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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 258 - The Headboys

The Headboys - The Headboys
Produced by Peter Ker
Released 1979
UK Chart - Did Not Chart
US Chart #113
Canadian Chart #69

 A1 The Shape Of Things To Come   
A2 Stepping Stones   
A3 My Favourite D.J.   
A4 Kickin The Kans   
A5 Changing With The Times   
A6 Silver Lining*   
B1 Experiments   
B2 Schoolgirls   
B3 Gonna Do It Like This   
B4 The Breakout   
B5 The Ripper   
B6 Take It All Down*

* Not Included in Playlist

Also on Playlist
The Mood I'm In (B-Side to The Shape of Things To Come)
Something's Happening (the final single from 1980)

Band members
    Lou Lewis — guitar and vocals
    George Boyter — bass and vocals
    Calum Malcolm — keyboards and vocals
    Davie Ross (RIP) — drums and vocals
    Bob Heatlie — keyboards, sax, vocals

The Shape of Things to Come / The Mood I'm In
September 1979
UK Chart #45
US Chart #67


Prior to becoming The Headboys the Edinburgh based band had been called Badger and had released a couple of unsuccessful singles on MCA Records in 1977.

They are probably known as a "One Hit Wonder" band due to their excellent 1979 single The Shape of Things to Come that spent 8 weeks on the UK Chart rising as far as #45 but it did get them a spot on Top of the Pops. They also had a hit with it in Holland and appeared on Dutch TV  performing it (well, miming it!).

The Debut Album was not a chart success here in the UK but it did chart in America and Canada. The band opted not to tour there and to record a follow up album that didn't see the light of day (until 2013 when The Lost Album was finally released) and the band split up after a number of unsuccessful singles.

I don't know an awful lot about the band at all and I do know that their drummer Davy Ross had passed away in 2010 and Calum Malcolm has had a fairly prolific career as a Studio Engineer and Producer working with the likes of  The Blue Nile, Capercaillie, Clannad, Emily Barker, Fish, The Go-Betweens, Hue and Cry, Maire Brennan, Nazareth, Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, The Fire Engines, Mark Knopfler, Prefab Sprout, Runrig, Steve Adey, Kris Drever, The Silencers, Simple Minds and Wet Wet Wet. Whilst Barb Jungr, Claire Martin, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSNO, and Carol Kidd are others whom Malcolm has worked alongside in the Castlesound studio that he owns near Edinburgh.

Bob Heatlie has written hit songs for Shakin' Stevens (I'm sure we can forgive him for that!). He also wrote the song Japanese Boy that was a #1 hit for Scottish Singer Aneka...I guess you have to pay the bills somehow!

He has also been involved providing music for Children's Television. He is the writer of the Theme Tune for The Trap Door!

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