The Members

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

Biography

One of the many UK bands inspired by punk, the Members came together in the summer of 1977, when former university student Nicky Tesco (Nicholas Lightowlers, Belfast, Northern Ireland) and French expatriate Jean-Marie Carroll, now a bank clerk in the UK, started working together. With Tesco on vocals and Carroll as guitarist and chief songwriter, they recruited Gary Baker on guitar, Adrian Lillywhite (brother of producer Steve Lillywhite) on drums, and a bass player. The bass player left after only a couple of months and was replaced by British Airways technician Chris Payne. They were based in Camberley, Surrey, England, from where all the members (except Carroll) originated. The band’s first recording - ‘Fear On The Streets’ - was for the Beggars Banquet punk compilation Streets. Despite this, it was Stiff Records that took the plunge and signed them. Their debut single, ‘Solitary Confinement’, was produced by Larry Wallis and earned them...

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