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Friday, 28 July 2017, 18:00

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Both could sing and play guitar and set about writing. They were soon joined by drummer Paul Wincer and bassist Mark Ellis. Doug says: “There were only a few Mods locally in Brighton and Hastings and we had no idea there would be a revival on the scale that it grew into. That’s when we decided to call the band The Lambrettas to make it as obvious as possible, so that people would know what we were about.”

Their first gig was on Hastings Pier with 4 other bands, and promoter Peter Haines offered them management. After a few months of gigs they were signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records and released their first single Go Steady. This got them some airplay and soon they were gigging more regularly. The mod revival had now grown, and clothes that they used to fight for in the charity shops were now on sale in the High Street. Their second single was Poison Ivy. Soon after, their album Beat Boys in the Jet Age was released.

This review was on Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Tunes From Pop Geniuses, 18 Jan 2002

By A Customer
This review is from: Beat Boys in the Jet Age
"When the NME writers got together in 1989 to list their top 100 of the albums of the 1980's-Who would have thought a 79 Mod band would be in there alongside U2 and Bruce Springsteen? Beat Boys In The Jet Age is one of the best pop albums ever made, with one of the most imaginative sleeves. The Lambrettas would have worked on any audience, they didn’t need the mod credentials as a crutch. What a bonus we mods got them as our band."

Third single was Da a ance which coincided with UK and European tours. A full discography is on the website.
After 8 singles, 2 albums and gigging for over 3 years, they called it a day for a while.

From this point up to 2009 the band got back together now and then, but never with the intention of it being permanent.
Fast forward to 2009, and the anniversary of Quadrophenia. Doug and Paul were asked if they would get back together to do a short set at a Modrophenia event in Brighton. As Jez could no longer be with them, and Mark was in America, they were joined by Phil Edwards on guitar and Chris Venzi-James on bass. After the Brighton gig it was clear that they were back together permanently. Paul says "we asked Mark if he wanted to come back to England, but he was settled in America and so we kept to the line-up we had rehearsed with." They are all still in regular contact with Mark. The phone started ringing, and they have been playing gigs up and down the UK, Ireland and Europe ever since. In 2014, due to other commitments Chris was replaced temporarily by Nick Beetham on bass. However, they now have a new full time bass player Ant Wellman. Doug says “it took a while, but we are really happy with Ant - he's a nice bloke and great bass player!”

2015 saw the 35th anniversary of the release of Beat Boys in the Jet Age. To commemorate this, Beat Boys was re-released in February 2015 on the Salvo label. The package also includes a second CD with Ambience, singles and B-sides, and is available from Amazon.

In the summer of 2015 the addition of a 3-piece brass section for some shows has added a new dynamic to The Lambrettas. They are Helen Kane on trumpet, Dan Rehahn on trombone and Mark Mansell on sax. They will be joining The Lambrettas for a lot more shows in 2016!

During January and February 2016, The Lambrettas are in the studio recording a new EP, which will be released in June 2016 on CD and vinyl. Along with the 4 tracks they are recording for the EP, they are doing a 2016 version of Poison Ivy. They have also recorded a live version of Poison Ivy, which will be available on download.

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