The Attack (band)

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The Attack
OriginLondon, England
GenresPsychedelic rock, freakbeat, hard rock
Years active1966–1968, 1979
LabelsDecca, RPM (reissues)
MembersRichard Shirman (lead voc)
David O'List (lead g)
Alan Whitehead (dr)
Bob Hodges (pi, or)
Gerry Henderson (ba)
Barney Barnfield (dr No. 2)
Plug Davis
George Watt (key)
Geoff Richardson (g)
Chris Allen (dr)
Kenny Harold
John Du Cann (lead g No. 3)
Keith Hodge (dr)
Roger Deane (1968)

The Attack were an English freakbeat/psychedelic rock band formed in 1966 around singer Richard Shirman (26 April 1949, London – 26 July 2017). The first line-up featured drummer Alan Whitehead from Marmalade, guitarist and trumpeter David O'List (later of The Nice) - later replaced by John Du Cann (later of Andromeda and Atomic Rooster), Richard Shirman on vocals, Bob Hodges on piano and organ and finally Gerry Henderson on bass.[1] Their first single "Try It" had also been recorded by The Standells and Ohio Express.[1] They also released a version of "Hi Ho Silver Lining", a few days earlier than Jeff Beck.[1] Richard Shirman was invited to be singer with Andromeda but he declined.

In 1979, Shirman reunited The Attack. Two years later he founded another band Hershey and the 12 Bars who released an album in 2000: Greatest Hits Volume II (A New Day Records, AND CD43).



  • "Try It" b/w "We Don't Know" (Decca) 1967
  • "Hi Ho Silver Lining" b/w "Any More Than I Do" (Decca) 1967 – UK #53[A]
  • "Created By Clive" b/w "Colour of My Mind" (Decca) 1967
  • "Neville Thumbcatch" b/w "Lady Orange Peel" (Decca) 1968
  • "Hi Ho Silver Lining" b/w "Any More Than I Do" [Reissue] (Decca) 1972
  • "Created By Clive" b/w "Colour of My Mind" [Reissue] (Acme) 2005

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Magic in the Air (Reflection) 1990
  • Magic in the Air [Reissue] (Aftermath) 1992
  • Complete Recordings 1967-68 (Acme) 1999
  • Final Daze (Angel Air) 2001
  • About Time! (RPM, Bam-Caruso) 2006


  1. ^ Chart position is from the official UK "Breakers List".
  1. ^ a b c "The Attack Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2010.

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