Spares rocked the North East of England for a short time in the
They regularly played Newcastle venues The Cooperage and Balmbras
with their simple uncomplicated brand of fast and loud punk/pop
by the Ramones and the Buzzcocks the songs, such as "I'll See
You Again" and "I'm All Alone Now", were fast and
furious and to be honest, all very similar.
music magazine - "Helter Skelter" - when reviewing the
band said that "... The Spares only had one song which they
played over and over again - the audience loved it". This was
a little unfair, only two of the songs were exactly the same, the
rest were all (slightly) different - but they did all share the
same "Spares" sound.
part about the audience loving it was true, a good Spares gig was
a great night of loud and lively light hearted entertainment where
audiences would drink, dance, sing and generally have a good time.
although it was true that when the spares were good - they were
very very good, it was also true that when they were bad they were
the Spares split and went their separate ways to bigger and better
(by this time known as Keith Kosmic) and Norman went on to form
the Sensational Spares with Johnny Jetset and Nigel Neutron. He
then moved on to join thrash metal rockers "Sweet Trash"
and the "Shotgun Brides"
after leaving The Sensational Spares formed The Game with Nigel
and Richard. He has since moved away from Tyneside to deepest Northumberland
and is still doing the occasional gig around the Ashington area
with "Intermittent Blues".
gave up live performance for the recording world and now runs Conrad
The Spares and The Game, Richard gave up live performance for a
while but came back a couple of years ago as a successful international
solo guitar/vocalist. (Yes, he played in both England and Scotland)