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Paul Sampson in the Pink Umbrellas
Paul Sampson in the Pink Umbrellas

Pop into the Past

Local music expert Pete Chambers continues his look at local pop music with a spotlight on Paul Sampson. Remember, Pete goes into more detail, and you can hear the music, every other Friday on the Bob Brolly Show.


Paul Sampson Facts

The Umbrella's Raspberry Rainbow was a 'Diddy' David Hamilton record of the weekon BBC 2

Paul is a much in demand Bhangra producer and plays a mean tumbi!

The Reluctant Stereotypes toured with the Q-Tips a band that included pre-fame Paul Young.

In a regular feature on the Bob Brolly afternoon show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, local music expert Pete Chambers takes a look back at the best in pop music from the past and present that came from our area.

Every other Friday from 3pm, Pete will be on air to talk about the bands, singers and songs that made Britain swing during the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. You can also take a trip down memory lane with the songs themselves.

This week, Pete looks at local musician and producer Paul Sampson who has featured in a number of local bands.

Paul Sampson, by Pete Chambers

Paul Sampson began his musical career with the experimental jazz/rock band Bung. Bung finally metamorphosed into Ens and it was here Paul would first hook-up with his long-term collaborator clarinettist extraordinaire Steve Edgson.

Paul, a fine guitarist, contributed enormously to the new band and it was much in evidence when Ens changed their name and became The Reluctant Stereotypes. Quirky jazz was soon replaced by the Coventry ska sound as the Stereotypes got themselves a new vocalist - a certain Paul King.

It was Paul Sampson that would write the majority of the band's material however, including She Has Changed, Not You and the wonderfully disturbing Nightmares.

The band signed to WEA and even got a shot of fame when they appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test and toured with The Specials. By 1981, however, Paul and Steve moved on and formed The Pink Umbrellas.

Paul Sampson on stage
Paul on stage with the Stereotypes

The band began as a duo, eventually blossoming in to a fully-fledged band, with Paul taking on the lead vocals. Paul's love of the psychedelic was much in evidence with tracks like Raspberry Rainbows and Mind of a Child. It was around this time Paul became the house producer at Coventry’s Cabin Studios.

In 1984 the Pink Umbrellas (or The Attic Dressers as they were then known) split and Paul concentrated on production and engineering at Cabin studios (and work on his F.A.T.E. project Twelve Times The Moon).

He was to become a successful producer in his own right. His credits include work for The Primitives (including a Japanese tour playing bass and producing the hit Crash among many others) and producing Catatonia (he produced the hit Sweet Catatonia).

He was also asked by The Stone Roses to produce their first album although apparently his manager never told him, so he never got the gig!

He has also worked with David McAlmont and Ultramarine on their single Hymn, while Norwich’s Neutrinos are a later production project.

Phil will be with Bob on Friday, 4 November. You can listen in from 3pm.

last updated: 01/11/05
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