The Capitols
The Capitols - One session - one single - less than one year. But what might've been . . .

The Capitols In Session – 1987 – Past Daily Soundbooth

The Capitols

The Capitols – One session – one single – less than one year. But what might’ve been . . .

The Capitols – in session for John Peel – March 24, 1987 – BBC Radio 1 –

Aficionados of a certain age will see the name The Capitols and would be tempted to think it’s the Soul group who gave the world Cool Jerk – but no. This Capitols were a very short lived band from Birmingham who were around less than a year, recorded one single and this sole session for John Peel on March 24, 1987.

Two hurdles – one; no photos, save for the one on the flip side of the single. Two; nothing comprising a bio on the band. And to add to the frustration, the made-up names of the band members made tracking down who went on to do what pretty impossible.

But I was able to find a blog post from a newly minted fan who had just discovered their solitary single and was pretty enthusiastic about it. The review prompted a response from Pete Byrchmore, one of the founding members of Cake Records, The Capitols label – so I thought I would share that with you:

Thanks for your piece on the capitols. I am Pete aka The Tank, ex Nightingale and Rumblefish guitarist and I used to Run cake records with fuzz Townshend who was the pigbros drummer – later with pop will eat itself. Capitols were v short-lived – possibly less than a year and this single and the peel session was all we did. Me n Maria were in rumblefish at the same time and I also did a band with mighty mighty singer Hugh harkin called Belfast Cowboys who made an album called Relief. The woman on the sleeve worked in a pub we frequented, the sleeve was hand assembled hence being crap!

Two years later I was signed to virgin with ex gales singer Robert Lloyd and these days I play in Manchester punk band gold blade who’ve made a lot of records. Also play in 80s noise types The Membranes. God loves a trier.

Peter

It may not be a full-fledged bio of the band, but it’s certainly something to go on. The Capitols, it would appear, were capable of much more than being an obscure footnote. Check them out.


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2 Responses

  1. Pete Byrchmore says:

    Pete from Capitols here. Thanks for keeping this going. I’m still in The Membranes, new album in the autumn, Maria sings in Birmingham socialist choir The Clarion Singers, Phil the drummer I believe lives in Wales, I’ve no idea of the whereabouts of Jimbo (bass) or Sue the vocalist. It could have been a great band but split acrimoniously. There are loads more recordings including what would have been the second single. Also on line somewhere is a Live gig at Burberries in Birmingham. Give me a shout if you want more info.

    • gordonskene says:

      Hi Pete – thanks so much for the note and the update. Sorry about the only photo I could find. I was looking for something a bit more clear, but . . .
      I will look for the live gig. Perhaps someday the additional recordings will surface. Good band, very nice discovery – I will check out The Membranes – sessions or live gigs? Thanks again! – Gordon.