Mark Connelly: Guitar Vocal. Peter West: Drums. Ian Poulson: Bass Guitar.
"The group was 'The Clockwork Lounge'. I saw them quite a few times and one evening made the mistake of dropping 'The'. I was quickly and sharply corrected by the bass player, who pointed out with a strong emphasis on 'The', 'It is 'The Beatles','The Rolling Stones','The Who','The Yardbirds' 'The Sex Pistols'.. So it is! 'The Clockwork Lounge', exactly what is written on the poster.. or can you not read?
Name from a painting!..
Later that evening, I had the chance to talk and have a beer with the guy, who was not only a damn good bass player but a really nice guy as well. He apologised for biting my head off and explained that he sometimes gets a bit fed-up with people trying to ridicule the group in some way, because of jealousy or to try and give themselves a sense of superiority. He also told me, 'Loads of people think it is really funny to refer to the group as 'Clockwork Orange or summat like that', which goes to prove they are only interested in winding you up. If you can remember 'The Rolling Stones','Manfred Mann's Earth Band', or 'Depeche Mode', it isn't difficult to remember 'The Clockwork Lounge'.'He went on to explain that he had chosen the name and it had come from a painting and not from the film.
I spoke to him a few times after that evening and he was always friendly,courteous, and a really interesting guy, if a little strange. He told me which groups would be big and which would not, and how the style of music would change.He also said to me, 'If musicians aren't careful the whole industry will end up back in the hands of businessmen,who will be selling us cheap and nasty products that all look and sound the same.' He virtually was 100% correct
Excellent Song Writers.
I remember being told, Ian and Mark wrote, as a songwriting partnership, all the group's songs. I know, they were often compared to Lennon and McCartney. I once asked them how many songs they had written and they told me that they had lost count, but they tended to write about one song a week,plus a few ideas. They were always introducing a handful of new songs into their set and they didn't seem to like playing other people's songs, nor a similar set to the last one they had played. They were and are the most prolific songwriters I have ever known. Ian, who seemed to be the spokesman and leader of the group, told me that both he and Mark could play a few instruments and they would use different instruments to write songs; sometimes guitars, sometimes the piano, sometimes the bass, sometimes just a word or a phrase, whichever was the most spontaneous, appropriate or comfortable.
I decided to name 'The Clockwork Lounge' as the best Wigan band, because of the many positives the group had: their melodic music, very good songwriting ability, very good musicianship, versatility, conceptual, individuality, image, creativity, performance, personality, style... also,because the group contained the two best songwriters Wigan will ever see. To have one good songwriter in a band is fantastic and probably essential. But! To have two good songwriters in one band is incredible."
Melodyman: March 2010