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MODS At Downham Market: The Lambrettas, The Chords
Named after the Lambretta scooter, these Mod revivalists have been rockin' since 1979. The current line-up features original members Doug Sanders (vocals) and Paul Wincer (drums) joined by new recruits since 2009: Chris Venzi-James (bass) and Phil Edwards (guitar). The band reached no.7 in 1980 with their biggest hit 'Poison Ivy', a cover of the 1950's Leiber and Stoller song. Still performing their back catalogue, the band are also working on new material.
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Part of the mod revival of the late seventies, The Chords were spotted by Paul Weller at a gig at The Wellington Pub in Waterloo. Supports with The Undertones, The Purple Hearts, The Jam & Secret Affair followed. Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69 signed them to his own label before they moved to Polydor. A tempestuous couple of years followed, with lead singer duties being taken over by ex-Vibrators front man Kip. The band called ita day in 1982.
They were one of the more successful groups to emerge during the revival, and they re-formed with the four original members for a UK tour during 2010. More recently in Spring of 2012, Buddy, Chris and Bill reformed and played gigs in London, Tokyo and Australia.
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