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Sp!n

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Great baggy band from London. Vocalist/rhythm guitarist and songwriter Lee Clark, bassist John Mason, lead guitarist Steve Mason, and drummer Matt James were original members.

The band was initially formed by Lee Clark (vocals/guitar) and Daz Walton (bass). Then John Mason took over playing bass and Matt joined on drums. A few years later, Lee, John and Matt recruited Steve Mason (John’s younger brother) to play lead/rhythm guitar and free Lee’s vocal style, which was limited by his mediocre guitar playing.

After cutting their teeth for several years in Woolwich, London, Sp!n became a promising Stone Roses-like band who were sadly the victims of a serious road accident. Bassist John Mason suffered a serious head injury and went into an 11-day coma. Their road manager Daz Walton retired as a result of the crash. In a strange sequence of events, the day prior to the accident, Lee (the original vocalist, and main songwriter of Sp!n) had also offered his resignation in a letter to the rest of the band, due to his dissatisfaction with the way the band and the record label Foundation, were guiding its course. “The final straw for me,” stated Lee, “was calling the Sp!n album In Motion - a play on word-association which was so naff, that it beggared belief.”

John, disappointed with the music business, went on to become a writer. Lee briefly recorded demos with Andrew (Snake) Newton, who had been the live sound engineer for Sp!n, then gave up ‘serious’ music to become a primary school teacher. John felt that tales of chaos, romance and terror were better suited away from the manacles of fashion.

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