The tracks for the Restrospeculative were selected by a long, drawn out and overly complicated system of voting where songs were rated as in, out, or maybe by the core four of the band and Uwe from Firestation Records plus a few other folks whose opinions were combined into a single vote for comparison.
A wild card system saw Happily Mad make the cut despite a split vote and although it wasn’t popular with the record label Mother Knows How, being Jim’s choice, stayed in the game.
Similarly Jim wanted to leave off The Greatest Gift as he felt it wasn’t his best performance but as a Firestation favourite it was selected. Indeed at one point it was due to be the first track but given it’s history as invariably the second song in any live set that’s where it ended up on the CD.
Ben made the case for a much shorter compilation to maintain the quality but we’d probably still be arguing over what to include if that route had been pursued.
Listening to Turn It Up on 12th December 1989 is was something of a shock to find us joint third for the County.
Admittedly Sussex was not a hot bed of internationally successful recording artists, The Popguns and 14 Iced Bears were the bands ahead of us, but most of the other acts in the chart were what we’d consider ‘real’ bands as opposed us gentleman amateurs.
And given our incompetence at getting gigs I can only think it was the Radio appearances that did the trick where we were perhaps a little lighter in tone than some of the local groups.
It was also a rare placing for a Horsham band as usually Crawley represented the north of the County.
Interesting to note the dawn of The Levellers who were tenth in the Poll.
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.