A Birmingham- based skiffle cow-punk band with quirky washboard percussion, Terry and Gerry have reformed after 27 years!
During their formation in the early 1980s, their creative material was heavily influenced by 1950s pop groups; names that spring to mind in terms of musical aspects include acts such as Luke Kelly, The Quarrymen and The Gutter Brothers.
The subject matter of their work is largely parallel to activity in the punk genre throughout the eighties, an era when commenting on social and political issues was becoming increasingly popular and relevant to the people.
BBC DJ the late John Peel was their initial promoter and was instrumental in the early stages of their success; he became a huge fan after selecting their demo tape as they coincidentally shared the names of his wife’s best friends (Terry and Gerry). The band recorded four highly regarded sessions for the John Peel show and received a respectable mention in his autobiography.
Many of their songs illustrate poignant political and social issues, both historical and contemporary at the time of their release. ‘Butter’s on the Bread’ was inspired by the 1984 miner’s strike; ‘Reservation’ dealt with both the treatment of native Americans and the housing situation in the UK, and ‘Last Bullet in the Gun’, which was intended to be their last single, was a narrative surrounding suicide, arguably a controversial subject to this day.
Terry and Gerry were regularly involved in TV and radio, including taking part in sessions for ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ and ‘The Tube’; they wrote theme tunes for Central TV too and starred in a documentary by filmmaker Norman Hull which aired in the UK in July 1986.
In the past, Terry and Gerry have supported Momentum, The Pogues and The Nightingales and have also shared the stage with legendary Status Quo at the Royal Albert Hall.
In an interview with Gigslutz, Terry said “We played Glastonbury in 1986. It was a humbling experience and back then the whole festival scene was very different – more alternative than corporate”.
They are currently on tour across the UK, with concerts in motion during 2018 and will be supporting Status Quo on their acoustic tour next year.
Terry and Gerry play Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Saturday 17th November, with support coming from Howlin’ Ric & The Rocketeers and Charlie Thomas. Tickets, priced at £10.00 in advance, are available from bigfigurepromotions.co.uk.