Will Birch

About Will Birch

Writer and lyricist, drummer and songwriter with the Kursaal Flyers and The Records. Author of No Sleep Till Canvey Island – The Great Pub Rock Revolution and Ian Dury – The Definitive Biography. A biography of musician Nick Lowe is currently in the works.

Bobby Vee – Prince of Teen Angst

Bobby Vee (Robert Velline), who died on 24 October at the age of 73, was unfairly roped in with the numerous teen-appeal vocalists of the late 1950s / early 1960s, who were hammered by music critics for being lightweights with weak voices and even weaker recording material. Examples would have been Bobby Rydell [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Popular Music|0 Comments

Teenarama – ‘injections in the knee’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkZlBAGkMdM Teenarama, is what you’re giving me, Teenarama, injections in the knee… This was the rather desperate couplet I wrote for The Records’ song Teenarama a long time ago. A few years back I received an email from one Pat Broderick (USA I think) asking if ‘injections in the knee’ was a [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|The Records|0 Comments

Don’t Ask Me How I Know by Bobby Pinson

There’s not a man or woman alive who has heard every record ever made, and even less who have heard every great record. And it’s infuriating to think of the discs that have passed you by – wrong time, wrong place. These are, of course, the obscurities; you can be forgiven for missing [...]

By | September 10th, 2016|Popular Music|0 Comments

Kursaal Flyers make bid for pop stardom

It was 40 years ago today. We were holed up in the now-demolished Queen’s Hotel, Westcliff-on-Sea, writing and learning songs for our third album. The hotel was still in business as a pub, ‘restaurant’, and dance hall, but the three upper storeys, that once offered 4-star accommodation for visitors to the town, were [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Kursaal Flyers|0 Comments