NEUROTICS
PUNK ROCK
GALLERY AND JUKEBOX

After a few years being known as Newtown Neurotics they dropped to the shorter Neurotics. One of the most important bands to emerge from Harlow they were (and are) big all over the world.

The Neurotics have a stunning track record - "When the Oil Runs Out", "Mindless Violence", "Kick Out the Tories"

John Peel was an early champion for them and played them regularly on his Radio One evening show. Steve Drewett formed The Indestructable beat in the early 90's but would reform Neurotics around 2000.

Neurotics Steve Drewett and Simon Lomond
SEE ALSO THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS/THE INDESTRUCTABLE BEAT/THE TENDER TRAP/WORLDONFIRE/THE FEELMORES/THE SEMINALS/SPIRAL SOUL
And in 2007....

 

NEVILLE THE SPONGE
ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Neville The Sponge were set up by Alex Fleming after his other band The Pillage People had split up.

The line up was Alex on vocals, Mac on bass, Tony Bennet on drums and Dave Bygrave on guitar.

They entered Rock Competition in the early 90's

The late Alex Fleming
SEE ALSO THE COUGARS/PHAROAHS/NEUROTICS/THE PILLAGE PEOPLE/THE CATHERINE EFFECT/TRAVIS CUT
Mac

 

NEWTOWN NEUROTICS
PUNK ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Formed in 1979 by Steve, they began like so many others to attempt to get their clumsy fingers around three chords. Sporting Joey Ramone length hair Steve would sneer at cries of "Bloody Hippie" from the audience but after a couple of numbers nobody cared they just went pogo frenzy. Singles "Hypocrite" and "When The Oil Runs out" were melodic punk of the type found in early eighties but written prior to the election of Thatcher. This event changed the non-political writing of Steve's lyrics and in June '82 "Kick Out The Tories" was released on CNT records. This double "A" side was shared with Mindless Violence

Steve Drewett, Colin Dredd and Tiggy
SEE ALSO THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS/THE INDESTRUCTABLE BEAT/THE TENDER TRAP/WORLDONFIRE/THE FEELMORES/THE SEMINALS/SPIRAL SOUL
Colin, Simon Lomond and Steve (front)

 

NIKKI BATLEY
ACCOUSTIC SINGER SONGWRITER
GALLERY

Nikki Batley was a singer songwriter and also vocalist in The Catherine Effect and Deviant Amps.

Nikki now lives in Spain.

Nikki. Probably singing about bollocks again.
SEE ALSO DEVIANT AMPS/CATHERINE EFFECT
A Nikki flyer

 

NO WARNING
PUNK ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Punk band No Warning were Martin Brown on guitar and vocals, Mark Baxendale on bass and vocals and Robbie Tucker on drums.

Clive Richardson later joine on drums before Martin went off to join The Ol' Renes before forming Final Warning.

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

No Warning
SEE ALSO FINAL WARNING/THE OL' RENES/SEDUCTION/THE TECHNICAL SPIRES
No Warning Early Warning single

 

OBSCENE TOYS
PUNK ROCK
GALLERY

Obscene Toys were formed after Premature Death broke up. They were, Pete Doff, guitar, Stief Brett, vocals, Steve "Jack" Perry, drums and Paul Ross on bass.

Obscene Toys at Harlow Town Park
SEE ALSO PREMATURE DEATH/THEE PRIMEBEATS/ANTIBODIES
Pete

 

ON THE PULSEBEAT
SYNTH ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

On The Pulsebeat were Kevin Wells on bass, Ewart Richardson on guitar, Jane Hawkins on synth, Barry Rice on guitar and Ray Davies on drums.

In 1985 after recording "Castles In The Air" Jane left and Jo Maskell joined. They recorded "FIVE" together.

They entered the Rock Competition in 1984 and 1985 but failed to reach finals on both occasions.

 

1985 Demo tape with Jane on vocals
SEE ALSO FOUNDATION/BLUE HEAVEN
1985 follow up Demo tape with Jo on vocals

 

ONE TO ONE
REGGEA
GALLERY

After the demiss of legendary soulful rockers Respect Andy Cleall turne his attention to reggea.

Bringing smooth reggea to Harlow One To One were Andy Cleall on guitar and vocals, Vince Randall on guitar, Dennis Dance on drums, Grant Bowden on bass and Mickey James on keyboards.

Very big locally for a time.

Andy Cleall
SEE ALSO TRIPLE X/RESPECT/AUSTINS SHIRTS/REAL BY REEL/CARTE BLANCHE/THE SYNDICATE/THE PROMISE
Dennis Dance

 

OPM
HARD ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Hugely succesful rock band. Built up a large following and toured throughout Europe in the early 80's.

OPMs first line up was Rik Mitchell on vocals, Martin Noone on guitar, Chris Banford on guitar, Steve Ellis on bass and Chris Jones on drums. Clive Brown replaced Rik on vocals around 1983 and Alan Mead replaced Chris on drums shortly after that.

OPM entered Rock Competition in 1981 failing to reach the final but won the competition in 1982.

OPM circa 1982
SEE ALSO SWEENEY TODD/WISE GUISE/EXPLORER/SILIKA RICH/HEARTLAND/BLUE MURDER/UNDERDOG
OPM circa 1983

 

ORGAZMATRON
ALTERNATIVE ROCK
JUKEBOX AND GALLERY

Orgazmatron have had four lives so far. Each one threatening to be the last.

Phase one started with Shaun Clark on guitar, Dale Bradbury on drums, Reece Jones on vocals, James Street on guitar and Joe Farrow on bass. Phase two was with Derrick Carr-Rickwood on bass. For phase three they slimmed to a four piece, Shaun taking over bass with Dale, Reece and James finishing line-up off.

The latest Phase has Shaun back on guitar and a fifth member, Joshua Clark, on bass.

Orgazmatron. Happy times
SEE ALSO HARD KNOXX/PAPA SHANGO/THE STABLEMATES/SONATINE/WARNING/APB
Debut ep cover

 

OVER THE EDGE
ROCK
LINE UP JULIET HODGES, KEYBOARDS/NIK HODGES, DRUMS/HADRIAN FOLLET, BASS AND VOCALS/DAVE PAULUS, GUITAR
SEE ALSO INNER DREAM/SUBMACHINE/FLAK