Based in Deptford, The Chords were probably the most energetic and powerful Mod Revival band in London.
The band featured Billy Hassett (vocals/guitar) and his cousin Martin Mason (bass), plus Chris Pope (guitar) and Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott (on Keith Moon Drums).
Maybe Tomorrow was their most aggressive amphetamine rush of a single, after debuting with the already powerful Now It’s Gone. They even performed it on Top Of The Pops!
In the wake of an excellent album, So Far Away, The Chords issued four more singles, beginning with the barnstorming, bittersweet attack on the institutionalised, brow-beaten acceptance of Britain’s working classes, The British Way Of Life.
The Chords bowed out in 1981 with One More Minute and Turn Away Again, featuring a new lead singer, Kip Herring (ex Vibrators), who replaced Billy Hassett.
Chris Pope and Buddy Ascott formed a band called Agent Orange (not to be confused with the US band of the same name). The group gigged extensively around London and the South East throughout 1983-1984 but did not record.
Chris Pope reformed The Chords in 1996, and the original line-up went back on the road in August 2010, playing gigs across the UK and in Australia and Japan,
Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott