EASY ACTION
PUNK ROCK
GALLERY

Easy Action were formed around Marc Sampson on drums, Iain McCallum, bass, Neil MaCleay on guitar and Simon Maudsley on vocals.

They entered the Rock Competition in 1981 but failed to reach the finals.

Marc Sampson was eventually replaced by Terry Hardy who was also drumming for Pete The Meat And The Boys, Spelling Misteaks and The Gangsters.

The late Terry Hardy. Easy Action drummer
SEE ALSO PETE THE MEAT AND THE BOYS/SPELLING MISTEAKS/THE GANGSTERS/LEGACY/THE CHANGE/MAJOR NOISE/THE REDWOODS
Easy Action live

 

ELECTRIC SAVAGE
HARD ROCK
JUKEBOX

Electric Savage were a short lived rock band featuring three of Harlows greats, Tony Spetch on bass, Ian Pack on guitar and Clive Brown on vocals. Bill Jordan played drums.

We managed to find one song by Electric Savage, "Born To Burn"

Tony Spetch
SEE ALSO PETE THE MEAT AND THE BOYS/THE GANGSTERS/GROUNDED NURSES/BURN/WILD WEST/THE CUT
Ian Pack

 

EPISODE
ROCK

LINE UP TONY DIXON, SYNTH AND GUITAR/ROBIN GIDDINGS, GUITAR AND VOCALS/ANDY WRIGHTON, BASS/DAVE SMITH, DRUMS

 

EXPLORER
ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Explorer were Martin Noone, guitar, Peter Noone, bass, Brian Bonhomme, guitar and vocals and Paul Halsey on drums.

Brian later went on to form Roman Holliday who had a couple of chart hits.

Peter Noone went on to play with Wild West and now plays for The Cross, Queens' Roger Taylor's latest band.

Brian Bonhomme
SEE ALSO/WILD WEST/ROMAN HOLLIDAY/REAL BY REEL/X EFFEX/OPM
Peter Noone (left) with Roger Taylors The Cross

 

F.O.C.
HARDCORE ROCK
GALLERY

F.O.C. were a rock band formed by Steve Harcourt (after he left Collapsed Lung), guitar, Woody, bass, Mark Walledge, drums, Si Trundle on guitar and vocals and finished off with Jay Arden on vocals.

They had been part of Snowblind with Nic Foote playing bass. When Woody joined they became F.O.C.

F.O.C. Steve Harcourt is second from right
SEE ALSO PREGNANT NECK/APB/PAPA SHANGO/COLLAPSED LUNG/SNOWBLIND
F.O.C. Bassist Woody

 

FINAL WARNING
PUNK ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Final Warning were formed after Martin Brown had left The Ol' Renes and were a follow on to his punk band No Warning.

He was joined by Karl Huff on drums, and, Pete Hawkins (bass) and Pete "The Ash" Ashby, both from Shadowfax, on guitar.

Final Warning entered the 1982 Rock Competition but failed to reach the finals.

Final Warning
SEE ALSO THE OL' RENES/NO WARNING/SHADOWFAX/CARTE BLANCHE/THE TECHNICAL SPIRES
Martin Brown and Kevin Jones in Ol' Renes

 

FLAK
ROCK
GALLERY

LINE UP PETE CROCKFORD, BASS/CHRIS SUTTON, GUITAR/DJ TONES, DECK/STEVE CLARK, DRUMS/NIK HODGES, GUITAR AND VOCALS

SEE ALSO SUBMACHINE/OVER THE EDGE/BUSHNUT

 

FLEDGE
FOLK POP ROCK
JUKEBOX

Fledge were based around singer Sarah Ross and guitarist/singer Jo Clack. They played catchy pop/folk music.

They were eventually joined by Steve Ball on percussion and Sandy Shearer on bass.

Sarah Ross
SEE ALSO SARAH ROSS/PAUL HOWARD AND JO CLACK/THE TENDER TRAP
Jo Clack

 

FOILS AND THE FISHCAKES
RABBLE ROCK
GALLERY

An utterly chaotic band that built up a huge following during the 1987 Rock Contest.

Foils and The Fishcakes were, Lee and Danny on guitars, Neil Faulkes on bass and Andy McDonald (from The Pressure) on drums. Chaos and noise reigned but they were a most fun band.

Not too much is known about this lot.

Foils And The Fishcakes at The Square
SEE ALSO THIE PRESSURE/THE INTERNATIONALISTS
Foils And The Fishcakes at Victoria Hall

 

FOUNDATION
ROCK

LINE UP EWART RICHARDSON, GUITAR/KEVIN WELLS, BASS/RAY DAVIES, DRUMS

SEE ALSO BLUE HEAVEN/ON THE PULSEBEAT

 

GDANSK
PUNK GOTH ROCK

Formed by Paul Woodwright, guitar/vocals, Brian Hasler and Austin Stack, both on bass, David Leader, drums, and finished off with Chris Moffatt and Gillian Wright on vocals.

With two bassists things got rather intense. After being championed by Colin Dredd (Newtown Neurotics) and landing a support slot with them at The Square they split up after a handful of gigs as Austin left to join Real By Reel and the rest began the embryo that was to become Deviant Amps.

Paul Woodwright and Brian Hasler. Gdansk
SEE ALSO DEVIANT AMPS/THE CATHERINE EFFECT/REAL BY REEL
Gdansk about to morph into Deviant Amps

 

GO/NO GO
ROCK

LINE UP MARK THOMAS, BASS/NICK FRENCH, DRUMS/MARTIN MINIHANE, VOCALS/MARTIN WHEELDON, GUITAR

SEE ALSO DEVIANT AMPS/AUSTINS SHIRTS/JOHN OTWAY BIG BAND

 

GROUNDED NURSES
ROCK
GALLERY

A kind of a Harlow Supergroup at the time.

Pete Brown, harmonica/vocals, was joined by Mick Crossley and Sarah Ross on vocals, Grant Bowden and Simon Lomond on drums, Tony Spetch and Richard Holgarth on guitar duties with Dave Jack on bass duties.

The Grounded Nurses entered the 1985 Rock Contest but failed to reach the final although they did win the 'B' Final.

Mick Crossley. A Grounded Nurse
SEE ALSO PETE MEAT AND THE BOYS/THE GANGSTERS/AMINO AND THE ACIDS/WILD WEST/AUSTINS SHIRTS
Pete Brown pigs out

 

GUNSLINGER
INDIE ROCK

LINE UP RICHARD NORRIS, DRUMS/KEEF BRADSHAW, BASS AND VOCALS/JUSTIN BRETT, GUITAR AND VOCALS/KRIS MAY, GUITAR

SEE ALSO DEFF BY STEREO/COUNTING THE MAD

 

HARD KNOXX
GLAM ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Early 90's Big Rockers Hard Knoxx were, Ian Gill, bass, Chris Moore, guitar, Chris Redman, vocals, Paul Slater, guitar, and "Bones" on drums.

After Ian Gill left bass was replaced by John Sellings.

Agter John left they carried on as a four piece with Chris taking on bass duties. They disbanded shortly after.

Hard Knoxx rock The Square
SEE ALSO COLLAPSED LUNG
Cover for "Where's my bass" tape

 

HEAD FACTOR
ROCK

LINE UP BAZ, BASS/SAV, KEYBOARDS/ROB FORSYTHE, KEYBOARDS

SEE ALSO SHADOWPLAY/TRANSCRIPT/BUS STOP VANDALS/DEAD HEAVEN

 

HEADSWIRL
HEAVY ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Early 90's Heavy rock band Headswirl were Mark Emery, guitar and vocals, Andy Scott, bass, Lawrence Salisbury on drums and Paul Epworth on guitar and vocal duties.

Paul Epworth went on to work, as producer or re-mixer, with, The Futureheads, Bloc Party, Muse, Babyshambles, The Rakes, The Music, The Streets, Maximo Park and U2 among others.

Headswirl at The Square
Cover for Headswirl tape

 

HEARTLAND
ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Mid 80's rock band. Heartland were formed from the ashes of OPM and Blue Murder and featured Andy Jessup on keyboards, Martin Noone on guitar, Chris Banford on guitar and vocals, with Peter Noone on bass and Alan Mead on drums.

Heartland live at The Square
SEE ALSO COLLAPSED LUNG
Heartland tape cover

 

HEDGEHOG
BLUES HEAVY ROCK
GALLERY

Late 70's/early 80's rock band Hedgehog were formed by Steve Banks, keyboards, Martin Bailey, vocals, Izzy, guitar, Kevin Ball, drums and Robin Kohler.

Hedgehog built up a large following in the Town before they re-named themselves The Fascinators in 1981.

Hedgehog circa 1980
SEE ALSO THE FASCINATORS/THEVAQUEROS
Martin Bailey. Hedgehog singer