PUNKNET 77 - Motors


On more "pub-rock goes to powerpop". After leaving the Duck Deluxe in 1974 Nick Garvey (bass) formed the Snakes (in which was also Bob Gotobed, who later played in Wire). Snake last till 1976 and then Nick started to form a new band with ex-Snakes Richard Wernham and in January 1977 the band ready to start rehearsals. The line-up was Nick Garvey (bass), Andy McMaster (keyboards, also ex-Ducks Deluxe), Bram Tchaikovsky (guitar, vocals) and Richard Wernham, who had "changed" his name to Ricky Slaughter (drums).
The first gig was at the Marquee in 7th March 1977 and it didn't get long to get a recording contract with Virgin. Bands powerpop went softer and in 1978 the got huge U.K. with Airport (number 4). The last gig with this line-up was at the Reading festival in 1978. While waiting on pre-production work for the second Motors album, Tchaikovsky took the opportunity to do some recording of his own and lost his interest to the Motors. at this point also Richard Wernham left the band.
Nick and Andy continued with the name The Motors and made one more LP (Tenement Steps in 1980) and played live with ex-Man Martin Ace and Terry Williams .


Dancing the Nights Away / ??? (Virgin VS-186; also as 12" VS-18612) -77
** LP ** The Motors (Virgin V-2089) -77
Be What You Wanna Be / You Beat the Hell Outta Me (Virgin VS-194) -77
Sensation / Day I Found a Five (Virgin VS-206) -78
** LP ** Approved by the Motors (Virgin V-2101) -78
Airport / Cold Love (Virgin VS-219) -78
Forget about You / ??? (Virgin VS-222; also as 12" VS-22212) -78
Today / Her Comes the Hustler (Virgin VS-236) -78
Love and Lonliness / Time for Make Up (Virgin VS-263; also as 10" with red vinyl) -79
** LP ** Tenement Steps (Virgin V-2151) -80
That's What John Said / ??? (Virgin VS-349) -80
Metropolis / ??? (Virgin VS-363) -80
** LP ** Greatest Hits (Virgin V-2204) -81

Most important tracks on compilations:

Quillotine: You Beat the Hell Outta Me (10"; Virgin VCL-5001) -78
Dead on Arrival: Dancing the Night Away (2LP; Virgin EXPACK-001) -78
Three Minute Heroes: 20 of the Finest Punk & New Wave Singles: Dancing the Night Away (Virgin VTCD9) -92
DiY 3: Teenage Kicks - UK Pop I (1976-79): Dancing the Night Away and Airport (Rhino Records R2 71173) -93
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's Volume 4: Love and Loneliness (Rhino Records R2 71697) -94
London on the Line: 20 Punk and New Wave Greats: Airport (Columbia 477129 2) -94
Best Punk Album in the World...Ever!: Dancing the Night Away ( UK; Virgin VTDCD 42) -95
The Number One Punk Album: 47 Punk Rock Classics: Airport (Polygram TV 535 658-2) -96

Motors links:

Motors - The Rought Guide to Rock
Motors - Trouser Press
Motors - All-Music Guide

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Created by JJu: February 6, 1996        Dancing the pub-rock Away

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