|Have you ever been to see a band from the 70's and turned up
to find out the only remaining original member was the drummer, singer or
Well, try going along to see Matchbox.... not only will you hear their string of hits from the era, including top tens such as When You Ask About Love, Midnight Dynamos and not forgetting their million seller classic Rockabilly Rebel, but you will also be amazed to find the exact line up that made all those records.
If this is not unique, it is very rare indeed.
was originally formed back in 1971 with a line-up that included both Steve
and Fred. Graham joined them from the Hellraisers in 1977, but it
was their amalgamation a little later with Jimmy and Gordon from the Cruisers
that formed the band we know today. Their big breakthrough came soon after
when they were selected to back Bo Diddley and support Carl Perkins on a
sell-out European tour. Following reviews in the music press, they were
approached by Magnet Records and offered their first major recording
The rest, as they say, is history... The release of Buzz Buzz saw the band get enormous airplay as it crept to a respectable position in the charts. The next one, Rockabilly Rebel, became a worldwide hit, quickly followed by When You Ask About Love, Midnight Dynamos and Over The Rainbow. Over 5 Million records were sold in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, etc. Numerous TV shows and tours with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and many more, established the band as a major headline attraction. Throughout this period, Matchbox always remained true to their roots.
Eventually time and changing tastes meant the hits stopped
coming and the various members went off to do other projects. Graham still
performed occasionally with whichever rockabilly desperadoes were
available at the time.
|Graham Fenton began his rock'n'roll career with the
Houseshakers; did a lot of gigs and recorded a couple of albums with them.
The band went through a personnel shuffle and re-emerged as the Hellraisers. More gigs and another LP, Demolition Rock, followed.
In 1976 the Hellraisers went their separate ways and Graham joined Matchbox.
|Steve Bloomfield has the distinction of not only
being being an excellent guitar player, but of being the band's main
songwriter. He was reponsible for their anthems, Rockabilly Rebel
and Midnite Dynamos, amongst a host of other fine tunes.
He often switches from guitar to electric mandolin, which is very much a part of the distinctive Matchbox sound.
Steve was one of the founder members of Matchbox and has always had a strong influence on their musical direction
|Fred Poke was the other original member from the very
early version of Matchbox, along with Steve Bloomfield.
He plays both slap bass and electric bass, depending on how the mood takes him. He also joins in on the backing vocals.
|Gordon Scott was originally lead singer and rhythm
guitarist with a neat little rock'n'roll band called Rocking Pneumonia,
in 1976 he concentrated on the vocal emphasis with his next band,
the Cruisers, where he met Jimmy Redhead.
Along with Jimmy, he was recruited to the new look Matchbox in 1977 to help fill out the sound and provide an extra vocal element.
Gordon takes the lead vocal spotlight at various points in the band's
set, allowing Graham to do a costume change or take a rest.
|Jimmy Redhead plays the drums and does a lot of the
He was once a member of the Cruisers, along with Gordon, but made the move to join Matchbox and has never looked back.