The Sharks were
formed in the late 1970's by guitarist Alan Wilson and were initially
a 50's style Rockabilly band. A line up change in 1982 brought in
Steve Whitehouse on slap bass and Paul 'Hodge' Hodges on drums.
Within 2 weeks the trio had not only written and recorded their
but had also signed to Nervous records - a new label that was spearheading
the Neo-Rockabilly movement.
release was titled Phantom Rockers (1983) - an album that even now
still sells well. This album has been licensed to several other
companies and released in many formats including coloured vinyl
and CD. Within a few months of the release the band split after
a trip to Holland where they were recorded live by KRO radio. Some
of these tracks were subsequently released on the Nervous LP First
and Last Live.
It would be
10 years before the Sharks would emerge again. Steve went on to
form Frenzy whilst Alan set about a career in sound engineering
and producing. These days he runs Western Star, his own recording
In 1993 Alan
was producing an album for The Frantic Flintstones when bass player
Gary Day suggested that the Sharks would be well received should
they ever reform. So, the Sharks started recording - using Gary
on bass - and were snapped up by Cherry Red records who released
the Sharks comeback CD on their Anagram label. Recreational Killer
received critical acclaim and before long the Sharks were touring
again, busier that ever and headlining festivals all over Europe
In 1995, due
to touring and recording commitments with Morrissey, Gary was replaced
by original bassist Steve Whitehouse, but not before the coloured
vinyl 12" EP Bitch Attack was released by Vinyl Japan as well
as a CD of demo recordings called Ruff Stuff was released by Rockhouse
records. Alan and Hodge later worked with Gary Day on his solo project
The Gazmen - which was released as a 12" EP on Vinyl Japan.
The tracks also featured Morrissey's guitarist Alain Whyte and has
recently surfaced as a CD on Rock It records of Hollywood.
Now that Steve
was back, the Sharks again toured extensively, this time billed
as the original line up. Anagram released the album Colour My Flesh
and Fury records put out a 7" EP called Sir Psycho. There were
other re-issues and odd releases along the way including picture
discs and many, many compilation appearances.
Hodge was replaced
on drums by Ben Cooper (ex Restless) in 1996 who was in turn replaced
by Carl Parry (ex Frenzy guitarist) a few years later.
The Sharks decided
to quite live performances in 2000, when Alan opted to concentrate to
establishing and running his now successful studio and label Western
Star (make this a link to www.western-star.co.uk). But demand for the
Sharks just didn't go away. Step 1 records released The Ultimate Collection
in 2010 which sold well and Alan & Steve frequently cropped up on the odd
Western Star compilation together as The Sharks.
Then towards the end
of 2010 Alan asked Hodge (who was by now living in Spain) to fly over to
the UK to guest on a few tracks he had written. Steve then played bass on
the songs and before he knew it, Alan had some brand new Sharks recordings.
A 7 inch vinyl EP was released on Western Star which sold out it's first
pressing in a month! Finally after 18 months, a brand new Sharks studio
album was released, the first in 15 years or more. "Infamy" exceeded
everyone's high expectations and sold fast, attracting glowing reviews.
This led to the almost unthinkable happening.... In April 2012 The Sharks
played live, the first show in over 12 years. The band headlined the massive
Satanic Stomp festival in Germany, and went down a storm. Since this
'one off' show the band have been swamped with requests to play all over
the world - everywhere from Russia to South America, but there is probably
only one more date that the band will accept and that is a big show in LA
in Oct 2012. So watch this space.....