Singles [NWOBHM] » Spitfire (UK-Liverpool) - So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star [Single] (1982)
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    Artist: Spitfire (ex-NUTZ/RAGE)
    Release: So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star 7"
    Genre: NWOBHM
    Country: UK
    Bitrate: 128 kbps
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    Vocals - Dave Lloyd (JIMINY CRICKET, HARPOON, NUTZ, RAGE, 2 AM, ULI JON ROTH, SLICED BREAD)
    Guitars - Terry Steers (THIN END OF THE WEDGE, RAGE)
    Bass - Keith Mullholland (JIMINY CRICKET, HARPOON, NUTZ, RAGE, GARTH ROCKETT AND THE MOONSHINERS, DEMON, SPACE CADETS)
    Drums - John Mylett (JIMINY CRICKET, HARPOON, NUTZ, RAGE)

    SPITFIRE released a lone single in 1982 at the height of the NWOBHM, but it was met with complete indifference from the press & punters alike.
    Perhaps if the record buying public and the scribes of the day had known who played on it, it may have received a better response.
    Spitfire were in fact the Liverpudlian Hard Rock band RAGE, who had begun life as NUTZ back in the early 1970's.
    As Nutz, the band released four albums between 1974 and 1978, toured with BLACK SABBATH, BUDGIE and UFO, and played at the 1976 Reading Festival.
    Having lost their deal with A&M Records, the band circled the drain, before the inclusion of their track "Bootliggers" on the "Metal For Muthas", compilation album in 1980 brought them a new deal with Carrere Records.
    Changing their name to RAGE, the group recorded 3 albums between 1980 and 1983, and toured with the likes of RORY GALLAGHER, MEAT LOAF and URIAH HEEP.
    In 1982 the band recording this curious 7" single release, "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star", which was released by Carrere Records under the Spitfire name for some reason.
    The single featured ex-THIN END OF THE WEDGE guitarist Terry Steers as lone guitarist following the departure of Mick Devenport.
    The A-Side was a cover of the standard originally written and performed by THE BYRDS, whilst the flip-side, "Spitfire Boogie", was a musical and lyrical "tribute" to STATUS QUO.
    Despite their quality and the band's long history, sales of their albums weren't great, and following the release of 1983's "Run For Cover" LP, Carrere Records dropped them, leading Rage to finally split up.
    Tragically, drummer John Mylett was then killed two weeks later, in a car accident whilst holidaying in Greece.
    MARILLION later wrote and recorded the song "Mylo" as a tribute to the late Rage drummer, who was a good friend of the band.
    It became the central part of a longer piece, "Blind Curve", and was featured on their 1985 "Misplaced Childhood", album.
    Singer Dave Lloyd went into the studio and demoed material with ex-DIAMOND HEAD bassist Mervyn Goldsworthy, ex-720/SAMSON guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell and drummer Pete Jupp, but the sessions failed to yield a record deal.
    He then formed the more AOR orientated act 2 AM, who released the 1987 album "Every Second Counts".
    Lloyd also somehow found the time to replace ex-SAMSON man Nicky Moore as vocalist on ULI JON ROTH's 1985 US tour.
    The singer later operated in a band entitled SLICED BREAD with future GILLAN guitarist Steve Morris.
    Bassist Keith Mullholland also had Gillan connections, he played with the great man in his side project, GARTH ROCKETT AND THE MOONSHINERS, and eventually would go on to join veteran Staffordshire NWOBHM/Prog/AOR act DEMON.
    On 28th November 2004 Nutz/Rage/Spitfire got back together for a one-off gig at Fogerty's in Liverpool as a memorial for the late John Mylett.

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    02. Spitfire Boogie

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