The Xpertz built up a large following in the early eighties and wereamong the first bands to merge electronica and dub.They played many high profile gigs supported:The Clash,U2, Burning Spear, Culture Club, orange juice andGregory Issacs on his British tour.Vocals, Keyboard, Harmonica, Percussion: Andy WickettBass: Aleem PanwarGuitar: Paul HortonPercussion, Vocals: Ron CookDrums: Randolph JordanManagement, Photography, Lighting, Sound: Leroy Jones Hemmings
Duran Duran - 1979 - Guys on Film
Andy rehearsed with the Durans and Vision Collision in his room at Cheapside while Steven Duffy's band 'The Hawks'rehearsed downstairs in the veranda. Andy worked the Night shift at Cadburys Bournville where he would read booksand write songs to kill time. One night he wrote the melody to 'Girls on Film'. He found a lyric in his book: "Girls in film they look better, girls in film always smile". Andy told Nick Rhodes to introduce the song by playing the melody on hisstring machine and the song was born.They recorded the song along with: See me repeat me, Reincarnation, and Working the Steel as part of their first demoat Bob Lamb's studio in Moseley. Nick's dad took Nick and Nigel to see the London record companies. Andy phoned Nickfrom the factory and was overjoyed to hear that EMI and A&M loved his voice and would sign the band if they couldproduce more songs like Girls on Film.
World Service - 1984 - 2018 - Across the Sahara
World Service began when I was asked to record with a band. The session tookplace at the BBC Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham. There have been many lineup changes over the years. In 1990 the band crossed the Sahara to tour Algeria.In 1996 another line up supported the Durans on their UK tour.Vocals, Guitar, harmonica: Andy WickettBass: Roger Cornforth, Nick, Nils Hagstrom, Clive ParryDrums: Bill Coleman, Trevor Cornforth, Daniel, Ant, Neil Harris,John Cummins, Jamie Little, Gilly GreinerGuitar: Ritchie, Steve Harper, Andy Bucknall.Keyboards & backing vocals: Gerry, Shirley, Doro, Bingo.Sax: Mark Overton.
Andy Wickett, Eamon Duffy and Dave Kusworth left Moseley Art school in 1976.They formed the band T.V. Eye and started hanging around the punk scene atBarbarella's, Rebbecca's and the Romulus. Andy, Dave and new guitaristPaul Adams Moved into a house in the industrial part of Digbeth Birminghamon a street called Cheapside. They cut a single 'Stevie's radio Station' but didn'trelease it because the drums were too fast. Andy later performed the song withthe Durans. The Durans continued to use the song after Andy had left changingthe name 'Stevie' to 'Rio'.
Stevie’s Radio Station - Original version of Rio
T.V. Eye - 1977 - Jubilee, The start of it all....
PHOTO BY BRETT WILDE
Skala - 1996 - Ska in the Jungle.
Skala produced an album with Saxa from'The Beat'. Mixing Ska and dub + liverecordings of Saxa's band to produce arich musical journey with their album'Skambient'.
Saxa is a legend.Not many people are aware thatapart from playing the sax, Healso plays the pipe or bambooflute as it is also known, anddrums. He has also been knownto sing and create his own lyrics,as can be discovered onDan Arsenic - a track to beheard on the 'Skambient' album.
Louis CampbellPoet and singer Louis Campbellhas played in 'The International Beat',and 'Dub Rokkaz'.He is now performing with Citizen X,
Andrew Wickett, Lead vocal for Duran Duran before Simon Le Bon
Duffy, Adams, Colley, Wickett, Twist, Kusworth, E Duffy, "Roxy". 1979
Andy Wickett holds the reputation for being one of thefinest performers and songwriters in the Midlands.See his mesmerising live acoustic set or catch himplaying with his band World Service.Know for writing the World wide hit songs:Girls on Film and Rio when he sang with Duran Duran.He started his career in the 80s singing and playingin TV Eye, Duran Duran, The Xpertz and World Service.He has played large arenas and venues around the world.Andy has also produced videos and co-written albumswith world renowned Asian artists Nusrat Ali fateh Khan,Malkit Singh, Stereo Nation, Taz and DCS.Andy also produces his own brand of electronic music.Sometimes blending musical genreswith his acoustic songs.Support act to:The Clash, U2, Culture Club, Burning Spear, Orange juice,UK tours with:Duran Duran, Gregory Isaacs.Algerian Tours I & 2