Slipped Disc (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)

SLIPPED DISC was formed in September 1976 by Mike Fogg on guitar and myself, John Blight on bass in the Chorlton-Cum-Hardy area primarily as a vehicle to showcase our original material to the masses.

We'd both been in the Rochdale based band SPEED and had been working on our own stuff for a good 18 months and we lived in separate flats at 532A Wilbraham Road, where we had a rehearsal room cum recording studio housing a 4 track Akai and a drum kit in the basement. 

In this period we'd committed several songs and demo's to tape and earlier that year we'd written a country rock song which had done well at the Radio Piccadilly Song Contest at the Poco Poco Club, Stockport. 

Next we recruited another housemate, Chris Smith on second lead guitar, who'd been also recording his songs and had already made an album with the band OBERON based in Oxford. On lead vocals Mike's old school chum Dave Williams joined us and we then put an advert in the local paper for a drummer and from this came Mario Keenan who only lived round the corner from us.

We all gelled together well and pretty soon the emphasis changed from doing our own songs to rehearsing songs by Wings, Steve Miller, the Eagles, 10cc, John Miles and Peter Frampton amongst others. Before we knew it we had enough material to perform at a venue and we managed to get a gig at the Great Western Hotel, Moss Side on 12 January which then became a residency. Later that month we also became resident at The Gransmoor Hotel, Openshaw and from then on we were off and flying. We did several auditions for different agents in 1977 at places like the Mersey Hotel, Chorlton, Woosters in Burnage, the Lake Hotel, Belle Vue and the RAOB Club, Failsworth.

We actually won talent competitions at Stretford Ex-Servicemen's Club and the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Levenshulme. Sometimes we would perform as a 4 piece group without Dave.

Some of the agents we dealt with included Belgrade Agency, Tony Yorke, Vic Mass, Jaymac and Alf Longworth who was based in Bury. Later in the year we moved rehearsal rooms to 20 Ellesmere Road in Chorlton where we once bumped into Howard DeVoto (the Buzzcocks) and we employed the services of a roadie, Keith, and his van.

We were semi-pro and I had a job at Withington dole office where I met Les Cotton who would come along to support us at the gigs and once acted as roadie when we performed at the Melody Maker Band Competition in March at Manchester University.

As the year progressed we gained another regular booking, at the Albert Inn, Whitefield and in June we performed at a street party for the Queen's Jubilee in Chorlton. 

One of the strangest gigs we ever did was Strangeways Prison officers Club, glad to say the only time I've ever been to jail, although the way we played that night it's surprising that didn't give us a sentence !

It was at the street party that Mario said he was sadly leaving and so it was in July that we picked up the services of John Harvey on drums and around this time we successfully auditioned for L.E. AGENCY in Wigan and signed a one year contract with William Leyland.

From then on we got better paid gigs and travelled farther afield to Liverpool, Blackpool, Burnley and I remember a glittering 2 night stint at the Dixieland Showbar in Southport. By this time Dave had left and it was just the 4 of us and we advertised for a new lead singer. 

On 12th October Bill Snape got the job and on 11 November we changed our name to the 1812 BAND. Shortly after that we became ST. MORITZ and then PALM SPRINGS - the rest is history and is well documented by John Harvey on the Palm Springs pages - goodnight and god bless and over to you John.

1977 Gig list

  • 12 JAN : Great Western Hotel, Moss Side
  • 20 JAN : Great Western Hotel
  • 27 JAN : Great Western Hotel
  • 28 JAN : Gransmoor Hotel, Openshaw
  • 29 JAN : Gransmoor Hotel
  • 30 JAN : Langley Labour Club, Middleton
  • 3 FEB :  Great Western Hotel
  • 4 FEB :  Salter Hotel, Northwich
  • 10 FEB : Great Western Hotel
  • 12 FEB : Gransmoor Hotel 
  • 13 FEB : Levenshulme Catholic Club
  • 17 FEB : Great Western Hotel
  • 19 FEB : Great Western Hotel
  • 20 FEB : Gransmoor Hotel 
  • 24 FEB : Great Western Hotel
  • 3 MAR:   Mersey Hotel, Chorlton 
  • 6 MAR :   Pikefold Pub, Blackley
  • 11 MAR : Lindow Tavern, Sale Moor 
  • 12 MAR : Catholic Club, Longfield, Prestwich
  • 13 MAR : Pikefold Pub 
  • 14 MAR : Melody Maker Comp, Manchester Uni. 
  • 18 MAR : Albert Inn, Whitefield
  • 19 MAR : Heyrod Conservative Club, Stalybridge
  • 26 MAR : Broomstar Working Mens Club, Denton 
  • 1 APR : Albert Inn
  • 5 APR : Wheatsheaf Hotel, Levenshulme (Talent)
  • 6 APR : Woosters, Burnage (Audition)
  • 12 APR : Mersey Hotel (Audition)
  • 15 APR : Brickcroft Social Club, Rochdale
  • 16 APR : Brittania Inn, Middleton 
  • 17 APR : RAOB Club, Failsworth (Audition)
  • 22 APR : Albert Inn 
  • 29 APR : Stretford Ex-Servicemens Club (Audition)
  • 2 MAY : Lake Hotel, Belle Vue (Talent)
  • 6 MAY : Wheatsheaf Hotel
  • 12 MAY :Flying Shuttle, Farnworth (Audition) 
  • 13 MAY : Albert Inn
  • 14 MAY : Piccadilly Railway Club, Manchester
  • 21 MAY : Milnrow Working Mens Club, Rochdale
  • 27 MAY : Albert Inn
  • 28 MAY : St. Catherine`s Catholic Club, Didsbury
  • 1 JUNE : Duke of Wellington, Pendlebury 
  • 3 JUNE : Gorton Monestery Club 
  • 4 JUNE : Mermaid Hotel, Handforth
  • 5 JUNE : Glynwed Social Club, Audenshaw (Audition)
  • 6 JUNE : Albert Inn 
  • 7 JUNE : Street Party, Nicholas Road, Chorlton
  • 9 JUNE : Hadfield Conservative Club 
  • 11 JUNE : Heywood Reform Club
  • 12 JUNE : British Rail Club, Piccadilly, Manchester (Audition) 
  • 24 JUNE : Albert Inn
  • 25 JUNE : L.E. Agency, Wigan - Audition
  • 26 JUNE : Hulme Labour Club
  • 2 JULY : Hillside Crescent Social Club, Huyton, Liverpool
  • 6 JULY : Blightly`s, Farnworth (Audition)
  • 10 JULY : PCM Club, Sale (`Max` on drums)
  • 15 JULY : Stork Hotel, Wigan
  • 16 JULY : Bradford Labour Club, Manchester (Harvey`s first gig)
  • 17 JULY : Northenden British Legion Club
  • 23 JULY : Merry Go Round, Salford
  • 30 JULY : Showboat, Cleveleys
  • 5 AUG : Wilderspool Centre, Warrington
  • 6 AUG : Belvadere & Calderdale Rugby Club, Burnley
  • 3 SEP : Seymour Hotel, Whalley Rang
  • 9 SEP : Dixieland Showbar, Southport Pier
  • 19 SEP : Dixieland Showbar, Southport Pier
  • 17 SEP : Talbot Conservative Club, Blackpool

Remember seeing you a number of times in the Manchester club and pub scene.Definitely remember Bradford Labour club and Belle Vue nights x love to all x

Joseph O'Hanlon - 21/9/13
  • sd9
  • sd8
  • sd10
  • sd11
  • sd2
  • sdlast
  • sd7
  • sd6
  • sd3
  • sd4
  • sd5
  • sd1






Comments powered by CComment