was formed mainly by members of the Liverpool College of Art in November
1974 and the main band comprised Bette Bright, vocals; Enrico Cadillac,
vocals; Eric Shark, vocals; Ian Ritchie, woodwind, vocals; Max Ripple, keyboards;
Clive Langer, guitar; Steve 'Average' Lindsey, bass guitar and Tim Whittaker,
There had been initial changes of personnel: Paul Pilnick (guitar, accordion,
bass, banjo), who had been in bands such as The Big Three and Stealer's
Wheel, was with the band until June 1976. Another guitarist was Roy Holder,
who was sacked by the band. The original female singer was Sandy Bright,
who left to marry Roy Holder, Mike Evans, former member of The Clayton Squares,
was with them for a short time on sax and another female singer was Hazel
The group built a formidable reputation on Merseyside in clubs such as Eric's
and their combination of influences was an inspired, creative mixture of
styles ranging from music hall to cabaret, an artistic explosion of ideas
which ignited locally, but failed to inspire nationally due to the sudden
and domineering influence of Punk, with their art rock music, inspired by
artists ranging from Kurt Weill to Cole Porter, going against the grain
of the Punk Rock hysteria. They were to leave behind them three albums recorded
between 1976 and 1978. Derek Taylor, former Beatles associate, appreciated
the uniqueness of the band and signed them to Warner, issuing the albums
'Second Honeymoon' in 1976, 'Don't Stop The World' in 1977 and 'English
Boys/Working Girls' in 1978.
Enrico's real name was Steve Allen and he went on to form The Original Mirrors
with Ian Broudie. The other members were Phil Spalding, bass; Jonathan Perkins,
keyboards; Peter Kircher, drums. Their eponymous album 'The Original Mirrors'
was issued in 1980 and their second 'Heart Twango & Raw Beat' the following
year. The albums were unsuccessful and the group disbanded. Steve was to
become a record executive while Broudie became producer for Echo & The Bunnymen
and The Fall, then teamed up with Paul Simpson in Care in 1983 and in 1989
formed The Lighting Seeds.
Lindsey, along with Broudie, was in Big In Japan for a time and then formed
The Secrets with Dave Hughes, keyboards; Budgie, drums and Ian Broudie,
guitar. In 1980 they evolved into The Planets with Steve, Budgie, Chris
Skornia, keyboards; Andy Duncan, drums, Tony Wimshirst, guitar. They issued
an album 'Goon Hilly Down' (Rialto Tenor 102) in October 1979 and following
some minor changes of personnel, issued a second album in October 1980,
'Spot' (Alto 102) and a single in September 1980, 'Don't Look Down' c/w
'I Want to Touch You' (TREB 116).
The 1981 release 'Rhythm
Breaks the Ice' (Korova Records) was her only solo album and she was backed
by Clive Langer, guitar/sitar; Ian Broudie, guitar; James Eller, bass; Jo
Allen and Martin Hughes, drums; Ben Barson, keyboards, under the name The
Illuminations. The album was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley
and it was via Langer, Winstanley and Barson that she became friendly with
the group Madness.
abandoned a music career and became a shop owner in Liverpool, while
Tim Whittaker became a session musician and Mike Ripple an art teacher
at Goldsmiths College. Bette Bright was born Anne Murray in Whitstable,
Kent and in 1975 was asked to became singer with Deaf School by Clive
Langer. When Deaf School disbanded, Bette began her solo career backed
by The Illuminations, who comprised Henry Priestman (ex-Yachts), Rusty
Egan (ex-Visage) and Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols).
They made their recording debut with the single 'My Boyfriend's Back'
/ 'Hold On I'm Coming' (Radar ADA 18) in September 1978, followed
by 'The Captain Of Your Ship' / 'Those Greedy Eyes' (Radar ADA 21)
in January 1979 and their third and final single 'Hello, I Am Your
Heart' / 'All Girls Lie' (KOW 3) in April 1980, which reached No.50
in the British charts. She then reverted to her birth name of Anne
Murray when she joined the Dutch outfit Gruppo Sportivo, who formed
in The Hague in 1976, and she was also to appear in the Sex Pistols
film 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle'.