Collyers College Horsham

The Gits on stage at Collyers Sixth Form College in 1988 with a black and white painted backdrop behind and coloured lights shining above that. Jim and Ben are going through their leather jacket phase.

With Spiralhead, Loveless, This Idiot Glitter & The Happy Potato Band

Horsham’s five top bands played at Collyer’s Sixth Form College on Tuesday in a music spectacular that attracted around 300 people.

West Sussex County Times

SPIRALHEAD – Knife (Byrne, Szec, Stonehouse)

When Spiralhead hit the stage it was if another hurricane had hit Horsham.

Andy Szec adopted his usual position at the back, looked down at his bass guitar and that was the last we saw of him as his hair flopped over his face.

Third Band on This Idiot Glitter are lucky to be one of the few modern groups with a good drummer rather than a Japanese box of tricks

Glen Sisela the Gits Alesis HR16 drum machineWhich shows how little they knew as we actually had an American box of tricks!

We have video evidence of this event.

Turn Away omitted as we really screwed it up.

It would appear that this performance was during the bands ‘cool’ period. Unfortunately nobody told me.

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The Blue Aeroplanes play at Champagnes next Tuesday

A Brace of Hollands

Landscape with two Windmills oil painting by Jan Brueghel in 1612. Horse driven carts are seen in the foreground whilst rather precarious windmills on stilts are in the mid distance. A valley and town are beyond those whislt a cloudy though bright sky is above.

In which we support a brace of Hollands, Christopher & Richard, at Champagnes nightclub in Horsham on 9th August.

The Squeeze sound crept into some of their songs but there was very little overlap with big brother’s music. It took a few songs to gain the approval of the Champagnes crowd who were reluctant to boogie at first.

And us,

Looking good on stage these days seems to mean outrageous clothes, hardly any clothes or sexually derived dancing, but The Gits took their inspiration from the classic black and white romance movies of the Forties when smoking was fashionable.

Black and white photo of The Gits in Concert at Champagnes Horsham showing Jason holding a lighter up to a cigarette in Jim's mouth

The following is a live recording of The Greatest Gift and Naff Song with Jason and Matt from that period, possibly even this gig. There is a certain amount of deviation from the author’s preferred text and I appear to have cut my solo out of the second number so I assume it was awful. It would have been captured on Chris’ Sony Professional Walkman portable cassette recorder.

I couldn’t find any of Twinset’s tunes but here’s most of the line up in a previous incarnation performing as B Sharp on early 80s kids TV. (With the all time great Whites Lemonade advert at 4.02).

Or at least until the video went missing off YouTube.

Orange

Malcolm clutching guitars surround by equipment and cases in the eighties and 2000s, the latter notable for the beard and handlebar moustache

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

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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

Members listing from Gits CD booklet with references to the Rude Mechanicals from A Midsummers Night DreamIn 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 band Whirl in full flow. The guitarist is playing teardrop shaped guitar with what looks like a Shergold headstock but a Burns logo on the body. The resolution isn't sufficient to be sure.

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.

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

And possibly the only Whirl information on the web.