Dave Bartram Q&A - added 30th October 1999

From Andy Charman in London:

Dave, when you did a tour in Germany, I think it was in Dortmund, Westfallia Stadium, Romeo had his discs stolen from his pub, did he ever get them returned?
DB: Romeo has never owned a pub, I think the discs belonged to long gone member Malcolm Allured. His heart was never in the band & he left to run a pub, I understand that the stolen discs were a publicity stunt to advertise the pub! 1

Dave Kennedy from Chapel-en-le-Frith:

What in your opinion has been the highlight of your Showaddywaddy career to date and also what was the low point?
DB: Highlight was number one album at Christmas time in `78 - every artist wants the Christmas top album! 2
Low spot is that we should have been a 6 piece from day one!

I joined the old fan club, when this closed did a new one start up and is there a fan club running at the moment?
DB: The Fan Club no longer exists, though letters etc. can be sent to Jive Entertainments!

Have Showaddywaddy got any new television appearances lined up in the future?
DB: No TV appearances scheduled in near future!

David O'Carroll from Shepperton:
When are you going to release any new records/CDs? It drives me mad when all I can see in the shops are the greatest hits.
DB: We are currently negotiating a new album project for next year! Watch this space!

Which members of the group actually wrote the songs?
DB: Dave Bartram & Trevor Oakes wrote all the bands original material!

Whose decision was it to record Under the moon of love as this was a slight change in direction for you? Was it because 'Take Me In Your Arms' never charted?
DB: Under the Moon of Love was given to us by a Rock & Roll DJ in Leicester. We all loved the song & so recorded it! (Thankfully)

When are you going to release all the albums on CD?
DB: Crimson Plc plan to release all the albums in the next 12 months or so!

The first two albums, Showaddywaddy and Step Two were absolutely wonderful. Then you had a change of direction with Trocadero - why this change?
DB: I personally thought Trocadero to be one of our best albums, certainly from a creative point of view!

Have you ever thought about returning to the rockier music as in the first two albums? I think you would surprise alot of people and be onto a winner.
DB: We did a much rockier album in 1991 on Jump Boogie & Jive, I think future recordings will reflect very much what we do on stage!

Debbie Pearson in Leeds:

Having been to several shows I notice you often 'pick' on a member of the audience to sing a certain song to (or even sit in their lap!) - how do you choose? Do you make a determined effort not to pick shy people who might be embarrassed, or is it funnier if you do?
DB: I don't choose anyone too carefully, it's purely spontaneous. If someone looks fun loving or cuddly then I am drawn to them!

Peter in Cardiff South Wales:

When will we be able to access the Jive Entertainment web-site as I have tried to find it but could not gain entry?
DB: There are still no plans for a Jive Ltd website, as and when there is one it will be purely to promote the company's managed artists.

Where will you be touring in 2000 as I hope to see you in South Wales or Cornwall? I saw you at the 'Hall for Cornwall' in July 1998 and I thought it was the best concert that I have seen since 1982, when I went to Swindon for the 1st time, and that night was the best show. I just would like to thank you for all the concerts that I have been to over the last two decades as you are the Greatest rock 'n' roll show on earth.
DB: Thankyou for your comments on the Truro show! There are no plans at present to visit Devon & Cornwall (though I hope there will be before long)

From Chris and Sandra Hartland in Wales:

Why did Showaddywaddy wear the Teddy Boy Jackets and where did the expression "Teddy Boys" come from?
DB: The Teddy Boy suits were synonymous with the music we were playing! The expression comes from the 'Edwardian' style of clothes!

Stephen Shaw from Northern Ireland asks:

Why were "Three Good Reasons" and "Dot Dot Dot" never released as singles or even album tracks?
DB: "3 Good Reasons" & "Dot Dot Dot" were not considered good enough for public consumption! 3

And some more questions from myself!
Are there any live audio recordings rather than videos you might consider releasing
DB: We have tried live recordings in the past but can't seem to capture the on stage atmosphere!

I have read that some members owned different shops in the past, eg record shops etc. Who owned which shops and are any still owned by the various members?
DB: The shop you mentioned was part owned by former member Bill Gask. it ran in to financial problems many years ago & was taken over shortly afterwards. I was a partner in a clothes shop in Nottingham in the late 70's and got ripped off by the partner, so called it a day to concentrate on the industry I knew & loved! 4

Is there any news on your "unreleased masters" that you were telling me about or the new album?
DB: Until I hear something from the companies involved, I'm a little in the dark although the release seems unlikely, until we have sorted out a new album release!

Do you plan to make another "comeback" and release a single, maybe one that would fit in with today's chart style? I know "Why?" wasn't that successful chart-wise when it was released, but I remember you did a lot of television around that time.
DB: It would be foolish to try a new style of music, our motto is 'stick to what you're good at', but you never know in the rock & roll industry what may be around the corner!

Footnotes 2019:
  1. I remember the story about the discs being in the papers around 1988. There was a follow up story a few days later saying the discs had been returned.
  2. The Album Chart published 24th December 1978 still had the Grease Soundtrack at the number 1 spot, with the Greatest Hits 1976-1978 album reaching number 1 on the chart published on New Year’s Eve 1978.
  3. These tracks were referred to in a 1984 fan-club newsletter.
  4. The shop in question was Sound Pad, a business interest involving Bill Gask, Malcolm Allured and Russ Field.