FELLOWS: Guitar; Vocals. Born in Rotheram, moved
to Sheffield in 75. Started playing at 16 after seeing
Jimi Hendrix on TV. Started singing 6 years ago "wish
I'd started sooner." Favourite records: I Want
You (LP) by Marvin Gaye, Living My Life
(LP) by Grace Jones, "Who is he, what is
he to you?" by Bill Withers. Favourite singers
Bobby Womack, Millie Jackson & Prince.
Likes: Most animals, big rooms, talking to women, cheap
biographies. Dislikes: Hangovers,
having to justify my existence, art. Positive Qualities:
Eternal optimist. Negative Qualities: Violent temper
GLAISHER: Drums. Norn in Rotherham, moved to Sheffield
in 77. Started playing at 17 after hearing All
Right Now by Free, Pet Sounds by
The Beach Boys, LA Woman by The Doors.
First record bought Paint it Black by The
Rolling Stones. Likes: fish. Positive qualities:
Doesn't bite fingernails. Negative qualities: Bites
knuckles. Ambitions: Anything I'm not doing now.
BACON: Bass guitar. Born in Alfreton, Derbyshire,
moved to Sheffield in 79. Got interested in playing
after hearing Daydream Believer by the Monkees. Favourite
records Their Satanic Majesties Request by
The Rolling Stones, Manifesto by
Roxy Music. First record bought: Legend
of Xanadu by Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick &
Titch. Likes: Cats, Dutch girls. Positive Qualities:
makes people laugh. Ambitions: To own a colour TV.
and to be able to afford the
PEAKE: keyboards; vocals. From Grantham, Lincs.
Moved to Sheffield in 74. Started playing at the age
of 8 after his father, who was in a dance band, got
him a piano for free. Favourite music: Beach Boys,
Dvorak's New World Symphony, "Anything
that's the real thing"; The Modern Dance
by Pere Ubu. Likes: Staying up late, Belgian
beer, Indian food. Dislikes: Religion, discos, Margaret
Thatcher, ET, Keep fit fanatics. Positive Qualities:
Imperturbability. Negative Qualities: Imperturbability.
spending 77-78 messing about with various 'kinds'
of music and
various names it became increasingly apparent that
wrong and the group split up at Christmas.
- The group decided to start again in January, scrapping
everything and changing the name of the group to THE
after a story by JG Ballard ("average story,
great title") . A
self-financed single (Red Planet) was released
in April. The group
played in Holland during the summer and signed with
- The first LP Waiting For A Miracle was recorded
in 10 days) in January and eventually released in
gigs in Britain and Holland.
- Lots of drinking and thinking. Played in Holland,
France. The second LP Sleep No More was recorded
in March and
released in September. More gigs, more drinks, more
- More gigs, some rethinking. Third LP Fiction
was recorded in
May and released in August . A tour of the US was
through due to Kevin acquiring appendicitis. The contract
Polydor was allowed to lapse. A grim but determined
- First few months spent writing and arguing as usual.
with JIVE Records. The fourth LP Land was recorded
in June and
released in October. The first LP to be released internationally.
Started doing gigs with Paul Robertson on guitar.
Wow, it's Christmas
we started the group we were very idealistic, I suppose
we still are, but we've learned a few things .....
this period could be regarded as stage 2 of the group's
"career". Stage 1 started in January 1979
and ended in November 1982. It's the part where we
put what we've learned into use. What have we learned?
Well.....that extremes are only part of the story
and that in order to be understood you must language
which everyone understands (not only words), however,
what you say is a different matter. We've come down
on the side which is firmly against solipsism, closed
systems and anything which requires special knowledge;
the big picture is the only picture.
learned to reserve the right to do exactly what we
want, all rights reserved; you read it here, in black
and white. Don't be too specific about what you want;
anything can happen.
are some questions we often get asked, together with
answers provided in the hope that people will ask
us some new ones!
are your influences?
hard one, this! I think that everything you like influences
you to some extent. Everyone in the group likes different
things, so it may be possible to pick out several
different influences in any song should anyone want
did you change record companies?
couldn't agree on terms for the year 82-83 with Polydor.
We wanted to stick to the terms of our original contract
with them, but they wanted to change, so we parted.
Luckily, Jive records had always been interested in
the group and we were able to work out a deal without
too much discomfort to either party.
do you think of the music press?
continue to ignore what they say about us whether
it's good or bad. We know when we've done a good or
bad gig, etc. and so do you. The worst writers attempt
to put themselves between a group and the listener
and just create confusion. I don't know about anybody
else, but I don't need someone else to tell me what's
good and what isn't. It's all a matter of taste of
course, but some people would have us believe otherwise.
did you record Independence Day again?
were never very happy with the first version and when
Mike Howlett, the producer on Land, suggested doing
it again we thought it might make a good B-side or
something. However, it turned out so well that we
decided to put it on the LP. We were concerned that
people might think that we didn't have enough new
songs but that is obviously not the case. You'd be
surprised how many people think 'Land' is our first
LP and they haven't heard Independence Day
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