In March 2005, I was contacted by John Collier, one of the authors of the forthcoming '70s/'80s nostalgia book 'Penny Mix' who asked if Dave Bartram would take part in an interview/questionnaire for inclusion in the book. Dave kindly agreed, and John has allowed the questions to be used on the site.
 


I suppose if I'm honest it would have been nice to have been in the top 100! However, I'm not really one for stats and stuff.

It's the same with a lot of artists, they have a purple patch when they are teen heroes and it was amazing to have experienced that! We sort of became part of the furniture and it's truly fantastic that people still warm to the band and that it's identity is so strong.  It's always good to have a bit of success and I'd say that we were equally as excited when our "Very Best Of" album did so well at the back end of last year.  To attain Silver status this long into our careers is wonderful.

I have always had one of those faces that people seem to recognise, so it wasn't long into our career before I got stopped in the street regularly.  Mind you it's fun especially when people pay you compliments!

Indeed we were retro before it was cool.  I like to think perhaps we helped retro become cool!

No it's very democratic! We each have several jackets and operate a rota system.

We were all together travelling when Elvis died, we must've been going to Scotland or somewhere long haul, as we listened intently for hours to the radio, which was non-stop Elvis!

The most memorable photo shoot was on Skegness beach when we all donned German war helmets and nothing else.  The shots were never used although, someone got hold of one and sold it recently on eBay.

As with any kind of music once a band is successful the record companies (who don't really have minds of their own!) look for something similar as an easy sell.  So I suppose it was much easier for bands like Darts, Matchbox and Shaky etc to get off the ground. It's happening right now with lots of Coldplay soundalikes!

I would be Uncle Bulgaria!

I lived in Northants for 21 years prior to returning to a small Leicestershire village around 6 months ago!  I find London impersonal and too much in a hurry!

Yes we played Jollees on several occasions during it's prime years.  There are very few venues of that type left (sadly!).

Can't say I remember Mel I'm afraid.  I think our lot would have left him penniless if he'd taken us for a curry!

Massive Beach Boys fan, I recently put over 150 of their songs onto my iPod!  I have tried surfing but not with much success!

That was silly - I don't know how many genuine friends Alvin has - but we were paid to go on as guests.  There was no great secrecy we just showed up and were escorted to a private bar area until we were called to go on!

Had some very raunchy requests over the years which I'll keep to myself!

You don't make much out of those free CD's.  It's a bit of exposure which never does any harm!

I obviously think very fondly of the song! I used to enjoy writing a few different things for our album.  One I'm very proud of is "Swansong"!

There were 100's of TV shows that we did 'Lift-Off', 'Shang-A-Lang' etc they were all kids shows.  We, deep down, would've loved to have done a couple of album tracks on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' to show we actually could write half decent songs!

I can't see the book ever seeing the light of day. I'm an avid reader and when I go back to do some more writing I often think "forget it".