The Glitter Band History -Page 6
Although the Rock Circus tour sadly didn't enjoy the success that it should have done, this new Glitter Band line up remained to support Gary. It became evident through numerous enjoyable soundchecks that the band were getting a great buzz out of playing together and they felt that they should get some gigs arranged for themselves. The band started doing their own gigs again in July 1982, hitting venues such as the Marquee in London, with Tony as lone drummer.
Pete Phipps was not involved in the Glitter Band’s gigs at this time, but had returned to the Glitter fold the previous September to replace Terry Popple at Gary’s gigs when his other work allowed, Pete was in and out of the line up for Gary’s gigs due to his successful involvement with bands such as the Eurythmics, Mike Rutherford, XTC, Hugh Cornwall, The Stranglers and Roger Chapman (formerly of `Family`).
A song that Gerry and John had written together in 1982 called 'Heartbeat To Heartache’ turned out to be a popular choice for Gerry, John, Tony, Brian, and Eddy to record. It was fortunate for the band that Springy had his own studio, so John naturally did the honours on producing the track and its b-side, another Shephard/Springate composition ‘I Don’t Want To See You Tonight’, and they then persuaded ex Slade Manager, Chas Chandler, to release it in October on his Cheapskate label. Once more, the song didn't unfortunately receive any airplay. A little later, some extra backing vocals were later added to ‘Heartbeat To Heartache’ for an Australian single release. However, it did not fare any better than in the UK.
Interestingly, also in 1982, another punk band, the Outcasts, decided to record and release Angel Face as a single.
Early in 1983, the band were invited at about this time to appear on two TV shows; 'Unforgettable' and 'Greatest Hits', to remind the public of their songs and to let them know that they were back together.
In 1984, a company called Autograph were putting together a series of cassette only releases of many artist’s work. The Glitter Band were invited to be one of the bands included. The concept was for the band to record some new versions of their hits and to add some new tracks.
They re-recorded some of their hits to avoid copyright restrictions and they turned out excellently. John had been producing a band called the Passion Puppets and this led to John and Pete writing with Ray Burniston of the band. They wrote and recorded some excellent tracks such as ‘Halfway To Hitchcock’, ‘I Must Be Crazy’ and ‘Bring Back The Night’. The resulting cassette album was released under the title of ‘Greatest Hits’ late in 1984.
By 1985 Pete had permanently returned to the band replacing Tony, who initially bowed out of playing Glitter Band gigs and then eventually those with Gary also, to concentrate on his own producing and concert PA projects. Brian Jones also then took his leave from the band’s gigs to concentrate on other projects but carried on playing as part of The Glitter Band with Gary.
The four piece Glitter Band of Gerry, Pete, John and Eddy Spence were determined to get some further material released as they were getting exceptional receptions from their audiences. Gerry and John were doing some writing and a few songs soon found their way into the live set. It was eventually decided that a live album should be recorded to capture the power and attraction of the band as live artists. The legendary Marquee in London was chosen as the venue and on 28th April 1985 the gig was recorded to tape, along with a some promo video footage. The resultant recording certainly captured the energy, the musicianship and the enjoyment that the band had when performing on stage.
John found himself getting increasingly busy with his recording and producing work and had already released some further solo singles, ’A Song For Christmas’ and ‘My Life’. In June 1985, John decided to stop working with Gary as he had been experiencing 'difficulties' working with Gary and his management. Roger Saunders, a previous guitarist and landlord of Gary’s, stepped in on bass with Gary, however, John continued playing with the Glitter Band for their own gigs.
Record company, Polo who had released the single, ‘Until The Next Time’ in 1981 decided to re-release it again in July 1985. But regrettably, this met with no success again.