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With their smart suits and ability to actually play their instruments The Pleasers, Nick Powell, Steve McNerney, Bo Benham & Dave Rotchelle) were at the forefront of the new wave of guitar-based groups that swept through the Britain’s music industry in the late 70’s.  
They wrote and performed great songs with superb harmonies, jangling guitars and pure sixties drum fills, and their live shows brought back the fashion for being surrounded by cool guy’s wearing thin ties and screaming mini skirted girls.  

As proud Londoners, the group described their sound as Thamesbeat but you might know it better by the name their music was given by press of the time: Powerpop. Yes The Pleasers were the group who gave birth to the title that defines strong melodic pop to this day. 
Teenage magazines, Music papers and National press alike named The Pleasers as the Sound of 1978 and toward the end of that year the sound, the look and the clean cut image evolved into a huge Mod revival that became a whole scene in itself. But that as they say, is another story. 
Always a major feature of their live act, the groups enthusiastic studio cover of the Who’s 1966 anthem ‘The Kids Are Alright’ brought a host of favorable reviews and comments when it was released in Spring ’78 from, among others, the songs composer Pete Townshend. 
If you were there at the time and were lucky enough to catch The Pleasers on one of their sell out tours, this will bring the memory back for you and if you weren’t, then you will certainly want to know what you missed.


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  • stuart1861

    These guys were brilliant.

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • redbootmusic

    'The Beatles' pay tribute to Beatles Anthology producer Chips Chipperfield who before doing that, was the manager of 'The Pleasers' who also wish to pay their respects. "We first met Chips when he came to see us play a gig in The Stapleton pub North London. Shortly after seeing us he became our business manager and signed us to Arister records from 1977 through to 1979. He was a cool dude and could sometimes come over as a real hard nut, but his true nature would always end up shinning through as a man who wasn't afraid to show you true warmth when you needed it. He knew how to make a point with his sharp wit and sense of humor. He was best known (as far as we were concerned) for his funny little quirks that we never really thought rock managers normally did, like going off for weeks at a time in Wales or the highlands of Scotland Bird Watching! And some times hanging out in Norfolk with old Jazzers like Alan Haven! Lots of love" 'The Pleasers'. XXX 1976 to 1979.

    28 Aug 2008 Reply

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