Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 2:02 AM
They were formed in Liverpool in 1962 during the latter part of the Merseybeat boom and were managed by Brian Epstein. Ellis and O'Riley had previously been with The Thunderbeats. Morris and Leatherwood were in The Midnighters. Despite appearing in Ferry Across The Mersey and touring with The Beatles in 1965, none of their numerous singles for Columbia and Pye reached the Charts. They cut two confident singles for Pye: the first was a Kim Weston Motown track. In Spring 1966 they switched to EMI Columbia. Their final 45 was a quasi-psychedelic version of Cat Stevens' The First Cut Is The Deepest - it's quite good fun. They also recorded an album, which was very rare and sought-after, prior to its reissue. It features some fine lead guitar work, and contains some competent and usually R&B influenced mid-sixties rock. One of the best tracks, was the complex Barricades.
They also recorded as 45 as The Kubas in 1965 for Columbia. Keith Ellis went on to Van der Graaf Generator briefly. Stu Leatherwood was later in March Hare.
Compilation appearances include: Gypsy Fred on Justafixation (LP); The First Cut Is The Deepest on Liverpool 1963-1968 (CD), Liverpool 1963-1968, Vol. 1 (LP), Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks, Vol. 1 (LP), Hard Up Heroes, Vol. 2 (CD); Barricades on Psychedelia At Abbey Road (CD), Rubble, Vol. 3 - Nightmares In Wonderland (LP) and Rubble, Vol. 2 (CD); You'd Better Make Up Your Mind on Rubble, Vol. 7 - Pictures In The Sky (LP), That Driving Beat (CD) and The Sixties File (Dble LP); Face on Twisted Teenage Screaming Fuzzbusters (LP); Somewhere In The Night on Watch Your Step (CD); Take Me For A Little While and You'd Better Make Up Your Mind on What About Us (CD) and Merseybeat Nuggets, Vol. 2; A Place I Know on Doin' The Mod, Vol. 1 (CD); Here's A Day on Illusions From The Crackling Void (LP); Face on English Freakbeat, Vol. 2 (CD).
1. Royston Rose [Ellis/Morris]
2. Where are the Friends? [Ellis/Leathwood]
3. Constantly Changing [Ellis/Morris/Leathwood]
4. Here's a Day [Ellis/Morris/Leathwood]
5. Fade Forever [Ellis/Leathwood]
6. Barricades [Ellis/Stratton-Smith/Leathwood]
7. A Little Piece of My Heart [Blackwell/Scott]
8. Gold Leaf Tree [Ellis] / Mr. Claire [Leathwood]
9. Circus [Ellis/Leathwood]