THE ACCELERATORS lIVERPOOL

Formed: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK, 1977

There are numerous punk bands called The Accelerators, but these Scousers were closer to power pop than anything else. They grew out of something called The Biggie Blues Band and through relentless local gigging became so popular that the Siouxsie & The Banshees supported them on their first Northern sojourn. Vinylwise, they first surfaced on the local compilation Street To Street - A Liverpool Album, alongside Modern Eon and Big In Japan, although of the bands on that record it was only Echo & the Bunnymen who went to achieve any substantial fame.

Lineup #1 (1977):

Chris Martin - vocals
Martin ‘Yarker’ Smith - guitar
Kathy Freeman a.k.a. Kathy Apathy - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Brian ‘Damage’ Harcombe - drums
Graham Marsh - bass

Lineup #2 (1977-1979):

Chris Martin - vocals
Martin ‘Yarker’ Smith - guitar
Kathy Freeman a.k.a. Kathy Apathy - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Brian ‘Damage’ Harcombe - drums
Tony Doyle - bass

Lineup #3 (1979-1981):

Chris Martin - vocals
Lee Marles - guitar
Kathy Freeman a.k.a. Kathy Apathy - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Brian ‘Damage’ Harcombe - drums
Tony Doyle - bass


 

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

NO SCAN Cover    
Have You Ever Been Accelerated?
(Tape, 1979)
The Accelerators E.P.
(12", 1980)
   

Various Artists

Street To Street - A Liverpool Album UK LP 1979 (Open Eye): Radio Blues

Links

Kathy Freeman page with great Accelerators photos

Music...isms Blogspot - lots of info here (download Accentors too!) - this is where I got the lineup info from

Live here

 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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