Spares Family Tree -
Spare Pair -formed
by Keith Forster and Richard Knox in the late 70's.
A two piece
band in the style of John Ottway and Wild Willy Barrett. They came
into being during the "New Wave" era but other influences,
such as - Status Quo and Alex Harvey (from Keith) and Steve Hillage
and Lindisfarne (from Richard) shone through to create a unique
out supporting Heavy Metal bands such as Raven and Black Diamond,
but were also regular guests of Arthur 2 Stroke.
Tuesday night gig with Black Diamond allowed them to develop their
distinct style into what became known as "Theatrical New Wave".
take themselves too seriously and the narrative style of songs such
as "Kick Sand in my Face" and "I Don't Like Lager"
blended in well with more musical offerings such as "When I
Feel Lonely" and "Let me be the One".
side of things came from the "radio style" plays which
became a very popular part of the night. Episodes from self penned
melodramas such as "The Perils of Daphne" and "Superman
the Play" were played out each week by the Pair, sometimes
with help from the audience, and of course, each episode would have
the obligatory cliff-hanger ending.
Spare Pair built
up quite a following, from both Heavy Metal and New Wave fans, but
their rise to stardom was cut short when Keith was involved in a
wasn't too seriously injured, and the plaster cast on his leg became
incorporated into the act. However, a further (lengthy) stay in
hospital became necessary and Spare Pair were temporarily, then
permanently, disbanded. Spare
Pair were no more - but the sequence of events which would result
in the creation of The Spares was set in motion