Saturday, March 11, 2006

The Keys

keysThe Keys formed in London in 1979 and signed to A&M records. They recorded one album of jangly, beatlesque power pop called "The Keys Album" but it only was released in the U.K. The album was produced by Joe Jackson and contained a bunch of potential hit singles but sales didn't materialize.

The Keys were:
Drew Barfield – vocals, bass. Drew went on to the form Big Heat and oddly enough still plays in a Tex-mex band with 80's superstar Paul Young called Los Pacaminos. He also is releasing a solo
Steve Tatler – vocals, guitar.
Ben Grove – vocals, guitar. Now plays with the Retros
Geoff Britton – drums (formerly with East Of Eden and Wings)

Go to the download page to get The Keys - "I Don't Wanna Cry"


Anonymous MikeH said...

Love your found
another good one in The
Keys....i loved this album.
They came and went in a
heartbeat. Don't know why
other than lack of

1:52 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Heh. I actually remember this band!

Great blog, btw.

AC @ bloggedy blog

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Dean Seavers said...

Great Blog!

The Keys album along with the 1st Romantics record, the first Josie Cotton record and the first Primitives record are LPs that I used to pick up anytime I found a used one at the record store. I'd have a few copies of each on hand to turn friends on to good pop records. Nice to see some other folks remember them!

2:38 PM  
Blogger bltkmt said...

Just found this album for download at

Always loved it and thought it was lost forever. How about some love for the dB's "Sound of Music"? Any ideas where to find that one?

2:06 PM  
Blogger rancidstoat said...

So it's not just me who remembers these guys eh ? Saw them supporting Joe Jackson in 1981 and immediately bought the album which was fab. Should have been big but , well...

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to buy this record if anyone has one for sale! let me know.

Thanks in advance!!!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Mikey said...

Ben & Steve gave me some guitar lessons shortly before they got the A&M deal. Saw the band live once or twice. Astounded that they didn't have any success. I bought the album at the time but it disappeared in one of my vinyl clear-outs. I'd like to hear it again...I remember 'Greasy Money' being a particular highlight.

7:55 AM  

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