The band was founded in 1969 by twin brothers Colin Goldring and Stewart Goldring, who were joined by drummer Nigel Pegrum who came over from a band called Spice (the band that would later evolve into Uriah Heep), Peter Cowling (AKA “Mars”) on bass, John Earle on vocals and Charlotte Fendrich on piano. They came up with the strange band name by reversing and slightly rearranging the brothers’ surname. In 1972, they released both their first and second albums, …in Spite Of Harry’s Toe-nail and Lady Lake, before disbanding due to a lack of commercial success. Despite having played gigs with fairly well-known bands like Colosseum, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Wishbone Ash, Soft Machine and Magma in their brief career, they have always remained relatively obscure.
After disbanding, Nigel Pegrum joined Steeleye Span, while the Goldring brothers formed punk rock band The Pork Dukes in 1976 and later went on to do session work, as did other members. Peter “Mars” Cowling began working with Pat Travers in 1975, and was able to achieve a respectable amount of success during his long relationship with Travers. After a break of 27 years Colin and Stewart Goldring and Nigel Pegrum got back together in 1999, with Rick Kemp on bass, multi-instrumentalist Nessa Glen and Chris Lloyds on backup vocals, and released their third studio album entitled Gnosis in 2000. The year 1999 also saw the release of Live, which was recorded at the Mayfield Festival in 1972.
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