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Faction - The first - at least
Faction - Mod band (formed
Faction - band formed 1985, feat; Peter Brew (ex Mind That Child). More info req'd.
Fag Ash Lil - Southport rock band, formed Aug01, feat; Babs Norris (voc,keys) (ex Thin End of The Wedge), Debbie Rimmer (voc,perc), Steve Norris (gtr), Brian Dring (gtr) (ex Dunno), Ian Hudson (bass), Ken Lloyd (drms). Rel CD 'How It Really Is' (Jul02). (website)
Fairground – band who had a track In Fear of You on comp LP ‘Ways To Wear Coats’ (Brilliant Genius recs Oct86). More info req'd
Fair Warning – band feat; Martin
Byrne (bass) (ex Martin Malone, Eskimo Chains, Deliverance, Mixies Men,
Faith In Pleasure – fanzine ran from 1984-88. Feat local and national bands and had an editorial stance which was very much opposed to the pretentiousness of 'scene' and 'indie' bands. Started by Ian McKechnie and Mike Grant and was later edited by Craig Gerrard, Grant Gerrard and Dave Wiggins. Radio Merseyside DJ Roger Hill frequently cited it as his favourite local zine.
Falcons, The - Orig formed by Bernie Nolan, Steven Ashley and Frank Perry and later incl Ian Buckley, who, together with Bernie went on to form The Outer Limits. Steve and Frank added Johnny Mitchell and occasional 'visiting' guitarists and played the pubs and clubs of Liverpool during 1981 to 1983. Were the last local band to play The Warehouse before it burned down, possibly an act of divine retribution. Heavily influenced by The Meteors and The Cramps, they styled themseves as a 'Punkabilly' band.
Fallen Heroes - band 1981-82, feat; Steve Matthews (voc), Fred Manslow (gtr), Pete Goulbourne (bass) (later Firing Squad), Keith Butler (drms) (later French Lessons). Steve Burkhill (gtr) (ex Wardog, Skytrain) replaced Fred in 1982, as did Dave Lewan when Keith left.
Fallen People - alt-country band (from Sefton?) 1986-88, feat; Sarah Parry (voc), Neil Griffiths (voc,gtr), Andy Taylor (bass) (ex Shell Collectors), Graham Harley (gtr) (left after refusing to join La's), Dennis (drms) who was replaced by John who was replaced by Tony Mogan (later Walking Seeds) who was replaced by Mick Clarke (drms) (ex Frets, Suspect Greenhouse, Second To None, Shell Collectors, Jenny Lind, Western Promise). Graham left in 1988 & Carl Brown (ex Jenny Lind, Bonanza) joined. Renamed themselves Shell Collectors (Jan88) after Mick Clarke's old band. Had track Wonderful Shirt on Twist & Samba comp LP (Oct86), & 5 track demo rec Oct87. Ian Wadkins (South Parade) engineered a debut single & band split just before its release. (Andy Taylor's website)
Famous Last Words - occasional name for Trilby
Farm - band 1983-94 , feat; Steve Grimes (gtr), Peter Hooton (voc) (also editor of The End zine), Phillip Strongman (bass), Andy McVann (drms). And full time brass section feat; Steven Levy, George Maher, Anthony Evans, John Melvin. They had a string of 3 indie singles but little success & the death of Andy McVann who died in a car crash after trying to outrun the police would've ended many bands, but Roy Boulter (ex Munchies) joined & bassist Carl Hunter replaced Strongman. They dropped their horn section and added keyboardist Benjamin Leach & 2nd guitarist Keith Mullen & adopted a more synthpop sound. Their 4th single 1988's "Body and Soul," became a minor club hit. By 1990 they had a Top 50 hit with Stepping Stone & found themselves part of the 'baggy' scene. Next single "Groovy Train," hit the UK Top 10, & the follow-up "All Together Now" hit the Top 5 selling over ½ million copies. Eight years after their inception, they rel their debut LP 'Spartacus' (1991), which entered the UK charts at number one, and international deals with Sony and Sire quickly followed. The band's moment in the limelight was a brief one, however; their next 2 singles, "Don't Let Me Down" and "Mind," both failed to make the Top 30, and 1991's quickly produced follow-up LP, 'Love See No Colour', sank without a trace. Aside from a Top 20 cover of the Human League's "Don't You Want Me?" in 1992, the Farm essentially vanished from sight, rel 1994's Hullabaloo to minimal notice.
Feathers And The Fire – band that only really existed in the rehearsal rooms called The Ministry in Peter St. The line up was constantly changing and was sort of a testing ground for waifs and stray musicians hanging around the alternative club scene in L’pool at the time (circa 79-80) some members included Mark Edmundson (gtr) (later Nadsad Fashion, La La Bam Bam, Royal Family, Visual Aids, Flock of Seagulls), Duane Clarke (gtr), Jon Genys (keys) (now Chain Gang, ex Danse Macarbe, Dark Continent), Peter Reynolds (ex Object Art), Bobby Scott (keys), Ian Donnelly (keys), Peter Carroll (voc).
Feedback - fanzine of 1980s from Wrigley Rd, Haydock, Merseyside. Since become a website and publishers. Rel book ‘Bridge Over Muddy Water’ by Jaki Florek (ex Adams Family) full of photos and stories of bands and people from Runcorn and Widnes. Jaki is also working on a new book about Eric’s Club. (website)
56 Kiss - 50's style band of mid-80s, feat; Ian Buckley (ex One Last Fight, Falcons, Buckley), Phil Armorgie (ex Ryan later of Sex Kittens, Holy Motion, and Power House), Billy Frank (ex Ryan, later of Heaven Tonite, Sex Kittens, The Big I am, Power House, Contagious).
Fight Back - Apparently they were forced to change their name to The Decomposed, following an incident at a Liverpool recording studio. As history has it Fight Back were recording a few demos in the studio, in an adjacent studio was an array of equipment belonging to the (not yet famous) The Farm, though this fact was not known to Fight Back. One of the band took it upon himself to steal a bass guitar, when The Farm discovered the theft they were less than happy and sought out Fight Back, thus the name change.
Filibuster – (Feb71-summer72) band feat; Jim Kane (bass), Bernie Prescott (gtr), Colin Burns (gtr) and Peter "Roadie" Moores (gtr) (all ex Village Band) were joined by Joe Roper (voc) (ex Familiarity Breeds) and Brian Harcombe (drms) (ex Shop Soiled, later Restless, Accelerators and loads others). A seriously hard rock band who tended to batter audiences into submission. Acted as backing band for Screaming Lord Sutch on one occasion at Liverpool Poly. Joe Roper left in 1972 and was briefly replaced by Philippa Rougan
Film Stars - band formed Feb82 by ex members of Asylum. More info req'd
Fire – band (1982-86), feat; Dave Wibberley (voc,gtr) (ex Walkie Talkies, Evad-Flab), Dave Dickie (keys) (also of Black), Ian Bickle (drms) (later Da Vincis), Jamie Dickie (bass). Also feat Jeff Gill (keys) on single ‘Stars (Looking up At)’ / ‘England’ on 12" (Big Step Recs Aug85 (Fire 2), and ‘Tingling Lies’ / ‘The Raver’ on 7" again on Big Step (1986 -Fire 3). Orig demo ‘Toward The Big Step’ (Feb83)
Fireflys – Runcorn rock band infl by Led Zep, Chilis. Played In The City 2006. More info req’d
Firing Squad - band (1983-86) feat; Andy Griffin (gtr,voc), Pete Goulbourne (bass) (ex Fallen Heroes), Phil Carrigan (drms), Alistair Cookes (gtr) (later Tawn Taw) who was replaced by Steve Burkhill (gtr) (ex Wardog, Skytrain, Fallen Heroes)
Fishmonkeyman - band formed 1989, orig feat; Paul
Denheyer (voc,gtr) (ex Dead on Arrival, Politburo), Carl Henry (drms),
Jason Orr (bass,voc), Allan Sadler (gtr). After many local shows they were discovered
by Radio One's Richard Skinner and were invited to record a session for his
show. Allan left shortly after and was replaced by Ken Hancock (ex Jegsy
Dodd & The Sons Of Harry Cross, The Power, Reel To Reel, ID, Vicious
Circle, later of Half Man Half Biscuit) & rel 1st EP for Furious
Fish Recs which eventually made Single of The Week in NME & Melody Maker.
They signed to Warners & rel 'If I've Told You Once` that made the
lower reaches of the charts. In Apr91, the band went into Black Barn Studios to
start work on the debut LP 'Gryst`. Recording went well but, on completion, it
became clear that Warners were getting cold feet about a rel date. 'Gryst'
wasn't the album they were expecting it to be! Following a fraught return to
Maida Vale, where the band rec a mediocre Radio 1 session for Mark Goodier, a
combination of internal disagreements and record company indifference led to
the split, which was anything but amicable. Paul stayed at Warners until mid
1992, recording demos for a new album until the A&R Director, who had
initially signed the band, returned to
Five 5 Five - Wirral band (c1987) involved with WASP collective. More info req'd
Flaccid Botulists Incorporated - project involving Adam Marshall (ex Where's The Beach). Had track Incubus Sucubus played on BBC Radio Lancs' On The Wire show. More info req'd
Flagmasher - Wirral based group who by their own description fashion a 'superrock' sound! They are Mark Cooper (gtr), Mark Evans (drms), Dave Kinder (bass), and Dave Robinson (voc). The group have generated a loyal fanbase to which they distribute their own free fanzine. Rel a live EP and LP in the past and are starting 2004 with a gig at The Barfly, L'Pool, prior to returning to the studio to continue working on a 2nd album.
Flamingo 50 - garage-punk band
formed at Liverpool Uni in summer'99, feat; Louise (voc,gtr), Karen (bass),
Morgan (drms). Began playing gigs in the city & supported Le Tigre in Dec00
& met Nat of No Concessions Recs who invited them to the Ladyfest in
Flashpoint - band feat John Hall (gtr) (also Hugo Dines Band, MI5). More info req'd.
Flesh Impact – Runcorn band (formed 1982), changed name to Alphabet Law and then Autumn Pandas
Flesh Resonance – (pic) Wirral based dark ambient project (2002), feat; Tony Longworth (bass,voc) (ex Morbid Symphony), Keith Hill (gtr,voc) (ex Morbid Symphony, also of Twin Method), Andy Morris (keys), Melanie Webb (voc). Rel LP 'The Dark Between The Stars' (2003). (website)
Flex - Splinter band formed by Tony Dolman (drms) and Tony Doyle (bass) (both later Cat Scratch Fever, Perfectly Frank) while with Lawnmower in the 80s, with Mike Royden (Stealer, Dave Easter Band, The Warp Band, Glory Box) and Charley Seeley (voc) (later well known local Club DJ) did a few gigs such as the Everyman Bistro before other band projects took over.
Flies, The - Wirral rock band (1974-78). Feat; Alan Carr (voc), Phil Smith (gtr), Mij Hunschok (gtr), Mr Martin (bass,brass), and Wild Pete Murdoch (drms) later replaced by Kris. Played Moonstone, Black Horse, The Dale, Mr Digby's and lots of other venues.
Flo & The Frets - band feat; Ali Williams (keys) (later of Barbel). More info req'd.
Flock Of Seagulls – band formed 1980 by hairdresser Mike Score (voc,keys) (ex Tontrix) & his brother Ali Score (drms), Frank Maudsley (bass) (ex Almighty Atmosphere, later Lawnmower), Paul Reynolds (gtr) (ex Almighty Atmosphere, Nadsad Fashion, later World Service, White Russians) who replaced Willy Woo. Rel 7" It’s Not Me Talking on Cocteau Recs before signing to Jive & moving to London. Became hugely successful in the UK & USA with debut LP ‘A Flock Of Seagulls’ being a mainstay in both charts with 14 singles to promote that & the following 3 LPs. The band suffered after dumping their long time producer Mike Howlett for the 3rd LP. Mark Edmundson (later Nadsad Fashion, Feathers & The Fire, Visual Aids, La La Bam Bam, Royal Family) joined briefly in 1980 when Mick and Ali fell out (Ali rejoined when Mark fell ill). In 1984 Reynolds left to be replaced by Gary Steadman (gtr) (ex Classix Nouveaux) who left within 18 months to join The Roytes. The band broke up but Mike still continues using musicians from Philadelphia & rel a CD in 1995 & soon to rel more. Orig line up performed 'Bands Reunited' Show on VH1 (aired 30.03.04). (website). Paul Reynolds website
Food Records - label launched by David Balfe (ex band member of Big In Japan, Dalek I Love You, Lori & The Chameleons, Teardrop Explodes). Signed bands such as Jesus Jones & Blur.
Forgotten Image - Maghull Band (1981-82), feat; Steve Swinnerton (gtr,voc) (ex Frets, Harmonics, Fourmers, Suspect Greenhouse, Between The Lines), M.Swinnerton (bass) (ex Frets etc), Paul Marters (gtr,voc) (ex Shwerlemont & The Bad Spadges, later Second To None, Blueprint), Mick Clarke (drms) (ex Frets etc, later Suspect Greenhouse, Second To None, Shell Collectors, Jenny Lind, Fallen People). Played 50,60s style music. Ian Smith (bass) (ex Atomic Warlords, Anon, Wargame, Skydog, later Suspect Greenhouse, Between The Lines) replaced M.Swinnerton in 1981. Alan Topping (keys) (same b-grnd as Ian!) joined 1981.
Foundation - band (c1985), feat; Gordon Longsworth (gtr) (ex Motion Pictures, Visual Aids, Ponderosa Glee Boys), Andy Parle (drms) (ex Western Diplomats, later Space), John Cornforth (keys) (ex Western Diplomats), Gary O’Donnell (voc,keys) (ex Korean Kareer)
Founder Members - Wirral band (1984-85), feat; Chris Clews (keys), Johnno (bass), Tony Potter (drms), Pete Millichap (voc,gtr) (later Waterfront, Just Like June), Mark Tilliston (gtr) (later Waterfront, Look Out Oscar). More info req'd.
Four Checks – early 60s band from Scotland Rd, feat; Gerry (gtr). First L’pool band to play Shay Stadium. Gerry went onto TV work and appeared in all the soaps, eg Dallas, Dyansty, Knots Landing etc.
Fourmers - band (1980-81), prev called Frets, Harmonics, feat; Steve Swinnerton (gtr,voc) (later Suspect Greenhouse, Between The Lines), Mick Clarke (drms) (later Suspect Greenhouse, Second To None, Shell Collectors, Jenny Lind, Fallen People), M. Swinnerton (bass), R.Bailey (voc) (left 1980). Became Forgotten Image
Foxglove – band formed 1974 at Halewood Grange Comprehensive School. Played
first paying gig that year. Feat; Les Rogers (bass) (later Eat At Joe’s,
Tutors), Pete Phillips (gtr) (later Liverpool
Express), Jeremy Weston (gtr,voc), Neil Walsh (drms) (later Dodgemz).
In 1977, after touring and doing Northern Club circuit and ‘learning our
musical chops’ Neil and Jeremy left the band. They called upon the services of
Alan Cosgrove (drms) (later Merseybeats, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac) who
was a fan of the band and Colin Frost (gtr) (later Eat At Joe’s,
Tutors, Supercharge, Circus Circus, Laughing Freeman). Later, when Colin Frost left to form Eat At Joes in early 1978, Les
placed an ad in the Liverpool Echo, ‘The first call I got was from a guy by the
name of Wayne Hussey. He was a Mormon from Bristol and was new in Liverpool.
Talented and a prolific song writer, he got the gig as Col Frost’s
replacement.’ Wayne Hussey (later Dead Or Alive, Ded Byrds, Walkie
Talkies, Sisters of Mercy, Mission) stayed with
the band for about 3 months and then split to pursue an outfit that played
entirely its own material. With Foxglove now 3-piece, they did a final tour of
Fragile Friends - band (formed Oct81) feat; Mike King (voc) (ex Tradition), Chas Cole (gtr,keys) (ex Tradition). Became 5-pc in 1983 adding Steve Travis (bass) (ex Debonaires, later Six), Steve Rimmer (keys), David Bathe (drms) (later Return of The Toreador) to the line-up. Paul Fisher (bass) joined briefly, until Mike and Chas est new line-up in 1984 with Neil Brighouse (bass) (later Chance), Cliff Ray (trmpt), Denise D’Arcy (sax) (ex Walkie Talkies, Zale Out), Steve Eastwood (drms). Rel; 7" Paper Doll (K&C Jan85), The Novelty Wears Off (K&C May85), also feat on ‘Son of Jobs For The Boys’ comp LP (Natalie recs Jun85). Neil and Denise left in 1985 and Mike Keane (gtr) (ex Royal Family & The Poor) joined briefly. By mid85 Mike and Chas had again est a new line-up, feat; Steve Greenmantle (bass), Gary Johnson (trmpt), Phil Johnston (sax), Maurice Cheetham (drms)
Fragment - feat; Roddie Gilliard (ex Afraid of Mice, Windows etc. now of Muffin Men, but check his profile), Rel 2 singles 'Nut Bush City Limits/Fragments' on Shattered Records SHAT-1 and 'Some Other Guy/Intro Mental' on Shattered Records SHAT-2
Frankie Goes To
Freedom – band (1976-77), feat; John Loughlin(gtr), Paul Connor (gtr), Ste Holland (bass), Alan Judge (voc), Ian Mackay (drms). More info req'd
Freemaker - Wirral band (2003),
feat; Steve Robinson (gtr), Andy Metcalfe (voc), Liam (bass), Scot Daly (drms),
Peter Flynn (gtr). Getting a bit of local press attention, and are due to play
at the upcoming Eden Festival in August at
Free Spirit – band (formed 1990),
started out as a trio feat Pete (Gilly)
Freeze Frame – band (1980-1985), orig feat; Steve Byrne (voc), Ronnie Stone (gtr,keys), Mick Douglas (keys). By 1982 Mick had left and Godot members Martin Cooper (sax) and Dave Hughes (keys) joined for live work. 1983-84 Clive Gee (perc,keys) (ex Afraid of Mice, The Press later Sleepwalkers, Strangeheart) joined before leaving Steve and Ronnie as a duo and rel 2 singles 'Touch/Life Is Just A Game' on Crackin' Up (CRAK 2), and 'Your Voice/Conversation Piece' on Inevitable (INEV 12). Changed name 1985 to Push Button Pony. Ronnie is now a well know producer.
Frets - band formed 1979, changed name in 1980 to The Harmonics & finally to Fourmers.
Friday Skive - Monthly acoustic event held at The Masque Bar, L’pool on last Friday of each month. Started Sep03, the event has played host to top acts such as The Maybes?, The Aeroplanes, 28 Costumes, Beggars Belief, Tramp Attack, The Great North Western Hoboes, Iconoclast and The Crescent to name but a few. (website)
Froth - band feat; Baz & Lee (both ex Walking Seeds)
Pete Fuck – Toxteth native musician (b.1968), now living in Sheffield. Is dotted around these archives under the names Peter Jones, Peter Flip, Cosmic Pete, Street Beat Pete. Has played in numerous bands inc; Loop Garu, Royal Family & The Poor, Dead Men’s Suits, Sonic Death Attack, Jegsy Dodd as well as many Sheffield bands. By his own admission, ’35 bands and all failures.’ (website)
Fugitive - Wirral based rock group formed in 1983 and described as "bikers entertaining bikers", which should give you an idea of the direction they are coming from. Feat; Mikee, Paul Tee (bass), Ranko, and The Judge. They hammer out a solid rock sound feat their own material with a few classic covers (Thin Lizzy, Ozzy etc). They have performed all over the country at numerous bike festivals and are confirmed to appear at Speedfreaks Ball 2004 held at Santa Pod. They operate their own label, Cat Recs and so far have put out one limited edition single 'Crazy' which sold out of its 500 print run, the single is now available as a free MP3 on their website
Fun – band (1978-79), feat; Roy
White (voc) (ex Berlin, Victims of Romance, White & Torch, Roy White
Band), Johnny ‘Riff’ Reynolds (gtr) (ex Berlin, 3D), Jim Mealy
(bass) (ex Berlin, Victims of Romance, White & Torch, Roy White Band, Bamboo
Fringe), Gerry Garland (sax) (ex Berlin, Victims of Romance, Bamboo
Fringe), Brian Rawlins (drms) (later 3D, Keep it Dark, Victims of
Romance, Liverpool Express). Feat on the ‘Street To Street, A
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