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Electric Bluebirds

Formed at The Duke pub in Deptford (south London) in 1979, the Electric Bluebirds featured members of The Realists and The Fabulous Poodles and moved in the same circle as Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits...

Top 10 Pub Rock Bands

Pub rock was a British musical genre which endured from the early 1970s to the early 80s. It’s a genre that is defined less by a specific musical style than by the venues that the...

Ian Gomm

Ian Robert Gomm was born on 28 March 1947 in Chiswick, West London. Beginning his musical career in the early 60s in a band called Unit 4, Gomm joined Pub Rock superstars Brinsley Schwarz in 1971. After...

Roogalator

It was 1975, and the British music scene was in thrall to pub rock, the movement that would ultimately make superstars of Graham Parker, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, but which was then still seeking its own defining...

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe has probably the greatest ear for melody in the modern world - but this is not just a pop melody composing genius - This is also a very clever man with a sense...

Dr Feelgood

Although they never strayed from their gritty R&B based sound, Dr Feelgood was a fixture of England's Pub Rock scene since the early 70s. While they were comparative latecomers to the scene - not playing their first London...

Ducks De Luxe

Ducks Deluxe was formed early in 1972 by former roadies Sean Tyla, Martin Belmont, Nick Garvey and Tim Roper. Taking their name from a slot machine (The Duck Deluxe) at the Severn Bridge Service Station, of all...

Count Bishops, The

Vocalist Mike Spenser arrived in London from Brooklyn in February 1975, met Zenon de Fleur (real name Hierowski) and joined a band called Chrome. By mid-1975 the pair had formed the Count Bishops, with the name taken...

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers

In Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, Pub Rock revealed its hippie roots. Martin Stone, once the guitar lynchpin in much-touted London bands The Action and Mighty Baby, and fiddle player Phil 'Snakefinger' Lithman - who had spent the late...

Pub Rock

The full story of Pub Rock can be read in Will Birch's excellent book No Sleep Till Canvey Island (Virgin). In it, the former Kursaal Flyers drummer recounts how an American band called Eggs Over Easy blagged themselves a gig at the...

Kokomo

Like every other self-respecting musical movement in the early 70s, Pub Rock had its own 'supergroup' in the shape of Kokomo. Named after an Aretha Franklin song (First Snow in Kokomo) the band consisted of guitarist Neil Hubbard and bassist...

Brinsley Schwarz

It's a tad unfair that Brinsley Schwarz became a global laughing stock after their infamous "Fillmore trip" of 1970. The ill-fated jaunt saw them pay for scores of drunken British music writers to fly to New...

Bees Make Honey

Irish émigré Barry Richardson was playing bass in one of the part-time jazz combos which regularly appeared at the Tally Ho pub in Kentish Town (London) when he first saw pub rock godfathers Eggs Over Easy. A...

Be-Bop Deluxe

Formed in Yorkshire in 1972, Be-Bop Deluxe are one of British rock's classic marginal bands. Everyone seems to have heard of them and yet few have actually heard their work. A number of their tracks -...

Tyla Gang, The

Following the breakup of Ducks Deluxe, Sean Tyla formed The Tyla Gang with guitarist Bruce Irvine, bassist Brian "Kid" Turrington and drummer Mike Desmarais, Turrington and Desmarais had played together in The Winkies. The Tyla Gang, like The...

Ace

If the real secret of success in Rock & Roll lies in choosing the right name, then Ace very nearly came a cropper. When rhythm guitarist Alan 'Bam' King (a former member of legendary mod...

Bontemps Roulez

Bontemps Roulez were based in the Pub Rock heartland of the Hope & Anchor, where they gigged and recorded between January and May 1975. They folded because they were unhappy with the "artificial white English funk"...

Eggs Over Easy

Widely regarded as the band that gave birth to the British pub rock scene, this New York threesome - Jack O'Hara, Brien Hopkins and Austin de Lone -  travelled to the UK in 1970 to record an...

Eddie & The Hot Rods

Eddie & The Hot Rods formed in Rochford near Southend, Essex in 1975, originally as a garage band called Buckshee. The group were aptly described as "high-octane", and their mix of Pub Rock and Power Pop produced some truly...

Kilburn and The High Roads

Kilburn and The High Roads formed at Canterbury College of Art in 1970 when lecturer Ian Dury let his inner Gene Vincent fan take control, with co-writer and keyboard player Russell Hardy. Playing an eclectic, English...

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