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Ultimate Sway

CONGRATULATIONS to Lichfield band The Ultimate Sway on the release of their debut single.
The Ultimate Sway
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Musical Genre/Type: New Wave
Formed: 1982

Band Members:
Chris Barlow - Guitar and Vocals
[Also in: Ulterior Motives]
John Wilcox - Guitar
[Also in: Ulterior Motives]
Steve Thompson - Bass Guitar
[Also in: Ulterior Motives, Bloop 79]
Brian Cropper - Drums
[Also in: Ulterior Motives]

Variation No.1
Stewart Jones - Bass Guitar (Oct '82)
Steve Thompson - Guitar

Gigs:
05/05/82
Ultimate Sway
Lichfield Arts Centre

28/05/82
The Ultimate Sway
Ubik

Lichfield Arts Centre

Memories:
The Ultimate Sway were actually a Lichfield band, although we did have musical links with Tamworth and regularly played at the Chequers in Hopwas. We all lived in Lichfield, Brian and Chris did go on to join Rick Quay and another Tamworth musician when they formed In Fear. A little up date you could add I previously had been bass player in Bloop 79, who then changed there name to Red Cassette.
 
Ulterior Motives, The Ultimate Sway and The Sway were the same band doing the same songs with the same line up. Stewart Jones took over bass when our guitarist John Wilcox left the band. I only went on to guitar because I knew the guitar parts but not long after I left the band.
 
Steve Thompson

Tamworth Herald Features

Tamworth Herald – 30/04/82
Musicbox
LICHFIELD band The Ultimate Sway – formerly The Ulterior Motives – play at Lichfield Arts Centre on May 5. The gig will be the first to promote the band’s double ‘A’ single “Always Waiting/Here We Stand”.

Tamworth Herald – 28/05/82
Musicbox – ULTIMATE DATE
TOP Lichfield outfit The Ultimate Sway play a major gig tonight at Lichfield Arts Centre.

The band, formerly Ulterior Motives, are hoping to rush-release their first single in time for the gig. Support will be provided by Birmingham band, Ubik.

Tamworth Herald – 09/07/82
Musicbox – Debut single
CONGRATULATIONS to Lichfield band The Ultimate Sway on the release of their debut single.

Recorded at Metrosound Studios and released on International Records, the single contains two tracks ‘Here We Stand’ and ‘Always Waiting’.

Both tracks feature The Ultimate Sway’s distinctive rhythmic sound and stand chances of commercial success.

The A-side ‘Here We Stand’ is the best offering. It’s infectious and grows on you with repeated plays.

‘Always Waiting’ is a strong B-side and has a good hook line.

The band consists of Chris Barlow, guitar and vocals; John Wilcox, guitar; Steve Thompson, bass; and Brian Cropper, drums.

Tamworth Herald – 22/10/82
Musicbox – Hoping for more Sway
TALENTED Lichfield band The Ultimate Sway are launching a big promotions drive for their debut single.

The single, recorded at Wednesbury’s Metrosound Studios, comes out on the independent Intentional Records label.

It contains two excellent tracks, “Here We Stand” and “Always Waiting”.

The band have undergone a recent line-up change and now consists of Chris Barlow, guitar and vocals; Brian Cropper, drums; Steve Thompson, guitar; and Stewart Jones, bass.

They are currently taking their single around local radio stations, including BRMB and Beacon Radio, in attempts to get it on playlists.

The band are also lining up gigs around the Midlands and recording a demo-tape.

Long-term plans include a short tour of Holland where fellow Lichfield band The Victorian Parents did so well.

Their own distinctive sound falls somewhere between Echo and the Bunnymen and U2 – emotional but danceable.

Both tracks on the single are commercial with the ‘A’ side “Here We Stand” just coming out on top.

Copies priced 99p are available from Rock-It-Records, Victoria Arcade Tamworth.


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CONGRATULATIONS to Lichfield band The Ultimate Sway on the release of their debut single.

CONGRATULATIONS to Lichfield band The Ultimate Sway on the release of their debut single.

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