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Self- taught from the age of 10, I cut my teeth in 1976 by playing in an early line up of The Shapes when the white hot anger of punk rock was igniting. In 1977, we played our first gig at the Spa Centre covering the audience with baked beans from large catering tins whilst we played ‘What’s for lunch mom not beans again’..! Unsurprisingly, we never played there again. We went on to support the Killjoys at Warwick University and later supported X Ray-Specs at a John Peel roadshow together with the Mekons at Stratford College. I played on the 1st EP recorded at Woodbine Studios.
Former members from the Shapes, Nick Hadley and Nigel Greenway asked me to join a band called ‘The Lights’ but were very much a studio band and sadly only performed publically a handful of times.
During a short spell in Nottingham, I played with a punk band, ‘Berlin’ and regularly supported bands like the Dammed at the Sandpiper Club. I then played in a 4 piece show-band called ‘Eclipse’ with three brothers who’d appeared on Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks. This largely consisted of playing pop in working men’s clubs in Nottinghamshire dressed in white cap-sleeve T-shirts and white wrangler jeans with lots of big hair, good fun...!
Fed up with Nottingham, I returned to Leamington and was approached by Rod Goodwin who had formed a band with Arthur Jackson called ‘Flackoff’. Rod used to restore pine furniture and Henry Flack & sons based in Enfield made a paint stripper called ‘Flackoff’. We were a lively 3 piece punk band and Rod wrote some great tunes including Montague Jack Farmer who had previously owned Rod’s Mk1 Cortina, Jet Boy Jet Girl, Cocktails at Six and the King is Dead with reference to Elvis Presley. Claire Ellis shortly followed to take up vocals. We recorded an EP at Woodbine Studios in Leamington and shortly after; I fell out of favour and was never credited on the EP. 2010 marked the 30th anniversary of its release and can be downloaded from the Flackoff website.
A job then took me overseas for a couple of years and on my return in 1984, the punk era was dying out and the new romantics were taking over. Rod had formed a new line up with Chrissie Pew on vocals and together with guitarist John Beaufoy formed ‘European Sun’ a sort of contemporary punk band with lots of delayed guitar…this lasted for a good while and we played regularly at local venues like The General Wolfe and the Colin Campbell in Coventry.
Towards the late 80’s, I was approached by Steve Thomas and Dave Cowan to play in a band called Zero Option which later became V8 and the rest as they say, is history… Rod Goodwin, Barny Pelham, Dave and myself were the driving force in the early days of V8. Ever since, the band has evolved and grown stronger to become one of the best live covers band in the UK.

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