Formed in 1980 as the First Eleven, this UK folk rock band evolved from the ever-changing Albion Band. Led by John Tams (16 February 1949, Derbyshire, England; vocals/melodeon), the group featured Bill Caddick (b. 27 June 1944, Hurst Hill, Wolverhampton, England; vocals, guitar, dobro), Graeme Taylor (b. 2 February 1954, Stockwell, London, England; vocals/guitar), Michael Gregory (b. 16 November 1949, Gower, South Wales; drums), Roger Williams (b. 30 July 1954, Cottingham, Yorkshire, England; trombone), Howard Evans (b. 29 February 1944, Chard, Somerset, England; trumpet), and Jonathan Davie (b. 6 September 1954, Twickenham, Middlesex, England; bass). Both Evans and Williams were concurrently members of Brass Monkey, and Caddick had already released a number of solo albums.
Home Service made its debut in 1982 with the single Doing The Inglish, with their self-titled long-playing debut following two years later. By this point,...