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FLOOKY

Wigan

 

Jimmy Dyke: Lead Vocal. Mike Walsh: Guitar. Colin Holcroft: Drums.

John Wilding: Bass guitar. John Brown: Guitar.

 

 

"I was the bass player with the band Flooky for six years. When we eventually split I went with Jimmy to form the duo Too Much. We were always getting introduced as the 

Two Of Us - Colin and Mitch - the real Two Of Us - are great mates of ours of course..

John Wilding: September 2010

 

  

 

 

"I was with the band for two years and I played shared lead and rhythm guitar along with Mick Walsh. That was until  myself, Tony Shirley and Colin Holcroft all decided to leave the band for various reasons in and around 1982.

 

  Flooky was already an established band when I joined sometime in 1980. I replaced Colin Shirley - Tony's cousin. Our driver was a giant of a man from Worsley Hall, named Graham Rimmer. A real top bloke, always up for a laugh, and always reliable. Sadly, he passed away well before his time in, I think, the late 80s. I can't recall what he died of, but I still think of him now and again, with great fondness.

  Flooky played all over the place: from Wigan to Cumbria to Germany. The army barracks there - Germany, not Cumbria! - were something else. We played for the officers, and there was no shortage of grub and booze I can tell you. They were always appreciative of our act, and we had a great time there, on two seperate trips.

  Cumbria was a good place to go too, though we did have a major breakdown there once; the bloody back axle dropped off the van, and it was a hell of a thing to get it fixed. We also broke down in Holland, on one of our German trips. That was a nightmare, and some of us had to spend the night in the van, as I recall - no fun!

  At some point we signed up with William Leyland of L.E. Agency and were going to make a promotional video. This never actually came off, for some forgotten reason, though we did record a few tracks in preparation for it. Shame really, it would have been a good thing to have and look back on."

John Brown: January 2012 

 

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