The Spitfire Boys and Anthony NelsonThe Spitfire Boys were the first Liverpool punk band to release a single ("British Refugee" c/w "Mein Kampf"). The Spitfire Boys were mainly notable for including in their line-up Peter Clarke, who went on to drum for The Slits and later Siouxsie and the Banshees (as well as marrying Siouxsie of the Banshees) as Budgie, and Paul Rutherford, later better known for being a member of 1980s pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Jones (aka guitarist David Littler) went on to join The Photons, which also included Steve Strange (Visage) and Vince Ely (The Psychedelic Furs).Contents 1 History 1.1 Liverpool era 1.2 Wales era 2 Discography 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory Liverpool eraIn early 1977, David Littler saw The Heartbreakers live at Eric's Club, in Liverpool, and asked them about a band he had, but really didn't exist, and the group gave him a place to support them alongside Slaughter and the Dogs and Buzzcocks at Warrington Parr Hall, Warrington, Cheshire, in May. The band was formed shortly afterwards by Littler as guitarist, alongside his friends, bassist Peter Griffiths and lead vocalist Michael Rigby, and Steve Platt a drummer, A short time later, while preparing for the gig, the band changed their name to The Spitfire Boys as a suggestion of Wayne County. For their first gig at Warrington Parr Hall, they played covers of Ramones.After their debut gig, the band had their first drummer, Peter Clarke, then an art student and member of Albert Dock, later Yachts. With that new line-up, the band played their second gig at Eric's Club. After that, the group sacked off Michael Rigby, who was replaced, as suggestion of Clarke, by Paul Rutherford.They released their first single, British Refugee 7", on 7 October 1977, on RKO Records.During the brief era of that line-up, they toured UK. They also supported The Prefects and The Slits (later Clarke's band), and also played a gig with Holly Johnson.In December, Pete Wylie (formerly of Crucial Three and The Mystery Girls) joined the band, but only for a few rehearsals. On 22 December 1977, the band split up, Clarke, Griffiths and Wylie formed The Nova Mob (along Julian Cope), and Paul Rutherford formed The Opium Eaters, while Littler moved to London in January 1978, where joined The Photons, alongside Steve Strange (later Visage). Griffiths joined turned his back on the entire music scene, citing the growing trend in drug abuse, and general disillusionment as his reasons.In July 2006 the band had "British Refugee" re-released on a Korova Records compilation album, entitled North by Northwest, which was compiled by Paul Morley. Wales eraAfter Littler disbanded the short-lived Photons, he moved to Cardiff, Wales, in October 1978, where he formed a band, The White Boys, but changed their name to The Spitfire Boys, as pressure by a financer of the band, who thought the name would sell better. That time, the line-up was formed by Littler (as David Francis) on vocals and guitar, and former Nylonz members Peter Millman on guitar, Kurt Prasser on bass and Chris Brazier on drums. That alineation recorded and released the 7" single, "Funtime" in 1979. In October 1979, the band moved to London, where they recorded some demos with RKO records. By 1980, despite the interest of Major Label, they disbanded, and Littler joined White Brothers. Discography "British Refugee" (RKO, October 7, 1977) "Funtime" (Impeccable, 1979) See also Big in Japan List of musicians in the first wave of punk music
Anthony Nelson and The Spitfire BoysFor other people named Tony Nelson, see Tony Nelson (disambiguation).Anthony Nelson (born 11 June 1948) is a former British politician and banker. He was educated at Harrow School where he was Head of School and Christ's College, Cambridge where he gained a MA (Hons) in Economics and Law. Having stood as the Conservative candidate for Leeds East in the general election of February 1974, he was elected Member of Parliament for Chichester in October 1974. He was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in John Major's Government and subsequently promoted to Minister of State at the Treasury and then Minister for Trade and Industry. He stood down from Parliament in 1997 and resumed a career in banking as Vice Chairman of Citigroup.Contents 1 Political career 2 Business career 3 Personal life 4 External links 5 ReferencesPolitical careerIn 1988, as a backbencher, Nelson introduced a successful private members bill to televise the proceedings of the House of Commons despite Margaret Thatcher being against the move. He also introduced a number of amendments to legislation enhancing the protection of investors, depositors and policy holders. As a Minister, Nelson was responsible for economic and monetary policy as well as supervision of the financial services industry under successive Chancellors of the Exchequer, Norman Lamont and Kenneth Clarke. As Minister for Trade and Industry, he was responsible for export policy and promotion as well as the Reconstruction and Renewal of Lloyd's of London.Before joining Parliament, Nelson founded the Action Group for Penal Reform, was a founder member of the National Victims Association and a member of the Council of the Howard League. In Parliament, he served as a member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology 1975–79. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Construction 1979–1983 and to the Minister for the Armed Forces 1983–85. He was Economic Secretary to the Treasury 1992–94; Minister of State at the Treasury 1994–5; and Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry 1995–97.An ardent pro-European in and out of Parliament, Nelson took over from Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge as Chairman of Britain in Europe in 2004. Business careerAfter leaving Cambridge in 1969, Nelson joined the merchant bank, N M Rothschild & Sons, where he worked as an asset manager and research analyst. He was a director on the board of the Chichester Festival Theatre 1982−92. After leaving Government and Parliament in 1997, he joined Schroder Salomon Smith Barney as a Managing Director and was appointed Vice Chairman of Citigroup 2000−08. He was Chairman of Southern Water 2002-04 and Chairman of Gateway to London, a public private partnership engaged in the regeneration of East London, 2002−08.Nelson was also a Governor of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (now the Institute of Financial Services); a Director of International Financial Services London (now TheCityUK) and a member of the Governing Body of the International Chamber of Commerce UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Personal lifeAnthony Nelson is the son of the late Group Captain Gordon Nelson and Mrs J.M. Nelson. He was born in Hamburg, Germany. In 1974, he married Caroline Victoria Butler and they have two children, Charlotte-Anne (b 1979) and Carlton (b 1981), both of whom are married. External links MPTV: 20 Years of Commons on Camera on YouTube – Documentary from BBC Parliament on the televising of the House of Commons including extensive interview clips with Anthony Nelson.
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