STARTED LIFE

*Al Hodge & The Mechanics*

(original Cornish Mechanics that is)

IN THE 70s AS THE "SAWMILLS STUDIO"HOUSE SESSION BAND.
"ALAN EDEN"STUDIO MANAGER AND DRUMMER WAS THE FOUNDER MEMBER FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY "AL HODGE"SINGER/GUITARIST AND "DAVE QUINN" BASS PLAYER.
"SAWMILLS STUDIO" SITS ON THE RIVER FOWEY NEAR THE VILLAGE OF GOLANT, CORNWALL.

THE BAND WORKED ON A WIDE RANGE OF PROJECTS OCCASIONALLY TOURING AND BROADCASTING WITH THEIR CLIENTS AND EVENTUALLY, THROUGH DIFFERENT IDENTITIES SUCH AS SMITH & JONES (WITH DEREK FITZPATRICK) & THE ALAN HODGE BAND AND THE GOLANT PISTONS, RELEASED A HANDFUL OF SINGLES AND PLAYED THE OCCASIONAL GIG.
PLAYING MOSTLY COVERS WE GIGGED MORE AND MORE, UNTIL ONE DAY "DAVE QUINN" PLAYED US SOME OF HIS OWN SONGS …… THE "THE MECHANICS" WERE BORN

THE BAND MADE SEVERAL SINGLES AND APPEARED ON THE NOW LEGENDARY "101 CLUB ALBUMS" ALONGSIDE THE LEADING LIGHTS ON THE MUSIC SCENE.

CONTINUALLY THROWN OFF TOURS BECAUSE THE HEADLINE BAND... "COULDN'T COPE WITH THIS ONE"!!

THE BAND WERE CHAMPIONED BY"JOHN PEEL", AND BBC PRODUCER JEFF GRIFFIN ASKED THE BAND TO PLAY THE FAMOUS "RADIO ONE IN CONCERT" THE MECHANICS TOURED AND APPEARED ON BRITISH AND GERMAN TV PROMOTING THEIR SINGLES AND WERE FREQUENTLY FEATURED ON "RADIO 1."

AL EDEN LEFT THE BAND IN 1981 AND QUIT THE MECHANICS IN '82….BUT THAT'S NOT THE END OF THE STORY.

AL EDEN REPLACEMENT CAME IN THE FORM OF STEVE JACKSON A FANTASTIC PERSONALITY AND A GREAT DRUMMER AND ALL ROUND BEAUTY……..BUT DON'T SET YOUR WATCH BY HIM, ( ALLOW YOURSELF AN EXTRA HOUR OR SO !!)

STEVE TOURED WITH THE BAND FOR A FURTHER 16 YEARS ON AND OFF, UNTIL HE BECAME A MEGA STAR!.
HE HAS RECENTLY BEEN BUILDING A HOUSE IN GOD'S OWN LAND, DOWN HERE IN CORNWALL AND WITH SESSIONS IN LONDON AND NEW YORK, ETC:… WAS TOO BUSY TO DO ANYTHING ELSE.

SO………
"1998" BEING THE 20 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAND, IT WAS TIME TO FIND AL EDEN, WHO WE HAD LOST CONTACT WITH.
" HEY PRESTO "

THE MECHANICS ARE SOUNDING BETTER THAN EVER
WITH THEIR 20 TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM
MECHANICS@WORK

OTHER ALBUMS RECORDED ARE:

'THE MECHANICS LIVE VOL 1 & VOL 2' (SOLD OUT)
'OFF THE RECORD'
MECHANICS@WORK IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM " A NEW DAY RECORDS"

Plus 2 x CD SET of the COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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