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The Yo-Yos are a rock n'roll band, formed in 1998 by ex- The Wildhearts bassist, Danny McCormack and singer / guitarist Tom Spencer (ex- Sugarsnatch / The Lurkers) after the two met at a Toy Dolls recording session. The Yo-Yo's recruited Andy Selway (Bladz) (ex- Sugarsnatch) on drums & guitarist Neil Phillips (B-Movie Heroes) to the band.
The Yo-Yo's recorded their first single, titled "Out Of My Mind" and then joined The Backyard Babies for a UK tour. Another single was then recorded, entitled "Rumble(d)". The Yo-Yo's continued to tour the UK and were then signed by US label Sub Pop.
On the Sub Pop label, the Yo-Yo's released their debut album, Uppers & Downers on CD and LP in 2000. Despite gaining a cult following as well favourable coverage from the rock and indie press, they split up do to infighting among members.
Neil Phillips went on to play for Danny Frye & The Devildolls, and also return his concentration to his own B-Movie Heroes whilst Andy Selway went onto KMFDM. Neil Phillips released his debut solo album in July 2012 under the name Jackrabbit Parole. The album, 'It's a Long Way Back to th Drawing Board', is available through Front Room Records.
In 2005 the group reformed with a new lineup that included McCormack and Spencer, along with Rich Jones (Amen, The Black Halos) on guitar the band recorded a new EP entitled "Given Up Giving Up" and successfully toured the UK supporting 3 Colours Red. The EP was initially due for release on Mighty Atom Records but was put out on Undergroove records at the last minute.
Ex-Wildhearts drummer Stidi originally took up drumming duties for the band but was replaced last minute before recording began, the job went to Craig Herdman (The Cherrykicks). The band finally walked out on McCormack halfway through a tour with AntiProduct due to further drug problems. However, Danny completed the tour in defiance, with support band 'Any Given Day' providing a backing band for him to front.
Tom Spencer is currently fronting London based The Loyalties, which includes Rich Jones, Craig Herdman and Lee Jones (ex-Deadline). Rich Jones also plays with Bassknives. Danny McCormack is working on his first solo album in South Shields. Neil Phillips continues to play with B- Movie Heroes.
On 17 February 2012 the Yo-Yo's reformed for "one night only" for a show at Camden Barfly to celebrate Danny McCormack's 40th birthday. Initially only 1 show was scheduled but due to unprecedented demand, a second later show was also booked for later in the evening. At the end of each set the band was joined onstage by special guests Chris McCormack (Danny's brother), Therapy? frontman Andy Cairns, Wildhearts drummers Ritch Battersby (1st set) and Stidi (2nd set), Professionals guitarist Ray McVeigh and Libertines frontman Carl Barât for a selection of classic punk rock songs. The band also performed on the third stage at Download Festival on the 9th of June 2012.
The band made a further appearance on June 1, 2013 at Camden Rocks Festival curated by Danny's brother Chris McCormack at The Barfly. Chris was originally planned to take Rich Jones's place who was in the States with the Ginger Wildheart Band but Nick Hughes ( New Device ) ended up taking 2nd guitar duties while Si Maxwell performed again with the band on drums after last performing with them at Download the previous year.
- Uppers and Downers (Sub Pop 2000)
- Given Up Giving Up (Undergroove 2005)