THE RECORDS A Sunny Afternoon In Waterloo CD 1989
Night Driving / Lovin' In The Back Row / Level In The Bottle / You Changed The Look / In The Eyes Of A Blindman / Third Degree Burns / 36-24-36 / Living Out Of A Suitcase.
Produced by The Records.
The Records: Phil Brown: bass & vocals / Will Birch: drums & vocals / John Wicks: guitar & vocals / Huw Gower: guitar & vocals, harmonica.
As a British powerpop band, The Records recorded three albums for Virgin Records: "Shades In Bed" (1979), "Crashes" (1980), and "Music on Both Sides" (1982). Unlike many bands, The Records lasted through the punk era and into the new wave music scene, before disbanding in 1982. John Wicks became a respected producer and songwriter in addition to his work as a solo artist.
Original lead guitarist Huw Gower invited his former band mates to reunite in 1990 to record a version of "Darlin'" for a Brian Wilson tribute CD "Smiles, Vibes & Harmony " that he was involved in putting together for DeMilo Records in New York. (At the same Gower also brokered the US release of "Paying For The Summer of Love", a compilation of 1978 demos by the group (with advance royalties paid to all four original members) on CD, vinyl & cassette. In 1994 John formed a new incarnation of the band, under the moniker - John Wicks and The Records, booking shows primarily in the US.
By the middle of 1995, John Wicks and The Records recorded "Solace In Wonderland", a limited edition promo cassette of country-rock tinged songs reminisicent of Wilco, Whiskeytown and Ryan Adams. A full length album "Rock 'ola" was released by Rock Indiana in March 1998, whilst John Wicks and The Records were on tour in Spain.
Angel Air Records released "Paying For The Summer Of Love" remastered on CD in 2001. In 2002, Will Birch licensed the back catalog from UK Virgin to his On The Beach label releasing a deluxe CD edition of "Shades In Bed", which featured 10 bonus tracks including every cut from the "High Heels EP", followed by a 2005 deluxe CD edition of "Crashes", which included six bonus tracks.
In April 2007, after years, John Wicks released a new CD entitled "Rotate" on the KoolKatMusik label. Although described as an "anthology", Rotate contained several new tracks along with three remastered versions, and one new version of previously issued songs. Five bonus tracks were also featured on a special, signed, two disc version, including a cover version of The Beatles song "We Can Work It Out", which initially appeared on a Beatles CD.
Also in 2007, Wicks did an acoustic tour with Paul Collins.
In 2009, a new CD was released, containing an unreleased live performance entitled "Play Live: The Records Live In Concert." This performance featured The Records with John Wicks on rhythm guitar, Will Birch on drums, Phil Brown on bass and Jude Cole on lead guitar. A repackaged version of "Rotate", with a slightly different track listing - including a brand new version of "Starry Eyes" - was released November 2011 by The Fuel Label Group.
The songs of Will Birch and John Wicks have been recorded by 1960s British Invasion band The Searchers (with John McNally and Mike Pender), Mary Chapin Carpenter, Too Much Joy, Michael Monroe from Hanoi Rocks, Dominique and numerous other artists. Although The Records disbanded in 1982 - Wicks continues to write new material, record and tour, with an all new line up, billed as John Wicks and The Records. Source
Today John Wicks is currently taking a break from live Records' shows for a while to concentrate on his songwriting activities, and also to resume recording brand new Records' songs. In the meantime, he has issued a 12-song collection of demos, rare and unreleased recordings from 1982-2012. "Works In Progress" is the perfect conduit between The Records of yesterday and tommorrow ... a must have for any fan!
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