Racing Cars biography

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Last updated: 18 November 2008

Mostly remembered for one big single, Racing Cars remain a classic Welsh AOR band.

The Racing Cars' history had begun in the early Seventies with lead singer Morty performing with a band called Good Habit. Reunited with his childhood friend Graham Williams, Good Habit became Racing Cars. In early 1976 the band decamped to London, taking advantage of the burgeoning 'pub rock' scene of the time.

Members

  • Morty: vocals
  • Graham Williams: guitar, vocals
  • Simon Davies: keyboards, vocals
  • Chris Thomas: bass, vocals
  • Colin Griffin: drums

The first fruits of their time in London was the debut album, which only included Morty's They Shoot Horses Don't They? at the insistence of the rest of the band. This became a bit hit single and they appeared twice on Top Of The Pops to promote it.

Between '76 and their split in 1980, Racing Cars released two more album for Chrysalis but with the crushing precedence of punk rock, they decided to call it a day.

In 1988 they reformed, touring the UK and Europe for some years without a record deal but with a large core fanbase. But 2000 saw another development with a deal with D&A Records and the new record Bolt From The Blue. Now with Angelair Records, 2006 sees the release of 76-06: 30th Anniversary Concert DVD.

The live album 76-06: 30th anniversary concert was out on CD on 6 April 2007, launched with a special gig at The Point in Cardiff. A studio album followed in autumn 2007.


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