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Wild Child

Wild Child
Wild Child
Photograph courtesy: Tamworth Herald
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Musical Genre/Type: Rock
Formed: 1982
Split: 1990

Band Members:

Variation No.1:
Norman Yates (Guitar)
[Also in: Spirit Lake, Childs Play]
Chris Orton (Drums)
Daydo (Bass Guitar)
[Also in: Flash Harry]
Roger ‘Budgie’ Bird (Vocals)
[Also in: Ethis]

Variation No.2:
Norman Yates
- Lead Vocals/Lead/Rhythm Guitar (Tamworth)
[Aso in: Spirit Lake, Childs Play]
Sharron Captain Piglet - Lead Vocals (Tamworth)
[Also in:Childs Play]
Mike Fleming - Bass Guitar (Birmingham)
[Also in: Caprice, Childs Play]

Wild Child
Royal Family
Tamworth Arts Centre

Tamworth Rock Festivals from the beginning.

Thanks to: Sam Hagar

Tamworth Herald Features:

Tamworth Herald – 10/06/83
Musicbox – Promise of a ‘Wild’ night
A NEW Tamworth rock band are the live attraction on Monday evening (June 13) at the Tavern in the Town pub.

Looking at the name of the band ‘Wild Child’ you might be forgiven for expecting a dyed-in-the-wood heavy metal band.

But in fact if you go along to the gig under that impression you might be surprised.

Guitarist Norman Yates explains: “We’re not a metal band. We play rock certainly, but we tend towards more melodic numbers.”

The remainder of the band’s line-up is Chris Orton, drums, Daydo on bass and Roger ‘Budgie’ Bird on vocals.

Readers with long memories will remember Budgies as a vocalist of great talents from his days with Ethis.

He explains how he came to link up with Wild Child: “I have known the other members of the band for ages and when Ethis stopped gigging I went to a practice one night and decided to join.”

Norman takes over the story: “We have had several line-ups in the past and never managed to get anything together.”

Daydo was once a member of Flash Harry so although the band are essentially a new outfit there’s plenty of experience in the line-up.

They have already played twice at the Tavern and at the Star Club in Birmingham.

Tamworth Herald – 24/06/83
Musicbox – A Wild night out
Wild Child : Tavern in the Town
IF YOU missed Wild Child’s gig at the Tavern in the Town on Monday night I feel sorry for you – it was mindblowing!

The sheer power, talent and professionalism of the band seemed to rock the pub to its very foundations.

There was Roger ‘Budgie’ Bird singing with soul and showing a more relaxed approach than before. Norman Yates rarely looking at his fretboard but still playing the best rock guitar in an original style that I’ve seen in years.

Daydo on bass never fails to amaze with his bouncy playing driving the band and the latest recruit, drummer Chris Orton – complete with solo spot – played like he’d invented rock drumming.

The set could have been improved with a few self-penned compositions as the ones they did play were really stunning.

But even cover versions like ‘Shakin’ All Over’ and ‘Summertime Blues’ were done with a fresh Wild Child sound that made them sound as if they were written by the band.

The gig was made complete with a large excited crowd, smoke bombs and flashing lights. If you want class entertainment from a local band get up and boogie with Wild Child.

Vince Watts

Tamworth Herald – 01/07/83
Musicbox – Three plan a night full of fresh sounds
THREE OF the new bands who have emerged locally in the last few months are joining forces for a major concert at Tamworth Arts Centre.

Wild Child, the Royal Family and Marcus are appearing at the always popular town centre venue on Friday July 8.

At their gigs at the Tavern in the Town, Wild Child have impressed with their own brand of melodic rock with a hard edge provided by the guitar of Norman Yates and the vocals of Roger ‘Budgie’ Bird.

The Royal Family have also used the tavern as their stomping ground and they too have received favourable responses to their straight-down-the-line R ‘n’ B approach.

Marcus, on the other hand are an unknown quantity – see story on this page fort more details.

Tamworth Herald – 29/07/83
Musicbox – Review: Marcus/Royal Family/Wild Child : Tamworth Arts Centre
THIS triple bill featured three bands recently featured in the Herald with Marcus leading off, followed by the Royal Family and Wild Child topping the bill.

Marcus would benefit from some moths of practice and somewhat more imagination.

Royal Family, playing to a packed theatre, ran through their now familiar set of high energy R ‘n’ B to an enthusiastic response.

The band looked somewhat happier than in the cramped space of the Tavern in the Town, with Dave Smith having more room to mix his powerful vocals with his Quasimodo impressions.

Wild Child’s set was well received by a small group of headbanging HM freaks, but the band’s undoubted ability was not matched by their material.

A mention also for Dave Hewitt who assisted the Royal Family on harmonica.


Tamworth Herald – 08/03/85
Musicbox – SNIPS
Former Tamworth favourites Wild Child are to reform. The band who were very popular two or three years ago, are now looking for a new bass player to complete their re-emerging line-up. If you are a good player and interested in playing rock music of various kinds…

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Wild Child line up for the camera. Left to Right Chris Orton, Daydo, Roger ‘Budgie’ Bird and Norman Yates.

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