The Balcony

First line up. Formed in late 1980 (the one that did the Peel session on 18th November 1981 and the first single with Mayo Thompson from Pere Ubu producing).

Yorkie – bass + vocals
Paul Cavanah – guitar + bass
Peter Macassey – bass
Peter Baker – keys
Caroline Henning – backing vox
The Major – drums

 (late 80s) formed by Dave ‘Yorkie’ Palmer (voc) (ex Dance Party, Egypt For Now, later Space), Mark Cowley (drms), Steve Powell (gtr). Also feat; Joe McKechnie (drms), Mark Davies (bass), Phil Lucking (brass), Mike Kidson (brass), Martin Green (sax), John Hawkins (bass), Narash. They were a radical pot pourri of styles, with a tougher, leaner funk base. The psychedelic edge was still evident, Yorkie even managed to get 60’s guru Mayo Thompson, of Red Crayola fame, to produce the 1st single. Later lineups included the addition of a brass section, and at one gig they had 3 drummers. They had a track (‘Too Late’ featured in the Chris Bernard / Frank Clarke film ‘Letter To Brezhnev). Their 3rd single, ‘A Cover Version’ was effectively banned due to it’s lyrical content, and was never commercially released…the band split as a consequence. The mould was never made that they couldn’t break. Rec John Peel session & a Saturday Live session (both for Radio 1). Changed name to Big.

Releases: ‘Surprise After Surprise’ / ‘The Lizard Hunt’ – Praxis Records 7″ single (Forthcoming re-rel on ‘Imprint Of Quality’).
‘Portrait’ – 10 track cassette album rel through Probe Records distribution.
‘Redder Than Burning Coals’ / ‘Too Late’ / ‘Losers’ – Pink Pop 12″ single.
‘A Cover Version’ / ‘A Cover version (Version)’ / ‘Bright & Guilty World’ – Pink Pop (promo only)
‘Watching Your World’ – Imprint Of Quality comp CD

John Peel: The Lizard Hunt / Surprise After Surprise / She Keeps Her Secret.
Saturday Live: Redder Than Burning Coals / It’s A Wonderful Life / The Bottom Rung.

1 Comment

  1. The Major
    February 23, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    Steve Powell joined well later. As did Narash. Original lineup was Yorkie, Pete Mack, Pete Baker, Paul and myself. Caroline Henning did some backing vox. Used to do a tune with 3 basses, was powerful as hell!


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