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Larry Wallis

Bands: Shagrat, Pink Fairies, Motorhead

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Larry Wallis died aged seventy years on 19th September 2019.photo of Larry Wallis
Larry was born on 19th May 1949 in England, U.K. and in 1968, he formed a band called The Entire Sioux Nation with vocalsit, Terry Nolder, Tim Taylor on bass and Paul Nichols on drums but the band split up in late 1969.
Larry formed the band, Shagrat, with Steve Peregrin Took, Mick Farren and Tim Taylor, in February 1970 then they were joined by drummer Phil Lenoir, formerly of Black Cat Bones. This lineup recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, Manchester, U.K. and played one gig at the Phun City Festival, U.K. in 1970 before Tim Taylor and Phil Lenoir left. Larry Wallis and Steve Took continued with drummer Dave Bidwell and in early 1971 the trio recorded four acoustic songswritten by Steve Took. All seven tracks were released in the early 1990s on limited edition vinyl and were later compiled together on the CD Lone Star in 2001 by Japanese label Captain Trip Records and later re-released in 2016 on Cleopatra Records with bonus tracks from 1972 sessions.
In February 1972, Larry Wallis joined UFO, but left in October 1972, after a tour of Europe. Larry Wallis did not record with the band, although a bootlegged live recording of a UFO performance featuring him is known to exist.
At some point during 1972 Larry Wallis recorded casual sessions with Steve Peregrin Took which contain appearances by Twink, Mick Wayne, Duncan Sanderson, and almost certainly Syd Barrett. Material from these sessions was released in 1995 as The Missing Link To Tyrannosaurus Rex, a posthumous Took solo album on Cleopatra Records
In November 1972, Larry Wallis joined the Pink Fairies, substituting for Mick Wayne. The band released an album Kings of Oblivion which contained mostly Larry Wallis-penned tracks. In 1982, their only live performance was released as Live at the Roundhouse 1975.
While still a member of the Pink Fairies, in May 1975 Larry Wallis joined a new band called Motörhead with Lemmy and Lucas Fox. In September 1975 Fox left the band and Motörhead recruited a new drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Larry Wallis recorded an album with this line-up , On Parole. It remained unreleased until 1979 by which time Motörhead had established a reputation for themselves. In February 1976 Larry Wallis was joined by "Fast" Eddie Clarke on guitar and later in the month Larry left Motörhead.
During 1975 and 1976 Larry Wallis did further recording work with Steve Took although none of these sessions have been released to date.
Larry Wallis remained with Pink Fairies, which continued as a trio, until July 1976 when they gained additional guitarist, Martin Stone. In September 1976 the band released a single, "Between The Lines"/"Spoiling For A Fight" on Stiff Records. Four months later in January 1977 the band split up. In the same month Larry Wallis guested at a one-off gig with members of Thin Lizzy and Rat Scabies of The Damned.
Larry Wallis then became an in-house producer at Stiff Records. He released a solo single, "Police Car"/"On Parole" produced by Nick Lowe, and backed by two members of Eddie And The Hot Rods; bassist Paul Gray, and drummer Steve Nicol. "Police Car" has been covered by The Members and Snips. As well as appearing on a compilation album A Bunch of Stiff Records, Larry Wallis was part of an ad hoc line-up called The Takeaways which included Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Sean Tyla. Larry Wallis took part in the Live Stiffs Tour in 1977 and appears as 'Larry Wallis' Psychedelic Rowdies' on the album, Live Stiffs Live, that was released later in 1977.
Larry Wallis also produced albums for a number of Stiff Records artists including Wreckless Eric, The Adverts and Mick Farren's EP 'Screwed Up' and album Vampires Stole My Lunch Money. His song, "As Long As The Price is Right", first appeared on Dr. Feelgood's 1977 album, Be Seeing You; and a live version of the track was later issued as a single in April 1979.
In 1980, Larry Wallis recorded an album for Stiff Records but it was left unreleased when he refused to sign a seven album contract with the label and was consequently dropped. Individual tracks have surfaced on various compilations or were re-recorded by Larry Wallis for subsequent projects.
In September 1978, Larry Wallis became a member of another Farren project Mick Farren & The Good Guys; featuring Mick Farren on vocals, Andy Colquhoun on guitar, Willy Stallybrass on harmonica, Gary Tibbs on bass and Alan Powell on drums.
In March 1979 Larry Wallis joined ex-MC5 band member Wayne Kramer with Andy Colquhoun and George Butler for a series of live gigs.
In February 1982 Larry formed 'Larry Wallis & The Death Commandos of Love' with Johnny Reverb on guitar, Big George Webley on bass and Jim Toomey on drums. This line up was short lived and Larry soon began playing a regular series of gigs, mostly at Dingwalls, with a line up completed by Duncan Sanderson, Andy Colquhoun and George Butler, This line up began life as 'The Police Cars', playing a Christmas gig as The Police Sleighs before using a large number of aliases such as The Pearl Divers Of Death, The Starry Smoothounds, The Knob Artists, The Death Commandoes of Love, The Donut Dunkers Of Death before settling on the more permanent 'Love Pirates of Doom'. This line up lasted up until a 1987 Pink Fairies reunion.
In 1984 LArry Wallis was once again working with Mick Farren who resurrected The Deviants name to record a live album Human Garbage featuring Mick Farren on vocals, Wayne Kramer and Larry Wallis on guitar, Duncan Sanderson on bass and vocals, and George Butler on drums.
In 1987 the Pink Fairies were revived with Larry Wallis on guitar and vocals, Andy Colquhoun on guitar, Duncan Sanderson on bass and vocals, and both Twink and Russell Hunter on drums. This resulted in the album 'Kill 'Em and Eat 'Em'. By 1988 Twink had left the band, who continued to gig sporadically, evenimage of LArry Wallis playing European gigs in Germany and France, until Larry Wallis also left. A final throw of the dice took place on 5th March 1989 at the Bob Calvert Memorial show in Brixton Academy under the umbrellas name 'Pink Fairies Psychedelic Revue'.
Around 1991 Larry Wallis worked with Lee Brilleaux and Phil Mitchell, both from Dr. Feelgood, on the 'On The Bench recording', with Ian Gibbons. This led to the formation of Larry Wallis' new band, The Redbirds featuring Larry on guitar and vocals, Mitchell on bass and Chris North on drums. The Redbyrds released one 12 inch EP called 'Truth, Justice and a Wholesome Packed Lunch'. Larry Wallis also wrote many songs that Dr. Feelgood later performed, including "As Long as the Price is Right", "Punch Drunk", "Talk of the Devil", and "Can't Find the Lady". During 2001 the first Larrry Wallis solo album reached its release stage.

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song:'On Parole' by Larry Wallis