The promo’ agency West Coast Promotions.

The workload of the band now suddenly became more intense and the band started playing gigs outside of the Brum area and more around the UK as a whole. This included, South Wales, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, Wiltshire, Norfolk and the North East and Scotland as well as a date at Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts and Hatchetts in London. However, the band did return home and played many gigs at Bogarts, Barbarellas and Rebbecas. During early 1976, however, Clive the Bass player, quit the band to get married. He was quickly replaced by another ex Che member, Dick Czepiel.

Also around this time, with the gig diary looking to be very busy, the band secured a bank loan and re equipped with a state of the art 600Watt PA system and Soundcraft mixing desk (including stage foldback monitors). The band also purchased extensive lighting equipment mounted on two side of stage placed towers, to enhance their dynamic stage performance, that also included a pyrotechnic display at the end of the show.

The band were now able to play larger venues such as Universities and larger halls, although they still somehow managed to fit most of this new’ kit’ into the smaller pub and club venues that were still their ‘bread and butter’.

The band were now also being offered support roles which would include City Boy, Motorhead, Colosseum 2, Claire Hamill and Hinkley’s Heroes. Record companies also started to show an interest in the band. Remember there was no internet or computers on which to produce and promote your work in those days.

However, the bubble of success was about to burst and in 1977 the Punk movement undercurrent ’exploded’ on to the scene. All of a sudden Rock Bands and all they stood for, were deemed to be ‘uncool’. As a result, the gigs and record company interest began to evaporate. On Sunday the 6th of November, after a gig at Barbarellas, guitarist John announced his intention to quit the band and with the rest of the band not seeming interested in finding a replacement, SHB played its final gig at the Dunlop Social Club, Erdington, on November 11th 1977.

John from the band sent these fantastic pictures into the archive of the Second Hand Band from a gig at Barbarella’s in 1976. Strange to think that punk was just about to hit the UK and Barbarellas would become the punk club in the city.

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Albert Arkwright has sent these photos of Second Hand Band into the archive


Memories of Brum Gigs 77-79. Where you there?

So here it is, 657 gigs that took place in Brum from 77-79. Compiled by Neil from gigs he attended, gigs he saw advertised in the Sunday Mercury, evening Mail and Melody Maker. It is an incredible picture of the bands who played and played together and the venues they played. I’m really interested in the history of Barbarellas and the bands who played there over that period is a who’s who of punk.

I want to thank Neil for providing such an amazing list of gigs and throw it open to BPMA community to add other gigs, amend line ups, and share memories of the gigs. What were the bands like, who did you go with, what was the best gig?

As always, over to you!

Memories of Brum Gigs 77-79 part 2

So I exchanged emails with Neil saying this is exactly the type of memories that we want here at the BPMA. Neil has sent the Archive his list of gigs from 77-79 (all 657 of them!) which I’ll post in a separate separately but as Neil says, he hopes this triggers some more memories and debates from those who were there!

Memories of Brum Gigs 77-79 part 1

We were contacted here at the Birmingham Popular Music Archive by Neil Evans who lived in Birmingham up until 1978. Neil wrote…In fact here is the original message Neil sent:

I left Birmingham in 1978 but I’m interested in what you are up to. Somewhere I have a list of pretty much all the concerts that took place probably in 1975 – 1977 era, I’ll see if I can dig it up and get it on a copier and send it off to you.

Bands I remeber seeing:

Birmingham Polytechnic

Gigs at Student Unions up and down the country  were an integral part of the tour circuit for bands, and more importantly their record labels. They really reached their pen in the late seventies and early eighties.

Stephen Homer form Birmingham City University has sent in a list of some of the gigs that took place at what was then Birmingham Polytechnic, the information has come from the  Archive holdings of Polygon.

Misty in Roots – 19th May 1978 from Polygon issue 2. Venue was the Edgbaston campus.

Colin Philips Combo – 30th June 1978 from Polygon issue 64. Venue was Bordesley campus.

Ruby Turner; Cousin Joe – 4th October  1978 from Polygon issue 66.

Late Show – Freshers’ Week 1978-79 from Polygon issue 68. Venue was Edgbaston campus.

Supercharge – 29th September 1978 from Polygon issue 68. Venue was Perry Barr campus.

Rich Kidds – 25th October 1978 from Polygon issue 67.

The Adverts – Autumn 1978 from Polygon issue 68. Venue was Perry Barr campus.

Climax Blues Band – 1st November 1978 from issue 68. Venue was Edgbaston and the gig was filmed for BBC Rock goes to College and broadcast 3rd November 1978 BBC2 11pm; repeated 5th November 1978 BBC2 4.15pm.

Chas and Dave – 12th December 1978 from Polygon issue 71. Venue was Edgbaston campus.

Raw Deal – February 1979 from Polygon issue 74. Venue was Edgbaston campus.

Freddie “Fingers” Lee – 2nd March 1979 from Polygon issue 74. Venue was Edgbaston campus.

The Tourists – 31st October 1979 from Polygon issue 84. Venue was Edgbaston campus.

John Cooper Clarke – Christmas 1979 from Polygon issue 84. Venue was Perry Barr campus.

Ferrari – January/February 1980? from Polygon issue 88.

The Photos – 29th February 1980 from Polygon issue 88. Venue was Edgbaston campus.

We welcome more additions or memorabilia from this venue!


Ticket Stubs

Some great ticket stubs sent in by Steve Taylor of gigs by U2, The Teardrop Explodes, Dr Feelgood and The Jam amongst others. The Jam at the Bingley Hall is the gig that went down in legend I think, as the last gig held there before it burnt to the ground. Anyone know who the ‘local band’ support was?

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