24th May, 2017

Music Matters column by Pete Chambers: Were you of an impressionable age in 1980s?

Correspondent 17th Mar, 2017

Those who were of a impressionable age in the 1980s would surely have heard of a band called Gods Toys, they created something of a stir on the local scene and beyond.

So understandably. when their front Man Dill (Stephen Davies), formed a new band, you can bet all eyes were on them.

The band were called “i”.

Their gigs took on the guise of a quasi-religion ceremony (including face painting on stage and their very original I-Society fan club). Dressed in white robes Dill and drummer Rick Medlock, Guitarist Chris Hull, Dave Pepper and Rex Brough on bass and Cello would, on stage, run through a hymn sheet of delights, such as Sanctus, Life Is For Living, The Birth, Iconoclast and their first and only single “i”. The single was as powerful as anything I have ever heard, with its opening lines of, I am glorious, I am wise I am I, and I for the eyes. The great Paul Johnston replaced Rick Medlock (and later Rob Hill), while Dave Pepper left to be replaced by Colin Kiddy. Dill in his pursuit of perfection was to turn “i” into a kind of weird disco combo (much to my annoyance at the time).

Giving the religious theme the heave-ho replacing it with percussive African-based rhythms.

Well, fast forward out of the pending gloom on 1982, it’s now time to re-live it all again.

As Dill has dragged “i” out into the light in the shape of an eleven-track CD entitled “i”.Tunes 1981 – 1983″ .

Mastered masterfully at The Cage Studios by Attrition’s Martin Bowes, the CD is a snapshot in time.

Okay with my muso anorak on I’m a little miffed that the lead-in line of the track “i” Am “i”, is without the words “Let It Begin” – words I am so use to hearing.

That tiny “why did I even have to mention it” moment is forgotten, when you suddenly realise the band you loved back then sound in many ways even better in hindsight.

With the epic track “Crown Of Life” worth the cost of the CD alone, this was a band that were in a perpetual state of flux.

Maybe that hindered them a little back then, now their changeling music and sessions at the dressing-up box, probably make more sense.

Well you decide – their CDs are available exclusively at The Coventry Music Museum and downloads are available at the your usual download sites.

“Keep the Dream Alive”

I had the honor last week to be invited to Steve and Heather Taylor’s studio to sing on their brand new song “Keep the Dream Alive”.

The couple have written many hit records and have a place on The Coventry Music Wall of Fame. Though to Sky Blue fans it’s their composition “Go For It”, they are best remembered for.

Thirty years ago City did the unthinkable and won the FA Cup, and now under very different conditions, the team has booked a Wembley spot again. So it was obvious The Taylors would be asked to do another song.

Steve said of the song: “Can I point out this is NOT a remake of “Go For it”, it’s a new song.

“Heather and I love Coventry City and we’re proud of everyone who has contributed, the song will be available very soon.

It’s a terrace-tastic cracker of a sing-a-long song, with lots of City fans singing on it. It even references Kings big hit “Love & Pride”, so let’s hope it works its Cov magic again for the Sky Blues on the day.

Pete Chambers BEM