BETTE DAVIS AND THE BALCONETTES
The main focus of the band was Sam Ingleson - vocals, Tracy Rees - bass, Brian Percival - guitar and Eugene Wolstenholme - farfisa organ. Our drummers included, an american psychopath, sean, caroline, kate from polythene and joe robinson at various times.
We released 4 singles and an EP on Baby Boom, Damaged Goods and Slampt between 1996 and 98:
Paul Power T-Shirt / Shopping on the Internet (pictured)
0898 / I just wanna be your moog
Shergar / White Food
Celebrity Fuckers / God of Hate / Feed my ego / Like me be my friend
Big Pussy Sound / Surf Surf Kill Kill
We recorded various radio sessions including a John Peel session (John Peel played pencils alongside 'Shergar' as hoof noises)
John Peel Festive Fifty entry at number 15 I think, Single of the Week in Melody Maker, Single of the month - Record Collector, Single of the Year on Radio Lancs 'on the wire' show. Radio debut on Radio 4. Two singles recorded at Lisa Stanfields studio... yes, we have sat on the same toilet as Dionne Warwick.
We also played at the last ever night of Leeds superclub Vague...introduced thus.... "this is our last night, Im sick of it, here is punk rock you fuckers..."
Our gigs were chaotic - either great or rubbish. We played Manchester less than London, Glasgow, Newcastle and Brighton where we had a big fan base. Manchester in the mid 90s was a bit like an Oasis demo tape....
The people who supported us in Manchester can be counted on 1 hand.
Do yourselves a favour - ignore Manchester music as it is told by most people. It is smug and irrelevant and the same people are STILL around as when we were going, telling the same tired stories they always told for the same tired reasons.... money, career, ego.