Independent label: Mick Brophy put an advert in the NME musicians wanted section looking to form a band in Manchester to play ď1979-style RíníBĒ (thatís RíníB as in the UK definition at the time Ė a rockíníroll /blues hybrid which covers everything from the 60ís Stones to the 70ís Dr Feelgood and Eddie and the Hotrods). Neil Cossar answered the ad, his Stockport band Idiot Rouge had just lost a drummer ...to Magazine (John Doyle) and Singer-Songwriter (Nick Simpson) to Nottingham University (later to form Peel favourites 23 Jewels) leaving just John Martin (bass) and Neil (gtr/vox). Mick had just moved to Manchester and had a bunch of numbers left over from his previous Punk band from darnísarf, Trash. These, when cobbled together with some old Trash covers and some Idiot Rouge Cossar-vocalled originals, formed the basis of a set. A few beers in the Old Grey Horse (the kicker), across the road from the rehearsal place Ėthe cellar under a church in Romiley Ė sealed the deal and after recruiting drummer Mike Juckes, The Cheaters were born. Distributed By Pre-Fab Records.
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