Tamworth Bands - History 1960-1990



Musical Genre/Type: Psychobilly
Formed: 1987

Band Members:
Simon Mills (bass)
Nick Plant (drums)
Daz Knight (lead guitar)
Bill Telford (vocals)

Surf Rats
Alley Cats
The Rathole

Tamworth Herald Articles:

Tamworth Herald – 10/07/87
Musicbox – Sharp stuff from Cut-Throats
TAMWORTH’S ‘Rathole’ opens its doors to the charming genre of rockabilly and psychobilly music on Sunday night.

Three – possibly four – bands specialising in this high energy musical onslaught will take to the Rathole stage ensuring a night of stomping fun for a bewildered audience.

The line-up is made up of two locally-based acts – The Alley Cats and debut-makers The Cut Throats – alongside top Birmingham psychos The Surf Rats and possibly another manic outfit, Lost Souls.

The night – a sort of ‘Wrecking at the Rathole’ affair will be interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly it will give ‘Rathole’ audiences their first chance to taste the pleasure of The Alley Cats.

Secondly it will give them an opportunity to enjoy top class out-of-town psycho music and thirdly it will give a debut to a brand new band The Cut Throats. They have been together only a matter of weeks although already there is a buzz around that they are going to be hot stuff indeed,

They are made up of the following interesting quartet of local musicians – Simon Mills (bass), Nick Plant (drums), Daz Knight (lead guitar) and Bill Telford (vocals). Nick probably deserves most of the credit for getting the band together which he started to do shortly after the brief but fascinating career of The Mutant Zombies ground to a halt.

Nick – then known as Sick Nick the Psycho – was keen to play maximum psycho music and according to Bill Telford that is exactly what The Cut Throats offer.

“People who have come along to see us practice have said we sound something like a cross between The Meteors and The Guana Batz which is just what we want,” said Bill.

The band’s material is all self-penned although they throw in the dance favourite ‘Wipeout’ as a way of getting the audience into an advanced state of bopping. And according to Bill, Tamworth will have witnessed nothing like The Cut-Throats before…

“We are totally different to all the other bands in Tamworth but I think we should still go down well because we are that bit different,” enthuses Tamworth’s newest singer.

So, a ‘Rathole’ night with a difference. Psychobilly, rockabilly fans et al should find the whole occasion immensely enjoyable, but I have a sneak feeling many ‘normal’ rock fans will also get a kick out of this original stomping fun. It starts on Sunday night at 8pm.

Tamworth Herald – 17/07/87
Musicbox - Are you ready for this?
Wreck on with the psychobillies

Psychobilly Night – The Rathole
THE RATHOLE saw a new crowd of supporters last week – when the psychobillies steamed in to ‘wreck’ the night away!

First up were the new Tamworth band ‘The Cuthroats’ who were playing their first ever gig.

They were very entertaining and vocalist Bill Telford, tried hard to make the audience respond, but in true Rathole style, no-one did!

Next up were Lost Souls who really stole the evening for me. The double-bass player, in particular, was excellent and they soon had everyone dancing(!). Even a rendition of the Batman theme seemed to go down very well!

Finally it was the Surf Rats who strolled on stage. They had a far-too serious outlook on their music playing fast songs that tended to drag for a while.

Overall it was a goodnight for all psychobilly fans and bands alike, and hopefully we can look forward to seeing more nights like this at the Rathole.

Review: Anice Byfield

Tamworth Herald – 21/08/87
Musicbox – SNIPS
The Cuthroats, Tamworth’s psychobilly faves are searching for a new drummer. A kit is not essential but enthusiasm to play maximum psycho music most definitely is. More details from Bill.

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