STACKRIDGE

Stackridge album cover

'A Victory For Common Sense'

Few bands could be this creative over a period of 40 years, and still remain as fresh and as contemporary as ever.”

— Stackridge fan, 2000

Albums released :

STACKRIDGE 
Release Date: August 1971 MCA

FRIENDLINESS 
Release Date: November 1972 MCA

 THE MAN IN THE BOWLER HAT 
Release Date: Feb 1974 MCA

EXTRAVAGANZA 
Release Date: January 1975 Rocket

MR MICK 
Release Date: March 1976 Rocket

DO THE STANLEY (COMPILATION) 
Release Date: Dec 1976 MCA

BBC RADIO 1 LIVE IN CONCERT - CD 
Release Date: July 1992 Windsong

THE RADIO 1 SESSIONS - CD 
Release Date: October 1997 Strange Fruit

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND 
Release Date: May 1999 Dap

 THE ORIGINAL MR MICK 
Release Date: May 2000 Dap

SEX AND FLAGS  June 2005 Angel Air

PURPLE SPACESHIPS OVER YATTON (THE BEST OF) CD 
Release Date: August 2006 Angel Air

THE FORBIDDEN CITY (DOUBLE CD) 
Release Date: Jan 2008 Angel Air

THE FORBIDDEN CITY - DVD 
Release Date: 2007 Angel Air

A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE 
Release Date: July 2009 

Stackridge in 1976

Stackridge in 1976

Stackridge in 2008

Crun, Mutter, James & Andy in 2008

 In 1969 a disparate band of young musicians found common ground in the Bristol/Bath musical stew and gathered together in a group called 'Stackridge Lemon'.  With a flow of changing line-ups, finally by late 1970 'Stackridge' were Andy Davis, James Warren, 'Mutter' Slater, 'Crun' Walter, Mike Evans and Billy Sparkle. 

Already their somewhat eccentric mix of witty, often poignant lyrics, memorable melodies, extended instrumental passages and self-effacing stage presentation caught the attention of the music press and live gig circuit.  

It was this line-up that constantly toured the U.K. for the next three years, slowly building a fanatical following and releasing 3 Albums on M.C.A Records: the eponymous 'Stackridge', followed by 'Friendliness' and then in 1974 the George Martin produced 'The Man in the Bowler Hat'. 

With this triumphant masterpiece, regarded by many to be George Martin's finest creation outside of his Beatles canon, the band seemed to be poised to make the final breakthrough to the upper echelons of stardom already attained by  contemporaries such as Genesis and Supertramp. 

Andy, Mutter, James, Billy & Mike, 1970's

Andy, Mutter, James, Billy & Mike, 1970's

Alas it was not to be. Cracks began to appear in their once tight-knit family and the original Stackridge imploded. 

A succession of line-up changes confused both public and music critics alike. Despite sleek performances it, perhaps lost the charm of the original band.  
Mishandled and misunderstood by their new Record Label (Elton John's Rocket Records) and misdirected by a new management team, the band did record two more critically acclaimed albums, 'Extravaganza' and 'Mr. Mick' before finally splitting up in 1976.  

Press "Pause": 

Going their separate ways, the individuals continued to make music during the 1980s and 90s, 

James Warren and Andy Davies gaining noticeable success as Electro-Pop Balladeers, The Korgis - with two hit singles including the Warren-penned 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime'.

James Warren & Andy Davies-The Korgis

James Warren & Andy Davies-The Korgis

'Mutter' Slater pursued his love of gutsy, soul-based rock'n'roll with various bands in his native Dorset and Mike Evans  added his violin to everything from classical to folk music. 'Crun' Walter's bass guitar continued enhancing various jazz and soul bands. 

Press "Play" (again): 

It was Evans who persuaded James and 'Crun' to form a revamped version of Stackridge in the late 90s. With a group of fine musicians behind them these three performed a series of gigs which featured new material from the fertile pen of Warren as well as classic songs from the large back catalogue.

With the first new album in over 23 years, (1999's 'Something For The Weekend') and appearances at the Glastonbury, Cropredy and Trowbridge Festivals, Stackridge entered the new millennium in fine fettle. Via the internet those aficionados who had never given up on the band found they were not alone as various fan-based chat groups and websites testified to their lasting appeal. Sadly management problems again caused this unit to grind to a halt. 

Press "Fast Forward" (to 2007): 

After a series of well received gigs as 'James Warren And Friends', which included stalwart bassist 'Crun' Walter, Glenn Tommey on keys and drummer Andy Marsden ( both Korgis backing musicians) plus the twin violins of Sarah Mitchell and Rachel Hall and guitarist Nigel Newton; James rekindles the idea of another Stackridge reunion. This time  he persuades Andy Davis And Mutter Slater to be fully involved and at long last the original front-line from 1970 embark on a series of club and concert appearances during 2007.

With the entire back catalogue of albums re-released on Angel-Air Records , plus a 'Best Of' compilation and a live concert DVD filmed in April 2007 plus rave reviews in both the national and local press, the Stackridge band wagon gathered pace again. 

Stackridge return to Glastonbury 2008

Stackridge return to Glastonbury 2008

The spring and summer of 2008 saw Stackridge performing at venues throughout the U.K. including triumphant returns to The Glastonbury Festival ( which gains them headline status in the national media such as The Guardian newspaper and BBC TV News ) and a barnstorming appearance at The Cropredy Festival -  many fans and critics stating they were the highlight of the weekend.  
In autumn 2008, they returned to the studios to complete a new album under the guiding hand of producer Chris Hughes whose previous credits include Tears For Fears, Paul McCartney and Robert Plant. 'A Victory For Common Sense' was released in summer 2009 on the Helium label and gained very positive reviews in the music and national press.

STACKRIDGE

Track list: GRANDE PIANO - PERCY THE PENGUIN - THREE LEGGED TABLE - DORA THE FEMALE EXPLORER - ESSENCE OF PORPHYRY - MARIGOLD CONJUNCTION - 32 WEST MALL - MARZO PLOD - SLARK

STACKRIDGE

Track list: GRANDE PIANO - PERCY THE PENGUIN - THREE LEGGED TABLE - DORA THE FEMALE EXPLORER - ESSENCE OF PORPHYRY - MARIGOLD CONJUNCTION - 32 WEST MALL - MARZO PLOD - SLARK

FRIENDLINESS

Track list: LUMMY DAYS - FRIENDLINESS PT 1 - ANYONE FOR TENNIS - THERE IS NO REFUGE - SYRACUSE THE ELEPHANT - AMAZINGLY AGNES - FATHER FRANKENSTEIN IS BEHIND YOUR PILLOW - KEEP ON CLUCKING - STORY OF MY HEART - FRIENDLINESS PT 2 - TEATIME

FRIENDLINESS

Track list: LUMMY DAYS - FRIENDLINESS PT 1 - ANYONE FOR TENNIS - THERE IS NO REFUGE - SYRACUSE THE ELEPHANT - AMAZINGLY AGNES - FATHER FRANKENSTEIN IS BEHIND YOUR PILLOW - KEEP ON CLUCKING - STORY OF MY HEART - FRIENDLINESS PT 2 - TEATIME

THE MAN IN THE BOWLER HAT

Track list: FUNDAMENTALLY YOURS - PINAFORE DAYS - THE LAST PLIMSOLL - TO THE SUN AND MOON - THE ROAD TO VENEZUELA - THE GALLOPING GAUCHO - HUMILIATION - DANGEROUS BACON - THE INDIFFERENT HEDGEHOG - GOD SPEED THE PLOUGH

THE MAN IN THE BOWLER HAT

Track list: FUNDAMENTALLY YOURS - PINAFORE DAYS - THE LAST PLIMSOLL - TO THE SUN AND MOON - THE ROAD TO VENEZUELA - THE GALLOPING GAUCHO - HUMILIATION - DANGEROUS BACON - THE INDIFFERENT HEDGEHOG - GOD SPEED THE PLOUGH

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND


Track list: IT'S A FASCINATING WORLD - RUTH, DID YOU READ MY MIND? SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEATLES - HELP UNDER DOORS - THE VEGAN'S HATRED OF FISH - SLIDING DOWN THE RAZORBLADE OF LOVE - THE YOUTH OF TODAY - HAVE FAITH IN LOVE - FIVE-POSTER BEDLAM - WILDEBEESTE - GROOVING ALONG ON THE HIGHWAY ON A MONDAY MORNING ONCE - SOMEDAY THEY'LL FIND OUT - DRINKING AND DRIVING - IT MUST BE TIME FOR BED

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND

Track list: IT'S A FASCINATING WORLD - RUTH, DID YOU READ MY MIND? SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEATLES - HELP UNDER DOORS - THE VEGAN'S HATRED OF FISH - SLIDING DOWN THE RAZORBLADE OF LOVE - THE YOUTH OF TODAY - HAVE FAITH IN LOVE - FIVE-POSTER BEDLAM - WILDEBEESTE - GROOVING ALONG ON THE HIGHWAY ON A MONDAY MORNING ONCE - SOMEDAY THEY'LL FIND OUT - DRINKING AND DRIVING - IT MUST BE TIME FOR BED

SEX AND FLAGS 

Track list: IT'S A FASCINATING WORLD - THE FINAL BOW - SOMEDAY THEY'LL FIND OUT - BIG BABY - CHARLES LOUIS DANCE - WONDERFUL DAY - BREAD AND WATER - SLIDING DOWN THE RAZORBLADE OF LOVE - DIRTY NIGHTINGALE - SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEATLES - WILDEBEESTE - GROOVING ALONG ON THE HIGHWAY... - FIRST NAME OF LOVE - BEATING A PATH - IT MUST BE TIME FOR BED

SEX AND FLAGS

Track list: IT'S A FASCINATING WORLD - THE FINAL BOW - SOMEDAY THEY'LL FIND OUT - BIG BABY - CHARLES LOUIS DANCE - WONDERFUL DAY - BREAD AND WATER - SLIDING DOWN THE RAZORBLADE OF LOVE - DIRTY NIGHTINGALE - SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEATLES - WILDEBEESTE - GROOVING ALONG ON THE HIGHWAY... - FIRST NAME OF LOVE - BEATING A PATH - IT MUST BE TIME FOR BED

A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE

Helium 2009

A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE

Helium 2009

Track List: 

Boots And Shoes 
The Old Country(Waiting For You and) England to Return 
Red Squirrel 
North St. Grande 
Long Dark River 
Lost And Found 
Cheese And Ham 
The Day The World Stopped Turning

Produced by Chris Hughes (Tears For Fears, Adam and The Ants, Robert Plant etc.)