Singles [NWOBHM] » Chinatown (UK) - Short And Sweet [Single] (1981)
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    Artist: Chinatown
    Release: Short And Sweet / How Many Times, Single 1981
    Genre: NWOBHM
    Country: UK
    Bitrate: 320kbps
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    Info: CHINATOWN was borne out of guitarist Pat Shayler and bassist John Barr's departure from college band JODY. Beginning life as the Glam influenced CHINASTREET, this Fareham, Hampshire based band soon switched to a more direct approach.

    CHINATOWN's debut line up found the band fronted by vocalist Steve Southern with Shayler and Barr joined by keyboard player Adrian Chase and drummer Russ Payne. A major line up shuffle resulted in the keyboards being ditched in favour of second guitarist Danny Gwilym, Southern being ousted by Steve Pragnell and Steve Hopggod taking over the drum stool. Hopgood had previously been in SHY, a Portsmouth based outfit that also featured lead vocalist BRIAN HOWE, later to find fame fronting BAD COMPANY. CHINATOWN soon became noted for the distinctive vocal style of Pragnell and the quintet was quick to release the sought after 'Play It To Death' album, which was recorded live.

    A further 'Friday Rock Show' session followed. Taking on UFO publicist Heidi Kipling the band demoed tracks for EMI but this union faltered. The band pulled in erstwhile TYTAN guitarist Steve Gibbs but CHINATOWN fragmented sometime after. Bassist John Barr was ousted in early 1983 and whilst he would go on to play in an assortment of London based club bands. Gwilym later turned up as part of Gloucestershire's TYRANT then SHOGUN whilst Steve Hopgood journeyed through PERSIAN RISK, BATTLEZONE, JAGGED EDGE and KILLERS. Pat Shayler formed EXXPLORER and, upon their demise in 1986, reformed CHINATOWN with Pragnell, ex-BLACK ROSE and CHINATOWN bassist Martin Rahn, ex-CHINATOWN keyboardist Chris May and former BERLIN drummer Marc Angel. The 'Play It To Death' album has since been re-issued in Japan, in CD form, by the Vinyl Tap label, bolstered by both sides of the 7" and the 2 "Reading Rock" LP tracks.
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