Hersham

 

 

   

What's It All About / Kidz Next Door

Catalogue Number - KT 17492

Label - Warner Brothers Records

Year Of Release - 1979

 

ROBBIE PURSEY - LEAD VOCALS ANGUS HOPE WYNNE - GUITAR
GRANT FLEMMING - BASS PETER WOODLEY - DRUMS

 

Not to much is known about this band apart from it featured Jimmy Pursey's younger brother 'Robbie' on vocals and 'Grant Fleming' who was one of the earliest London youths to pick up on the Mod Revival movement that eventually swept through-out Britain in late '78. A hardcore Jam fan of the time and went everywhere to watch them and was one of the main organisers in getting up crews together to follow them abroad. His love of football, especially West Ham would see him join the notorious "Inter City Firm" or ICF in short and recently seen on TV talking openly about these days.

The band were one of three to sign to 'Warner Brothers' and were classed under the name of "Pursey's package". This name was given as Jimmy Pursey was allowed to sign three bands, 'Kidz Next Door', 'Long Tall Shorty' & 'The Low Numbers'. All of which were given a one single deal with 'Warner Brothers'. They also went out on the road and gigged under the name of 'Pursey's Package' but never had any real impact. They did go out on tour as a support band to 'The Cockney Rejects' but the tour was dogged with much violence due to the kind of fans that the Rejects attracted. (See Garry Bushell's page http://www.garry-bushell.co.uk/oi/index.asp).

 

Sadly, the band only released one great single in 1979 and has been described over the years as a Punked-up version of The Hollies.

 

   

Above is the original double sided 7" acetate that was at the "Utopia" Studio in 1979. You'll notice that the A-Side title is different to the final released version but it is the same track and they just chose a different line from the song. Also the bands name is misspelt!

 

 

Lyrics to 'What's It All About"

 

The above snippet appeared in "Sounds" on 15th September 1979.

 

Above is an original gig flyer for the "F-Club" at Brannigans, Leeds from Thursday 28th February 1980.

 

Above is an original gig ticket from "Routes", Exeter from Wednesday 5th March 1980.

 

The above snippet appeared in "Sounds" on 26th April 1980.

 

Above is an original gig ticket from the "Ajanta Theatre", Derby from Saturday 14th June 1980.

 

Above is an original A5 Gig Flyer for Saturday 19th July 1980 from the "Electric Ballroom", London.

 

Above is an original A5 Gig Flyer for Tuesday 9th December 1980 from the "Pied Bull", Islington, London.

 

The above Gig listing shows the band playing at The Starlight, West Hampstead, London NW6 on  Monday 29th June 1981

 

The above Gig listing shows the band playing at Clarendon, Hammersmith, London NW6 on Monday 13th July 1981

 

The above Gig listing shows the band playing at The Starlight, West Hampstead, London NW6 on  Tuesday 28th July 1981

 

The above Gig listing shows the band playing at Moonlight Club, West Hampstead, London NW6 on  Monday 10th August 1981

 

The above gig advert from Wednesday 5th August 1981 for the "101 Club", Clapham appeared in the 'Melody Maker' on August 1st 1981

 

The above gig advert from Wednesday 5th August 1981 for the "101 Club", Clapham appeared in the 'Melody Maker' on August 8th 1981

 

The above gig advert from Tuesday 27th October 1981 for the "100 Club", London appeared in the 'NME' on 24th October 1981

 

 

 

Gary Brice, Grant Flemming, Buddy Ascott, Tania Holmes, Billy Hassett & Chris Pope.

The Chords at the 'Concorde 2', Brighton in the late 90s. Grant Fleming was drafted in to do the short tour of the UK as Martin Mason was    unavailable.

 

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Thanks to 'Hiroshi Suzuki' for the acetate scans.

 

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