Decades: 1990s


Originally known as the Hammersmith Gorillas, this English trio played their own brand of punk meets rhythm and blues meets heavy rock. Initially riding on the back of the punk movement, they built up a loyal fanbase and released a string of excellent singles during the mid to late 70s, including ‘You Really Got Me’ (a cover of the Kinks classic), ‘Gatecrasher’, ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘She’s My Gal’. Band leader Jesse Hector (vocals, guitar), ably supported by Alan Butler (bass) and Gary Anderson (drums), was influenced by several dead ‘stars’. These included Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Brian Jones, Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix. The extravagantly side-burned singer was a noted self-publicist, whose passionate belief in the importance of the Gorillas as the ‘future of rock music’ was taken in surprisingly good humour by the UK music press. Several of the tracks on the Gorillas’...

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