No Dice – Same (1977)

FrontCover1.jpgIn 1975, from the ashes of a band you’ve never heard of (March Hare) Gary Strange and Dzal Martin added Roger Ferris and Chris Wyles to themselves and formed the fledgling No Dice, a blues/rock band in Stones/Faces style but with room to manoeuvre into more adventurous musical seas if the urge took them. After some demos and one single release ‘I need someone’ on DJM records, they sat out a not

After some club gigs and an opening stint for UFO, in the year Elvis succumbed to one hamburger too many, they lock themselves away in Abbey Road and Island studios ‘til all hours making ‘No Dice’ their imaginatively titled debut album, produced by Steve Smith and engineered by Phill Brown. Tours supporting Eddie and the Hotrods, the Tom Robinson Band, a Reading festival appearance and a lengthy jaunt round Europe with Status Quo, all lead up to a 10-week tour of America. Support slots with Foghat, REO Speedwagon, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Eddie Money, Black Oak Arkansas & Cheap Trick,ensure the band are playing from 400 to 20,000 seat halls and stadiums.

But wait – all is not well back home, the dark forces of punk are rising! No Dice return from America to record their second LP (with Munch Moore now firmly ensconced on keyboards) a rock opus done on the Rolling Stones mobile and mixed in New York entitled ‘2 Faced’ (with Rupert Holmes in the production chair and incidentally writing ‘The Pina Colada Song’ whilst producing the band on location in the green valleys of rural Wales!) The British music press hate it – and them. How dare they perpetuate the heresy of playing unfashionably well, writing tunes and having fun??

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Things begin to fall apart – Chris leaves at the end of the tour and management and record co’s are suffering from frozen feet. No Dice sail on alone picking up new hands – Frankie Hepburn on guitar and Jakko,Saxophone. Spinal Tap drummer-syndrome affliction sees Tony Fernandez and John Richardson pass through the rhythm seat.
But to no avail: 2 independently released singles (‘How About You/ No conversation’ and ‘One More Night/ There goes another Girl’) and an aborted 3rd album fail to dig the Dice out of the hole of ‘nearly were’ and the band fold at a final show in the legendary Marquee Club in Wardour Street in 1982 (or was it 83?).

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After some club gigs and an opening stint for UFO, in the year Elvis succumbed to one hamburger too many, they lock themselves away in Abbey Road and Island studios ‘til all hours making ‘No Dice’ their imaginatively titled debut album, produced by Steve Smith and engineered by Phill Brown. Tours supporting Eddie and the Hotrods, the Tom Robinson Band, a Reading festival appearance and a lengthy jaunt round Europe with Status Quo, all lead up to a 10-week tour of America. Support slots with Foghat, REO Speedwagon, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Eddie Money, Black Oak Arkansas & Cheap Trick,ensure the band are playing from 400 to 20,000 seat halls and stadiums. Loadsa fun.

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Things begin to fall apart – Chris leaves at the end of the tour and management and record co’s are suffering from frozen feet. No Dice sail on alone picking up new hands – Frankie Hepburn on guitar and Jakko,Saxophone. Spinal Tap drummer-syndrome affliction sees Tony Fernandez and John Richardson pass through the rhythm seat.
But to no avail: 2 independently released singles (‘How About You/ No conversation’ and ‘One More Night/ There goes another Girl’) and an aborted 3rd album fail to dig the Dice out of the hole of ‘nearly were’ and the band fold at a final show in the legendary Marquee Club in Wardour Street in 1982 (or was it 83?). (taken from the No Dice websie)

And here´s the great debut album of No Dice !

Review

Source: glorydazemusic.com

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Personnel:
Roger Ferris (vocals)
Dave Martin (guitar)
Gary Strange (bass)
Chris Wyles (drums)
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Jimmy Jewell (saxophone on 04.)
Dave Moore (keyboards)
Stevie Smith (harmonica on 08.)
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background vocals:
The Dice-Section

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Tracklist:
01. Why Sugar (Strange) 3.51
02. Happy In The Skoolyard 4:24
03. You Can’t Help Yourself (Martin) 2.55
04. People That Make The Music (Strange) 5.01
05. Fooling 3:25
06. So Why I 2.55
07. Murder In The Rain 5:42
08. Silly Girl (Strange)  3.36
09. Counting On A Good Sign 4:36
10. Down And Dry 4:03
11. Shadows (Strange) 5.11LabelB1

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