The Spoons - History!
It all started in 1984 with Mark Carter (guitar & lead vox) and James Fowlds (drums) putting an ad in the local Bournemouth Advertiser for a bassist. The ad was answered by Martin "Budgie" Burden. The new 3 piece immediately started gigging under the name Cloud 10, and it was about 3 months before the band were joined by guitarist / singer / songwriter Hugo Slater, who was a good old friend of Mark's from previous bands. Cloud 10 suddenly had two songwriters, and started to sound very retro 60's with the blend of 2 different influences.
With a bit of a clash of personalities, (or should I say "musical differences"!?), James left, and was replaced by drummer Steve Garnett after long, tiresome auditions for drummers. Steve had an immediate impact on the spirits of the now "un-named" band, making rehearsals good fun with his and Hugo's madcap sense of humour.
The bands local watering hole was a
pub in Wimborne Road, Winton, called the Queen Victoria. This pub had the
world's smallest chapel in the back garden! (Honest!) The small bar in the
centre of the pub was a former "Gentlemen Only" bar called the "Glue
Pot". (This glorious old pub has since been demolished and replaced with
The Spoons first gig was at a nightclub
called Madisson Joe's, with Hugo Slater on lead vocals and guitar. They
went down, surprisingly, an absolute storm. From here, The Spoons began
to play regular slots at The Pinecliff in Southbourne through most of
Instantly fitting all expectations with his clean shaven looks, cord jacket, cravat and Hush Puppies, he became the new voice and face of The Spoons, and his brother, Marc Riley, became the live "Sound Engineer" at most gigs - ( Conrad Barr and John Maggs were also brilliant live sound engineers on various gigs ) - (Lighting was always done by Phil Acourt, who started with a plank and some bulbs and a couple of smoke pellets..! Crazy..! He is now one of the UK's top lighting companies!)
Lance & Marc Riley were formerly in local band called "Tails of the Riverbank", Marc being a brilliant bassist and Lance an incredibly poetic singer (with long hair, long beard, flute and bare feet, if I remember rightly from a gig I saw at The Moathouse..???)
Lance was also good at PR, something that the band seriously lacked, and with
a few of his contacts in the local press, turned his first appearance with
The Spoons at the Third Side Club into an absolute sell-out frenzy!
The "musical differences" within the band did not stop there, and after another couple of months, Mark Carter and Nick Wellstead both left the band, leaving just Hugo, Lance and Budgie.
Some have said that Hugo is such
a perfectionist, that he will stop at nothing to get the right sound and
the right players for his songs. His main idea now was to get the perfect
drummer, and after some time, he found Simon Courtney.
They took up the services of professional photographer and friend Mark Amor to be their manager and representitive in the interim, who did some outstanding shots of the band, one even getting published in the Melody Maker.! Then Mark Amor passed the baton to Julian "Marz" Marzalek and John "Jonjo" Power, who got us further established in London, and got the band some tasty merchandise. (Mars was showing the signs of being top management at such a young age, getting tapes to every A&R in London, meetings with producers, promoters etc...)
Never quite getting the final deal signed, the band were taken in by the,
then, owner of The Academy, Kelly.
The remaining Spoons, Lance and Budgie, tried changing the bands name to things like "Coloursound" and "G.L.O.W", drafting in Mark "Basha" Spiers on drums. This lasted another couple of years, until 1993 when this chapter of Bournemouth's music history finally ended.......