The music blog ‘This is Then’ – has come up with these photos of the group from an appearance at The Climax Club in Coventry on
5th November 1979. thisthen.co.uk/blog/
A clutch of new songs have been written – recording begins later this Summer. Among them are ‘ Girl Factory’ and ‘ Life’s Tough at
Aylesbury Grammar School’
The Disco Students are to play Friars Club, Aylesbury on Friday 23rd October as part of the club’s 40th birthday celebrations.
Stiff Little Fingers and Penetration are on the bill. Details at:
Prior to the Friars date, the group will be playing a number of other gigs. News will be posted here and at:
Out on CD in August – “Aylesbury Goes Flaccid” – the legendary compilation album that contains a track by the pre Disco Students group,
Aylesbury Goes Flaccid! – the compilation LP that pre Disco Students group The Haircuts were featured on is being released on CD next month.
Here’s the pre release information:
Back in 1978, as Punk was hitting its commercial peak, budding young entrepreneur Chris France was promoting local bands & gigs in the AYLESBURY area. These bands all wanted record deals, and one day Chris worked out that if 14 groups all agreed to buy 30 albums containing their track and 13 others, it would more than pay for itself (by all accounts he had to turn down Marillion, as they wouldn’t guarantee their 30 units!).
The portents looked promising: the album was favourably reviewed in Sounds and they were promised a review in NME. But when they went up to the NME offices with a couple of thugs hired from the Ugly Model Agency, and confronted Tony Parsons, they freaked, failed to see the funny side, and the LP was subsequently blackballed! (clearly, the Spirit of Punk was too much for the fearless NME!!).
Anyway, journo Kris Needs was the singer in the Vice Creems; The Man Ezeke went on to present a Reggae show on Radio 1; Pete Trewavas (later bassist with Marillion) played with Redwood; one of The Anal Surgeons became a GP, Wild Willy Barrett went on to team up with John Otway; Robins’ guitarist Robin Boult joined Mud; post-Punk writer/poet/Disco Student Simon Cheetham had been in The Haircuts; and Chris France went on to form Music Of Life Records. Aylesbury Rocks.
New line up for 2007
John Catlett has joined the DS on bass – he joins Kevin O’Brien , Jon Coles & Simon Cheetham.
Two London live dates : Friday 23rd February at The Dublin Castle, Camden.
Saturday 10th March at The Betsy Trotwood, Farringdon.
We have a track included on the new Rough Trade compilation – “Counter Culture 2006”
Details at www.roughtrade.com
The Disco Students start 2007 with a track on the new Rough Trade compilation – Counter Culture. The aptly titled “Rough Trade Song” has been chosen as one of the indie tracks of 2006. The CD is released in January.
To coincide with that release, the DS are preparing for a couple of live London dates. More news here soon.
I Beg To Differ – 24 track Double CD Out Now – Released August 2006
Details and how to buy – please visit the shop page.
“I Beg To Differ” is the title of The Disco Students retrospective CD – The CD contains 24 tracks – from 1979 right up to the present day.
Included is :
South Africa House
A Boy With A Penchant For Open Neck Shirts
There Is Nothing To Keep Us Here
Love Will Blow Up In Your Face
Letters Of The Alphabet
Helen Come Home
Tina Weymouth’s Smile
She Loves Me Like A Brother
King Of The Manchester Baggy Scene
Oh No, You’re Pregnant
Mark, What’s The Score?
Do You Remember L-L-Longwick?
My Black Girlfriend – 7 track EP – now available. Details and how to buy – please visit the shop page.
(Listen to these tracks)
“I Was A Teenage Disco Student” – 20 track CD featuring all the vinyl tracks, plus unreleased studio and live recordings – release date, early 2006.
Details here soon.
News of live dates for 2006 will be here soon.