20th Anniversary of Showaddywaddy.net

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2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Showaddywaddy.net, with the website going live way back in June 1998.

When I first got connected to the internet all those years ago, there was no broadband, only 56k dial-up which disconnected whenever someone called your landline! The first thing I searched for was “Showaddywaddy” on a search engine called Altavista (no Google back then), and there was very little about the band online. There was also no Twitter, Facebook or any social media to speak of either. I learned how to write web pages using basic HTML code, and quickly had a basic Showaddywaddy web-site up and running.

Slowly but surely the web-site started to expand, and after around a year, the web-site came to the attention of the band who all liked what had been done, and before too long Dave asked for it to be come the band’s official web-site.

Since the site went online, I have met all members of the band, past and present, and all of the guys have been really helpful with providing details for the site and filling in any gaps where appropriate. After being a fan of the band since a 5 year old in 1983, and idolising them on TV as a child, it is wonderful to be in contact with them. Somehow I’ve even managed to make appearances on BBC and Channel 4 and local and national radio talking about the band, something which I never envisaged!

I have to particularly thank Dave Bartram for all his help and support over the years - I couldn’t have done it without him. And last but not least, thank you to Showaddywaddy’s legions of fans! There was one time before the Internet when I went to see the band and I used to think how many people here are actually really into the band? I didn’t have long to find out, as when the web-site went online it wasn’t long before emails started flooding in, not only from the UK but from all over the world. It was amazing that I could send an email to Germany to the first ever person to contact me from abroad (hello Torsten!), and then receive a reply within only a few minutes!

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Showaddywaddy. The band might not have the top-40 chart and TV exposure that they had throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s but they continue to play sold out shows up and down the land, and have a loyal army of fans who follow them all over the country. Without the fans, there would be no Showaddywaddy, and without the dedication of the band members there would be no Showaddywaddy.

As for me, I am still listening to Showaddywaddy, 35 years after hearing “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” on a cassette tape in the family’s Austin Mini car. I can remember the excitement from what I was hearing, even at such a young age, and growing up during the 1980s, all I wanted to spend my pocket money on was Showaddywaddy records and cassettes. The music is timeless and alway a pleasure to listen to! Long may Showaddywaddy continue!


1976-1978 were arguably Showaddywaddy’s peak years of popularity. 1976 got off to a slow start with the single “Trocadero” and the album of the same name released during the Spring not doing particularly well in the charts. The follow up single in the Summer, “Take Me In Your Arms” did not chart at all - hardly surprising given the A and B sides were already available on the album released a couple of months earlier. Despite this, the band still kept the momentum going with numerous TV appearances, as well as being on the road touring all year. However in October, things were to take an upward turn with the release of “Under The Moon Of Love”, which was to prove to be the band’s only number 1 hit.

Showaddywaddy first performed the single on TV 4 days after it was released on the TV show ‘Arrows’, and the track was performed another dozen times over the next couple of months, culminating in the band reaching the number 1 spot in the singles charts in December. Not only that, the band’s first ‘Greatest Hits’ album reached number 4 in the album chart, featuring the aforementioned “Under The Moon Of Love”, and all but one of the singles released to date (plus select album tracks). What a way to end the year!

1977-1978 saw Showaddywaddy striking gold with every single they released, with seven consecutive top-5 hits - “When”, “You Got What It Takes”, “Dancin’ Party”, “I Wonder Why”, “A Little Bit Of Soap” and “Pretty Little Angel Eyes”. Promo videos were recorded for most singles in this period, some of which were later officially released on VHS. The guys were barely off the TV, racking up at least 54 television appearances in addition to the 19 spots on the small screen in 1976. Gig-wise, at least 100 gigs were performed in 1976, 97 gigs in 1977, and 78 gigs in 1978.

The latter stages of 1978 saw Showaddywaddy perform live on TV in November in front of the Queen Mother at the London Palladium for the Royal Variety Performance, with the band overcoming technical difficulties after their cables got pulled out of their equipment due to the rotating stage going the wrong way. However those technical problems were soon forgotten when the band met the Queen Mother after the show, a moment of which they are all very proud of. The same month also saw the release of the ‘Greatest Hits 1976-1978’ LP, an album which gave the band their only number 1 spot in the album charts. Showaddywaddy’s final gig of the year was in their home town of Leicester at the Demontfort Hall on 19th December, where it was announced on stage that the album had reached number 1 in the charts, the band playing one of their best ever gigs, and partying well into the small hours after the show, celebrating a fantastic end to the year!

1976 to 1978 proved to be a phenomenal three years for Showaddywaddy, and a period which they will never forget.

Al James Interview

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It is 10 years this year since original bass player Al James left Showaddywaddy. I caught up with Al recently for a brief catch.

Showaddywaddy - On Tour Since 1973!


Showaddywaddy have been on tour since 1973, and have been on the road during 2017, with lots of gigs still to come before the year is out! The guys are playing sold-out shows up and down the land, and with gigs booked as far ahead as 2019, the band are as popular as ever!

Not only that, the band were declared as the hardest working band of 2016 for the second year running! Said Ents24: “This year's victors come in the form of 70s popsters Showaddywaddy, who hold the top spot for a second year with more listed shows in different venues than any other music artist in 2016.”

The band continue to entertain crowds at some of their old favourite venues where they played in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as new favourites such at the Holmfirth Picturedrome and Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree. Showaddywaddy will be in most places throughout the UK from Scotland to the south coast - check out the band’s gig dates here, and go along and find out why the band are getting rave reviews!

(Many thanks to Andrew Ball for the fantastic photo!)

Complete Singles Collection Box Set - Special Offer

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Showaddywaddy’s fantastic “Complete Singles Collection 1974 - 1987" box set is available, for a limited time only, from Demon’s ‘This Is Pop' online store, for the special price of £37.99

This extensive anthology features the band’s entire UK Singles catalogue, including the Million-Selling #1 single, ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, in this 89-track, 33CD box set.

The box set also includes TWO BONUS CDs; Showaddywaddy’s original ‘Greatest Hits’ (#4) and ‘Greatest Hits 1976-1978 (#1).

All CDs are packaged in replica mini-sleeves, which includes some of their international release artwork.

The 36-page booklet includes a 10,000 word liner note from expert Steve Thorpe and an introduction from the band’s Dave Bartram.

Showaddywaddy’s ‘Next Chapter’!

Exciting news for fans as brand new album released!

29th July 2016 saw the independent release of Showaddywaddy’s brand new, studio recorded album! ‘Next Chapter’ featuring 15 songs, and also including the first self-penned material for many years.
The album is available to buy at gigs, and also online via the Showaddywaddy Approved Merchandise Facebook Page.

Showaddywaddy.net says, “This is the first studio album released by the band since 2008, an exceptional album that does the long-standing Showaddywaddy name proud. Old and new fans of the band will love the feel and energy of the songs, and of course it is great to hear the band’s own self-penned songs laid down in the studio. I was blown away when I heard the demo, and this will go down as one of the great Showaddywaddy, fitting in well alongside classic albums such as ‘Step Two’, ‘Crepes & Drapes’ and ‘The Sun Album’ - you won’t be disappointed!”

Track Listing:

1. Get A Job
2. A Shot of Rhythm And Blues
3. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
4. King Of The New York Streets
5. Reelin’, Rockin’ ’n’ Rollin’ *
6. Walking To My Baby
7. More Than I Can Bear *
8. (Lady’s Got a Hold On Me) *
9. You’re The One *
10. The House Is Rockin’
11. Nobody But Me
12. Wha’ Cha Gonna Do ‘Bout It
13. Cool Jerk
14. Dream I’m With You *
15. Sabre Dance

(* 5/8. Hewins; 7. Dixon; 9. Loach/Hewins; 14 Loach)

Rare Material on Soundcloud!

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It’s been a while since the last update, but a couple more rarities are now online on the page on Soundcloud dedicated to rare Showaddywaddy recordings. These rare tracks are shared for the enjoyment of Showaddywaddy's loyal fans. Any attempt to download and use the tracks anywhere else will hinder further uploads, so it is hoped the page will be used in the spirit it is intended. Enjoy!

Showaddywaddy - The Complete Singles Collection 1974 to 1987


Demon Music Group are thrilled to release the most comprehensive Showaddywaddy Singles box-set in the band’s 40+ year career (released 16th October 2015).

This extensive anthology feature’s the band’s entire UK singles catalogue, including the million-selling number 1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’ in this 89-track, 33 CD box set. The set also includes two bonus CDs, Showaddywaddy original ‘Greatest Hits’ album (#4 in 1976) and their number 1 album ‘Greatest Hits 1976 - 1978’, the only two of the band’s original albums not yet reissued in their original form.

All CDs are packaged in replica mini-sleeves which includes some of their international release artwork. Also featured is a 36-page booklet with liners notes from Steve Thorpe, and an introduction from Dave Bartram.

The box set is released under the Edsel label, cat no. SWWSNGBOX01 and can be order from...

Dave Bartram’s new book “All Mapped Out” - Release March 2015

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In a professional singing career spanning thirty-eight years Dave Bartram was the charismatic frontman and voice synonymous with the multi-million selling seventies and eighties' hit-makers Showaddywaddy.

An avid traveller, during that time Dave has visited all seventy cities of the United Kingdom (69 official and one crown dependency), each with its own tale to tell.

In his second outing as a writer, hot on the heels of the side-splitting The Boys of Summer, Dave recollects a potpourri of on-the-road anecdotes borne of frustration, hysteria and triumph, focusing to a large degree on the seemingly endless scrapes befalling a touring performer, most with hilarious consequences.

In an honest, no holds barred appraisal All Mapped Out transports the reader to every hidden nook and cranny within the British Isles, from Inverness to Truro and Hull to tiny St. Davids, demonstrating the strength of character, but above all sense of humour required to endure a lifetime in the topsy-turvy sphere of rock 'n' roll.

(All Mapped Out was exclusively available via the Fantom website from the 2nd March 2015.
Update 29th August 2015 - All Mapped Out is now available from Amazon!)

The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 - 1988

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Showaddywaddy had more UK hits in the 1970s than any other act…including Abba…any act! From their winning appearance on an edition of ‘New Faces’, the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ of the day, to become runners-up in the series’ ‘All Winners Final’, it took just a matter of months until the band released and secured their debut hit, ‘Hey Rock And Roll’, which reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart.

This extensive 40th Anniversary anthology features the band’s entire 20th century catalogue of recorded material, including all of their original studio albums in mini-vinyl replica wallets, non-Album A and B sides, together with a selection of alternative mixes and unreleased rarities unearthed from the vaults, in this 139-track, 10CD box set.

The 36-page booklet includes a 7,000 word liner note from Showaddywaddy expert Steve Thorpe and an introduction from the band’s Dave Bartram.

The box set features the bands’ 23 UK hits, including the Million-Selling #1 single, ‘Under The Moon Of Love’.

For full details about this exciting release, check out the box set product page.