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Henry Priestman


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“Trouble is, see….when you’re 25, your biog’s tiny…but when your 50+, it’s huge, man! (but stick with it… it might be worth it… Or scroll straight to 2008!”

Born…Hull, East Yorkshire

Moved to Liverpool…enrolled at Liverpool Art College…”cut off hair, took in flares”

1976 – 81
Founder member of (art school) band Yachts. An early incarnation of the band supported Sex Pistols at Liverpool Erics club in 1976, days after the infamous “Bill Grundy” TV debacle. October 1977, Yachts released cult single “Suffice To Say” on Stiff Records. With Henry as principal song-writer (and occasional lead vocalist) band released further (numerous!) singles and two LPs (on Radar Records), all sank without trace in UK, though three US tours ensured US Top 100 placing for their first LP (“SOS Yachts” 1979 on Polydor/Radar records). Tours with The Who (Europe), XTC, The Boomtown Rats and dates with Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Squeeze, Joe Jackson etc. Group disbanded in 1981. Henry gave up singing! Joined future Mrs Suggs’ band Bette Bright And The Illuminations, for recordings and tours, with dream band including Glen Matlock, Clive Langer, Suggs, and Rusty Egan.

1981 – 84
Founder member of band It’s Immaterial. Having access to a small 8-track studio, became engineer on all the band’s demos as well as keyboard player on their various releases. This beginner’s studio-engineering knowledge enabled Henry to become in-house studio engineer for Benson Street Studios in Liverpool, owned by Pete Fulwell (of legendary Liverpool Punk/New Wave club erics fame) and Pete Wylie (Wah).

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  • Tr1xx

    Amen to that. BBC Radio 2 has been responsible for me finding many gems that sadly never get picked up by the plebs out there. Delve into the 7 day and 3 month 'track stats' at for more inspiration

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • browner

    I agree Westy. This is great stuff, thankfully BBC Radio 2 introduced me :)

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
  • westy2000

    when you discover an album as good as this which has had so little airplay, press coverage, publicity and has obviously been listened to by a tiny proportion of music loving people makes you wonder how much other fantastic music is left to be discovered

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Hey, have you read this guy's bio? What a CV, and "The Chronicles Of Modern Life" is a briliant album by the way

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    mmmm yes

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • girl_from_oz

    Grey's the new blonde is a fab song

    23 Jan 2009 Reply

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