Tich Turner, Phil Thornton, Roger Carey, Steve Demetri, Vic Bridger.
Promotion picture when they were signed to ‘Martin Casson Agency’.
Roger Carey… they asked us to wear suits for the promo photo.
Gaynor Duke… Tony Bridger
Glenn Piper… Anthony Victor Bridger hence the “Vic”
Andy Qunta… Can’t see exactly, but it looks like Tich might have been the only one who complied with that request!
Pete Prescott… Should I tell my Tich/skeleton story ?
Martyn Baker… Yes, of course you should Pete. I’m all ears!
Pete Prescott… Here goes. So it’s Sep 77 and I’m down in Hastings from north Kent where I live to audition for a band Steppin Out. It’s a Sunday afternoon. I go to a place in Silverhill called The Box. The audition seems to go well, I’m asked about my past. I mention that my last band made it to the final of the Melody Maker competition a few years previously. “Oh” says Tich “we were on that year too!” Just as I’m about to say “do you remember that complete tosser in the skeleton outfit that had everyone pissing themselves?” Tich says “you might remember me…I had a skeleton outfit on!” I was that close to never living in Hastings (and having no teeth !). I have to say that the time I spent in Steppin Out was an eye opener for me. An education. I wasn’t really up to the job. Tich was (and No doubt still is) a fantastic front man. I liked his singing. I couldn’t think why they wanted another singer. I had never sung harmonies and was bloody useless at those. I was very static on stage in those days. Pretty redundant. Rich also wrote sing great songs with Roger Hubbard who was the guitarist. It was an amazing band. Tich should have been successful. Wearing that skeleton outfit was something I would never have done. I didn’t have the balls. He did. Singers like Peter Gabriel or David Bowie wore make up and costumes and stunned people. I realised then that that could never be me. So hats off to the skeleton outfit !