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Rock band fronted by Tom Sorahan in the late 70s. Regulars at The Railway.

This is an elusive band! From what I can find out Sorahan played every week at the Railway and were fronted by keyboard player/vocalist/songwriter Tom Sorahan – very talented and highly original material. Tom also played with Mark Stanway, now keyboard player with Magnum.

Richard Westwood sent this into the BMA: Prior to Spitfire, I was the final drummer in Sorahan, replacing Les Fortnum. Sorahan was killed by the punk tsunami, although Tom Sorahan got himself a deal with Pye Records and recorded a single album, “I’ve Seen The View, You Can Take Me Back Now”, copies of which can still be found (eBay, rare record shops, etc).

The album is available on Discogs:


Rob Harris has written into the archive about Orphan:

I am amazed that Orphan do not get a mention. They were a giging band with residenties at The Railway, Barrel Organ, Mercat Cross and regular gigs too numerous to list.

and following a trail, this was on Phill’s Facebook page:

ORPHAN was a post punk new wave band based in Birmingham UK, founded by singer/songwriter Phill J. Dunn (Phillip James Dunn). The band went through various incarnations – and included Phill Dunn (rhythm guitar/lead vocal/main writer), Phil Campion (keyboards), Pete Dunn (bass), Phil Vickers (drums), Richard Westwood (drums), Keith Jones (violin), Trevor Wigley (lead guitar), Steve Leighton (lead guitar), they were the main players, and there’s a couple of others that stood in very briefly at the beginning.

ORPHAN was mainly a gigging band, and worked all over the country, but had 3 main residencies in Birmingham – The Railway, The Barrel Organ and The Mercat Cross. Apart from gigging, they recorded 2 albums – the First called ‘PHOBIAS’, which was released on Swoop Records, with 4 singles pulled from that album. The Second album, explored a more complex new wave, pop-rock form, it was untitled and not commercially released due to contractual problems, a demo of this album still exists. One of the tracks – ‘DIFFERENT LEVELS’ was recently used in Phill Dunn’s director’s reel. Phill Dunn is also a filmmaker. ORPHAN disbanded when Phill Dunn left England to further his directing experience.

Phill is currently a film director/writer based in Singapore but still pursues his musical side, ie songwriting and recording under the name of ROXY REJECTS. The name of the band was originally used as just a creative umbrella name for creating pop-rock songs for commercial television projects, but eventually led to the formation of the ROXY REJECTS band, into a more serious and artistic musical direction with an album in the making. This debut album has been recorded but it’s still at mixing stage. The songs and the music draw upon the influences of sixties’ British psychedelic rock.

This great Post-Punk track was a private pressing in 1979:

Don’t Want To Go


             Album                      Label

1983 – Phobias                     PVK Records

Phobias/Nervous  /I Don’t Want It Like That  /Timebombs /R.S.V.P.U./Dreamboat /Julie Isn’t Julie In The Bath/Mouth To Mouth /7 Teen /Ambition + /Little England /Love On The Lichfield Line


1979 – I Don’t Want To Go (To Work Tomorrow) /Little Mother: Private Pressing

1981 – R.S.V.P.U./Mouth To Mouth: Swoop

1981 – Nervous/Little England: Swoop

1981 -Love On The Lichfield Line/Ambition: Swoop


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