THE GEMS w/Rory Wilson
Rory Wilson left Broken Home after their final gig at Reading Festival in 1980, and returned to his home town of Dover. He produced a single for a local band named Masterstroke in 1981, adding some guitar as well. He eventually hooked up with the Gems in the mid-80s. In this exclusive, Jenx from the Gems details the story of the band.
The Gems interview - March 2001
The Gems were formed out of the ashes of a band called "the Thoughts" who were signed to Teldec in Gemany , we scored with a hit called "Wait A Long Time For You", released an album entitled "Passions In Fashion" and then drifted apart.
This line up lasted for quite a while till I swopped the keyboards to looking after the band as I had made good contacts while working for a London venue. I was replaced by Steve Bignall on keyboards. Next to leave was Mark who later went to join "Anti Nowhere League". This line-up signed to Silent Records and released three singles; all produced by Steve Barnacle - brother of Pete and Gary.
This was a hard gigging band playing most of the major London venue's plus supporting Gary Glitter on his Xmas 1985 tour - some 20 dates and again when he went out in the summer. The band then toured to promote the singles on their own and somewhere along the way the keyboard player went and was replaced by a man named "Joe". After this things started to drift apart, 'till like most things it came to a halt. A great shame really because they were on their day a "shit hot band".
this page is part of the Oxford Rocks website - click here for more info