Taz Harlem

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Mike Blakemore – lead vocals
Pete Din – guitars
Nigel Davies – bass & vocals
Mick Kirton – Drums & vocals

Recorded at House on the Hill studios, Bath 1990

Taz Harlem was formed in 1986 by Pete Din, Nigel Davies, Gary Davies (rhythm guitars), Simon Watkins (drums). They soon became a constant presence on the Bristol rock scene through the late 80s. Regular gigs at the Bristol Bridge Inn and the Bierkeller among many others polished their live performances into a tight cohesive sound emulating the west-coast feel of American rock popular at the time.

1988 saw a number of line-up changes with the addition of previously unknown vocalist Mike Blakemore (a partnership with bassist Nigel Davies that was to last for many years) and seasoned veteran Mick Kirton ( Hawkwind, The Groundhogs, Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts) behind the Kit. Their reputation for solid catchy songs and an energetic stage presence led to their popularity as a support act for high-profile touring bands including several slots with Irish brothers Mama’s Boys and the offer of a German tour. The band didn’t ever part company, but mutated, with the addition of second guitarist Paul Godbert in 1991, into the nucleus of Voodoo.


All songs written by Blakemore / Davies / Din

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