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Pete Sears after a couple of years of hard living on the road. Photo taken between Sons of Fred sets.

Pete Sears after a couple of years of hard living on the road. Photo taken between Sons of Fred sets.

“Baby What You Want Me To Do”

 

Pete Sears after several years of hard touring across the British Isles.

We were mobbed by a large group of scream­ing girls as we came out of the “Thanks Your Lucky Stars” TV stu­dios (I doubt they knew who we were, but we were obviously a rock n roll band and were com­ing out of a TV studios…so that was good enough for them) there was a police cor­don and everything…my jacket was ripped up pretty good.
We got into our old Mark 10 Jaguar that was cov­ered in women’s lip­stick (we actu­ally had a lot of fans) and high­tailed it to the M1. It was an old Jag but went like a bat out of hell…we had to hold the stick at 110 mph or it would slip out of top gear.
We per­formed pri­mar­ily R&B music live, but our sin­gles were a bit more pop except for “Baby What You Want Me to Do”.
Not sure where the money went…certainly not in our pock­ets, well not mine anyway.

Around 1965 we’d drive down Somer­ley­ton Road in Brix­ton, South Lon­don and groups of African or West Indian guys, mostly Jamaican, would be stand­ing out­side each house with a giant chunk of Hashish each. They’d see a group van and run after us yelling for us to buy from them…“Hey mon…here, here, over here”.

We’d mostly come away with a good deal…I mean a very good deal, but some­times we felt lucky to get out of there with our lives. This all hap­pened a few blocks away from Brix­ton Police Station.

The old build­ings in Somer­ley­ton Road have all been torn down now. My dad used to drive my fam­ily through Brix­ton on his way to the cen­ter of Lon­don from our house in Brom­ley. I was a kid, and I’d hear this amaz­ing music pump­ing at high vol­ume out of “Desmond’s Hip City” record store under­neath the arches. Blue Beat, Skar, Rock Steady then Reg­gae. Every time we drove past the shop I’d open my win­dow so I could hear better…I was mesmerized.

The Sons Of Fred were getting pretty out there by this time.

Mick Hutchinson was one of the first guitarists to experiment with amp feedback sounds and incorperate them into his solos.

We lived pretty hard back then.

In spite of a strong fan base, “The Sons Of Fred” disbanded several months later.