Portsmouth music scene

Portsmouth Record Labels

Checkpoint

Tony Porter was listed at 8/9 Bellvue Terrace, Southsea. This was also known as the Checkpoint Cafe in the early 1960's. He was a guitarist who began to 'manage' groups, run dances and recorded demos of some of them on his own 'Checkpoint' record label.
After a number of successful years he moved to Australia in the late 1960's .
There are two known 'releases' but they were not numbered and likely to have been recorded for publicity purposes?
Frank Kelly and Crestas recorded the Carl Mann song "Island of Love" and "I'd like to be".
Johnny Rocco and Gary and Lee with the Paramounts recorded, Heartbeat, Lotta Lovin', Baby blue, Now it's time to fall in love.
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The Hayling Studio.
This was owned and run by David Ruffell, and was set up in about 1968. It moved to Worthing, W Sussex, in 1969 or 1970 under the name ‘Saturn Sound Studio’ and was subsequently sold to Adam Sieff (of the Marks & Spencer family) when it became ‘Pebble Beach Studio’ for a time. It has since closed down.

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Apparemntly Gee Kenny was the Entertainment Manager at Sinah Warren around 70/71 and left there to head up Warners operation in Yugoslavia. also The Furys became Blue Sand in 1967 timeframe with me (Pete White on guitar) colin Marchant Rhythm, Bryan Baker bass and Stu Savage on drums then The Colours around 1970 same people with Colin then added Ray Baker in 1972.

Johnny Gordon and Brian Price ran DMF Studios at Denmead on the corner of Craigstone Road and Hambldon Road. The building is now demollished.

Watershed Studio in the 1980's in St Mary's Road Fratton, and in the 1990's just below Fratton Bridge.

What happened to all those master tapes? Lost? Shame!

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It’s “Don’t Blame Me” by Johnny Dankworth and Don Rendell. Rendell was the sax player who employed an alto saxophonist in his modern jazz outfit, around 1960/1962 called Graham Bond.

So far, so good but the address is ALAN BROWN RECORDING, ARUNDEL STREET. Bandleader Johnny Lyne had a music shop in Arundel Street but does anyone know about this? The only Alan Brown I knew of back then was a Scottish wing-half (ah, wing halves!) in the Pompey team that won promotion 1961/2.

The ‘Kelly’s Directory of Portsmouth’ for 1958 shows number 26, Arundel street as being Chain Libraries Ltd. then comes Surrey Street, (almost opposite the old Mecca), then number 40 as being a tobacconist, where U-Need-Us now is, so it looks like the building that was number 35 was lost during World War 2. At number 269, Arundel St. was a business called Recording Machines Ltd. that may have been a studio relocated from number 35, or it may have been something entirely different? Johnny Dankworth’s ‘Don’t Blame Me’ was recorde on October 14th 1950 in London. The Portsmouth recording must have been a ‘recording-off ‘ (an early version of an illegal download?)!!’ The personnel was :- Johnny Dankworth(as), Don Rendell(ts), Jimmy Deucher(trp), Eddie Harvey(tb), Bill le Sage(p), Joe Muddel (bass), and Tony Kinsey(drm). Vocals were by Frank Holder, who replaced Marion Williams. Our old mate Tony Kinsey seems to crop up on so many different recordings and was probably the most regular drummer for Johnny Dankwoth.

In the1939-1940 Kelly’s Directory there is an entry under Music and Musical Instrument Warehouses and Dealers :- Barkers, 31, Arundel Street, Landport. This seems too much of a coincidence for there not to be a connection between two music-related businesses being next door neighbours.

From Chris Harvey
The Allan Brown Studio was situated in Arundel Street, approximately where Wilkinson’s now stands. It was essentially a radio equipment and repair shop with the recording facilities in a room at the rear of the shop. Everything seemed a bit of a jumble with bits of equipment all over the place (an Aladdin’s Cave for radio enthusiasts)
I’m not sure for what reason we decided to make the recording or the cost, but it couldn’t have been too expensive as we wouldn’t have had much spare cash being young apprentices.
I remember the four of us being guided into the room at the back of the shop and told to sing into a rather large microphone, while Mr. Brown was in the corner twiddling with various controls to get the right balance. I don’t think he was particularly interested in music but more in the technical side of the whole thing.
We made a double-sided recording; side one being “the Jimmy Brown Song” and on the reverse “Oh Mein Papa” (both unaccompanied). I think this dates it to 1953.
I believe the record is still around after 60 yrs and is in the hands of Brian Muggeridge’s widow – unfortunately with whom I have no contact. I hope my recollections have been of some help – by the way there’s no way Johnny Dankworth would have got his band in that studio !
Regards, Chris.

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The Bucket Label Discography

Arnold Gutbucket
A: POMPEY (We're gonna be there agian), (Birmingham)
B: LOSING SONG No-one can ask anymore, (Birmingham)
C:WINNING SONG We won today, (Birmingham)
Bucket UKI BUCK 001 7"

Jim Berry
Songs For The Fair
A1: Love Rocker, (Berry)
A2: Roundabout Boogie, (Berry)
B1: Heart To Heart, (Berry)
B2: Looking For Love, (Berry)
Bucket UK BUCK 002 1981 EP

Geoff Davis
Looking For A Rainbow
A1: First Of May, (Barry Gibb / Maurice Gibb / Robin Gibb)
A2: Sometimes When We Touch, (Dan Hill)
B1: Over The Rainbow, (Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" Harburg)
B2: I Beleive In People, (Birmingham)
Bucket UK BUCK 003 1982 EP

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BUCK 004

Arnold Gutbucket And Humphrey Camelfoot
A: Mary Rose, (Birmingham)
B: C'mon Down To Hoagy's, (Birmingham)
Bucket UK BUCK 005 7"

BUCK 006

Arnold Gutbucket
A: Up At Earls Court, (Birmingham)
B: Come Drink Some Rum To A Sailors Life No More, (Birmingham)
Bucket UK BUCK 007 1985 7"

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Possibly the forerunner of Bucket Records?
AH Records, (Arnold/Humphrey?

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ARNOLD GUTBUCKET BAND "CHURCH STREET" RARE 1978 LP TOULOUSE LAUTREC ANNIVERSARY SONG I WANNA BE LIKE YOU MOTHER WHAT'LL I DO NOW ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD FIELD GUN CREW

THE I'VE GOT NO CAUSE TO SING THE BLUES BLUES MY MAMMY ANTISEPTIC C&W SONG I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT I'M SO SCRAWNY SMILE

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AH002
6 TRACK FEATURING
I DON'T LIKE YOUR'S MUCH,
HUMPH'S INTERLUDE,
FIELD GUN CREW,
SMOKE GOES UP MY NOSE,
ARNOLD'S LOVE SONG
LEANING ON A LAMPOST LIVE VERSION

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Back Bite!

Portsmouth own record label of the late 1980

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Bite Back! 002

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1986
Against The Tide: Portsmouth: A Compilation. (Bite Back! 003).
(Tape) Compiled in 1985 by Claire Davies and Ian Binnington. Tapes remastered 1985 by Steve Hoff at The Crystal Studios. Released: January 1986.
Side One: Cool Dizzys Playhouse: All That Jazz (Meets Jumping Jive). Rebel Truce: Best Years. Emptifish: Ain't Home. The Bridesmaids: Raining. The Gladhouse: Firefly. A Motion Industry: Ignorance Is Bliss. Twelve 88 Cartel: Blue Sun. The Script: Life At The North Pole. All We Desire: Wheel Of Fortune. Cranes: Vegetate. Sound System: System Breakdown. House Of Cards: Vacuum Years. Paul Groovy And The Pop Art Experience: Tune In, Turn On, Trip Out. E-Coli: Maybe It's Your Eyes.
Side Two: The Kingbeats: Boppin'And Blowin'. Renaldo & the Loaf: Green Candle. Radical Dance: Working Is The Bribery Way. The 15th: The Marble Shire. Flag For Sunrise: Flag For Sunrise. Secret Corners: Goodbye Smoketown. Treble X: So Happy. The Psylons: Separate Ways. Red Letter Day: Tomorrow Today. Ad-Nauseam: Squealer. Leigen: Parties. Picture Book: Scarlet Everywhere. Uncle Ian: Cinema Fly. Dark Ravens of Dance: Entranced.

Twelve 88 Cartel
We Encourage Resistance. (Tape). Bite Back!. BB!004.
Turn It On/The Nation's Great Crusade/Last Day/Kickback/High Rise/Flags On A Hill/ Short Wave Warefare/Fall!/Deadlock/Blue Sun /Against The Wall/ Barriers/Turning
Round And Out. Recorded in Portsmouth and Gosport.

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Bite Back! 006

Uncle Ian
Going Ape In The Optics Factory. (Tape). Bite Back! BB!007. Urban Picnic pt1 /Blancmange/Nightwalker/Sanctuary pt1 pt3/Spring/Paradise/Fly/ Spontaneity/Cinema Fly.
Recorded in Portsmouth.

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Cranes
Fuse. (Tape). Bite Back! BB008.
Pillow Panther/Fuse/Valentine/Gas-ring/Things That I like/Wrench/Fracture.
Recorded at Fame Evil, Portsmouth.

Radical Dance
Rhino Skin/Survive The Day. (7"). Bite Back! BB!009.
Recorded in Portsmouth.

Paul Groovy And The Pop Art Experience
Let's Crash The Blue Bus! (Tape). Bite Back! BB!O10.
Andy Watch Out!/Hypnotised/Sceptical Slide/Alice In Wonderland/Something's Happening Today/Secret Diary */Tune In Turn On Trip Out/Take Away The Pain.
Recorded at The Crystal Studios by Steve Hoff, except * in taped in Master Groovy's kitchen, Fratton.

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Twelve 88 Cartel
Sweating Furore (7" EP). Bite Back! BB!011
Dying For Money/The Method/Barriers.
Recorded in Portsmouth.

Paul Groovy And The Pop Art Experience
Andy Watch Out!lTake Away The Pain. (7"). Bite Back! BB!012

Recorded by Steve Hoff at The Crystal Studios.

Steve Austin
Music From The Withered Orange Tree. (Tape). Bite Back! BB!013

Recorded by Steve Hoff at The Crystal Studios.

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Make Ready For Revelation. Bite Back! Sampler. (Bite Back! BB!014).
Tape Mastering 1987 Steve Hoff of The Crystal Studios. Side One: Paul Groovy and the Pop Art Experince: Something's Happening Today Radical Dance: Putting Up With The Don't Care Blues. Cranes: Nothing At The Middle Nothing At The End. The Bushbabies: Julia
Side Two: Twelve 88 Cartel: Kickback. Strange Men With Guns: Restaurant. Steve Austin: It's A Hot World. Uncle Ian: Hydrofoil

1988
Twelve 88 Cartel
Maxim. (Mini-LP). Bite Back! BB!015.
Ego Trip/Hook/RomelMaxim/Hallelujah
Recorded in Portsmouth.

The Psylons
Psylons Is Golden. (Tape). Bite Back! BB!016.
What Do They Care?/Push Him Away/Stephen Drowning/No Time Like Now/The Cut/Waiting Nation. Recorded by Steve Hoff at the Crystal Rooms.

Bite Back! 017.

Who's In The Kitchen? Structure Rupture. (Mini-LP). Bite Back! BB!018.

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1989
Cranes
Self Non Self. (Mini-LP). Bite Back! BB!019.
One From The Slum/Joy Lies Within/Heaven Or Bliss/Beach Mover/Focus Breathe/ Fuse. Recorded and Produced by Jim Shaw, Fame Evil, Portsmouth. Re-released November 1992 on Dedicated. CDDEDCD 006 One From The Slum/Joy Lies Within/Heaven Or Bliss/Beach Mover/Focus Breathe/ Fuse/Reach (live)/Nothing In The Middle, Nothing At The End/Vegetate

Twelve 88 Cartel Evidence. (6 track video). BiteBack! BB!019.
Sidestep/Blue Sun 90/Maxim/Pilot's Terminated Contract/Rome/Know No Better Recorded in Portsmouth.

Who's In The Kitchen?
Last Dance. (Video single). Bite Back! BB! 020 Recorded in Portsmouth.

Twelve 88 Cartel
Tension Crush. (12"). Bite Back! BB!021.
Blue Sun 90/Bell Song/Tolerate/Obsessed. Recorded in Portsmouth.

Passing Clouds
Protect Your Baby Ears. (12"). Bite Back! BB!022.
Recorded in Southampton.

VENDETTA RECORDS,
22. Byrd Close Waterlooville PO7 5UX U K

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Existed from 1994 to 1997
Distr. : SHK / Disc (1996)
Style : indie / punk / dance / garage rock /
Adress : P.O.Box 115 , Waterlooville , Hampshire , PO7 5YA

VEND 001 THE GREEN HORNETS BABY DON'T DO IT 7" .1994
Baby Don't Do It /// Rendezvous / Don't Want Your Love
(Note : 7" , 100 red copies , mono issue)
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VEND 002 MR.SAUVE THEY CALL HIM 7" .1995
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cybermen VEND 003 THEE CYBERMEN GOT A GROOVE 7"EP .1995
Got A Groove / Heal Myself /// It's All Gone / I Hate This Worls
(Note : 7"/33.3 RPM , mono issue)
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VEND 004 QUEEN HORNETS : NEVER MIND THE GREEN HORNETS OTS THE 7" .1996
Peepin Tom /// Friday Child / It Ain't Easy
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VEND 005 THE GORGONS BIG HITS 7" .1996
Kick! / We Hate R&R Girls /// Black Night / She's Fine , She's Mine
(Note : 7" , 33.3 RPM)
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VEND 006 V / A 4 VOX SAKE EP 7"EP 08.1996
A THE GREEN HORNETS Geraldine
THEE CYBERMEN That Girl
B. THE PERVERTS Down And Out
THE PERCOLATORS Bew A Caveman
(Note : 7" , 500 copies)
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VEND 007 V / A THAT'S MIGHTY BILLY CHILDISH LP .1996
: SONGS BILLY CHILDISH TAUGHT US
A. THE TRASHWOMEN Pretty Baby
THE MILKDUDS Just Like You
THEE CYBERMEN Tell Me Child
THE GORGONS Cadalina
PERVERTS I'm Out Of Control
CHARLES NAPIERS Ambassador Of Love
STATICS Loathsome'n'Wild
INHALANTS Cowbopys Are Square
B. ARMITAGE SHANKS Alone
JACK O'FIRE Youngblood
INVISIBLE MAN I'm The Gamekeeper
WAISTCOATS Troubled Times
MR.SUAVE Earl Of Suave
SPIDER BABIES I Won't Be There
SPIT BABY When You Stop Loving Me
PERCOLATORS Jeannie
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VEND 008 THEE CYBERMEN Borderbeat LP 11.1997
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VEND 009 V / A 14 Missed Beats LP 09.1996
A1 –Attic (5) She Cried
A2 –Empti Fish Surfboard
A3 –Paul Groovy Andy Watch Out!
A4 –Psylons, The Run To The Stranger
A5 –Mild Mannered Janitors Dirty Jean
A6 –Firework Party Falling In Lust With You
A7 –Priscillas, The (2) 70's Style Collector
B1 –Red Letter Day More Songs About Love & War
B2 –Green Hornets, The Geraldine
B3 –Action Painting! Laying The Lodger
B4 –Paint Horses,. The Elizabeth
B5 –Skaw Without You
B6 –Cranes Jewel
B7 –Thee Passion Killers Alison
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VEND 10 SUPERFLY TNTS VS COYOTE MAN:No Talent No Shit 7"EP 08.1996
A. THE COYOTE MEN Take It Off
Monkeyin' Around
What I Like
B. THE SUPERFLY T.N.T.'S (Baby' You Gimme The Creeps
You're A Brat
Louise (Baby Please)
Take A Walk
(Note : Same as REAL Rec. REAL 107)
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coyotemen VEND 011 THE COYOTE MEN PRIMITIVE URGE 7" 01.1997
Primitive Urge /// Loopey Lopez / Mexican Divorce
(Note : 1000 copies)
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VEND 012 THE COYOTE MEN HEADIN FOR TROUBLE LP.CD 12.1997
Primitive Urge / Gimme Gimme Action / Viva Los Coyote Men / Hungry / Lard Ass /
I Can't Deny / I'll Get You / I'm Guaranteed / I'll Find Out / Small World / Turnbuckle
Time / Writing On The Wall / Headin For Trouble / Hit The Canvas
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Strong Island Records

Record label based in Southsea, Portsmouth, U.K. Launched in late 2012 at Southsea Fest, with the first releasing coming from the incredible Arrows of Love with a hand sprayed 7” vinyl release of ‘Conspiracy Podcast’. There’s really no distinct sound or ‘genre’ their aim is to release great music and nothing else.

Discography
SIR 001 - Arrows of Love ‘Conspiracy Podcast’ (7” & Digital)
SIR 002 - Boneyards ‘Rest In Beach EP’ (7” & Digital)
SIR 003 - Is Bliss ‘Desire’
SIR 004 - Strong Island Recordings Presents ’Treacherous Tides Vol 1’ featuring;
Dead Rabbits
Westkust
Tyrannosaurus Dead
Rickyfitts
Boneyards
The Boy I Used To Be
The Red Cords
Thee MVPs
Honeycomb Bones
SIR 005 - Yoofs ‘Something’ (CD & Cassette)
SIR 006 - Gang ‘Sandscrape’ EP
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10 Ton Label
FuntCase (Dubstep)
Audio Sleaze - Man On The Moon (Dubstep)
Sekklow - Transmit (Dubstep)
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