We are on to a very special issue of Sounds here. Looking through it I realised that I may have to write a record number of articles from this one. It is almost like an early issue of what later became the best rock magazine in the world – “Kerrang” (In the early days). So many nice articles that I`m almost drooling. And we start of with a bit of gold here – an article with the band that later lost their vocalist to what was to be one of the greatest rock bands in the world ever. But they were far away knowing anything about that at the time. Enjoy!
Perfection`s their thing
By Ray Telford
“A good solid driving beat and lots of pure unadulterated excitement,” was the description put on the new single from Geordie in last week`s SOUNDS by one Gavin Breck in his appraisal of what records would be most likely to turn on the nation`s discotheque customers this year.
As it happens Geordie have already notched up quite a few singles sales with their debut record, “Don`t Do That”, which gained rapid approval on its release in the latter half of last year and as a result planted them firmly in the minds of lovers of no holds barred, undiluted rock.
The band, a four piece, comprising Vic Malcolm, guitar; Brian Johnson, vocals; Tom Hill, bass and Brian Gibson, drums; were formed by Vic in Newcastle last February. Brian says that, individually, they`d all previously played with various semi-pro lineups in Newcastle but that they`d rapidly become disillusioned with the lack of work in the area available to semi-pro groups: “Then Vic got this band together,” Brian explained, “and suddenly we seemed to be working every night of the week. The change was incredible and we were forced to learn things in literally a matter of weeks what most other bands learn in a year. The single took off very quickly, almost as soon as it was released, because the radio DJs picked up on it and that`s something, I suppose, we should be very thankful for.”
Brian describes the group`s recent appearance with Slade at the Palladium as the most important gig of their career so far, though he admits their biggest following still centres around the Northern ballrooms and that they`ve yet to consolidate their following: “London,” says Brian, “isn`t the easiest place in the world for a band like us to break in. I know that audiences aren`t so blase as they used to be and that everyone`s into raving a bit more at gigs but the few small London gigs we have played in the last year have been nothing like what we`re used to up North.”
The bulk of Geordie`s repertoire is written by Vic Malcolm who penned both “Don`t Do That” and “All Because Of You”, the group`s new single as well as all the material due for inclusion on their debut album released next month.
The group`s straight pop approach, Brian says, is unlikely to change in favour of anything more musically complex. “When we started playing the Newcastle clubs we had to play a few numbers which weren`t ours because the audiences seemed very wary of bands who played original material but gradually we began to sneak in Vic`s songs until we got to the stage where everything we did was our own and the kids were still going wild.
“In many ways the band is very self-critical and though most of our stuff is simple, straight down the line rock we realise that you`ve still got to keep trying for perfection. It`s something I don`t think many bands really care about but I think we`ve always been pretty conscious of it.”
Of the new single, Brian says it should have more commercial appeal than “Don`t Do That”, though it has a similar feel: “Hit singles are still the only way to get through to the biggest audiences. I think singles are also becoming more and more important to the rock business and you can see that through the number of really good ones that bands are putting out these days. The excitement that surrounds a really good hit single is quite an experience and I hope we`ll be experiencing quite a few in future.
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Darryl Way (Curved Air), Sounds staff analyse David Bowie, Nazareth, Steve Marriott, Average White Band, Elton John, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Slade, Thin Lizzy, Stackridge, Peter Gabriel, Mike Heron, Jesse Winchester.
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