Whitaker went on to play drums in London-based indie band The Servants, and then in several Hullrock bands, including The Penny Candles, The Juniper Chute, The Fabulous Ducks, and The Gargoyles.
In 1993, Whitaker was sent to prison for six years for assaulting former business associate James Hewitt with an axe and setting fire to his house on three occasions.
In 1997 Hugh moved to Leeds. After a short stint as drummer with Freddie and the Dreamers he joined a local band, Percy. By 2012, back in Hull, and having played a range of musical styles in dozens of bands, he joined forces with eclectic rock outfit Pocketful O'Nowt.