Armed And Ready – Kerrang! April 1982 – Geoff Banks

BASHFUL ALLEY, in their original incarnation, came together in October 1980 at Lancaster University, where guitarist Rob Tidd and bassist Truff were studying. Initially a four piece, they played the normal pub/club circuit around Lancaster and Manchester before losing their drummer and vocalist when Truff and Rob finished at University and returned to their native Lichfield.

Upon arriving home they set about finding a new drummer, and after intensive searching came across Robin Baxter. Realising that this was the man for them they set about knocking Bashful Alley back into shape, with guitarist Rob Tidd taking over the vocal chores.

By last October they’d got sufficiently organised to go into Saccen Studios, Stourport, and record a demo of three self penned numbers, ‘My My My’, ‘Running Blind’ and ‘She Only Wants Me For My Body’.

I notice in your biog. that you supported Sweet and Lancaster University.

“That was a joke,” adds Rob, “hardly anyone turned up. The band that were supposed to support didn’t show, so we were called in because of our previous connections with the University. We thought that it would be our big break but we ended up playing to fewer people than at our own gigs.

Now onto the important stuff. Bashful Alley are releasing a single that should be out by the time you read this. The A-side is the aforementioned ‘Running Blind’ while the flip feature

August 1982
BASHFUL ALLEY: ‘Running Blind’ (Ellie Jay). I suspect you may have a little trouble finding this one but well worth looking out for. Somewhat limited on the imagination front but good, solidly executed riff-rock for all that. Bodes well for the future.

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