P.D , Dave and Steve started Dick Smith and the Dole Q at the Post Office in Wallasey Village in early 1978 …..
my brother passed on a message from P.D that he was looking for a rhythm guitarist …. viv …. a brilliant drummer helped us out at first to get started … he couldn’t join …. he was a real working drummer so needed to earn a living …. we did some demo tapes just for the fun of it with help from Kev Roberts , Rob Fennah and Pete Leah from the pop band “Buster” , they had a TEAC 4 Track Reel to Reel tape deck … Toni Izzard played some sax on the tracks they were great at the time , Body Heat , Pyramid Song , Lady Elanor , Dreams , Silent Road …. spent lots of time getting wrecked listening over and over debating it all …..
the first gig was straight away supporting the ID at the fort perch rock at someones party …. there was no stage everyone was on the same level in a tiny room … but it was a good start … the ID later became OMD with help from a 4 Track TEAC …….
The fort Perch Rock looked like a great place to do an outdoor gig so we did just that on August 4th 1978 playing along a thin walkway only wide enough for a person to stand on … but it was great ….. i remember hearing this crazy clicking sound in every song and later sussed it was coming from Steves bass pickup … so later on that night once wrecked … it was grabbed and dropped in the bin ……. Steve looked in shock and just laughed …. we got a new bass guitar ….
The band needed to find a new place to practice … and ended up at my brothers house …. This place had been used by bands before , whichwood, belladonna , the 198 band and now dick smith band …. dropped the dole Q
The walls in one of the rooms were padded with mattresses so we could rehearse without hassle … the band started to get cancellation gigs first at the Dale in Wallasey and Erics in Liverpool … viv was still drumming at this point …. there was a band called Scharnhorst with a great drummer Steve Swift …. viv approached these as Steve was about to leave and he ended up joining us. Once Steve was in the band we started rehearsing full time…. Swifty is a great drummer … this meant that the rest of us improved rapidly !! ending up with a really tight rhythm section … P.D had an idea to rent out a church hall … print tickets … and do a gig … so we did .. St Luke’s was one of the first. By the end of 1978 we were playing regularly ready for more ….