|Chris Turner - Vocals
|Dave Cook - Guitar
|Phil Chambon - Guitar
|Russ Strothard - Bass
|Gary Thompson - Drums
were a pioneering five piece Power Pop band formed in Southend in 1977.
The roots of the band go back to Vocalist Chris Turner & Bassist Russ
Strothard's first band, Hiker, which they formed in 1975. Together with
Mark Duckworth on Guitar and Gary Warr on Drums they set off on a rock
path in the vein of Free/Queen. A manager was found by the name of Pete
Scarbrow and they recorded a Four Track Demo tape at Surrey University
in Guildford. This was recorded by Phil Chambon, who ended up joining
the band in Autumn 1976 as Mark left. The band was starting to be influenced
by Canvey's Dr Feelgood and Southend band The Kursaal Flyers, as well
as the newer sounds emerging from London and they were blown away on hearing
Anarchy in The UK. The love of the new exciting sounds they were hearing
was cemented when they saw the adrenaline fuelled brilliance of The Damned
at The Queens Hotel, Southend in June 1977.
A line up change followed
in 1977, with Gary Warr following Mark back to their more ‘70s Rock style
roots, and new local musicians Dave Cook (on Lead Guitar) and Gary Thompson
(on Drums) joined the line up. Dave had an exciting lead style to complement
Phil’s classic rhythm playing, and Gary was an energetic Drummer and was
fresh from a tour with The Radio Stars. Chris and Phil were writing a
lot of new materiel at this time and the band changed their name to Tonight.
Their rising popularity
led to regular touring and further appearances on Top of The Pops, as
well as shows such as Tiswas, Cheggers Plays Pop, The Saturday Banana,
Crackerjack, Get it Together & The Paul Nicholas Show, as well as some
TV shows in Europe. The band's second single 'Money (That's Your Problem)'
released in April 1978 reached Number 34 in the charts, and together with
features in magazines like Look-in, Jackie & Blue Jean helped raise the
band profile. July 1978 saw the band release their third single - 'Wheels'
- which evidenced a slight change in their sound to a more slower Pop/Rock
'Money (That's Your Problem)'
c/w 'No Sympathy' - 7" Single (TDS Records - April 1978)
'Wheels' c/w 'I Can Play Faster Than You Can' - 7" Single (TDS Records - July 1978)
'Jealousy Kills (Beware!)'
c/w 'Second Hand Man' - 7" Single (TDS Records - November
'Drummer Man' - CD Album (Angel Air Records - 2010)