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Poll of Polls

Wolfsbane - Top Tamworth Band of All TimeThe first Musicbox Poll was launched by Sam Holliday in 1983 barely a couple of months after he first started working at the Tamworth Herald. The Dream Factory won it for the first three years, Dance Stance followed them with two successive victories in 1986 and 1987. The DHSS won in 1988 and Catch 23 in 1989 and finally in 1990 the mighty Wolfsbane deservedly won everything - Top Local Band, Top National Band, Album of the Year and Single of the Year.

Well, here at the History of Tamworth Bands we can create our very own Poll of Polls - yes we have the power to decide who was the best Tamworth band ever, the best local song, the best local gig, best guitarist, vocalist etc. etc. Based on results of Musicbox Polls, historical fact and our own personal opinion, here we go...

Tamworth Bands : Poll of Polls
Top Local Band

Tamworth Bands : Poll of Polls1. Wolfsbane
2. Catch 23
3. Dream Factory
4. Dance Stance
5. The DHSS
6. Spiral Eye
7. Fetch Eddie The Baby's Gone Blue
8. Emma Gibbs Loves Badges
9. Breaking Point
10. One On One


Top Local Song 1. Paint The Town Red - Wolfsbane
2. Man Hunt - Wolfsbane
3. A Vicar's Hand In My Underpants - The DHSS
4. Clarke Gable - The DHSS
5. Wine and Roses - Dream Factory
6. Come The Day - Breaking Point
7. Disguises - WIN
8. Love Explosion - Catch 23
9. He'll Love You 'til You're Pregnant - Fetch Eddie
10. Unobtainable - Emma Gibbs Loves Badges
11. Loco - Wolfsbane
12. Sweet 16 - The DHSS
13. All Or Nothing - Wolfsbane
14. Other Side Of Paradise - Dance Stance
15. Too Much To Ask For - Fetch Eddie
16. Assured - Emma Gibbs Loves Badges
17. Get Up - Wolfsbane
18. Memories - WIN
19. Uncertainty - Spiral Eye
20. Mind Disease - King Woderick and the Yogots

Best Vocalist 1. Blaze Bayley
2. Mark Brindley
3. Dave Ingham

Best Guitarist 1. Jase The Ace
2. Tim Latham
3. John Reeman

Best Bass Guitarist 1. Jeff Hateley
2. Pete Wright
3. Neil Gordon

Best Drummer 1. Batman
2. Jim Pighand
3. Steve Danger

Best Keyboards 1. Nick Smith
2. Rem
3. Donald Skinner

Best Backing Vocalist 1. Anice Byfield (The DHSS circa. 1988)
2. Kaz and Bev Paul (Kraze)
3. Jessica Pitcher (The DHSS circa. 1989)

Other Instrumentalist 1. Dream Factory Brass Section
2. Dance Stance Brass Section
3. The DHSS Computers/Drum Machine/Samples

Best Lyricist 1. Edward ian Armchair
2. Brian Lacey
3. Lee Revelle

Best Lyric "Sweet sixteen you're a Catholic Queen, shattered all my childhood dreams. I wanted your love, I didn't want more, you're a bitch, you're a slag, you're a fucking whore."
Edward ian Armchair (The DHSS) "Sweet Sixteen" 1987

Best Songwriter 1. John Reeman
2. Mark Mortimer
3. Wolfsbane

Best Performance Poet 1. Edward ian Armchair
2. Jed Moore
3. Kevin McGough

Best Gig 1. Wolfsbane Finale before L.A. (support: The DHSS/Kraze)
2. Tamworth Rock Festival - 1986 (Rain didn't stop play!)
3. Wolfsbane Christmas Party - 1990

Best Venue 1. Tamworth Arts Centre
2. Tamworth Castle Grounds
3. St. John's Guildhall and St. John's Youth Club

Top Personality 1. Sam Holliday
2. Rikk Quay
3. Buttercup

Best Local Album 1. Live Fast, Die Fast - (Wolfsbane)
2. All Hell's Breaking Loose At Kathy Wilson's Place - (Wolfsbane)
3. Tamworth Rock Festival : The Album - 1988 (Various)

Best Local Single 1. I Like It Hot - Wolfsbane
2. Assured/Patience - Emma Gibbs Loves Badges
3. Wine and Roses - Dream Factory

Best Local Demo Tape 1. Packaged Pleasure - The DHSS - 1979 (First tape to be sold locally)
2. TAMAID - Youth Is Out Future - 1986
3. TAMAID 2 - Bombs Away - 1987

Best Musicbox Reporter 1. Sam Holliday
2. Annette Witheridge
3. Rob Sly

Best Live Band 1. Wolfsbane
2. Catch 23
3. Spiral Eye

Best Band Name 1. Psychedelicatessen
2. Emma Gibbs Loves Badges
3. Fetch Eddie the Baby's Gone Blue

Worst Band Name 1. Frigid Mabel Meets the Cookie Monsters
2. Ringo the Goat and the Wombat Horns
3. What’s This Heads Down Mindless Boogie About Nothing

Best D.J. 1. Johnny Slade
2. Barry John
3. Buttercup

Best P.A. 1. Reverb Sounds
2. Den York's PA
3. Tamworth Arts Centre P.A. circa. 1978

Best Studio 1. Expresso Bongo
2. Steve Adams
3. Recharge

Worst Band 1. The DHSS circa. 1990
2. Liberty Caps
3. Cosmic Vibes

Most Significant Event 1. The Beatles play Tamworth Assembly Rooms - 1963
2. Vince Baker promotes hundreds of local concerts - 1962-65
3. Dave Armour becomes Manager at Tamworth Arts Centre - 1975
4. The Reliants - Tamworth's first punk band formed - 1977
5. Sam Holliday joins Musicbox - 1983
6. The first 'real' Tamworth Rock Festival - 1984
7. Wolfsbane sign to Def American - 1988
8. The DHSS - Ashes Shock - 1988
9. Rock Festival meeting fiasco and resignations - 1990
10. Sam Holliday leaves Musicbox - 1991


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