Gerry Laffy

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Gerry Laffy
Born (1960-01-04) 4 January 1960 (age 54)
Hoxton, London
Genres Rock, hard rock, glam rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer, personal manager, film producer, graphic artist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Girl, London Cowboys, Sheer Greed, Terroristen
Website www.gerrylaffyart.com

Gerry Laffy (born 4 January 1960 in Hoxton, London) is a singer and guitarist who has played in the bands Girl,[1] London Cowboys, Sheer Greed, John Taylor, and Ultravox among others. Girl are still cited as an influence by many major artists twenty years later, even though they disbanded after only three years, allegedly due to their record company and mismanagement. In total Gerry Laffy has released 30 albums; he has played in venues as diverse as Wembley Arena, Taipei Hard Rock Cafe, the Reading Festival.

Musical career[edit]

In 1978, Laffy was a founding member of the band Girl (along with his brother Simon Laffy). Girl were first discovered by promoter Jon Lindsay, a partner of the former manager of The Who, Kit Lambert. Lambert and Lindsay were seeking out bands to sign to Lambert's new record company during the fledgling Nu Romantics era. The band were first introduced to music publisher Simon Napier-Bell of Nomis but eventually signed a recording deal with Jet Records. The band became famous after their now infamous three-night residency at the former Marquee Club in Wardour St. and recorded three albums and put out two (Sheer Greed and Wasted Youth) between 1980 and 1983. Killing Time was finally released in 1998, and two live albums and an anthology were released later. After Girl disintegrated, Laffy joined London Cowboys, (with former members of The Idols, Sex Pistols and New York Dolls), which released two albums in 1985. He then played guitar on demos of Duran Duran's 1986 Notorious album. In 1990, Laffy founded Die Laughing Records and released the solo album Money & the Magic. The song "Shoot 'Em Down" from this album was included on the European soundtrack to the film Highlander II: The Quickening. Laffy formed Sheer Greed with some of Girl's alumni, which put out two albums in 1992 and 1993. He followed up with a joint Gerry Laffy/Simon Laffy album called Lying With Angels, then a guest appearance on the 1994 album Revelation from Ultravox. From mid-1997 to mid-2000, Laffy was lead guitarist in Terroristen, John Taylor's band while on hiatus from Duran Duran. Terroristen recorded constantly and gigged all over the United States and Japan, also travelling to Taiwan and Germany. In 2001, he released a second solo album All Day Long. In 2005, Gerry was a guest vocalist with ex-Freddie Mercury guitarist Chris Chesney on his album Diabolical Liberties. In 2007, a third solo album - The Icebox Studio Sessions was released. Entirely self performed, written and produced. In July 2009 Girl were approached to reform for a 30th Anniversary tour of Japan & UK in 2010. It is (still) yet to be confirmed. 2013 saw Gerry Laffy solo albums No.4. Entitled 'Just A Little Blurred'and 'Wrecked But Not Crushed' BOTH ntirely self performed, written and produced. 'Just A Little Blurred' features an update of Laffy Lewis Girl classic 'My Number' with guest Craig Bundy on bass.

He has been offered gigs with Def Leppard, L.A. Guns, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, The Human League and Andy McCoy of Hanoi Rocks, but declined them all due to his other commitments in his multi-faceted career. He owns the label Die Laughing Records and all his own released material.

Film career[edit]

For fifteen years, from 1982 to 1997, Laffy worked as personal manager for film director Russell Mulcahy. They formed the company LeBad Films together. Laffy also served as Mulcahy's personal assistant on his first three features Razorback, Highlander, and Duran Duran's Arena. He managed Mulcahy through the pinnacle of his career, including ten feature films and dozens of award-winning music videos (including Duran Duran, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac) and commercials (including the Ford Motor Company, Smirnoff, Opel, British Petroleum, Universal Studios, and Miller Brewing). In 1995, he established his own film production company Laffy Michaels Filmworks, which set up the John Carpenter's $20 million film Vampires, starring James Woods.

Art career[edit]

Before his first band, Laffy started his career as a graphic artist at London Weekend Television. Since 2001, he has come full circle and is now a successful London-based artist with an international celebrity clientele for his quirky, funky pop art/mixed media canvases. http://www.gerrylaffyart.com/

Laffy currently resides in South Hampstead, London, England. He is a working artist with many gallery shows under his belt. He has a teenage son, Conor Jack.

Music videos[edit]

Duran Duran[edit]

  • "Planet Earth"
  • "My Own Way"
  • "Lonely in Your Nightmare"
  • "Hungry Like the Wolf"
  • "Save A Prayer"
  • "Rio"
  • "Night Boat"
  • "Is There Something I Should Know?"
  • "The Reflex"
  • "The Wild Boys"

Elton John[edit]

  • "I'm Still Standing" (two versions)
  • "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" (wrote concept for video)
  • "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" video co-producer
  • "Wrap Her Up"
  • "I Don't Wanna Go on With You Like That"
  • "Town of Plenty"
  • "A Word in Spanish"
  • "The One"

Others[edit]

  • "True" for Spandau Ballet
  • "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for Bonnie Tyler
  • "Allentown", "She's Right on Time", "Pressure" and "A Matter of Trust" for Billy Joel
  • "A Kind of Magic" and "Princes of the Universe" for Queen
  • "One Hit (to the Body)" and "Going to a Go-Go" for The Rolling Stones
  • "Gypsy" for Fleetwood Mac
  • "Voyeur" for Kim Carnes
  • "The War Song" for Culture Club video co-producer
  • "Hey, Little Girl" and "Street Cafe" for Icehouse
  • "The Tubes Video" nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video

Films[edit]

  • Razorback - Greg Harrison (1984)
  • Arena - Duran Duran (1985)
  • Highlander - Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery (1986)
  • Highlander II: The Quickening - Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery (1991)
  • Ricochet - Denzel Washington, John Lithgow (1991)
  • Blue Ice - Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins (1992)
  • The Real McCoy - Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer (1993)
  • The Shadow - Alec Baldwin, Ian McKellen (1994)
  • Silent Trigger - Dolph Lungren (1996)

Discography[edit]

  1. 1980 - Girl: Sheer Greed
  2. 1982 - Girl: Wasted Youth
  3. 1998 - Girl: Killing Time (* finally released)
  4. 1999 - Girl: Live at the Marquee
  5. 1999 - Girl: Live at the Exposition Hall, Osaka, Japan
  6. 2002 - Girl: My Number: The Anthology
  7. 1985 - London Cowboys: Dance Crazy
  8. 1985 - London Cowboys: Live at the Milkweg Amsterdam
  9. 1990 - Gerry Laffy: Money & the Magic
  10. 1990 - Highlander II European Soundtrack: song: Gerry Laffy "Shoot 'Em Down" from Money & The Magic
  11. 1992 - Sheer Greed: Sublime to the Ridiculous
  12. 1993 - Sheer Greed: Live in London (re-released 2012 as a limited edition signed twin album run)
  13. 1994 - Gerry & Simon Laffy: Lying with Angels
  14. 1994 - Ultravox: Revelation (CD)
  15. 1997 - John Taylor, Feelings Are Good (CD)
  16. 1998 - John Taylor Terroristen, 5.30.98 (EP)
  17. 1998 - Roxy Music Tribute album: Dream Home Heartaches (CD)
  18. 1999 - John Taylor, Meltdown (recorded in 1992)
  19. 1999 - John Taylor, Juicy Jeans Promo Sampler (EP)
  20. 1999 - John Taylor, The Japan Album (CD)
  21. 2000 - John Taylor, Japanese (EP)
  22. 2000 - John Taylor, Live Cuts (CD)
  23. 2001 - John Taylor, Techno for Two (CD)
  24. 2001 - Gerry Laffy: All Day Long
  25. 2005 - Chris Chesney & Gerry Laffy - Diabolical Liberties
  26. 2006 - Girl - Live Bootlegs - Tokyo 1980
  27. 2006 - Girl - The Rare DVD Collection
  28. 2007 - Gerry Laffy - The Icebox Studio Sessions
  29. 2013 - Gerry Laffy - Just a Little Blurred + Free promo Girl - Live at The Greyhound (London) 1982
  30. 2013 - Wrecked But Not Crushed + Free promo Girl Live at the Paris Theater (London) 1980

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Girl". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2010.