1980s Scooter Boys, Record Store Day & the Stone Roses

This Saturday, 21 April, is Record Store. It’s a day created to encourage people to visit their local, independent record store and buy some vinyl, just as we did in the olden days!
Celebrated by bands and musicians from all over the land, it has subsequently become a time and a place to release new material, and also an occasion when limited edition releases are made, often restricted in numbers to make them even more special.

Stone Roses circa 1985, (L-R): Andy Couzens, Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, Pete Garner, John Squire and Ian Brown

One such release is by The Waterfront. They formed in the early 1980s when a group of friends and scooterboys decided to form a band. Those riding scooters at the time included Andy Couzens, David ‘Kaiser’ Carty, Mani and John Squire.
After recording a couple of demo tracks the plan was to recruit fellow scooterist Ian Brown and start playing gigs. That never happened, they split up but a short while later these chaps formed another band; the Stone Roses. The rest, as they say, is history.

Kaiser and Andy, talking scooters and music at the Old Nags Head, Manchester.

It seems fitting therefore that leading up to RSD, an independent magazine such as ScooterNova is the place where you’ll find an exclusive interview with Andy and Kaiser, both still rally-going scooterists, about the early 1980s scooter scene and of course music.
Edition 7 ScooterNova is where you’ll find this exclusive interview, along with some photographs from those days, and that will be published on 30 April 2018.
You can pre-order edition 7 or subscribe to ScooterNova magazine online via our web shop here. It is also available in selected scooter shops.

John Squire, Kaiser and Mani together at a seaside scooter rally, circa 1982.


You can find out more about The Waterfront’s Record Store Day release here, the two tracks; Normandy (On A Beach) and When The Wind Blows being described as from a ‘legendary’ recording session, offering an insight as to how early the Roses sound was being developed. Remastered from the original tapes by Couzens and available from participating record shops on 21st April 2018, all proceeds will be donated to the NHS Christie Foundation in Manchester, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.
After leaving the Stone Roses, Couzens formed The High and they too have a release our on Record Store Day, here.

** ScooterNova is an independent scooter magazine, published bi-monthly by scooterists. Printed on to high quality paper, the articles are credible and in-depth, and cover the wide spectrum of classic Lambretta and Vespa scooters, as well as other, less known marques.
You can pre-order, buy and subscribe online here.
Find out more about ScooterNova magazine here.

 

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