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Neon Hearts

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The NEON HEARTS were formed in the spring of 1977 by saxophonist Steve Heart who had left SUBURBAN STUDS, following musical differences (the band feeling a saxophone player inappropriate in a punk band) and returned to Wolverhampton to form a new band. He’d already written several songs and soon began recruiting members. First recruit was his cousin, a bass player called Paul Raven. Then came drummer Keith Alien, another local musician and friend of Paul’s who was asked to join after Steve heard tapes of him playing.

A guitarist was required. Keith knew someone, so dispensing with the idea of advertising, an audition was arranged in the attic bedroom of Keith’s house in Lower Street, Tettenhall. The guitarist was Martin Ratcliffe (later known as The Inferior Member’ on the bands first single). He was shown the songs and his playing fitted them perfectly.
At the time, Keith was working in a town centre shop called Langdon’s Electric Music. His boss, Pete Langdon, allowed the band to rehearse in the empty flat above the shop. From then on an intensive rehearsal schedule was put into force with the band rehearsing for 3 hours every night, followed by a pint at the pub. After a few months rehearsing, the band had a considerable amount of material written and the time felt right for Steve to contact Ron Lee (of Lee Sound Studios and Pogo Records) to arrange a demo recording session and to get his thoughts on the band. Ron was a contact Steve had made whilst involved in session work at Lee Sound. This contact had been instrumental in getting the Suburban Studs their first record deal on the Pogo label.

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