So here it is... wagdog's counterpart to TOTP2. Here is my
favourite music made by me and my friends in the last decade. Make up your own
minds whether old music is crap. Let's say it's a tribute to musicians in obscurity.
- Smile & Remember
Its the mid 1990's, the Baggy scene has come to an end but
long haired hippy, top songwriter and mega bong loader James "Spacer"
McQuirk is knocking out post-wonderstuff tunes more precious than 20 Marlboro
on Spike Island. Featuring Toby Smith (now Breezer), Paul "I Can't
Believe He's Getting a Divorce" Benno Bennett on Bass, and Greg McLeod
Band With No Name
Though there is a cheesy video floating around
somewhere, no audio survives of this project featuring Toby Smith, Paul
Bennett, Nathan Bennett (Now Solo / perhaps Helicon keyboard player), and
me. And that's probably a good thing as I sang lead vocals.
- Lovesick Song
Final incarnation of The Vinyl Junkies, cheesy
middle of the road popsters (according to Melody Maker) from Sutton Coldfield.
With me on Guitar, top bloke and long time friend Gaz Phelps (now editor
of Sutton Coldfield Observer!) fronting the band, Lee Turner (football holligan
and all-round lunatic) on drums, and Daniel Wilde (professional porn watcher
- i jest ye not, he works for customs and surely has the best job in the
world) on Bass guitar. It's 1998 and the band records a 4 track demo on
a Roland VS880.
Harajuka - Tragedy
If Flapper and Firkin listings are to be believed,
these guys are still flying the flag from time to time, and so they should
be. Another great band, featuring Lee from Gobstopper on drums.
- Welcome to Wherever You Are
Moving on to 1999 now, I got to know these guys
organising gigs on the circuit in Birmingham. I helped promote their music
here on the wagdog web site, a proper professional band compared to most
of the stuff I've ever been involved with. Finally knocked it on the head
after a couple of years trying for a record deal.
It's 2001 and Wagdog is making a name for itself
promoting punk and hardcore gigs on the Birmingham scene. Freefood were
a great live punk band, and this ska number was taken from their awesome
demo made shortly before they split up (due to musical differences). Watch
out for guitarist Murph now in Trigboy, and other members Ollie and Joe
in The Lost Eleven.