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-Jim Penfold forms first band “The Matinee Idols” in Hastings with school friends Neil ‘Chilli Willi’ Aplin <Lead Guitar> Duncan Reid <Bass/Vocals> NO RECORDINGS

-Jim releases debut single “Hot Hazy Days/Unknown Person” on Rollerball Records as “Jim Penfold & The Hollywood Killers”

-Duncan Reid leaves to join The Boys in London and Jim forms new HK line-up of Dick Rowley <Guitar> Duncan Dray <Drums> Ashley Pepper <Keyboards> Terry Pack <Bass> JP <Vocals/Guitar>


-The Hollywood Killers build up a large following in and around Hastings and received rave reviews in Hastings Observer (anyone still got a copy?)

-Various gigs were promoted by then schoolboy Simon Fuller who went on to manage The Spice Girls and S-Club 7.

-Current lineup Pete Poodle <Bass> Neil Aplin <Lead Guitar> Bernie Smirnoff <Drums> Alexander Moylegrove Third <Saxophone>


-Debut London gig, supporting the world famous “The Pirates” at The Mean Machine in Camden. Great success!
-Recorded and released a new single “Goodbye Suicide/Tramp” on Rollerball Records. John Peel Show on Radio 1 played it a few times!

-Muff Winwood (Steve’s brother) the leading A&R man put the band into Island Studios in Notting Hill to demo some songs over a long summer weekend. Dire Straits were recording their debut album at the same time in Island Studios.

-No deal materialised but the band started to build a major following in London scene playing extensively Dingwalls in Camden Lock,Rock Graden,Nashville etc etc. NME review.


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  • polyesterrash

    Could some one PLEASE point me in the right direction for more information about this band?

    10 Aug 2006 Reply