first rock concert, in sixth form, took the shape
three piece without drums playing Deep Purple. Interesting.
The girl Tim fancied was sufficiently impressed to
a kiss but she then got off with the bass player. Tim
has never quite trusted bass players since. [thanks,
Tim! - Kris]
Tim's musical interests expanded, so his A Levels suffered.
The climax came when, on the way to his German resit in
London, he noticed Rick Wakeman was playing that night
at the Festival Hall and swerved round to buy a ticket.
He failed the resit but can be heard applauding on the
Journey to the Centre of the Earth LP.
Leeds Uni in the mid seventies, Tim played in a pub glam-rock
band, Lynx, based at the Faversham, then a sleepy hollow.
Everything was looking good when punk happened and nineteen
was ancient. However, the band supported the Damned at
the Uni and much fun was had hiring out the PA to John
Keenan at his fledgling F Club.
to have Musician on his first passport, Tim turned to
the club scene, then huge and full of clever musicians
and even cleverer chords. With the Helen Day Band, Tim
played eight gigs a week (count em), did live TV (audience
1 million, count em) and toured the UK and Europe. Tim
and bass player mate Shaun formed their own band which
duly folded and Tim found himself playing in the Vagabonds
to Soul Britannia hero Jimmy James. Tim is really pleased
however that his mate Shaun did manage to make a CD called
Stars with Simply Red......
this point, in Sheffield, Tim formed The Amoebas, his
finest hour. They recorded in a warehouse next to a dreadful
band called Human League and supported Gary Glitter at
Sheffield Uni (sound of tumbleweed across the desert).
Quickly dubbed the next big thing, The Amoebas managed
to find and hold the fine line of obscurity between South
Yorkshire heavy rock (many bands signed) and Sheffield
synth-pop (even more bands signed). Tim is really really
pleased, however, that his bass player mate Russ ended
up writing songs for Tina Turner.....
turned to teaching but was drawn into writing music for
shows with a multicultural youth theatre in Bradford and
played at the Edinburgh Fringe. He also got into home
this time, Tim fell in love with Jayne, classical singer
playing a mean trombone. Jayne escaped to London and when
this wasn't far enough, to Italy where she sang at La
Scala and Turin Opera. Eventually, Tim dragged her back
and they now have two musical kids, a tone-deaf piano-playing
cat and their own brassy covers band The Beatleaders,
available for birthdays, weddings and wakes (That's enough
product endorsement - ED). Tim is really really really
pleased, however, that The Beatleaders' bass player, Jen,
has just left to go on a two-year world tour with Corinne
so to Manning. A garage crammed full of sweaty blokes
and a lovely lady for whom destiny beckons, although
on past experience Tim will have to settle for being
for someone else....