One Time, One Life
OK. When I was at secondary school (William Ellis school, north London) there were three main bands there - Narcissus (my band), Landslide (slightly younger kids but better musicians, played at Windsor free festival with me on lead vocals) and Sore Throat.
Sore Throat was Matthew Flowers on keyboards, Danny Flowers on bass, Reid Savage on guitar, Greg Mason on sax, and Robin Knapp on drums. Soon Justin Ward joined on lead vocals and manic frontperson personality, then Robin was replaced by Clive Kirby from Landslide. They played a residency at the Stapleton in Stroud Green and also the Pindar Of Wakefield in Kings Cross. They were a great live band, and for me one of the highlights was Reid's guitar playing and onstage antics (he'd end up being strangled and 'dying' on stage while playing the most incredible solos).
When Sore Throat broke up, Reid joined Way Of The West and I saw them live several times - including a great gig at the Music Machine in Camden where they supported the Comsat Angels (another great band). WOTW released five singles and then changed their name to the Candymen - I roadied and mixed for them a few times but then they broke up.
Reid married Louise Goffin (Carole King's daughter) and played on and produced her debut album, but then they split up and I lost contact with Reid - I saw him a few years ago at Greg's 40th birthday party. He's now working with a woman called Lucinda Sieger, about whom I know nothing but I must check out because anything Reid's involved with can't be all bad. I hope he's OK - he's a great guy and a phenomenal guitarist.
I might rip & post some Sore Throat stuff soon.
Way Of The West - The Collected Singles
By the way, if you don't know WOTW and would like a sample, you can hear See You Shake at http://www.littlehits.com/2006/04/songs-of-day-april-29-2006.html
01 - Don't Say That's Just For White Boys
02 - Prove It
03 - See You Shake
04 - My Own Front Door
05 - Drum
06 - The Friend
07 - City For Lovers
08 - Countdown
09 - The Cool Set
10 - Feel The Steel
11 - Cars Collide
12 - Countdown (full version)
13 - City For Lovers (12'' version)