The Waltons (UK band)

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The Waltons were an anarchic band from the Isle of Wight in the UK. The socio-political post-punk/rock 5-piece fronted by Tony Gregson (aka Tony Walton), had one minor hit with "Brown Rice" (the long grain mix) in the mid-1980s, and starred in an early Colin Nutley movie shot on the island called Annika, about an Island boy falling in love with a Swedish exchange student.

Original line-up[edit]

The Waltons: (L-R)Tony Walton, O.B. Quiet, Hank Torso and Dave Cheesybits
  • Tony Walton - Lead vocals & rhythm guitar.
  • Hank Torso - Lead guitar & tenor sax.
  • Dave Cheesybits - Bass.
  • Dread (Family Man) Jones - Drums & percussion.
  • O.B. Lee - Alto saxophone.

Later to be joined by Sean the Riddler, on various keyboards and found hubcaps.

They were regular live performers on the Isle of Wight but never quite succeeded in totally breaking away from the island. They allegedly came to blows in the late 1980s whilst touring the Netherlands in an old hippy bus driven by ex-paratrooper and traveller, Sam Ganja. They disbanded soon afterwards due to problems with drugs, alcohol and mental illness.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Releases[edit]

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  • "Dead Above The Neck" (cassette only) - 1985. This can be downloaded on mp3 from Myspace or as individual tracks from The House of Cheese
  • "The Painting & The Photograph" (Feet on the Street, compilation album) - 1985
  • "Brown Rice" / "Pain Killing Time" (7")
  • "Brown Rice" / "Long Grain mix" / "Pain Killing Time" (12")
  • "Black Leather" (Vaguely Sunny, IOW Rock Anthology CD) - 1995

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