The Moochers playing at the "Band of the Year" contest at Cloud Nine in 1986.
We came second to a band called "Well Said That Man" One of the group members auntie happened to be working behind the bar on the night of the competition.
The contest ended in a "tie break" and surprise of surprises it was then hastily decided by the organisers to let an unassociated person, ie; a non fan/supporter of the bands to choose the winner and so the "auntie" was elected to cast the tie breaker vote.
Guess who won that compo! They got to record a single as the 1st prize which didnt unduly bother us as we had just recorded our first single anyway.
Our runners up prize was a video shoot performing............read,....... miming to our new single..........so it was a minor victory in a way as we already had a record out.
The winners also (temporarily) helped themselves to two of our guitars immediately after the gig and upon being forcibly apprehended by several Moochers fans when leaving the venue they returned the guitars claiming that their roadcrew thought the instruments were theirs lol!
Moochers line up;
Joey Salmon Drums, backing vocals
Mel Lenahan; Guitars, lead and backing vocals
Stuart Lyons; Bass, backing vocals
Les Murphy; lead vocals
Gary Mcnamara; keyboards, guitars, vocals
Honoury mention; Steve Tabin, guitar virtuoso, genius and all round good guy and an inspiration to all of us.