FROM THE ARCHIVES!!
Seen for the first time is the only video my old band ‘Contempo’ made for our 3rd (and last!) single ‘Kicking Off Tonight’.
A classic example of a video idea not coming out as you would hope.
The idea is that we’re at a ‘Dance-athon’ and as the hours pass dancers drop out through exhaustion until only the band are left standing to take the cup.
Unfortunately the clock which was to show time passing was forgotten and it looks like the band play and everyone falls asleep…
We had some great dancers, both in the funk and northern soul styles, turned up to the groovy Rivoli Ballroom on the Brockley Road.
On bass my bruv Steve Archer. Guitar - Steve Friend. Drums Steve Cutts (the three Steve’s - when Steve Cutts left we replaced him with your favourite Hard-fi tub thumper Steve Kemp - Mainly cos he was called Steve). Keyboards, and later Hard-fi Tour manager, Dave Teape. Trumpet - the gorgeous Ruth Thomas and on Sax - the handsome Matt Todd.
Contempo/Hard-fi trivia alert - my brother is wearing the blue Harrington I later wore in the ‘Hard To Beat’ video.
Sax player Matt is wearing my army surplus camo jacket Steve wore in an early HF photoshoot, this was later nicked by some toe rag at a gig in Sheffield. (Tho I still reckon Steve pinched it, he always coveted it..)
My clothes look about 3 sizes too big, must have been all the rage.
Sorry for the quality but this is from a VHS tape.