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12 May 2009


I used to watch the Rapiers in the 80's and 90's around London, good memories.
I was not at this event, but looking at the picture here, it looks like it was a good night. Is that Dave Lawes on the right?, looks a little bigger (around the waste) then I remember :-), Colin still looks trim though, must be that "William Tell" routine, I'm out of breath just watching....

Yes, that is Dave Lawes, in pretty good shape.

Do you see Dave at all ?, if you do would you say hello from me, we have not seen each other for a long time, lost contact when I moved to Northampton. I had heard that he had left the band ?

Yes, whenever we visit England, generally. Plus he came out to San Francisco last fall, on holiday. He's an incredibly friendly chap, with a great memory of the early Rapiers days. He left the band in 1993 but returned two years ago to share rhythm guitar duties with his successor, Neil Ainsby, an arrangement that is an embarassment of riches in my opinion, and unique in the annals of rock 'n' roll.

Peter, what's your surname or location, so I can pass your hello to Dave.

He will know me from our time together at Seismograph in Kent (in the 80's), I now live in Northampton in the UK. The last time I saw him play was at the Derngate (the theater in Northampton) with Freddy Garrity, that must have been around 1990?.
It would be nice to catch up and have a beer, I think they are touring the UK now, I will have to look at the dates/locations.

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Rapiers Favourites

  • Ace Cafe London
    Great English fry-ups on the North Circular, real Rapiersland.
  • Ace Records
    Re-issuers of "1961", originally issued in 1987.
  • Amersham Rock 'n' Roll Club
    See the stars up close and personal at this Buckinghamshire hot spot.
  • Fury Records
    The rock 'n' roll specialty label behind most of The Rapiers' recordings.
  • Joe Meek Society
    Delve into the life and times of Britain's 1st independent record producer.
  • Joe Meek Yahoo! Group
    Ongoing discussion of Meekdom news and happenings.
  • John Leyton
    "Johnny Remember Me", "Wild Wild" and "Son This Is She" are his hits, spectacularly rendered by The Rapiers.
  • Kaisers
    Musical kin to The Rapiers, pride of Scotland, Beatmeisters first class.
  • Liam Watson
    White Coat proprietor of Toe Rag Studios, our lads' preferred recording studio.
  • Mike Berry
    Another original from the Joe Meek stable of stars.
  • My Generation Yahoo! Group
    Focusing on '60s BritPop stars like The Searchers.
  • Official Monster Raving Loony Party
    Founded by Screaming Lord Sutch, OMRLP offers voters sense and sensibility at each by-election.
  • Palm Door Films
    LA-based documentarians behind "A Life in the Death of Joe Meek".
  • Pipeline Magazine
    The instrumental rock review also sponsors an annual Easter convention.
  • Shadow Music
    Ground Zero for all things Shadows: music, comment, clubs and more.
  • Telstar The Movie
    The Rapiers make bit cameos in director Nick Moran's 2009 biopic of the rise and fall of producer Joe Meek.
  • YouTube
    Saving you the trouble of keying in "Rapiers".


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