The Records l-r Huw Gower, John Wicks, Will
Phil Brown, New York State, 1979.
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Welcome to therecords.com - the
home of The Records 1978-1982
and John Wicks founded The Records in 1978. Will thought of the name in the bathtub. Influences
included Big Star, The Raspberries, Blue Ash, Badfinger,
Stealers Wheel and the Beatles' Revolver LP. Will and
John immediately wrote 11 songs including Teenarama, Up All
Night and Held Up High. They advertised in Melody
Maker and located Phil Brown (bass) and Huw Gower (guitar).
In 1978 The Records joined the Be Stiff tour as backing
group for Rachel Sweet. They recorded the 45 Starry
Eyes and signed to Virgin Records. Their debut album
Shades In Bed (aka 'The Records') helped to establish their
reputation, particularly in the USA, where Starry Eyes was a
minor hit. They toured with Joe Jackson, opened for
The Cars in Central Park and played their own headline shows
with the likes of the dB's and The Rubinoos in support.
In 1980 Jude Cole (ex Moon Martin) joined the group in time
for their second album, Crashes, featuring Hearts In Her
Eyes, a song Will and John originally wrote for The
Searchers. A third album, Music On Both Sides, was
recorded in 1981. The Records disbanded in 1982.
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