People from the era tell their stories.

» Steve Haley

» Dave Massey

» Dave Cohen

» Ken Lintern

» Martin Elbourne

» Pete Webb

» John Stapleton - Def Con

» DJ Derek

» Mick Freeman

» Richard Burley

» Seng-gye Tombs Curtis

» Mike Darby

» Chris Martin

» Sapphire

» Simbarashe Tongogara

» Dan Ratchet

» Bunny Marrett

» Buggs Durrant

» Soultrain

» Rob Smith and Smith & Mighty

» Steve Risley

» Chris Scott

» The Hot Bear Club - 1977

» Daddy G

» GBH Studios / Andrew Peters

» Simon Edwards

» Cavan (Kev) Saunders

» Tony Dodd

» Andy Batten-Foster

» Dick O'Dell

» Chris Damico

» Steamers Mod Club 1980

» Popsy Curious

» Joshua Moses

» Chris Brown

» Dave Fisher & Thabiti

» Shoc Wave with Gene Walsh

» Andy Allen

» Tony Orrell

» Tim Williams

» Tim Williams (Story No. 2)

» Andy Leighton

» Martin Elliot - Bristol Beat

» Jerry Underwood

» Jimmy Galvin

» John Shennan

» Punk in Weston - 1977-79

» Shane Dabinett

» Beezer

» Reuben Archer

» Dennis McCalla aka Dallas

» Jamie Hill

» Tony Wrafter

» Mike Crawford

» Roy Hackett



Dick O'Dell


1. What's your role and past history in the music industry

Manager & former label owner. Past artists include The Pop Group, The Slits, Gang of Four, William Orbit & Ed Harcourt.
Current artists: Bat for Lashes, Mechanical Bride & Genuflex.


2.How did you get interested in Bristol bands in 1977/78?

Thru The Pop Group. They were part of a scene that included Massive Attack, Maximum Joy & many others. Mostly they hung out at the legendary Dug Out club


3.Which band did you first sign for either management or records?

The Pop Group.


4.Why were The Pop Group so fab?

A supremely talented collection of individuals who, for a short time, made an extraordinary team! Mark & Gareth especially had vision, passion, commitment, ideas & arrogance. All essential.


5. Did you ever live in Bristol and if so which part?

Never did but was on that train from Paddington a whole load!


6. How many Bristol bands / musicians did you work with and who were they?

The Pop Group, Maximum Joy, Pigbag, Mouth, were there more?!


7.What band / musician was your biggest disappointment and why?

The Pop Group could have done more records but it was always destined to implode. Headstrong characters!


8.Which band / musician was your favourite?

Uh-uh. Not telling


9.Tell me about how you set Y Records up and what was your biggest success?

The Pop Group & The Slits were both dropped by their labels. It was the beginning of the indie explosion & I just met Geoff Travis & the Rough Trade people. Papa's got a brand new Pigbag was the biggest success.


10.Any regrets from a Bristol perspective?

Nope. Never.


11.What does the future hold for Dick O'Dell?

Natasha Khan a great film soundtrack composer. A couple of Grammys & Oscars wouldn't go amiss!