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Life On Earth - Stockport Band Life On Earth Stockport Band
The very first incarnation had Paul attempting minimalist guitar ala the SLITS, Gail Heathcote on very sparse vocals, a backing tape of Paul's heavy dub bass lines, Anne-Marie's drums. Paul wearing a rasta hat and Gail in a tutu, tried to convince an unwilling STOCKPORT audience that this musical concept could be a way forward - actually it was crap - no one was fooled! The headlining bands NU-TRIX (being managed at the time by Paul) and the NEW MILLS band ATTAK could have been accused of being far less imaginative but more coherent. CURSE also played this gig. Paul started producing a fanzine "SLUM" and promoting gigs with his NOISE PROMOTIONS around this time. Noise / Life On Earth
PAUL, PHIL and GAIL
Life On Earth - Paul Chaney
With a name derived from David Attenbrough's book with a frog on the cover (Paul G is is a notoriously enthusiastic herpetologist) Paul, (now playing 4 string lead Guitar!!) got together with Phil Simms (Bass), Gail Heathcote (Vocals) and a drum machine. LIFE ON EARTH quickly wrote a short set of songs and played their first gig again at OFFERTON HOUSE, a hospital for people with learning difficulties. The set included an encore of the DAMNED's classic 'New Rose', and for some inexplicable reason both Paul and Phil played the gig in old ladies' clothing.
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GAIL-New Merlins Cave (London)
In late '81 the band undertook a tour of STOCKPORT venues, including MANCHESTER ARMS/ BROOKFIELD/ OFFERTON HOUSE/RED LION/NEW MILLS YOUTH CLUB/NEW MILLS TOWN HALL/ JACKSON'S LANE YOUTH CLUB where the band now rehearsed in the next room to MANCHESTER group the PASSAGE.
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PAUL and CHANEY
In late '82 LIFE ON EARTH recorded a demo at BIRCH LANE Studios in DUKINFIELD with ex-PRIMAL, present CRYSTAL'S HOUSE drummer Anne-Marie guesting. The resulting three tracks were used (without permission) on a STOCKPORT indie compilation tape 'STOCKPORT UNDER OCCUPATION' and so when asked to appear at a gig being videoed for a compilation video, A PUNK COLLECTION, shortly afterwards, the band declined stating their reasons as 'not wanting to be pigeonholed' - Actually the band were pissed off from their previous experience of not being asked for permission to use their songs on the 'OCCUPATION compilation - although the two projects were not related. This caused some friction between the band and some STOCKPORT 'punks', particularly NU-TRIX whom Paul had managed briefly in 1981. A fight occurred at SMUGGLERS when LIFE ON EARTH next played there, probably precipitated by Paul's opening comment to the spitting punks at the front that "firstly spitting is unhygienic, secondly they should realise that Punk had died five years ago!" Noise / Life On Earth
PAUL, PHIL and GAIL
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PHIL-Bass
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PAUL, GAIL and PHIL
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