• Steve Blacklidge

    I was guitar player and a founder member of Tarzan 5.
    Mixed Gender/Ethnic Post Punk band formed in February 1980 in North West England.

    Line up was

    Andrea Simpson- Vocals
    Sue McGhie – Vocals
    Andy Cullingford – Drums
    Phil Cullingford -Bass
    Steve Blacklidge Guitar

    Line up augmented at various times by brass players David Tillinghast -Trombone, Craig Eastwood-Tenor Sax, and Guy ( no surname, apologies) – Tenor Sax

    Debut gig supporting The Beat at Blackburn King Georges Hall June 1980
    First gigs in Birmingham at Golden Eagle and Cedar Club Autumn 1980.
    Recorded only single ‘Boys Game/Different Story’ at Cargo Studios Rochdale in January 1981. Released on Au Pairs’ 021 label April 1981.
    Recorded four song session for Radio 1 Richard Skinner show braodcast (I think) in May 81.
    Relocated to Birmingham and Coventry in summer of 1981.
    Gigged supporting Au Pairs and with other 021 bands around England during 1981. Band management overseen at this time by Coventry luminary Steve Ashwell.
    Drummer Andy left to emigrate with family to New Zealand late 1981, initialy replaced by Ernie Hendricks who had played with Moseley band Saturday the 14th. His departure led to line up changes and a failure to settle on a permanent replacement.
    The band continued to gig sporadically until disintegrating some time late 1982 as far as I recall….Final live appearance supporting Au Pairs at Lanchester Poly Coventry .

    If anyone who sees this has photos etc. of the band at all, please feel free to send them my way…

  • m47k0

    thanks for all infos on the band
    had no idea where Tarzan 5 were from Brum


  • Andy Grant

    just heard peel play the band near the start o his 7/4/81 show and really liked the sound – sad to find out that they were so short lived


  • Steve Ward

    Hello Steve ,
    I am currently in the process of scanning hundreds of negatives I shot of umpteen live bands back in the early Eighties.
    I have here 9 photos of Tarzan 5 live at Colchester Uni on (according to my tatty diary) Friday 8th May 1981.
    I would very much like you to have copies of them. I have just sent a friends request over on FB (I hope it’s the same Steve Blacklidge , it’a a job to tell after 41 years … 🙂 The scans will be hi-res 3600dpi and will need sending over via WeTransfer.
    Regards ,

Leave a Comment:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2011, 2021 Mark Osborne