The Inmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

The Inmates - Bill Hurley (vocals), Peter Gunn (Peter Staines; guitar), Tony Oliver (guitar), Ben Donnelly (bass) and Jim Russell (drums) - emerged in the late 70s as a UK R&B group in the style of Dr. Feelgood. Their adaptation of ‘Dirty Water’, a garage-band classic originally recorded by the Standells, led to the Inmates’ debut album. In common with several similarly styled groups, the quintet was unable to transfer their live excitement onto record, and despite other promising collections, the band was restricted to a narrow, pub rock-influenced ghetto. Singer Bill Hurley recorded the solo Double Agent in 1985, but its gritty mixture of soul and R&B classics fared no better than those of the parent group. Meet The Beatles, Live In Paris is a set of Beatles songs performed in a hard R&B and Chicago blues vein.

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