Saturday, 17 January 2009

SLEAZ BAND - 60'S - 70'S

Dundee's Sleaz Band first started out by calling themselves "Rock Tonsils and the Sleaz Band" when they were on the same bill as Pink Floyd for a gig at Dundee Art College in 1968. Soon after that they opted for a simpler version - Sleaz Band - and a rather lively few years in rock music began.
As their reputation grew, they gigged extensively with top acts such as Deep Purple - Fleetwood Mac - T.Rex - David Bowie - Slade - Thin Lizzy to name just a few of a very impressive gig list.
They have also recorded. An album was in the pipeline but unfortunately it never saw the light of day. A single, however, was released in June 1974, with the band line-up at this stage consisting of Phil Robertson, Jim Kelly, Clark Robertson & Robbie Stewart, although the personnel did change from time to time.
The band eventually called it a day in the late 70's.
Along with the ad above, I have included a typical gig schedule they would have for the local circuit, this one being from July 1972.
For a more thorough overview of the Sleaz Band I recommend the page written by Phil himself on the Rocking Scots website containing lots of photos and memorabilia.
Here is the link - http://www.rockingscots.co.uk/sleaz.htm
For a wee reminder of their sound, here below is the b-side of their '74 single, a track called "Midnight Man", a tidy little slice of rock, produced by Terry Noon for the Fontana label and clocking in at just 1min 50 secs, shorter than the average punk record!

7 comments:

  1. Frank Kosiba (drummer, and pre-glorious 'tache) was my economics teacher at Carnoustie High School fifteen years ago.

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  2. Midnight Man was played at a much slower and bluesy tempo by the original band.

    Maybe it would have lasted a bit longer on the single!

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  3. Now I seem to recall that Clark and Phil were in a band called the Renegades circa 1966

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  4. Jim Kelly was an almost permanent fixture at the Windmill Bar in the late 1970s.

    A great guitarist and sadly missed.

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  5. Im trying to get in touch with Clark & Phil Robertson. My name is John Austin from AArons Rod disco in Glasgow . I have some cassette recordings that i made at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley that i want to put onto CD and give to them.Can anyone give me a contact tel Number for either of them?

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  6. John, I think Phil's email address used to be 'palex@btinternet.com' you could try that but I'm not sure he still uses it.

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  7. Hi

    I have a 20 track 69-74 demo anthology of the Sleaz band if anyone wants a copy to rock out to then email at carnegiefamily@yahoo.co.uk Aye Angus

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