The cast

Oral histories




'The first single I bought was "Angel Face",' remembers John Hughes, 'then "Remember" by the Rollers.' You can't argue with taste like that - even at ten, the kid clearly had his priorities sorted out. He even joined the Bay City Rollers Fan Club, which took some courage for a boy back in 1974, and organized a petition at school when Alan Longmuir left the band. He sent the document to Tam Paton, but it wasn't enough to keep Alan in the fold.

The Glitter Band and the Rollers having been thus established as favourites (John saw them both live in their commercial heyday, which is more than I ever did), he hasn't looked back. In the early 90s he formed FAB 208, a tongue-in-chic covers band that play mostly around Bristol, and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2002:

'We originally formed a band to do TV themes, to do like a parody of things like Double Deckers, Scooby Doo, but the problem with a lot of those songs is they're only a minute and a half and then you gotta make it to a three-minute song. We did about five gigs and it went really well, but it was hard work. So we thought we'll do a glam thing, but when we started out, there were a few bands in the Bristol area doing the obvious stuff - Gary Glitter, Sweet, Mud - so we thought we'd do the less obvious stuff. So we were doing the David Essex stuff, the Rollers, the Rubettes, the more Look-In type of band.'

I haven't seen them, but those I know who have insist that they're a wonderful live act. Check out their website from the Links page.

Eddie Amoo
Ken Andrew
Dave Bartram
Mike Batt
Wayne Bickerton
David Blaylock
Trevor Bolder
Jacko Boogie
Tony Burrows
Sally Carr
Tina Charles
David Courtney
Rob Davis
Richard Dodd
Patrick Doonan
Ray Dorset
Herbie Flowers
Ken Gold
Graham Gouldman
Dave Hill
Harvey Hinsley
John Hughes
Jim Irvin
Jimmy James
Steve Jones
Lorraine Kelly
Paul Layton
Les McKeown
Russell Mael
Johnny Moore
Mike Moran
Chris Norman
Bill Oddie
David Paton
Lyn Paul
Phil Pickett
Suzi Quatro
Chris Rae
Chris Redburn
Norman Rogerson
Ron Roker
John Rossall
Andy Scott
Eddie Seago
Mat Snow
Chris Spedding
John Springate
Ray Stiles
Alwyn W Turner
David Van Day
Phil Wainman
Johnny Wakelin
Jeff Wayne
Alan Williams
Pip Williams