The Pleasers

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The Pleasers
Origin West London/Surrey, England
Genres Power pop
Years active 1977–79, 2009-Present
Labels Solid Gold Records, Warner Bros. Records, Arista Records, Ariola Records
Past members Stephen Benham
Steve McNerney
Nick Powell
Dave Rotchelle

The Pleasers are an English power pop group, founded in 1977 in West London/Surrey,[1] consisting of Stephen Benham, Steve McNerney, Nick Powell and Dave Rotchelle, they released five singles; one on Solid Gold Records (released on Ariola Records in West Germany), and four on Arista Records, however none of the singles entered the UK Singles Chart, they contributed two tracks (Billy and Rock & Roll Radio) to the Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival LP record, songs from their 1977 and '78 Studio recordings were eventually released in the United Kingdom on Compact disc in 1996, and a version with extra tracks was released in Japan in 2009. The Pleasers were managed by Chips Chipperfield (born circa-1943 — died 13 August 2008), who would go on to win two Grammy Awards for Best Long Form Music Video as co-producer with Neil Aspinall in 1997 for The Beatles Anthology, and in 2000 for Band of Gypsys - Live at Fillmore East featuring Jimi Hendrix.[2] The Pleasers' records were produced by experienced record producers; Ron Richards (The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Hollies, P.J. Proby), Geoff Haslam (J. Geils Band, The Velvet Underground, Cactus, MC5, Bette Midler, Herbie Mann, Yes), and Tommy Boyce (The Monkees, Iggy Pop, Darts, Del Shannon, Meat Loaf).[3]

Band members[edit]

Stephen Benham (birth registered October→December 1957 (age 59–60) in Surrey North Eastern district[4]) bass guitar and vocals, would go on to produce New Music Television, and is currently managing director of InTune Music Library.

Steve McNerney (birth registered January→March 1958 (age 58–59) in Paddington district[5]) vocals and guitar, is a composer and songwriter, and has provided music for documentaries including; Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused, Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall, Lady Gaga: One Sequin at a Time, Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar, Michael Jackson: Unmasked, Brittany Spears: Unbreakable, AC DC: Dirty Deeds, Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix on Hendrix, the featured song We All Need Love in Strays written/directed/starring Vin Diesel, the featured song Changing Man in Deadliest Catch, and five featured songs in 16 and Pregnant.[6]

Nick Powell (guitarist)|Nick Powell lead guitar and vocals.

Dave Rotchelle (birth registered October→December 1952 in Hammersmith district[7] 1952 (age 64–65)) drums, had previously been a member of The Rockets, and later The Count Bishops, and is currently freelance photographer, and Chair of National Union of Journalists Freelance London Branch.

While they were members of The Pleasers, Steve McNerney and Nick Powell were involved in a car accident towards the end of 1977, but both escaped with only bruises and sprains, although their car was a write-off.[8]

Newspaper and magazine appearances[edit]

The Pleasers were featured in the 6 December 1977 edition of the Evening Standard, were the front cover artist in the 14 January 1978 edition of the Record Mirror, were the co-front cover artists (alongside; The Boyfriends, etc.) in the 21 January 1978 edition of the NME, were a featured artist in the January 1978 edition of ZigZag magazine, were featured in the 23 January 1978 edition of the Daily Mail (curiously cited by Thomson Prentice (currently Consultant Writer at World Health Organization, Series Editor at The Lancet Special Series on Midwifery) as an example of the type of band responsible for the (reports of my) death (are greatly exaggerated) of Punk rock), were featured in the 4 February 1978 edition of Sounds, and were featured in a 2007 edition of Mojo.[1]

Television appearances[edit]

The Pleasers television début was a performance of (You Keep On Tellin' Me) Lies on Get It Together, performed Billy and The Kids Are Alright on Tony Wilson's What's On prior to appearing at Rafters nightclub, Manchester on Saturday 18 March 1978, performed The Kids Are Alright on Crackerjack, Cheggers Plays Pop, and The Paul Nicholas Show, performed You Don't Know on Get It Together, and performed A Girl I Know (Precis Of A Friend) on Get It Together.[9]

Concerts[edit]

The Pleasers' first gig in 30 years entitled 'Making the Modern Scene 2' was a Benefit concert for rock journalist and author Terry Rawlings [1], who is ill with cancer, and took place at the 100 Club, Oxford Street, London on Sunday 26 July 2009, one of the support acts was a supergroup comprising Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks, Mick Jones of The Clash, and Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, in addition, Simon Fowler from Ocean Colour Scene also played, and the gig was attended by members of The Purple Hearts, The Chords, Kenney Jones (Small Faces, The Who), Dennis Greaves (Nine Below Zero/The Truth), Mark Feltham (Nine Below Zero), Bermondsey Joy Riders (Cock Sparrer/Heavy Metal Kids), the DJs were Eddie Pillar and Gary Crowley, and the MC was Danny Baker.[10]

Discography[edit]

In addition to the following album and single releases, The Pleasers also recorded versions of; No Particular Place to Go (written by Chuck Berry), and Think It Over (written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty), these and other tracks are available on Myspace.[11]

Albums[edit]

LP record[edit]

Compact disc[edit]

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Pleasers at psychedeliccentral.com". psychedeliccentral.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chips Chipperfield at imdb.com". imdb.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Pleasers at 45cat.com". 45cat.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Benham Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Steve McNerney Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Steve McNerney at imdb.com". imdb.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dave Rotchelle Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Pleasers - biography and pictures". punkandoi.free.fr. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Pleasers at youtube.com". youtube.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Pleasers at Terry Rawlings Benefit". pmsphoto.photoshelter.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Pleasers at Myspace". myspace.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Various – Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival". discogs.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Pleasers – Thamesbeat (Japan)". discogs.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Pleasers - You Know What I'm Thinking Girl". 45cat.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Pleasers - (You Keep On Tellin' Me) Lies". 45cat.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Pleasers - The Kids Are Alright". 45cat.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Pleasers - You Don't Know". 45cat.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Pleasers - A Girl I Know (Precis Of A Friend)". 45cat.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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