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Posted on 16 Nov 2012 18:00:53 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Merci, C.

Born in 1944, this musician, songwriter and occasional singer took his rural band to Italy and back to England before recruiting an iconic front-man, changing the band's name and achieving some commercial and critical success. Dissatisfied with the direction the band was taking, he formed a new one that went on to release 12 studio albums, the first of which sold over 5,000,000 copies in the USA and over 500,000 in the UK. He has reformed both bands in the past 5 years for live shows but also has a band bearing his name that gigs regularly in smaller venues.

Posted on 17 Nov 2012 19:36:43 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
The first band took its name from the title of a novel that was a favourite of their producer. The same producer named another well known band of the period after a friend's Burmese cat.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2012 19:49:49 GMT
Leftin says:
Mott the Hoople (Willard Manus); Guy Stevens; Procol Harum. Didn't know the puss was a Burmese.

Thanks, whoever dragged this thread out of slumber! My threads aren't often as successful as this one. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2012 19:52:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2012 19:53:25 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
You still need to identify the individual from the previous post, Leftin.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2012 19:56:01 GMT
Leftin says:
Whoops! Sorry. Rusty at my own thread.

Jeff Beck?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2012 20:05:16 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Sorry, we're getting mixed up. The stuff about Guy Steven's naming the band after a Willard Manus novel was a supplementary clue. You're trying to identify the person described in my post of 16 Nov 2012 18:00:53, i.e. a founder member of the band named after the Willard Manus novel.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2012 20:08:04 GMT
Leftin says:
Right. Mick Ralphs.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 16:56:23 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Yes, of course, it's Hereford's finest: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople and Bad Company.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 18:01:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2012 18:02:38 GMT
Leftin says:
Rock's least egotistical guitarist! He even let Mr Rodgers play lead guitar in the late '70s / early '80s. Do I start up a new conundrum now?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 18:33:28 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Yes please.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 20:00:26 GMT
Leftin says:
Born in northern England in 1951, and gaining experience as a choirboy, this multi-instrumentalist / singer / songwriter joined a cult rock band in the early '70s. With another refugee from that band (a man who also played several instruments, sang, and became a notable songwriter), he formed a new group, who were conveniently labelled punk / new wave, in '77. Curiously, the band enjoyed more commercial success with singles (two in particular) than albums, but they left 3 well-regarded lps when they broke up in the early '80s. (Their lead guitarist went on to be briefly big in the USA.) Our man made a solo album, and worked with a very famous musician, after becoming lower in profile. The just-described band has never reformed, despite their biggest two singles' continued inclusion on radio programmes.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 23:00:29 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Nick Garvey (Ducks Deluxe, The Motors)?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 12:48:35 GMT
Leftin says:
Gordon: Yes. Well done. I deliberately left the description Pub Rock out, but you still got it. Sorry this took a couple of days.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 13:36:14 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Yes, the phrase pub-rock did spring to mind, given that I've used it recently in a description of The Motors elsewhere (

Posted on 20 Nov 2012 17:09:25 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Born on the day Explorer 8 was launched, this singer/songwriter/musician/author was a founder member of a critically acclaimed trio that struggled to maintain the commercial success of its third single (UK #15) and debut album (UK #24, USA #40). His domination of the band's songwriting, performing and producing alienated the other members, leading them to depart and the record label to drop the band. He continued to perform under the band's name for two years with a number of new members, including a drummer with a famous dad. After a fifteen-year solo career, during which he recorded part of an album with a big-name rhythm section, he reformed the band without any other original members in 2006. One of the originals joined him in 2011.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 14:54:42 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Think of a drummer with a famous dad. You'll probably get down to two.

Posted on 22 Nov 2012 11:08:14 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
The hit single and album were released in 1983 and 1984, respectively. His autobiography, published in October 2008, is named after a musical style with geographical connections.

Posted on 25 Nov 2012 10:24:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Nov 2012 10:24:16 GMT
nocheese says:
I think I've finally got it, Gordon - Ian McNabb of The Icicle Works.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2012 22:20:19 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Sorry, NC, this didn't show up on my list of threads with recent posts. Ian McNabb is correct, of course. His autobiography is called Merseybeat, members of the later incarnation of The Icicle Works included Zak Starkey, and McNabb recorded four tracks with Crazy Horse for his 1994 album "Head Like A Rock".
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