Andy Wickett holds the reputation for being one of the finestperformers and songwriters in the Midlands. See hismesmerising live acoustic set or catch him playing with his bandWorld Service. Andy started his career in the 80s singing andplaying in TV Eye, Duran Duran, The Xpertz and World Service.He has played large arenas and venues around the world. Andyhas also produced videos and co-written albums with worldrenowned Asian artists Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan, Malkit Singh,Stereo Nation, Taz and DCS. Andy also produces his own brandof electronic music. Sometimes blending musical genres withhis acoustic songs.Support act to: The Clash, U2, Culture Club, Burning SpearUK tours with Duran Duran and Gregory Isaacs.
Saxa is a legend.Not many people areaware that apart fromplaying the sax, He alsoplays the pipe or bambooflute as it is also known,and drums. He has alsobeen known to sing andcreate his own lyrics,as can be discovered onDan Arsenic - from the'Skambient' album.
Andy at UB40's DEP studiosin Birmingham.
T.V. Eye - 1977 - Jubilee, The start of it all....
Andy Wickett, Eamon Duffy and Dave Kusworth left MoseleyArt school in 1976. They formed the band T.V. Eye and startedhanging around the punk scene at clubs such as Barbarella's,Rebbecca's and the Romulus. Andy, Dave and new guitaristPaul Adams Moved into a house in the industrial part ofDigbeth Birmingham on a street called Cheapside. They cut asingle 'Stevie's radio Station'but didn't release it because thedrums were too fast. Andy later performed the song with theDurans. The Durans continued to use the song after Andy hadleft changing the name 'Stevie' to 'Rio'.
Stevie’s Radio Station - Original version
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Andy rehearsed with the Durans and Vision Collision in hisroom at Cheapside while Steven Duffy's band 'The Hawks'rehearsed downstairs in the veranda. Andy worked the Nightshift at Cadburys Bournville where he would read booksand write songs to kill time. One night he wrote the melody to'Girls on Film'. He found a lyric in his book: "girls in film theylook better, girls in film always smile". Andy told Nick Rhodes tointroduce the song by playing the melody on his string machineand the song was born. They recorded the song along with:‘See me repeat me’, ‘Reincarnation’, and ‘Working the Steel’ at Bob Lamb's studio in Moseley.Nick's dad took Nick and Nigel to see the London recordcompanies. Andy phoned Nick from the factory and wasoverjoyed to hear that EMI and A&M loved his voice and wouldsign the band if they could produce more songs like‘Girls on Film’.
Duran Duran - 1979 - Guys on Film
Girls On Film - Original Demo Version
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The Xpertz built up a large following in the early 80’s and wereamong the first bands to merge electronica and dub. Theyplayed many high profile gigs.Vocals, Keyboard, Harmonica, Percussion: Andy WickettBass: Aleem PanwarGuitar: Paul HortonPercussion, Vocals: Ron CookDrums: Randolph JordanManagement, Photography, Lighting, Sound: Leroy Hemmings
World Service began when Andy was asked to record with aband. The session took place at the BBC Pebble Mill studios inBirmingham. There have been many line up changes over theyears. In 1990 the band crossed the Sahara to tour Algeria.In 1996 another line up supported the Durans on their UK tour.Vocals, Guitar, harmonica: Andy WickettBass: Roger Cornforth, Nick, Nils Hagstrom, Clive ParryDrums: Bill Coleman, Trevor Cornforth, Daniel, Ant, Neil Harris,John Cummins, Jamie Little, Gilly GreinerGuitar: Ritchie, Steve Harper, Andy Bucknall.Keyboards & backing vocals: Gerry, Shirley, Doro, Bingo.Sax: Mark Overton.
Lost in a Runaway
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Skala - 1996 - Ska in the Jungle.
Skala produced an album with Saxa from 'The Beat'. Mixing Skaand dub + live recordings of Saxa's band to produce a richmusical journey with their album 'Skambient'.
Louis Campbell - Poet and singerhas played in 'The International Beat',and 'Dub Rokkaz'. He is nowperforming with Citizen X,