I’ve been enjoying listening to the Motors recently – I’m sure I barely noticed them at the time (their ‘pomp’ coincided with me being between 8-12, and not hanging around the London pub scene, so I can be forgiven for this). Power-pop isn’t really my thing but, crikey, they were good at it. This one, ‘Love And Loneliness’, seems to have been their epic last hurrah in 1980. They apparently announced the towel being thrown in two years later but Google tells me their last UK gig was actually the Reading Festival in 1978. There must have been a lot of thumb-twiddling those last few years.
The curious thing is, though, that there seems to be no online trace of what key members Nick Garvey (generally seen in videos in a huge white shirt), Andy McMaster (the undernourished looking fellow) and early member Bram Tchaikovsky (generally seen in a stripey cutaway T shirt in videos, also looking malnourished) did subsequent to the early 80s. Yes, I known Bram had three LPs under his own name. But he called it quits around 1982 as well.
Former middling pop people keeping such a low profile into the internet era is actually quite a trick. So, I’m curious – anyone bumped into Garvey, McMaster or Peter down the local Tesco in recent years?