Spares Family Tree - the Game
Game were formed by Norman and Nigel in 1984 after the break up
of the Sensational Spares.
The line up
was completed after a chance meeting with Richard, and after a jam
session at the Red House pub on Newcastle's Quay Side, The Game
Their more melodic style was a distinct contrast to The Spares.
Game sound owed more to the "Hard Rock" and "Progressive"
bands of the early 70's than the punk bands of the late 70's.
They also moved
away from the Spares' two minute pop song - one of The Games best
songs - "Love Games (Live your Life)" often lasted over
20 minutes, the introduction alone was longer than most Spares songs.
Norman shared lead vocal and the interplay between Richard's (extended)
guitar solos and Norman's flamboyant drumming backed up by Nigel's
steady bass often produced excellent results.
had some good original material, such as "City Lights"
with Normans excellent voice-over during the "outro" and
"Moses" with Nigels pounding bass driving the song on.
They also did a few covers such as The Beatles "Saw Her Standing
There" and Johnny Kidd's "Shakin' all Over"
The few gigs
they did were all in the Newcastle and Northumberland areas, often
supporting other Bands such as "Pin Up" and "The
The band were
later joined by a second guitarist, Jeff (Henry) Watson. But split