Black - 3-pc band, feat; Colin
Vearncome (gtr,voc), Roy Corkhill (bass) (later Third Man, Here’s Johnny,
Icicle Works), Martin Green (sax) (ex Numbers 28, White Russians,
Black & Blue - feat; Jennifer John & Levi Tafari
Blackmailers - orig name for Spitfire Boys
Blackstuff Lads - parody band, rel 7" Gis a Job (Dec82).
Black Velvet - band (c1980) that became Kabuki
Black Velvets - Perhaps Liverpool's most pre-eminent 'rock' act - they play big loud songs that have been described as a healthy cross between Led Zep and AC-DC, with more than a hint of T-Rex thrown in. Four piece comprising Paul Carden (voc), Robbie Ross (gtr), Dave Dutton (bass) and Nick Kilroe (drms). Formed at the tail end of 2002, and have rapidly raised their profile playing support to no less than The Who, and The Killers. They attracted the attention of Alan Wills at L'pool indie Deltasonic who arranged a management deal with Sanctuary Home of mega stars Destinys Child. This in turn led to deal with Vertigo Recs who will be rel their debut single 'Get On Your Life' at the end of Nov04 - a ltd edition in real black velvet sleeve.. oohee pop lovers. Not bad for a band named after an Alannah Myles song!!
Blade - metal band (c1984) from Neston. More info req'd.
Blame, The - Wirral based
Britpop-ish band (c1998-9), feat; Bradley Briercliffe (voc) (now of Troubldour),
Teresa Smith (drms), Terry Laverly (gtr). Played at The Lomax a couple of
times, and rel 4 trk demo rec at Parr Street, and prod by Ken Nelson 'The Way
We Were / Do You Remember / Psychedelic Friends / Inside Memories'.
Blame It On
Blaspheme - band (c1980) feat; Sharon Leigh (voc). More info req'd.
Blaze - 5-pc funk band (c1982). More info req'd.
Blaze - 8 piece cabaret/lounge band that existed in L’pool for all of 2 weeks sometime in 1999. They played easy listening/jazz cover versions. All this would've been very boring had the manager not aquired the services of one Duncan Black on guitar. He applied for the position through the job centre in Bangor, North Wales - it was part of Labour's 'New Deal' scheme. Mr Black decided to 'pep things up a bit' using beer and FX pedals. He turned Carpenters songs into ambient experiments and 'Mustang Sally' into a funk/metal song. He lasted one gig at Jodies before the manager sacked him for 'being immature' and 'flicking the vees' onstage. The band split the next day. A VHS recording of the gig is knocking around somewhere - if you own it, please contact Duncan.
Blazing Saddles - rock band (1983-85), feat; Steve Wright. Rel 7" Free George Jackson (Jan85).
Bled Through - band feat Andy J (bass) (now Deluge). More info req'd
Blenn - band feat; Steve B (now of Reece)
Bless The Weather - band feat; Steve Day (ex 11.59, later Day2, Oklamotif), played only one gig (Apr86) at Everyman Bistro supp Ministry of Love.
Blimey Brothers - band feat; Paul Capper (gtr,voc) (now Amazing Kappa Band, ex Pete Wylie, Cat Scratch Fever, Candy Store Rock, Stamp Sisters, Cathedral), Tony Smith (drms) (ex Kappa, The Band With No Name, Candy Store Rock)
Blind Eye - band feat; Rocking
Ronnie Westhead (gtr), Brian Cockayne (bass), Vic Sheedy (drms). Played
Blind Owl - band formed by Chris Layhe (later of Icicle Works) & John Corner. Changed name to Eleanor.
Blitz Brothers - were basically Dalek-I Love You with a few friends, inc Steve Lovell (gtr) (ex Hollycaust, Hambi & The Dance, Tontrix, Julian Cope). Dalek-I were signed to Vertigo Recs so its not really a shock to note that the Blitz Brothers only rel also came out on the same label - 'Gloria/Songs/Records' 7" single in full picture sleeve BLITZ-001 in 1979
Blonde Streak - Wirral band (formed early82) feat Brain Marriott (gtr), Rob Bateman (keys), Paul Kelly (bass), Carl Bateman (drms), Jackie Doswell (voc). Managed by Mick Davenport (ex Nutz) & got a deal with French label Career who changed their name to Toujours L'amour. Described as a band with a tight sound & one of the best female vocalists in L'pool. When the big break never came they changed name to Room To Move. Brian left in 1994, read his story.
Blood Group - reggae-rock band (mid80s), feat; Leroy Cooper (also a graffiti artist & poet). Supp The Farm in 1987 on their last gig.
Blown To Bits - Long running
punk fanzine edited by Bazzy from
Blue Angel - For reasons lost in the annals of time it is known as 'The Raz'; very popular all week particularly with students. 108, Seel Street, L1
Blue & White Plastic Tray - one of the many names used by members of Sharon & The Slobz, see also Sister Moon, Cyclic Amp.
Blue Demon - band (2003), feat; Day (drms) (later of State Terror), Paul Gonzalez (gtr,voc), Chris 'Huffy' Hough (dbl bass), Day Searson (drms), Louise (joined Jan05) & Chantelle (Demonette Dancers). Kate (also of After The Massacre) who joined Nov03 and has since left, says; 'Basically we go nuts on stage dressed in cheerleaders outfits with pom poms! We've been known to jump off the stage and batter the boys in the pit.' Signed to Mimashima recs. (website)
Blue Forest - dance-pop high
school band (formed 1982), feat; Terry Jones (voc,gtr) (later Third Man,
South Parade), John Pritchard (keys,voc), John Hughes (drms), Rel 5-track
demo (1984) feat; Touch My Skin, Rose Garden, Love Child. Ian Campbell
(ex Objet d'Art) auditioned in 1984 but never joined.
Blue Murder - band (formed
1990), feat; Paul Hobday (gtr) (ex Back To College, later
Blue Nose B - Aintree band (1984-89?) feat; Dave Billows (voc), John Briody (gtr), Mick Lawson (drms,voc) (all ex Indadais), Steve Lawson (bass) (ex Bneco). Rel demo Summer Girl (Jul84), demo 'Blade Discussion' (Oct84), 12" Forever Passing Trains on Blues Recs (Jan86), 12" My Diary (Jun86) with Paul Gill (keys). Steve carried on the band with sessionists after the rest deserted him in 1986, using - Dave Billows (voc), John Murphy (gtr), Jay Naughton (keys), Paul Thomas (sax), Gary Gilmurray (drms), Dave Rielly (perc). By the end of 1987 Steve had settled with Danny Woods (gtr), & Paul Denners (drms) (ex Emily's Suitcase). Had track Why Do I Need You on Modesty Kills (Audio Visual) comp LP (Jan88).
Blueprint - band, formed 1984 by Paul Marsters (gtr,voc) (ex Shwerlemont & The Bad Spadges, Second To None, Forgotten Heroes). More info req'd
Blue Ruby - funky pop-rock band (formed 2001). Supp The Coral, Bandits. (website)
Blue Siege - rock band (1985-86), feat; Gary Hall (gtr,voc), Rylane, Gibbons, Cumming. Rel 7" Waiting River (on Pride Communications Jan86), prod by Chris Layhe (Icicle Works), LP Ruin No Longer Remains (Feb86)
Blue Vein - Kirkby band (formed
early 80s), feat; Jim Keating (voc), Tony Hennigan (gtr), Dave Pickett (gtr),
Roy Pickett (bass), Alexandra Vienskavich (keys), Dave Lunt (drms). Rel 7"
Into the Night (on own Excellent Recs 1984). Tony since then has
been involved in a project called SaVages; a mixture of paintings,
sculptures & music, he’s based in
Blynd Zenyth - Band, (formed 2005), feat; David Banks (voc), Jon Campbell (gtr) (ex-Leavers), Karl Sturgeon (bass), and Thomas Mulholland (drms). (website)
Boat Party –
Bob, Bob, Bob and Bob -
Bobby Arnold Band – (1980-83) feat the multi award winning country guitarist Bobby Arnold (later Kenny Johnson and Northwind), Leo (voc,gtr), Mark Singleton (gtr,keys,voc) (later Now Hear This, Gambler, Afraid of Mice). Bobby sadly passed away in 2002 but will always be remembered with great affection by hundreds of musicians throughout the NW coast who admired his wonderful playing skills, particularly Mark Singo to whom Bobby was a great friend and mentor
Bobby Sox And The Prize Guys – L’pool band (formed mid 70s), orig feat; Paul
Thomas (gtr), Kenny Shearer (gtr), Alan Lawrence (bass), Davy Goldberg
(keys), Paul Wright (gtr). Appeared on Network ITVs ‘Rock With Laughter’
(summer 1980) and toured
The Body - band (formed 1971), feat; Tony Alliston (gtr), his brother Gary Alliston (drms) Ronnie Nelson (bass). Rel LP 'The Body Album' (1981), rel 'The Body Album Plus' (1997) feat; John Bleasdale (keys) (ex Pegasus). (website)
Bombsite – punk fanzine and original name for the band Why Control. Run by Mart and Grom from the band. Ran for a year from early 1977 for 3 issues.(website)
Bop A Dub – B’Head label (began Dec84) run by Alan Gill (ex Dalek I) & Jill Thompson (ex Inevitable recs). Rel at least 7 comp tapes between Jan85 – Oct86
Bonanza - band (1987-88) feat; Ken Nelson (gtr,voc) (ex Builders, Jenny Lind), Carl Brown (bass) (ex Jenny Lind, later Playing Fields, Fallen People)
Bonapartes Pub - venue in late 80s that put bands on every Tuesday & Thursday. More info req'd
Bone - Formed in 1990 from the ashes of Modern Eon, after the collapse of Eon Bob Wakelin, Danny Hampson, and Joey McKecknie reformed as Bone. They managed just one release, an EP titled 'An Arm And A Leg' for the Belly Up label before calling it a day. For reasons not explained Bone were also known as This Time Next Year.
Boo Radleys - band (1988-99), feat; Martin Carr (gtr), Sice (voc,gtr) (also Eggman), Steve Hewitt (drms), Timothy Brown (bass). Rel LP 'Ichabod and I' (1990) & Rob Cieka replaced Steve on drums. Signed to Rough Trade & rel 'Every Heaven' EP ('91) & then signed to Creation & rel 'Everything's Alright Forever'. 1993's 'Giant Steps' was rel & made some impact in USA.. 1995, the more pop-oriented 'Wake Up!' was the band's commercial breakthrough, debuting at number one. The bright, horn-driven single Wake Up Boo entered in the Top Ten with the follow-up single, Find the Answer Within making Top 30. 'Wake Up!' was rel in US autumn '95 with no promotional push from Columbia, who dropped the band early the following year. 1996 saw 'C'Mon Kids' debuted in the Top Ten but it soon fell off the charts, despite overwhelmingly positive reviews. Early in 1997, the band finalized a US contract with Mercury, and C'Mon Kids was released in March.'Kingsize' followed in late 1998, though the group officially broke up just months later. Rob Harrison (drms) (ex Jules Verne, Bulah Wig) also played at some stage
Bordellos – band (formed May04), feat; Brian Shea (voc,gtr), Ant Shea (voc,perc), Gary Storey (bass) (all ex Onion King), Geoff Parr (gtr), Vinny Oates (keys) . Rel 2 download singles Scream (Oct05) and Arthur Lee (Apr06). Mike Simm (drms) joined Oct05 and they began gigging (website)
Borland, Adrian - Following the split of The Sound, Borland rec a further LP as 'Adrian Borland And The Citizens' which was rel on the European label Play It Again Sam. Borland continued in music throughout the next two decades, producing other acts and rel another batch of under-appreciated recs as a solo artist and as a member of a couple side projects (the Honolulu Mountain Daffodil, White Rose Transmission). On April 26, 1999, Borland took his own life. Thanks to the Renascent label's reissuing program in the late '90s and early 2000s, the Sound's discography has been restored and revitalized.
Box of Toys – band (1982-84), feat; Brian Atherton (voc,keys) (later The Light), Roy Campbell (bass,voc), Phil Martin (sax,keys,voc) (later Come in Tokio), Andy Redhead (drms,gtr) (ex Select Committee, later 3D).
Box 13 - band feat on Birkenhead Blues comp LP (on Bop A Dub Jan86). More info req'd
The Bradwell - recording studio
Brady's - venue of late 80's prev called Eric's
Brain Donor - A side project of Julian Cope's - released the album 'Love, Peace And Fuck' on Impresario label in late 2001. This was followed by a couple of singles 'Saw Me Coming' and 'Get Off Your Pretty Face'. more…
Brave Captain - project, began 2000 by Martin Carr (ex Boo Radleys), signed on with Wichita Recs & rel EP, 'Fingertip Saint Sessions, Vol. I' (rec with Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Super Furry Animals prod Gorwel Owen). LP 'Go With Yourself (Fingertip Saint Sessions, Vol. II)' followed months later to lukewarm reviews. In 2001 LP, 'Nothing Lives Long, He Sang, Only the Earth and the Mountains' rel by Thirsty Ear.
Breaking The Mould - studio based project (formed 2001), feat; Graham 'Maddie' Maddrell (website)
Breakout - fanzine from Formby, L37 ran by Neil Tilly from Apr81. Neil then promoted gigs at Left Bank Bistro in Matthew St until Jan83. Continued to promote bands at Lincoln Inn, Venus Club & Bier Keller. Zine grew in circulation to 25,000 & in 1985 he formed a label under the same name & rel a single for Foundation. Everything stopped in Oct85 when Neil started to manage Change To The East. Paul Robinson (ex Stun The Guards) was also involved with the zine
Brian's Diner - venue in Stanley Street. This was where the Bunnymen invited the early arrivals as part of 'Crystal Day'. At one point most of the L'pool movers and shakers could be seen there during the day, Cope, Balfe etc were regulars. Other small groups seemed to do free shows there on an occasional basis, incl Hello Sunset 1985
Brilliant Genius – label of Vulcan Rehearsal Studios who rel comp LP ‘Ways To Wear Coats’ (Oct86), & a 12" by Jactars.
Broadside - band (2003) formed by Adam (bass) (ex State Terror), now split
Broken Promise - band feat on ‘Jobs For The Boys’ comp LP (Natalie recs Jan85). More info req'd
The Bronx - Sefton band (1980-81), feat; Darren Brown (gtr) (ex Shwerlemont & The Bad Spadges, later Toxic Blue, Scream in Silence, Roulade, Jenny Lind), Paul Wallace (bass) (same biog as Darren except Jenny Lind), L.Boswarva (drms), K.Blackshaw (voc) who was replaced by Seddy in '81
Buckley - band feat; Ian 'Bucko' Buckley (voc,gtr) (ex Outer Limits, The Falcons, One Last Fight, later 56 Kiss). More info req'd.
Bugs - band (1975-76) feat; Roddie Gilliard (gtr) (now of Muffin Men, but check his profile), Eric Wilson (bass) (ex Restless), Brian ‘Damage’ Harcombe (drms) (ex Restless, Shop Soiled, Filibuster, Death Kit, Accelerators), Dave Woods (gtr) and Marie Woods (voc) (both ex Jigger). Playing Janis Joplin, Grace Slick (at a time when it was probably considered unhip, as most were into Lynyrd Skynyrd and stuff) and orig material, at places like The Moonstone and The Metro in Liverpool City centre
Builders - band of early 80s, feat; Ken Nelson (gtr) (later Jenny Lind, Bonanza), Dave Reilly (drms) (ex Screaming Addicts, China Crisis, US Companion, later Faction), Ronnie O'Keefe (voc,gtr) (ex England's Own Revolutionary Royal Family, Secluded Places), Gary Williams (keys) (ex That Vulcano, Secluded Places). More info req'd
Bulah Wig – garage punk band of mid-90s feat; Karl Bader-Bailey (gtr,voc) (ex Jules Verne, Playhouse, later Lumiesence, Acacia Gum, Superdude), Rob Harrison (drms) (ex Boo Radleys, Jules Verne), Jason Stoll (bass) (who replaced Karl in Playhouse). Became Lumiesence
Bullyrag – band feat; Robbie Awork, Stewart Boyle, Mike Cusik (ex Empire), Stewart Kershaw (drms) (ex OMD), Paul Ryan (ex Da Biffs, Munchies, Er Turkey, The Flaps, Fat Larry’s Band, Almighty Atmosphere, Muffin Men) and Dave Goldring. (read biog)
Bump And Grind - fanzine from Allerton, L18. More info req'd.
Bunter - band, formed 1978 feat; Kenny Parry (gtr,voc), John Farrell (bass) (died in 1988), Tommy Mac (voc) and Bob Lawson (drms) (ex Elliot).
Burning Airlines – Runcorn band (1980-81), feat; David C (voc), Alan Roberts (bass), Gary Horabin (keys), Ade Sleigh (drms) (later Trash Culture, Hardly Fighters, Tao Tao Bay Beep). Became Wild Weekend (Dec81)
Bushfinder - band (pre-1985), feat; Dave Carter (later of Young Lions), Phil Hughes (gtr) (later US Companion, Some Party), Tony Barton (bass) (ex Lunjay Blue Armey, later US Companion). More info req'd
Buster - band (1974-77), feat; Kevin Roberts & Rob Fennah (both later of Alternative Radio), Peter Leay (gtr). Became successful treenyboppers with a string of hits & LPs in Japan & Australia. Biggest UK hit was 'Sunday' on RCA Recs making #48 in Jan76
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