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The Cravats


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The Cravats were thrown together in 1977, the day after The Shend & Robin Dallaway had seen The Stranglers in Birmingham. Once back home in Redditch, tooled up with only a pair of bongo’s and acoustic guitar, the boys got drunk and started work on The Cravats.

After recruiting Martin Seys to play guitar, and Ethos Yapp to oblige on the drums the band took their set of songs into the studio to record a demo tape.

This line up didn’t last too long losing Martin Seys along the way, but gaining a sax player by the name of Richard London, they could now leg it down to Outlaw Studios in Birmingham to embark on what would eventually turn out to be their first single ‘Gordon’.

The band didn’t have a clue what to do once inside the studio so an in-house engineer took charge.When he handed them the finished tape they didn’t know to what to do with it.

In July of 1978 armed with the results of the 6 hours in the studio, the band managed to borrow £400 from The Shend’s Mum and got a thousand 7” singles pressed up.

By this time Ethos had decided being in a band just wasn’t his cup of tea, so he literally upsticks and left. The Cravats now had to perform a cunning raid on another Redditch called The Remoulds and steal their drummer Dave Bennett.

John Peel Wingdings are now a thing of yore, I only remember hearing about them as a youth when Peel would announce on his show that he’d managed to play Teenage Kicks three times the previous night in Barnstable, or wherever the roadshow had landed.


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