JANUARY: (14th) Buddy Ascott auditions for the band and joins the next day. (28th) First practice in a friend's kitchen in Deptford.
FEBUARY: (4th) First real rehersal, Silver Sound Studios in Sydenham
MARCH: (15th) First gig at King's Head, Deptford. (17th) The Wellington, Waterloo, in front of an audience of 200 drunken Southampton supporters. (22nd) Kings Head - Gary Bushell of Sound there. (24th) Group stopped after six numbers for being too loud playing at party in Borough. (30th) Kings Head, Deptford. (31st) The Wellington in Waterloo, Paul Weller, NME and Polydor all present.
APRIL: (1st) First photo
session at The Cutty Sark in Greenwich. (2nd) Recorded demo for
J.P. (Jimmy Pursey) label, Polydor Studios. (4th) Recorded Now
It's Gone, Polydor Studios, produced by Pursey and
Pete Wilson; this version never released. (7th) NME photo
session at Tower Bridge. (9th) Rock Garden supporting Stans Blues
Band, later called Nine Below Zero (11th) Albany Empire,
supported by Stan's Blues Band. (12th) NME Mod Special published.
(14th) Wellington (16th) Bridgehouse with Secret Affair.
(17th) The Moonlight Club, West Hampstead - supporting The Inmates.
(21st) Wellington (26th) The Cambridge, North London, supported
by Back To Zero and The Purple Hearts; gig attended
by Gary Bushell and Generation X. (28th) Wellington.
(1st) Meeting with Tony Gordon, Sham 69's manager. (2nd) Meeting
with John Weller. (3rd) Chords Feature in Sounds and gig Acklam
Hall, Ladbroke supported by Back To Zero. (6th)
Recorded Hey Girl, Polydor Studios; again with Pursey
and Wilson; again never released in this form. Also gig
at The Wellington. (7th) Music Machine, Camden, supported by
The Scooters, Back To Zero and The Purple Hearts. (8th)
The Wellington, with The Purple Hearts; filmed by London
Weekend Television. (9th) Contract signed with J.P. label.
|(11th) The Rainbow supporting
The Jam and The Records. (14th) Bridgehouse, suppoerted
by the Scooters. (15th) The Hop Poles, Enfield, suppoerted
by B T Z and The Crooks. Entire group had flu but soldiered
on ! (20th) LWT show televised. Gig at The Lyceum supporting The
Undertones. (24th) Leeds Poly supporting The Undertones.
(25th) Oxford Poly supporting The Undertones and the Zipps(26th)
Aylesbury Friars supporting The Undertones and The Knack.
(27th) Guildford Civic Hall, Jimmy Pursey and others disrupt
The Undertones set by invading the stage. (28th) Bristol Locarno
supporting The Undertones (30th) The Chords split with J.P.
label. Sign contract with Asgard Agency. (31st) Coventry Locarno supporting
(5th) Victoria Hall, Hanley; last gig with The Undertones,
celebrated with huge bread fight at hotel. (11th) The Nashville supported
by The Crooks. (14th) Leicester University with John Cooper
Clarke. (15th) The Marquee, Wardour St, Soho; supported by Squire
& The Mods. (17th) The Marquee, supported by The Killermeters
and Back To Zero. (19th) Brighton Richmond Hotel, supported
by The Lambrettas and Speedball. (22nd) Notré
Dame Hall, Leicester Square, supported by Small Hours, Speedball
and The Mods. (23rd) The Lyceum, London, supporting The
Lurkers with Back to Zero. (26th) Hope and Anchor.
JULY: (3rd) First John Peel session recorded. (9th) Peel session broadcast. (11th) Dingwalls, London, with Arista, Fiction and Virgin all present. (16th) Marquee, London. (25th) Sign four-year Polydor contract. (30th) Marquee, supported by The Donkeys.
AUGUST: (7th) Photo session
for front cover of Time Out. (8th) Recorded Now It's Gone
at Phonogram Studios, produced by Pete Wilson. (9th) Recorded
Don't Go Back; also Daily Star photo session, Fleet Street.
(11th) Private party at Green Man, Plumbstead - group play seven encores.
(15th) Polydor photo session, Isle of Dogs. (19th) Marquee, supported
by The Vapors. (31st) Brunel Rooms, Swindon, supported by Small
Hours first date of Now It's Gone tour.
(1st) Huddersfield Poly, supported by the Killermeters,
The Scene and The Fixations. (6th) Retford Porterhouse, supported
by Killermeters. (8th) Middlesbrough Rock Garden. (10th) Marqueesuppoerted
by Speedball. (11th) Sheffield Limit Club. (12th) York Pop
Club. (13th) Chesterfield Fusion. (14th) Release of Now It's
Gone; Manchester Factory. (15th) Barnsley Civic Hall. (18th)
Westcliffe-on-Sea. (21st) Eric's, Liverpool; two numbers filmed for
On The Road in conjunction with the Merseysound fanzine. (22nd) Good
Mood Club, Halifax. (25th) Marquee, supported by The Mods; signed
publishing deal with And Son Music. Single No. 83 in BRMB chart. (26th)
Plymouth Clones. (27th) Totnes Civic Hall. (28th) Sandpiper, Nottingham.
(29th) West Runton Pavilion.
(2nd) Now It's Gone at No.63. (5th) City
of London Poly. (6th) Loughborough University; last date of
tour. (19th) Single No.31 Capital Radio chart. (16th) Demos,
Polydor studios. (19th) Birmingham Underworld. (24th) NME photo
session. (27th) Portsmouth Poly.
NOVEMBER: (2nd) York University
(10th) Marquee. (11th) Marquee supported by The Name. (12th)
Roadshow disco screened by BBC (23rd) Twenty of Another Kind, Polydor
(6th/7th) Recorded Maybe Tomorrow, I Don't
Wanna Know and Hey Girl at Matrix Studios, produced
by Andy Arthurs. (17th/18th) Demos for LP at TPA Studios, London.
(19th) Guitar overdubs on Maybe Tomorrow at Redan Studios.
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