“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 :
Release Date: August 1971 MCA
Release Date: November 1972 MCA
THE MAN IN THE BOWLER HAT
Release Date: Feb 1974 MCA
Release Date: January 1975 Rocket
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
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.
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.
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'.
'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.
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.
Boots And Shoes
The Old Country(Waiting For You and) England to Return
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.)