Tamworth Bands History : 1985
Well what a year! What a *!%$*” year!!!
Here's Sam Holliday's Review of the Year from 1985.
MUSICBOX – A year in the life…of a town’s busy music scene
WELL IT’S been another tremendous year on the local music front. Some great bands have gone, others arrived and still more have grown in maturity and stature to the point where the town’s ‘big break’ seems almost inevitable. MUSICBOX, we hope has been keeping it’s fingers on the local music pulse throughout the past year and in this festive seasonal review I have delved into the past year’s files to see what I have been saying about you during 1985. So here it is, the nice and the nasty of a year in the life of Musicbox – and the local music scene…
Love On Board demo – they are a great band but this is not a great demo.
The Parade demo – this tape can do nothing but good in their search for that elusive success.
The Dream Factory single – quite frankly it’s brilliant.
Tamworth Rocks For Ethiopia – ‘It’s not very often we can feel so proud to live in Tamworth, but last Tuesday night we certainly could.’
A new band featuring Paul Clements and Derek Goodwin – the duo’s first manic performance was described as a hideous noise, which apparently pleased both members very much indeed.
On seeing the Stranglers at Amsterdam – ‘Where you expect to see clog dancers, windmills and even the odd tulip, what you end up seeing is just about every vice you can think of - and many that you probably never dreamed of.”
Idea Standard demo – it brings together U2 ingenuity with Undertones simplicity.
One On One live – ‘Dave Ingham is a man who belongs on a bigger stage than the Tamworth Arts Centre. He has the looks, talents and voice to go a very long way.
Wolfsbane demo – all you get is the sheer guts of their rock and roll which is spellbinding.
Breaking Point live – ‘I almost felt like weeping at the end of their set as their magnificent power and purity swept over me like a rush of hope.’
The Rathole – A free copy of the complete works of Enid Blyton to anyone who can fond out what happened to Tamworth’d biggest-ever non-event.
Wolfsbane Live – ‘It was just so good, so powerful and so entertaining, that I had to get out before I lost my cherished cynicism for ever.’
Breaking Point demo – ‘My copy sounds like it was recorded deep in Buttercup’s armpit.’
Springsteen Live – ‘In a word – inspiring.’
Femme Fatale Live – ‘Tamworth has been waiting for a long time for a band like Femme Fatale – now we have got them we should enjoy them while we can.’
The Sway Live – ‘All four members are sickeningly good looking and they are also very good at their craft.’
On the recording of TAMAID – ‘Vocalists such as Dave Ingham and Mike Turner left the studio with a positive glow in their cheeks…’
The Festival – ‘it showed the triumph of rock and roll over rain’
Mike Turner’s comments on Tamworth ‘a real case of ‘Eh tu Brute’!’
Star Trek’s accident ‘he has boldly gone where no man has been before – right into the back of a van.’
Freight Train single – ‘an incredible single from Tamworth’s best-kept musical secret.’
The Royal Family – ‘you would have to be deaf, cynical or completely out of your tree to come out of a Family gig without a wide-berth smile all over your face’
Tamworth rocks For Ethiopia (2) – Tamworth’s musicians and rock fans can hold their heads up higher than ever before’
Well, that’s covered a few of the best of ’85.