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The Termites


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There are at least three artists named The Termites:

1) A rocksteady duo consisting of Wentworth Vernal and Lloyd Parks, the Termites’ career was a rather short one, although they did manage a big hit in “Have Mercy Mr. Percy” in the late ’60s and tracked enough for a single album, Do the Rock Steady, while working almost exclusively with producer Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. Vernal eventually retired from the Jamaican music business, but Lloyd Parks went on to a long and respected career as both a bass player and singer, in time forming his own band, We the People. We the People is probably best known for backing Dennis Brown and numerous other reggae singers on international tours.

2) The Termites are a furious, frantic psychobilly 5-piece from Scotland. The band formed during bleak mid 1980’s Kilmarnock - A town that was, at the time, rich in psychobilly fervor, with great bands such as The Longhorns - indeed, it was with this band that the Termites first started out, supporting The Longhorns in Kilmarnock’s smoke and aggression filled clubs. The band were playing sellout gigs within a matter of months. Initially, a four piece of Kenny Mitchell (vocals), Scott Ballantyne (guitar), Ewin Murray (drums) and Gerry Doyle (electric bass), the band were gaining the attention of the music industry for their powerful, and usually violent, live shows.


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