YesSir! were the BOTW's party band in the mid '80s, performing a lively mix of irreverant blues covers and original material.They reformed in 2008, with three founder members fronting a new line-up, staying true to their roots, so you can check them out @ yessiruk.com - artefacts will deffinitely follow
I used to manage Yes Sir, while there was a permanent core to the band, there was also a huge turnover of other musicians, particularly horn players. Amongst those who served were Reni, who did one gig with the band and Sylvan Richardson, who went on to join Simply Red.
They were very much a Blues Brothers type of act covering classic blues and soul numbers. They toured all over the UK and in Europe. They released one single, a cover of the Tom Waites song, Heart Attack and Vine, recorded at Revolution studios in Cheshire with Mick Brophy from the Cheaters producing. At their height they were pulling audiences of several hundred but when they slimmed down to a five piece and started doing their own material the audience dwindled away.
A couple of years ago the band reformed with original members, Dean Frost on vocals and Nick Clarke on guitar.
I don't remember Reni playing with us, but it's YOUR memory I have to doubt, John, when you talk about the audiences "dwindled away" (and, as far as I recall we only "slimmed down" to a six-peice) ...did you go to band on the wall for the final gigs, or were you one of the crowd outside that couldn't get in? :)
One night Sylvan appeared at my flat and said "Ive got a job for you" and proceeded to show me a load of songs for a band he needed cover on. As I waited for Yes Sir to pick me up for my first gig with them (cant remember if it was Stoke or Stafford) I was watching the Wogan Show and on came Simply Red with Sylvan and all became clear. I played guitar on at least 3 "last ever" Yes Sir gigs, the last one being at the RNCM student bash. Neil did his crab walk from the dressing room..onto the dance floor...back to the dressing room all backwards. Ha ha....