Idiot formed in 1977, at Westcliff High School For Boys which all the members where attending, studying for their 'A' Levels. The band existed until early 1979, when, accompanying a wait for a recently recorded single and simultaneously undergoing a line up change, they moved in a more Mod direction and became known as Speedball. Idiot though, were Rob Paveley (Beulo) on Vocals / Guitar, Barry Godwin on Guitar, Paul 'Blue' Dunne on Bass and Dave Dyke on Drums.
Speaking about their first
gig to Surrey Vomet fanzine, Rob said "It was at a Sunday School
in front of these 10 -11 years olds, y'know little kids, and the singer,
who I'd already figured out was a bit of a nutcase, was screaming into
the mike and lashing out with his foot into the crowd! He had to go and
I took over the singing!"
The group started
playing around Southend a lot, especially with Deeno's Marvels, sometimes
playing four concerts a week. However, in 1978 Dave left to join Deeno's
Marvels and so they got John Dee of The Machines in on drums to help them
record a demo, a track from which 'Ging Gang Gooley' appears on the Sonet
Records Compilation LP 'Southend Rock', as compiled by Peter Eden in 1979.
Many Idiot songs would go on to be used by Speedball, but the only officially released song under the original name of Idiot was the aforementioned Ging Gang Gooley.
'Southend Rock' - Features The Idiot song 'Ging Gang Gooley' - LP (Sonet Records SNTF 806- 1979)