Orange

Supporting Orange at Champagnes in Horsham on Tuesday 5th April 1988.

ORANGE – ICE CREAM I SCREAM

From a preview in the previous week’s County Times Soundwave column.

Formerly called The Underpants, Orange are Malcolm Docherty (one time Purple Person) and Nick Odle (ex-All The Daughters)…Certainly Orange are one of the best Crawley groups around at the moment, their warm melodies, strong tunes and glittering guitars making them the ideal dance band. Polished and slick, it’s music without fuss. Go along.

[The Gits] motto is “Pure pop for pop people” and by and large they lived up to this when they made their début at the venue in February. Then they played a fistful of cracking songs, full of pace and character, the only detraction from an otherwise good performance being a lack of rehearsal. This has no doubt been rectified and audiences can now look forward to a sparkling show

In Local News…

The top selling singles in Horsham that week:

The Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Bros – Drop The Boy

Malcolm and I had previously had a brief musical flirtation in Fixed Vision and after The Gits finished, Nick Odle and Jim joined forces to form Kvetch.

Malcolm has kept up the good fight until this very day with such vehicle themed bands as Hillman Minx and La Honda.

Caught between pop and a hard place.

Hillman Minx – Heavens Above (1997)

I want to get right back to nature and relax

A rum do

I See Stars – la Honda ft RUMER

In latter years he has seen the light.

Church of Malcolm at Communion Bar

In a remarkably tenuous link Malcolm played Oberon in a Collyer’s College production of A Midsummers Night Dream that was performed on a Horsham Town Twinning trip to Lage in Germany where me & Ben of the Gits first got to know each other and why the band are listed as characters from that play on the Retrospeculative.

As per Saxelby’s Parched Derivative addendum to the revised 7th Edition of the Rules any correctly identified Noel Coward reference will count double except during the July of a Leap Year.

A Heady Whirl

The first Gits gig at Champagnes on Tuesday 9th February 1988 where we supported Whirl.

WHIRL – LOST (Demo 1986 – Especially Yellow fanzine)

The local West Sussex County Times review read thus,

Headliners Whirl were their usual boisterous selves. A Mad rush of guitar noise and a couple of catchy melodies characterised their brief set.

With a BBC session, a single and a tour in the near future things could be rosy for the Brighton popsters.

The Gits UK garnered this praise,

With two of three undeniably good songs to their credit there are real signs of talent in this unassuming four-piece.

And some memories of that from Rob,

We just about salvaged the gig by finishing with a song me and Matt had come up with a couple of weeks before, Eventually. I remember this as Jim’s amour of the time laughed heartily at it when I played them the demo. I believe she may have got her comeuppance in some later lyrics.

In Local News…

A vandal proof musical toilet could replace Cowfold’s present lavatories.

And possibly the only Whirl information on the web.

Before The Dream Faded

A rough history of the band with the occasional detour into matters contemporary.

An over reliance on the West Sussex County Times back issues and in particular its Sound Wave column which revolved around regular gigs at Champagnes nightclub in Horsham means that information is far more scarce after the closure of that venue in the middle of 1989. (With the Internet having been a source of information about new bands for twenty years now it’s perhaps difficult to either remember or imagine the importance local newspapers, radio stations and fanzines had).

Some dates are a best guess but are usually accurate to within a couple of weeks. There will be a certain amount of overlap with the pages elsewhere on the site to avoid hiccups in the chronology. There’s quite a lot to add yet.

Song posts are dated to the nearest month and chord names should only be taken as a guide.

This is a work in progress which I’ve been pottering along on for some years with a fair bit to do yet. There may be problems with links as I move posts and pages across from the previous Gits website.