Musical Genre/Type: Synth Pop
Formed: 1985 Split: 1985
Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals: Lee Revelle (Glascote Heath)
Keyboards: Ashley Smith (Glascote Heath)
I moved from north Birmingham to Tamworth aged thirteen. After a year or so at my new comprehensive school, I’d forged a fair few friendships based primarily on music. None more so than with Ashley Smith, a classmate who – like most of them – was mildly obsessive about The Jam, but also had a fairly eclectic taste on top of that. We must have been fourteen when we decided to form our first band. We appeared to be starting off as a revolutionary counterpart to the synth duo ideal, pioneered by Sparks and recently exploited by Soft Cell. True, Ash was going to play his “synth”, which handily had a primitive drum machine built in, but I was going to buck the trend by being a guitarist. We had a name, Dance Trance, coined by me one night at the Sacred Heart disco when I couldn’t get Ashley’s attention as he strutted his stuff to some classic Northern Soul. The problem with Dance Trance, as a band if not as a concept, was the fact that it simply involved sitting in Ashley’s living room on a Sunday afternoon watching telly. Sure, I’d go round there intending us to rehearse. Sometimes I’d even take my acoustic guitar with me. But if football is a game played with the brain, Dance Trance were a band who only existed in the head.
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