Collyers College

A lean period for original music was already setting in by the time Champagnes nightclub was knocked down in July of 1989 but losing the town’s only decent music venue and one which attracted charting indie bands lost the focus for a revival and meant that later recoveries remained largely insular.

Brighton moving up through the divisions of the Country’s artistic centres also made it harder for bands from Horsham to play there and losing Turn It Up in the merger that created Southern Counties Radio meant the chances of building a following and catching the attention of promoters was considerably reduced. But for now we soldiered on.

A photocopy of a microfiche of a photograph in the West Sussex County Times in 1989 from a photoshoot I have no memory of.
Some Gits, Yesteryear

Yours for £2.50: Midwich Cuckoos, Still Life, The Gits, Spiralhead and The Loveless. And a good turn out at The College Of Richard Collyer by all accounts. Well, the one available account.

I spy an extended metaphor.

Third band of the evening were The Gits, who upped the termperature with a blistering set that ducked and dived, jabbed and hooked. A knockout display of hard pop, The Gits went into the ring full of confidence and won in the first round. Know what I mean ‘Arry?

Next of the regulars.

Spiralhead, the Hawkwind of the eighties.

I think we’ll leave that there.

A photocopy of a microfiched photograph from the West Sussex County Times of The LovelessAnd last but not least.

From start to finish The Loveless were angry, entertaining and utterly professional. Vocalist Adrian De’ath put everything into the gig, the strength of his voice matched only by the strength of the songs.

All in all a great gig, but what of the future? Let’s hope a suitable venue can be found in the town for live music or all this could be a thing of the past which would be a great pity.

Gareth Williams

It was.

Collyers College Horsham

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.

In local news…

The Blue Aeroplanes play at Champagnes next Tuesday

Vox Pop

Photocopy from a microfiche of Paul Byrne in the West Sussex County Times of 26th August 1988 sporting a fetching tweed jacketFrom the segment in the West Sussex County Times Soundwave column asking local music fans their opinions.

The growth in manufactured music has killed off the local music scene according to a Horsham drummer. Glyn Owen, a 20 year old student from Irwin Drive who plays with Ever. ‘The new music from people like Rick Astley has been successful so it can be admired, but it is all the same’. ‘Of the bands around here Spiralhead are quite a decent band to watch. They are the first new thing around here instead of the same old indie stuff’.

Ultimately the onslaught of ‘the new music’ led Glyn to seek solace in easy listening and joining The Mike Flowers Pops.

SPIRALHEAD – I'M ON FIRE (Byrne, Szec, Stonehouse) LIVE 1988

The Mike Flowers Pops – Wonderwall