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Sunday 14 February 2016

The Tremblers - Wouldn't I (1980)

b/w - She Was Something Else

Great tunes from Ex- Herman's Hermits Peter Noone's Powerpop / New Wave foray.

Peter Noone (Voc, Bass, Guitar, keys)
George Conner (Guitar, Voc)
Gregg Inhofer (Guitar, Keys, Voc)
Mark Browne (Bass) Replaced by Randy Rice
Robert Williams (Drums, Voc) Ex The Pop

August '78 - After leaving the Hermits and spending some time in  Europe, Noone moved to Los Angeles to drum up a new recording deal. Whilst there, he was asked to do a song for the new soundtrack of a movie titled "We're All Crazy Now". (He was to star alongside Joan Jett and the Runaways as  their road manager, unfortunately Joan was taken ill during the shooting and the film never came out) - Noone did however appear in another film: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", where he and a cast of thousands were seen in the grand finale singing a medley of Beatles songs.
Noone decided to record the song "Steady Eddy" that he had co-written with producer/friend Roger Harris for "We're All Crazy Now". So he went into the studio with some of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers (Stan Lynch [drums], Mike Campbell [Guitar] and Ron Blair [Bass])
Noone took the tape to his friend Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, who in turn took it to CBS Records, as they had just offered him a label of his own. "Steady Eddy" was presented as being by a new L.A. group called The Dominators. The people at CBS jumped at the chance to sign the group.

Noone, then with the help of various people in the business got together a band that comprised of : Robert Williams on drums- ex-The Pop,
Gregg Inhofer on keyboards/guitar - ex- acid rock band Pepperfrog and had played on Bob Dylan's "Blood On the Tracks" LP,
Geo Conner on lead guitar - who had been with Tonio K. and also done some work for Dyan Diamond and Barbra Streisand, and finally
Mark Browne on bass, later replaced by ex-Eric Burdon and the Animals member, Randy Rice.
Peter Noone played guitar and handled the lead vocals.

L to R George, Randy, Peter, Gregg , Robert
In Feb '80 they changed their monicker to The Tremblers and started working on an album. It was produced by Noone himself in association with Bruce Johnston and Roger Harris.
On the recording sessions were such notables as John Ferrar, Dave Clark, Daryl Dragon, Phil Seymour, Kent Housman, Steve Allen and 3 Elton John veterans: Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone and Dee Murray plus again the 3 Heartbreakers: Lynch, Campbell and Blair. 
The Tremblers album, "Twice Nightly", was released in Sept 1980.
The Tremblers toured America, (their first tour as support act to the Beach Boys), and later flew to the UK and Europe for more gigs promoting the LP

In March '81 The Tremblers were back in the studio (Music Grinder Recording Studios in L.A), to record their second album for Johnston Records. Even though the group had a 5-album deal with Johnston, their follow-up album never came out, and the Tremblers disbanded at the end of the year.
Noone was offered a starring role as Frederic in a Gilbert & Sullivan comedy opera "The Pirates of Penzance" which toured throughout the US and visited all the major cities like Seattle, Chicago and Boston.
Noone also took the time to release his first solo album in March '82, titled "One of The Glory Boys". The album had been finished in Nov. '81, before the Tremblers farewell gig at the Forum, L.A. in December. Peter Noone and his session musicians, which included Randy Bishop, Carmine Appice, Art Wood, Jim Johnson, Steve Hunter and others too numerous to mention, had recorded 23 tracks, but the album was slimmed down to 9, with Spencer Proffer responsible for the production.

 45's (All 1980)
 Steady Eddy/Steady Eddy        Johnston Records USA    ZS9 9700 
 Steady Eddy/Maybe I'll Stay    Johnston Records USA    ZS9 9700 
 I'll Be Taking Her Out Tonight/I Screamed Anne        Epic Holland  EPC 8900    
 Steady Eddy/I Screamed Anne        Epic Holland    EPC 8930   
 Steady Eddy/ I Screamed Anne       Epic Spain    EPC 8930   
 Steady Eddy/I Screamed Anne        Epic UK    S EPC 8930    1 Aug
 Steady Eddy/I Screamed Anne        Epic Australia    ES 514    Sep
 Wouldn't I/She Was Something Else    Epic UK    S EPC 9319    7 Nov

LP - Twice Nightly
You Can’t Do That / Steady Eddy / She Was Something Else / I’ll Be Taking Her Out Tonight / Little Lover / I Screamed Anne / Wouldn’t I? / Dad Said / Maybe I’ll Stay / Green Shirt / Don’t Say It

According to Peter Noone the 1982 LP "One Of The Glory Boys" is actually the 2nd Tremblers LP as the entire band from the 1st LP are playing/writing on it. "Twice Nightly" sold so poorly that the folks at Johnston/CBS records felt it better to release the LP under the name of Peter Noone.

Sounds & Scans + Extras

BTW - If anyone has Twice Nightly can they send me a link