Friday, 9 May 2014

REWIND: World Of Twist - 'Sons Of The Stage'

Here's an interesting band who were ahead of their time in many ways. I first heard their name mentioned in a book about Oasis, which I bought back in 1996. So it's odd that in a lot of ways I have known of World Of Twist for 18 years, and especially odd that I only got into their music a year or two ago. This came about after Beady Eye covered 'Sons Of The Stage' in 2011, and an issue of MOJO magazine featured BBC 6Music DJ Marc Riley raving about how their 'Quality Street' album changed his life. So off I went to investigate, and was very impressed by the album after I streamed it online. I put it on my "to buy" list, but never expected to find a copy of it at a car boot sale for £1! One of my all time favourite finds. 

Bizarrely, the group was founded by James Fry, the younger brother of ABC's Martin Fry. The original line-up of the band formed in Sheffield, but after a few personnel changes, relocated to Manchester. After settling on an established line-up in 1989, they released a demo tape the following year, and a recording contract with Circa Records followed. The band's live show and Radio 1 sessions for John Peel and Mark Goodier, and the first two singles raised expectations, but the debut album met with little critical or commercial acclaim at the time. Afterwards the band started work on a follow up album, but problems emerged when frontman Tony Ogden decided he no longer wanted to sing. With creative differences within the band getting out of hand, World Of Twist split in 1992. Members of the band went on to form Earl Brutus, and more recently, The Pre-New. Tony Ogden died on 26 July 2006 on the verge of a return to the music industry with new band Bubblegum Secret Pop Explosion. He was 44. 



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