Coventry Automatics

(Coventry, West Midlands summer 77 – Jun 78)
originally called The Hybrids, The Automatics, later became Special AKA / The Specials (Jun 78-81)

 

 

 

 

 

Official Pre-79 Releases;

Other Pre-79 Recordings;

Demo recorded Dec 77
Tracks: Dawning of a New Era, Jaywalking, Too Much Too Young, Little Bitch

Demo recorded spring 78
Tracks: Blank expression, Concrete jungle, Dawning of a new era, It’s up to you, Jay walker, Little bitch, Look but don’t touch, Raquel, Nite klub, Rock and roll nightmare, Stupid marriage, Too much too young, Wake up

 

Further Information;

http://www.petedaviesdrums.co.uk/about-us
https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-s/specials
https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventrypart2/home/coventry-automatics
http://www.boredteenagers.co.uk/HYBRIDS.htm

Line ups:

“unnamed band”
c76/77
Jerry Dammers (keyb/drms/voc)
Horace Panter (bass)
Neol Davies (gtr)
Chuck Elliot (gtr)
Charles Bembridge (bass/drms)

Hybrids / Automatics #1
July – Dec 77
Tim Strickland (voc)
Jerry Dammers (keyb)
Lynval Golding (gtr)
Horace Panter (bass)
Silverton Hutchinson (drms)

Automatics #2
Dec 77 – Feb 78
Jerry Dammers (keyb)
Lynval Golding (gtr)
Horace Panter (bass)
Silverton Hutchinson (drms)
Terry Hall (voc)

Automatics #3 / Coventry Automatics
Feb – Jun 78
Jerry Dammers (keyb)
Lynval Golding (gtr)
Horace Panter (bass)
Silverton Hutchinson (drms)
Terry Hall (voc)
Roddy Radiation (gtr)

Specials #1
Jun – Dec 78
Jerry Dammers (keyb)
Lynval Golding (gtr)
Horace Panter (bass)
Silverton Hutchinson (drms)
Terry Hall (voc)
Roddy Radiation (gtr)
Nevile Staples (voc)

Specials #2
Dec 78 –
Jerry Dammers (keyb)
Lynval Golding (gtr)
Horace Panter (bass)
John Bradbury (drms)
Terry Hall (voc)
Roddy Radiation (gtr)
Nevile Staples (voc)

Lynval Golding & Silverton Hutchinson are ex-Pharoah’s Kingdom (76)
John Bradbury is also in Hardtop 22 and later Transposed Men
Horace Panter is ex-Ricky’s Band (74-75) & Breaker
Roddy (Byers) Radiation & Jerry Dammers are ex-Gristle (70-71), Jerry Dammers is also ex-Cissy Stone Soul Band,
Roddy Byers also ex-Roddy Radiation & the Wild Boys
Terry Hall is ex-The Squad
Silverton Hutchinson later in Machine, The End, Lynval Golding is ex-Ray King Soul Band
Neol Davies later in The Selecter
Chuck Elliot is later in Side Effect
Charles Bembridge is ex-Pharoah’s Kingdom, later in Hard Top 22, Selecter

 

Gigography (up to end 78, Incomplete)
Automatics
10/77      Heath Hotel, Coventry (1st gig)
17/12/77 Mr George’s, Coventry
03/01/78 Locarno, Coventry
31/01/78 Locarno, Coventry
23/02/78 Hand on Heart Inn, Coventry
28/02/78 Locarno, Coventry
07/03/78 Locarno, Coventry
19/03/78 Locarno, Coventry (?)
26/03/78 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
30/04/78 Barbarella’s, Birmingham
01/05/78 Barbarella’s, Birmingham
11/05/78 Mayfair Suite, Birmingham
Specials
08/06/78 Nashville Rooms, Kensington, London
28/06/78 Friars (Maxwell Hall), Aylesbury
29/06/78 Queen’s Hall, Leeds
30/06/78 Top Rank, Sheffield
01/07/78 Granby Hall, Leicester
02/07/78 Apollo Theatre, Manchester
03/07/78 Rafters, Manchester
04/07/78 Apollo, Glasgow
05/07/78 Music Hall, Aberdeen
06/07/78 Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline
07/07/78 Deeside Leisure Centre, Chester
08/07/78 Crawley Sports Centre
09/07/78 Locarno, Bristol
10/07/78 Town Hall, Torquay
11/07/78 Top Rank, Cardiff
12/07/78 Top Rank, Birmingham
13/07/78 Empire Theatre, Liverpool (*)
13/07/78 King George’s Hall, Blackburn
14/07/78 Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmunds
15/07/78 Picketts Lock Sports Centre, Edmonton (*)
21/07/78 Eric’s, Liverpool
22/07/78 Eric’s, Liverpool
24/07/78 Music Machine, Camden High St, London
25/07/78 Music Machine, Camden High St, London
26/07/78 Music Machine, Camden High St, London
27/07/78 Music Machine, Camden High St, London
08/09/78 Eric’s, Liverpool
10/78      Paris
03/11/78 Birmingham Polytechnic
(?) = noted but some uncertainty with date, venue or whether band played
(*) = band originally booked but did not appear, gig cancelled and/or date moved
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