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The Assets

The Assets : Mark Mortimer (bass), Brian Pear (drums), Andrew "Wiggy" Wiggall (vocals) and Roger Moore (guitar, vocals).
Mark Mortimer (bass), Brian Pear (drums), Andrew "Wiggy" Wiggall (vocals) and Roger Moore (guitar, vocals).
Photograph courtesy: Tamworth Herald

Musical Genre/Type: Punk
Formed: 1980

Band Members:
Andrew "Wiggy" Wiggall (vocals)
Roger Moore (guitar, vocals)
Mark Mortimer (bass guitar - temporary)
Brian Pear (drums)

Gigs:
07/03/81
Those Attractive Magnets
The Assets
The Travelling Dog
(Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw

Wigginton Village Hall

09/03/81
Those Attractive Magnets
The Assets
The Travelling Dog
(Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw

St. John's Youth Club

10/03/81
Those Attractive Magnets
The Assets
The Travelling Dog
(Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw

Polesworth Youth Club

12/03/81
Those Attractive Magnets
The Assets
The Travelling Dog
(Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw

Dosthill Boys Club

16/03/81
Those Attractive Magnets
The Assets
The Travelling Dog
(Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw

Wood End Youth Centre

17/03/81
Those Attractive Magnets
The Assets
The Travelling Dog
(Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw

Kingsbury Youth Centre

07/08/81
The Assets
The DHSS
St. Johns Youth Club

09/09/81
Thirty Frames a Second
Classified Ads
The Assets
St. John’s Youth Club

16/09/81
Thirty Frames a Second
Classified Ads
The Assets
Wilnecote Youth Club

Memories:
In the Spring of 1981, there was a "mini tour" of youth clubs on which The Assets, Fetch the Comfy Jigsaw, Travelling Dog and The Classified Ads all played. We played Wood End Youth Centre, Kingsbury Youth Club, Polesworth Youth Club as well as St. John's Youth Club.

Roger Moore (left) and school friend Peter Chapman at Q.E.M.S. in 1980 when Roger was lead guitarist and lead vocalist with The Assets.
Roger Moore (left) and school friend Peter Chapman at Q.E.M.S. in 1980 when Roger was lead guitarist and lead vocalist with The Assets.
Photograph courtesy: Mark Mortimer

This photograph was taken in Donald Skinner's parents' house in Wigginton by the Tamworth Herald. They also took pictures of Travelling Dog and Comfy Jigsaw on the same day for a piece that Richard Whitehead was writing about the explosion of new bands at QEMS and our mini youth centre tour.

The Assets later changed their name to The Restricted after they found a permanent bass player. Mark Mortimer

 

Tamworth Herald Features
Tamworth Herald – 05/03/81
Musicbox – In tune for rock tour
TOMORROW (Saturday) sees what could be the dawning of a new era in the history of rock music in Tamworth.

Those Attractive Magnets and three other bands are taking to the road to do a six date tour of youth clubs around the Tamworth area.

Wigginton village hall is the setting for the first of these important gigs.

Then the circus pitches its big top at youth clubs all over the area, finishing at Kingsbury on March 17.

The Magnets are backed by three new names on the local scene, The Assets, The Travelling Dog and (Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw.

Musicbox will like to congratulate all concerned with this enterprising venture

DIRECTION

Lately, we have been complaining about the lack of live music in the area and if the youth clubs could be opened up as regular venues for local bands it would be a big step in the right direction.

So we urge everyone reading this column to go along to at least one of these concerts and give the new talent that is emerging in the area the support and encouragement it deserves.

The Magnets are already known to all of you but below we profile the three other bands on the tour.

As they say in Hollywood. This could be the start of something big!

TOUR DATES
Saturday March 7: Wigginton Village Hall; Monday March 9: St. John’s Youth Club; Tuesday March 10: Polesworth Youth Club; Thursday March 12: Dosthill Boys Club; Monday March 16: Wood End Youth Centre; Tuesday March 17: Kingsbury Youth Centre.

Richard Whitehead

Tamworth Herald – 05/03/81
Musicbox – Punk ‘thrash’ comes to town
ROGER Moore and Brian Pear had been trying to get a band together for some time when Andrew Wiggall joined them as vocalist and the ambitious Mark Mortimer was roped in.

Now The Assets find themselves on the tour and they are promising to play the most wild, undisciplined punk thrash Tamworth has ever seen.

“We just want the public to get up and dance,” said drummer Roger.

The Assets compare themselves to Discharge and with titles like State Control, Fight Against This Government and Religion Causes Wars in their set, I think everyone knows what to expect.

“Our music is anti-IRA, Anti-Wedgewood-Benn and anti-Thatcher,” said Roger.

Tamworth Herald – 12/03/81
Musicbox – New boys learn a painful first lesson
Review: THOSE Attractive Magnets/(Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw/The Travelling Dog/The Assets – Wigginton Village Hall
ON FRIDAY I heralded this gig as the possible dawning of a new era. At the end of Saturday night I was beginning to have my doubts.

Apart from Those Attractive Magnets – more of them later – the three ‘new’ bands were shockingly under-prepared, out of tune and baffled by the whole situation.

Of course they will get better, develop and find their own level in a few years or maybe in a few months, but while the idea for this tour was enterprising and adventurous, some members of the groups plainly hadn’t got the talent to deliver the goods.

Best of the three were (Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw. They battled on, despite the fact that they were out of tune, and played the most listenable music of the evening.

The songs they did play were sort of power pop, new wave style, and I felt that with a lot of hard work and concentration, ‘Jigsaw’ could become quite a force. Good luck lads.

The Travelling Dog were hampered by the fact that they were hopelessly out of tune, under rehearsed and had lost Gary Overton and Steve McDaid just a couple of days before the concert.

Donald Skinner, drummer with Jigsaw, deputised on guitar, but, despite the enthusiasm of Mark Mortimer, they never really got going.

By the time The Assets took to the stage things were even worse and far from providing us with a “wild punk thrash” as they promised, they just looked nervous and desperately lacking in preparation.

SERIOUS

Back to the beginning of the evening and the Magnets, who, to my surprise, opened rather than closed the entertainment. No ego tripping for them, which was a good sign I suppose.

Sound problems hampered them when I saw them at The Warren with the Lounge Lizards, but tonight they seemed to have some of that sorted out.

Constructive criticism is what they wanted, so I’ll do my best to give them that. For a start there is no doubt that TAM are very serious and thoughtful about their music, they want to succeed, and that’s as good a start as any.

But where I feel they are going wrong is in the construction of their music. All the songs they played at Wigginton were far too long and complex for the sort of audience they are trying to reach.

SUPERB

The ‘new’ electronic music that is selling records and gaining recognition, is despite the synthesisers, very commercial. But the Magnets are more like Hawkwind than Gary Numan, playing lengthy numbers with layer upon layer of sound.

I feel that if they concentrated on getting some catchy hook lines within their music they could be very good indeed. They have a superb drummer in John ‘Hurricane’ Higgins and showed with … they can write good stuff.

All in all then a very mixed evening. The low points were the bad turn-out and the lack of co-ordination shown by the three newcomers.

However, John Higgins, Donald Skinner, Matthew Lees and Mark Mortimer deserve some credit for wholehearted, skilful performances.

To the three new bands the message is continue to work hard and don’t be discouraged.

Richard Whitehead

Tamworth Herald – 20/03/81
Musicbox
Despite the fact that the Magnets had to pull out of the tour, the other bands battled on, drawing a crowd of over 100 to St. John’s Youth Club on Monday.

One important line-up change is that Mark Mortimer, bass player with The Travelling Dog, has joined (Fetch The) Comfy Jigsaw while ‘Dog have split.

However, The Assets have continued to improve with a barnstorming display at Polesworth.

Watch this space for more developments.

Tamworth Herald – 03/04/81
Musicbox - Counting assets at tour’s end
SHOWING true British grit and bulldog spirit, the much-heralded tour of the youth clubs has soldiered on despite its wounds and the remaining bands have come through with much credit and growing reputations.

After headliners Those Attractive Magnets withdrew after the first gig at Wigginton Village Hall and the Travelling Dog went for an early “walkies” the tour looked doomed but (Fetch The) Comfy Jigsaw and The Assets battled on and in the end only one date was missed.

Bass player, Mark Mortimer of FTCJ said “The tour was a success but not a massive success.”

CIRCLE

As Mark explained, the main aim of the tour was to get their names known to a wide circle of young people in the area and, in the end, that was just what they did.

“We did not let many people down and we all think that’s the most important thing”, added Mark.

Now that FTCJ and the others have got their names known it will be interesting to see where they will go from here. Watch this space.

Tamworth Herald – 14/08/81
Musicbox – Young bands pack a punch
The Assets, DHSS: St. John’s Youth Club
TAMWORTH punk band The Assets took to the stage and began what was to become their best gig to date.

Guitarist Roger Moore was in powerful form, playing un-relenting thrash guitar. He and drummer Bryan Pear punched out a tight set, full of excitement.

Indeed. Bryan Pear was the star of the entire evening, producing some of the best rhythm I’ve seen from any young local band.

New bassist Andy Tuffield fitted in well with the rest of the group. Vocalist Wiggall was also in fine form.

Then the headliners, DHSS, took to the stage. The three-piece band played one of the longest sets ever seen at the youth club.

But this did not deter the band from providing another very entertaining set of what could only be described as new wave music.

Their set was bolstered by the exciting guitar playing of Vince Watts. The band were exciting and gave the audience an encore at the end.

This concert was one of the best I’ve seen this year and it gave a hint that Tamworth will in future not be seen as just a heavy rock venue.

For the town is now seeing more and more younger bands determined to put over different musical ideas.

Mark Mortimer

Tamworth Herald – 04/09/81
Musicbox – Seriously now, here come the Frames
REMEMBER the dark winter month of February when the evenings were long and chilly and the rain and snow never seemed to stop?

If you do, can you also cast your mind back and remember how the Tamworth music scene was perked up at that time by a cheeky bunch of young lunatics who gave themselves the unlikely name of (Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw.

Their jaunty antics and lively sense of humour put them along with the short-lived but equally quirky Lounge Lizards – at the top of my winter cheerfulness league.

Well those of you who like me had been wondering what had happened to CJ over the last few months can now stop wondering and read on.

Paul Summers, keyboards and occasional percussion and Andrew Baines, guitar and keyboards have joined the established trio of Mark Mortimer, bass and vocals, Donald Skinner, drums and keyboards and Matthew Lees, lead vocals and guitar to make the new look band.

The name’s changed as well. Thirty Frames A Second is the new, more sensible, title. “Everything is a bit more sensible now,” said Mark.

Over the last month or so, Thirty Frames have been doing a tour of local youth clubs with The Classified Ads and The Assets in a bid to try out their new material live.

Anyone who has not caught them yet can see all three bands at St. John’s Youth Club in Tamworth on Wednesday, September 9 and Wilnecote Youth Club on Wednesday September 16.

TWO SIDES

Keyboards, as you would expect have a big influence on the new TFS sound.

“The extra keyboards mean there are two sides to our sound. We hope the audience won’t get fed-up with the sound of guitar and so they will be bombarded with keyboards,” said Matthew.

Among the new numbers are “Look at the Mountain”, “Houses and Trees”, “Love Never Ends” and “Remember Me”.

After trying out there new songs the band hope to record a … tape and there is a possibility that copies will be …

 

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