C h e v y
LP "Metal for Muthas Vol.II-Cut Loud" ( EMI Records EMC 3337, rok 1980)
1.Trespass-One of these days 2.Eazy Money-Thelephone man 3.Xero-Cutting
Loose 4.White spirit-High upon high 5.Dark Star-Lady of Mars
1.Horsepower-You give me candy 2.Red Alert-Open Heart 3.Chevy-Chevy
4.The Raio-Hard Lines 5.Trespass-Storm Child
2. You got me running
5.Too much loving
6. Turn on th light
7. Shine on
8. Cold and lonely
9. Rock on
The group presented on this page was born from a band called Cupid's Inspiration.
Members of this group, after some hit pop records in the sixties and years of playing
common pop-rock music, began at the end of 70' s to write their own material. The
direction of the new music was melodic rock. At the end of 70's in England there
was a resurgence of mainstream hard rock music. This new music was called
NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal). Inspiration for these bands was
mainly late 60's and early 70's heavy rock music groups.
And these people decided to play this kind of music:
Martin Cure ~ voc
Bob Poole ~ bg
Paul Shanahan ~ g
Andy Chaplin ~ dr
This photo was taken that time. In those days group was called 4-Wheel Drive. In 1979 Steve Walvyn (guitar, ex-Hands Off)
joined the band and they changed their name to Chevy. The place of band's birth was a small midlands town, Leamington Spa. The
band then began writing collectively and their first song called "Skybird". Next song called "Chevy" was released in February 1980
on the EMI compilation album "Metal for Muthas Vol. II" (EMC 3318). EMI was the first big record company to have noticed
the birth of the new mainstream rock. The Metal for Muthas compilation albums provided a debut platform for groups like Iron
Maiden (apart from their Soundhouse Tapes from 1978, which is now such rare avis on the collectors market), Samson,
Angel Witch, Praying Mantis or EF Band.
When these LP s were released, is heralded to birth of the new mainstream, and did much to raise public awareness of the New
Wave of British Heavy Rock.After that, the band made a deal with Avatar record company, who released Chevy s first single
"Too much loving/See the light"Avatar AAA 104 in July 1980. At that time, the group played a lot of concerts (for example
with Alvin Lee) and they wanted to publish an album. It took place in December 1980 and the album was entitled "Taker".
It was published by Avatar - AALP 5001.
This photo shows Chevy at one of their concerts at
General Wolfe club in Coventry, Fooleshill Road.
In this photo you can see Chevy with Duggan and Eardley.
Chevy played some promotional concerts in England. Between 12.12- 21.12 1980 they played with Hawkind. At the beginning of
1981 was released the next single "Taker/Life on the run" (Avatar, AAA 107). In spite of very good revives in music press,
album sold too slowly to reach chart success. In April 1981 Chevy was playing with Limelight (next item of NWOBHM) at a
Chevy s next and last single "Just another day/Rock on" AAA 114 was recorded soon after and had a limited release before the
band quit Avatar. The band left this record company because of breaches of contract just three weeks before they were scheduled
their second album. The mishandling from record company and management had earlier resulted in Steve Walvyn and Andy Chaplin
leaving the band in september 1981.They were replaced by Ted Duggan on drums (ex-Purple Haze, Drops of Brandy, Paris) and
Barry Eardley on guitar.With new members band were still playing concerts, creating new material, but they didn t release any
new record. That time Chevy left Avatar company and decided to publish their records on their own. Then Chevy played with
Gary Moore one concert for BBC, which was later released as Gary Moore Live Radio Concert. (Paris Studio, 1982). There
are some talk about Chevy touring with Gary Moore and Bob Poole was asked to join Moore s group but lost out when Moore
chose an American bass player one day before Bob was due to audition for the group. Chevy finally split around 1982/83).