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In the last 30 days the archive has grown by 48 new artefacts, 16 new members, 22 new people and places.


Joined 1st January 2008


Peter Wadsworth

Latest Discussion

“The owners of the building (which, of course, is now office space) are carrying out some repairs to the roof and front of the building and then giving it another lick of paint. They are very aware of the building's history and importance, hence their decision to resurrect the Strawberry name a few years ago.”
27 Aug 2010
“Thanks Sarah, you've every right to feel proud - the Gizmo is a great story, an unusual meeting of art and science and your dad played a big part in it :-)”
10 Jul 2010
“I'm afraid this is just a low-res scan of a paper copy of the patent. The t-shirt idea sounds good to me though :-)”
07 Apr 2010
“For the full article (plus many others), go to and check out the 'Articles' link”
18 Jan 2010
“Also, McCartney uses a gizmo on 'I'm Carrying' off the 'London Town' album.

The Listen Now track by Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has Lol Creme performing with the Gizmo. At the time, Manzanera said ""I was up in Manchester last week learning how to play the Gizmo and I really do think it's going to have a big influence on what I will be playing over the next few years, because you can do so many things with it - you just play chords and it sounds like whole string sections. It will be on the market next June, and it will have a great influence on a lot of guitarists over the next five years, it opens up so many new areas in music."

Unfortunately, he was wrong!!!!!”
04 Jul 2009
“Indeed, Peter Tattersall (studio co-founder and manager at the time) tells the nice story that Richard Carpenter spoke to him and asked if he could visit Strawberry and then added 'and can I bring my sister too?' as though she were some hanger-on!!!!!

One of the first Gizmo records is 10cc's 'Gismo My Way' a b-side to 'Wall Street Shuffle'. Plenty of others too on the 1974 10cc album 'Sheet Music'.”
04 Jul 2009
“I think the only lyric is 'Funky City' as this is more of an instrumental with the occasional 'Funky City' thrown in. And to be honest, I don't think Summerbee, Bell, Lee et al were singing either!!”
25 Mar 2009
“Indeed, as Eric Stewart said on the 1995 Radio 2 documentary on 10cc, "we started experimenting to see how many drum tracks we could get on one tape....after about 8 we realised there was a chant going on in the background, it was Lol abut 12 feet away from the drums just singing 'I'm A Neanderthal Man' to keep Kev in time on the kit. We forgot about it but we used to bang this up on the speakers to show how loud the speakers could go. Dick Leahy from Philips came in and said 'It sounds like a hit record, can we release it?”
23 Mar 2009
“Joy Division were named on the original draft but those deciding on the final wording had other ideas!”
14 Dec 2007

Bands / Artists added

Graham Gouldman 14 items
Lagos Lagoon Club Steel Band 1 item
Shep's Banjo Boys 1 item

Places added

Inter-City Studios, Stockport 3 items
Moss Side, Manchester 5 items
Nield And Hardy Music Store, Stockport 3 items
Yellow 2 Recording Studio, Stockport 3 items