Interview with Trevor Oakes - 1st October 2014

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It is approaching six years since founding member and one of the band’s main songwriters, Trevor Oakes, left Showaddywaddy, his last gig being in December 2008.

I caught up with Trevor on 1st October 2014 to see how life has been since leaving the band.

“I’m very well at the moment, and living in Devon with my partner Caroline and daughter Anna.

I’m still playing guitar and have done some sessions with a local band called Knocked Out Loaded. I don’t play with them regularly but do other jamming sessions in Devon”.

Turning onto Showaddywaddy:

“I was a press knife maker by trade before becoming a professional musician, which is where I met Geoff Betts. It wasn’t a hard decision to give up Choise for Showaddywaddy, but it was important to me that Showaddywaddy signed with a label that allowed us to write our own songs.

I don’t remember the band’s early gigs such as Margate Ballroom or the David Cassidy tour, but I have fond memories of Glasgow Apollo – it was huge and had such a great audience. I also have good memories of playing in Cyprus at a large open-air gig at night.

Top Of The Pops was hard work for everyone for just three minutes on stage. TV presenters that stick in my mind from years gone by were Noel Edmonds and Chris Tarrant – they were great presenters.

I don’t listen to the band’s recordings any more but I’ve kept a lot of footage of the band from over the years – I sometimes watch it with Anna but she thinks it’s daft.

I played drums on couple of TV performances – I wasn’t great, I just got by.

I played a lot of football over the years in Celebrity XI’s. I remember the actor Jesse Conrad was a good goalie. I also drove American cars during the band’s heyday, and had a Chevrolet Camaro and Cadilliac Eldorado.

I’m proud of all the songs I wrote, but some of the b-sides were a bit dicey. I didn’t write songs with a particular vocalist in mind, but I wrote Trocadero for Dave and Bill to sing together so they could both share the glory.

I had a good partnership with Russ, but I played most of the rhythm. However I played the solos in “Feelin’” and Malc and Geoff’s “King Of The Jive”.

My favourite recorded SWW tracks are, “Hey Rock And Roll”, “Dancin’ Party”, “Trocadero” and “I’m Yours”, and my least favourite is “Rock ‘n’ Roll Man”. I never chose any of the covers though.

My favourite LP was “Trocadero” but I don’t really have a worst. The Sun Album was alright too wasn’t it?

I liked playing the well-known hits at gigs as everyone would dance and sing along to them, but it would have been nice to play a bit more album material.

I sang lead vocals on Sympathy [b-side recorded in 1986, released in 1990], but was never really interested in singing more lead. But, I actually sing vocals at gigs I do now and really enjoy it. I sing “I Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll No More” when I get a spot in town – this should have been a single at the time.

My high point with the band was shaking hands with the Queen Mother, but I don’t have a low point.

At the end of my time in the band, I felt I’d had enough of all the travelling and wanted to settle down and be happy with Caroline and Anna, and to be there for her as she is growing up. I don’t miss playing with the band but have lots of great memories and no bad points.

I’d like to thank all the fans for all their support over the years – love Trev”.