The News (band)

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The News
Origin England
Genres New wave
Years active 1977–1978
Labels GTO
Associated acts Sal Solo, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Neo, Landscape, Classix Nouveaux
Past members Sal Smith
Graham Culpin
Lindsay Elliot
Richard James Burgess
Michael Taylor
Alan Richards
Mik Sweeney

The News was a short-lived new wave band formed in 1977, by Sam Smith (lead vocals, guitar), Graham Culpin (bass), Terry Farrelly(drums) (previously with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel), Richard James Burgess (of Landscape) (drums)[1] and Andy McDonough (keyboards).

In the early days of 1978, the band signed a recording contract with GTO and, in the first weeks of the year, they recorded their first and only single, "Blue Thru", released on 3 March. Shortly afterwards, Alan Richards joined and played guitar, in the place of Smith, who concentrated on lead vocals.

In the summer, Culpin quit, being replaced by Mik Sweeney (previously with Neo). After that, the band did not record anything else and split up shortly afterwards. However, Smith (Sal Solo) and Sweeney reunited and founded Classix Nouveaux.

Later, Terry Farrelly worked with Led Zeppelin and Bad Company as a drum tech, before moving to Australia where he set up a chain of recording studios and discovered Silverchair and collaborated with Alison Moyet, Midge Ure, Joe Cocker, Kate Bush, among others.


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