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Naafi -

Naafi - Locksman - band feat; Jerry & Brenda Kenny (of Naafi Sandwich), Eugene Lauge (voc,keys), Keith Cole (perc,voc), Jo Ross (sax), Carl John (perc,voc), Bomber McBain (drms). Rel LP in Mar85 on Situation2 Recs (rec in Sep83).

Naafi Sandwich - duo from Earlstown, Merseyside, Jerry Kenny (voc,bass,gtr,trmpt) & Brenda Kenny (voc,perc,drms,keys) (aka Sir Freddie Viaduct & Poly Rhythm). Rel C-30 cassette on the Rum label RUM-1, and a single 'Slice One/Slice Two' on Absurd Recs Absurd 8 (home to the once mighty Bet Lynch's Legs).

Nadsad Fashion -  band (c1979) feat; Peter Carrol (voc), Paul Reynolds (gtr) (later Flock Of Seagulls), Duane Clarke (gtr) (later Feathers & The Fire), and Mark Edmundson (later Royal Family, Feathers & The Fire, Visual Aids, La La Bam Bam, Flock of Seagulls). Rehearsed at Mike Scores hairdressing shop "Sukies" on Whitechapel.

Nasty Pop band (1975-78) feat; Steve Grace (voc,gtr) (later Stopouts, Return of The Toreador), Anthony Wimhurst (gtr), Keith Wilkinson (bass), John Fitzpatrick (keys) and John Heath (drms), replaced by Steve Corduner (1976). Rel 2 LPs Nasty Pop (Island 1975), and Mistaken I.D. (Polydor 1977).  Wimhurst and Corduner joined Twist (1979). Keith later joined Squeeze from 1985-95.

Nature Tablets - band feat on D-Beat comp tape (on Bop A Dub Sep85). More info req'd

Neon Hearts – band (c2006), feat; Smokin Sean Butler (gtr), Curly Sue Donaldson (flute,voc,perc), AD2020 (keys,voc). Boomboom Rowan (bass), Stupot Carrswell (drms).

Neuklon – band (1979-86), orig feat; James Johnson, Anthony Marshall, Mike Lloyd (keys) (later of Lloyd Collection). Played debut gig at Eric’s supp OMD with 2 screaming female singers & untuned instruments. Line up changed frequently with up to 60 different people & by 1984-85 feat; Lloyd, Lee Mavers (voc) (later La’s), Colin McCann, Donna Lowe (voc) (latter 2 joined Lloyd Collection). Were known as Venus Beat Mushrooms in 1982. Had track The Phoenix on ‘Jobs For The Boys’ comp LP (Jan85).

Neutral Covers Ups – band (c1980), feat; Mike Nelson (sax) (later Systems). More info req'd

New Frontiers - Wirral band (formed Mar84), feat; Steve Chan (b.1963) (voc,gtr) (ex Aix Ensemble, Déjà Vu, Dutch Mountaineers, later Just Like June), Tony Ward (b.1965) (keys)(later Contortion Co.), Neil Banton (b.1966) (bass), Bob Burbridge (b.1964) (drms) (ex Venom, Venomous Youth, later Just Like June). Daniel Kyte (also of Tasp) joined on voc (Oct84-Apr85) & Keith Hughes (ex Legsakimbo, later Contortion Co) replaced Bob on drms (Jan86). Band split Apr86. Rel 4 track demo (Aug85) feat No Sadder Affair. More info req'd.

New Life - solo project (mid-80s) by Ron Jackson of Apologies For Innocence.

News From Nowhere - feminist anarchist bookstore firebombed by the NF on many occasions, great source of info & supporter of the local scene. Legendary Liverpool bookshop and now online outlet for all things radical/feminist, etc. Now based at 96, Bold Street, Liverpool L1 - a celebrating its 30th Birthday this year! Opened its doors on Mayday 1974 in tiny premises on Manchester St and in its 30 years of existence has moved three times before occupying its current site on Liverpool's bohemian Bold St. This 5-storey building is now owned by the Workers Co-operative which runs the bookshop as a not-for-profit community business, thus securing its future as an essential resource for the people of Liverpool. It has also been a Women’s Collective since 1981, providing many women, as members of the collective or as volunteers, with the experience of running a business, and building up their skills in bookselling, retail and accounts. It’s not very often now that a man will take one look at the woman behind the till and ask to see the boss, but it does still happen!

Next - band (1978), feat; Philip Franz Jones (voc,sax) (Mothmen), Ronnie Stone (gtr), Steve Emberton (bass) (later Motion Pictures), Terry Sterling (drms), later joined by Geoff Kelly (ex Strange Band) Charlie Griffiths (keys) (also Pink Military, Wah! Heat, Mothmen, James, Simply Red). Clive Gee remembers, ‘They did a set of songs on the theme of ‘Oliver Twist’ which saw Phil Jones adopting a variety of costumes and voices. That might seem pompous now, but it was highly entertaining in a small local pub and their performances, particularly Phil’s were always engaging.’ Rel single Funny Lady and rec an LP which was unreleased due to the punk explosion. Ronnie became a big producer.

Next Issue – duo (mid 80s) who went onto become Sex Lies & Religion. Said to have a Japan / OMD infuence

Nice Party - Runcorn band (formed Oct88), feat; Russ Williams (later The Drakes), Gary Hodgson (drms) (later Drakes), Dave Upton (later 35 Summers), Simon Sheard, James Hancox (keys) (later Drakes, Moon). Gigged all over the UK (picking up reviews in NME & Melody Maker), but particularly L'pool. Played Planet X, the Picket, Hardman House…etc. And unusually went under a different name each night they played (i.e. Dave Upton and the Uptones). Shared bill with: The Real People, 16 Tambourines, Rain, 25th Of May, Eyedance, Eskimos in Egypt, 35 Summers, Bradford (Morrissey’s favourite band (you have to say that after mentioning Bradford)) and a host of others. Scared the hell out of clean living 25th Of May; they came to one of their after-gig parties in Runcorn with them again after that. Rel, Particle Love 12" (1989), & Grooveness EP. Simon states; 'The band imploded under the pressure of its own talent…, or, maybe it was a particularly heavy mushroom season, in 1991. I can’t remember.' Russ and Simon drifted off into folk after a bloke in the pub told them it would be the next big thing. Dave was guitar with 35 Summers. Gary is a session drummer.

Nightmares in Wax - Feb79-May80 outfit 1st line up feat; Pete Burns (voc) (ex Mystery Girls, later of Dead or Alive), Mick Reid (gtr) (ex Crash Course), Martin Healy (keys) (later Dead Or Alive), Paul Hornby (drms) (later of Pink Military Stands Alone, 051, Shattered Dolls, Lies all Lies, Dogs d'Amour, The Quireboys, Gunslingers). More…

Nightmare Visions - thrash band of late 80s, feat Andy (drms) (later of Hecate Enthroned - see North Wales section). More info req'd

No - anarchist fanzine that ran for at least 10 issues in early 90s. More info req'd

No - band (c2005), feat; Steve Westwood (voc,gtr), Lewis Hamilton (voc,gtr), Kath Hartley (bass), Andy Fernihough (drms). Call themselves a spiky rock outfit, have track on the Inner City Sumo II comp CD. (website)

No Exit – band (1981-84) feat; Graham Trust (voc,bass), Martyn Gilbert (gtr), Perry Leach (drms), replaced by Colin McCormick (drms) (later Cracked Actor). Rel LP ‘Songs From The Wilderness’ See also The Vow. (website)

Noizebleed - punk band feat; Phil (gtr), Nik (gtr) and Alan (bass) (all ex Proppa Unkonshuz), Jay (vocs) joined on 7th gig and Rob (drms) (ex Go Heads, Instant Agony). 3 rel on their own label GEER (Give Em Enough Rope Recs) 'The World Wants To Know' Ep, Live at the Zanzibar LP, 'Fuck It Then Eat It' LP. Split Feb04.

North of Watford - Birkenhead band (1980-82) feat; Nigel Blackwell (voc) (ex Split Gut, later of Half Man Half Biscuit), Mike Isherwood (gtr,voc), Roy Davies (bass), Peter Corner (drms)

No Trace – band (1980-81), feat; Peter Coyle (later Tin Ethics, Jass Babies, Lotus Eaters). Described as ‘R’n’B orientated new rock band, excellent on stage.’ Had tracks Africa, Talk in Tongues. More info req'd

Nova Mob - band Dec'77-May'78 feat; Julian Cope (bass) (ex Mystery Girls later Shallow Madness, Teardrop Explodes), Pete Wylie (gtr)(ex Crucial Three, Mystery Girls later of Crash Course, Wah!), Pete Griffiths (voc)(ex Spitfire Boys), Budgie (ex Spitfire Boys, later Big in Japan, Opium Eaters, Secrets, Planets, Slits, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Creatures)

Now Hear This - band feat; Mark Singleton (gtr,keys) (ex Afraid of Mice, Gambler, Bobby Arnold Band), Carl Daniel (bass) (ex Afraid of Mice), Nick Murphy (keys) (ex Afraid of Mice) Mark Lacey (voc). Mark Singleton wrote the LP 'Now Hear This' and indie singles rel 'Dream about the Girl' (1998), 'I Don't Know' ('99), 'The Closer I Get To Heaven' (2000) signed to German label, rec 4 songs in Hamburg, tracks never rel. Band split 96. Mark & Nick also gigged with Phil Jones' Up & Running on both Empire and Royal Court gigs in later years plus a reformed gig Royal Court 96. Mark worte book Art of Gigging (2006)

Numbers 28 - band feat; Jonte Wilkins (drms) (later of Young Lions), Sue Forshaw (voc), Tony Griffiths (bass) (later Real People), Ally Tremaco (gtr), Martin Green (sax,flute) (later China Crisis, White Russians, Black), Phil (Weston) Tootill (keys) (ex Afraid of Mice, Cracked Actor). Lasted from late 82 until Xmas83 - its first ever gig was The Tube on Channel 4 (Mar83), also did Larks in the Park 83 and a few other largish venues such as Dingwalls and the Royal Court alongside some truly crappy pub gigs in Bootle and Kirby which broke up the band. Martin is now a London based session musician.

Nutz - band (1970s), feat; Mick Devonport (gtr) (later Space Cadets, ex Rubber Soul Band), David Lloyd (voc), Keith Mullholland (bass), John Mylett (drms), Kenny Newton (keys) (later Nightwing). Rel LPs 'Nutz' (1974), 'Nutz Too' (1975), 'Hard Nutz' (1977), 'Nutz Live Cutz' (1978). The 2nd LP made the lower regions of the UK Chart, but they had a disastrous tour of USA & they were only saved from splitting when A&M recs offered them a tour with Black Sabbath plus a slot at Reading Festival.Toured with Budgie but had little support from their rec co. & the advent of punk saw them decline with the 4th LP not selling well, had to see out final 2yrs of their contract with a residency in the Channel Isles performing for a living. Reappeared as Rage (website)

 

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