The Motors were a British pub rock/punk band, formed in London in 1977 by former Ducks Deluxe members Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster, together with guitarist Rob Hendry (who was replaced in May 1977 by Bram Tchaikovsky) and drummer Ricky Slaughter.
By May they had been signed to Virgin Records, and recorded material for another John Peel session in September of that year.
Their first single was "Dancing The Night Away", which reached number 42 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977. Two other sizeable hits followed. In 1978 the band released "Airport" - which proved to be the band's biggest seller - and which peaked at number 4. The song was also a minor hit in the United States. The follow-up - the Motown-influenced "Forget About You" - was released two months later.
The Motors' original recording line-up released two albums, both of which met with modest success; The Motors in 1977 and Approved By the Motors the following year.
The Garvey/McMaster/Tchaikovsky/Slaughter line-up split when Tchaikovsky left in mid-1978; largely due to his frustration with being on a retainer salary, rather than a full band member like Garvey and McMaster. Slaughter also left the group soon afterwards.
Following the departures of Tchaikovsky and Slaughter, bassist Martin Ace and drummer Terry Williams (who had been the rhythm section for 1970s prog rockers Man) were recruited to fill out the Motors' studio line-up. Following the release of the group's third album, 1980's Tenement Steps - a somewhat disappointing album which nevertheless contained the hits "Love And Loneliness" and the Lennon-esque "That's What John Said" - Garvey and McMaster finally announced that they had dissolved the group in 1982.
The band's three albums were reissued on March 27, 2006 in the UK with a variety of live tracks, b-sides, and remixes. Of Tchaikovsky's three solo albums, only the first - Strange Man Changed Man - has appeared on CD and then only in Japan until now. It has been expanded to 21 tracks and includes rare b-sides and live cuts and is only available on the web by clicking Strange Man Changed Man here Garvey's one solo album has yet to be reissued in any form.
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