Low Dives for Highballs

by Roll Ups

Blackmail 02:57
Last Night 03:03
Slaughtered 03:18
Cover Girl 03:08
Sammy 02:17
Strange Love 02:39
Hold on 03:12


This was our 4th album and in fact our first non-live album, although there are some live tracks on it. This band were really great live. They were first know as Slowbone and were a more heavy music band, they decided to change their style because although they were getting as many gigs as they wanted, they were looking to sign to a major label. So they changed some of their line-up and changed their name to the Roll Ups. Barry Hart became Lee Hart, they had all new songs and wardrobe and off they went.

They came to see me one afternoon asking if I could help them get an album out. They had recorded some tracks and they played them to me, and they were good. I asked them how they had recorded them and they told me they had them down an on 16 track. I said okay, we can use some of these already recorded tracks. So i booked John Loders studio to record and remix these songs. This was done successfully, Lee and Geoff were seasoned musicians and made a great album. It's a pity they did not stick to music and let us non-musicians get on with the business affairs. We were offered £20,000 for the album rights with a good royalty if it broke the advance. With a major company distributing it and all the experts predicting a hit album, the band turned down the offer. Their new manager told them he could get a bigger advance and a better deal. He got neither and the album was never released on a major label.

We sold a few to their fans and some in the indie shops, but we never managed to recoup our outlay. But it was and still is a good album.


released January 1, 1979

Lee Hart - Singer & Amplified Guitar
Jeff Peters - Electric four string Bass
Paul Simmons - Drums & Cymbals
Rob Green - Six string Guitar & Singer
Kirk Duncan - Keyboard Virtuoso


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Bridge House Music London, UK

The Bridge House was a unique live venue. Tucked away under some pylons off the Canning Town roundabout in the deepest part of the East End of London was a large pub that had live music every night of the week. Managed by Terry Murphy, it was where bands such as Iron maiden, The Blues Band, Depeche Mode stared their careers and others such as Rory Gallagher and Stevie Marriott finished off theirs. ... more

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