Sheffield has lost a fine, honest lover of music. Martin passed away on New Years Eve at the crazy age of 62. During his years as a music journalist for the Sheffield Telegraph & Star, he worked tirelessly to promote all kinds of local bands, and recommended me as guitarist for They Must Be Russians.
His own label, Office Box records featured local talent and he played regularly as guitarist in the Wealthy Texans – their unique approach to sound livened up many a venue and released an LP “The Joy of Tex” and a single that prominently featured the sound of a cow mooing.
The wall of his front room was a series of shelves bearing a vast pile of demo cassettes and I knew he had listened to all of them.
A modest, unassuming individual, with great integrity, he was beloved by the local music scene and will be sorely missed.
These stickers were added to prominent positions across the centre of Sheffield during 1985, to promote the album 😉
Improbably, Native Records (also home to Dig Vis Drill, Screamaing Trees, Henry Normal etc) is still around!
We are horrified at the prospect of losing Rare & Racey – do anything you can to fight this greedy, ill-thought-out demolition! Facebook page here.
Comsat Angels mark 2 Mik Glaisher / Steve Fellows / Andy Peake / Terry Todd / Simon Anderson
photo Simon Robinson
She Said circa 1990’s. From left to right. Steve Crewe (drums), Gerry Fletcher (guitar, vocals), Allen Walton (bass, vocals), Kent Roach (sax, keyboards).
L-R Allen Walton, Kent Roach, Gary Trigg and Mick Hercun
In the 80s, the Comsat Angels received legal threats from the Comsat Corp of America warning of dire consequences if they toured under that name. So, they chose the name “Headhunters” and played a solitary gig at the Take 2 club in Attercliffe, Sheffield, on 25/10/88. Here’s a Take 2 flyer from the time. We would very much like to hear from *anyone* who has photos or other media from this gig…
From his workshop on London Road, Pete Hartley probably repaired more equipment from Sheffield musos than anyone else. His knowledge of valve amps was second to none. He even launched a range of amps “Hartley Thompson” back in the 70s. Few people knew he actually had a website! Pete died in December 2014 and his typically Sheffield approach to life will be greatly missed.
The Maze (Bar 2) at Sheffield University, promoting the Company Classics release. 1983?