Life and career
His older brother Mick introduced Stead to his punk record collection, and soon the pair started a band, "The Luddites", with sixteen-year-old Stead on drums and Mark Fell (1962 - 1984) on bass. The band released two singles, "Doppelganger" and "Altered States" on Eccentric Records.
He left Cottingham High school at sixteen and worked as an electrical fitter, but hated it so much he gave up the career after a few years. He then got a part-time job doing sound engineering at the nearby alternative live music club - The Adelphi.
When The Luddites ran out of steam, Stead joined a band called "Vicious Circle." Soon afterwards, in August 1988, Stead joined The Beautiful South. He featured on thirteen albums with the band.
Stead has business interests in the Boars Nest restaurant in Hull, and promoted a proposed music festival in Huddersfield called "Song 07". The event ended up being cancelled, although future festivals are not ruled out.
- "The Beautiful South - the Band". BBC. 2001-11-29. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
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