During mid to late 1999, I made contact with Russ Field, who was one of the
original guitarists in Showaddywaddy.
I hadn't heard any news about Russ since he left Showaddywaddy in 1985. He kindly offered to answer any questions that Sshowaddywaddy fans may have.
Are you still in the Music Industry?
I don't have the time!
Do you miss Playing with the Band?
I did miss it for a while but as with everything else in life, one moves on to new challenges. I have to say that the band was never the same in spirit after Malc Allured left. He was the catalyst who got us all together in the first place - (with Bill Gask he offered finance to buy our first stage outfits and provided transport) - and was the inspiration behind all the stage routines. Once he left, the spark went out of the live performances and they gradually deteriorated into more and more of a one man show.
Do you keep in touch with any of the Band?
Malc is the only one I am in touch with. If you get the chance, listen to the CD featuring Malc, Bill and Ray Martinez - 'The Teddys, Red Hot & Live' - it's what live Rock'n'roll is all about!
What have you been doing since 1985?
My wife and I owned and ran a gymnasium/health-club for a short while before returning to my native North East in 1989. Since then we have both been heavily involved with the promotion and regeneration of tourism in North Northumberland.
I hope you are still playing Guitar.
Yes, but only now as a hobby.
What was your worst gig and why?
Pick any from the 1984 Halloween tour of Ireland with deplorable promotion and poor accommodation, although the few attendees were absolutely brilliant and the beauty of the Irish countryside almost made up for it all.
What is your favourite showaddywaddy track?
It has to be 'I Don't Like Rock'n'Roll No More' which would have made a great single, but unfortunately wasn't considered to be politically expedient as it featured the 'wrong' lead vocalist.
What was your worst?
Having just obtained a copy of 'Living Legends' (many thanks Paul) after many years, I think I will go for 'Fooling Around With My Heart'.
Of the other bands around at the time, were you friendly with any?
We were friendly with most of our peers such as Slade, Bay City Rollers, Mud, Glitter Band etc.
Would ever rejoin the band if asked?
What is your career at the moment?
The promotion and development of tourism in North Northumberland.
Have you ever been asked to join other bands since leaving SWW?
I had several offers but didn't want to commit myself to anything of a permanent nature.
Any chance you could send me a recent photo of yourself?
If I had one I would, but as I am notoriously camera shy it might be a while before I face a lens again!