The Groundhogs four piece line-up Middlesbrough 1975 and 1976

The Groundhogs Middlesbrough 1975 and 1976
groundhogsmsbrotownhall Tony reformed the Groundhogs in 1975 this time with a completely new line-up consisting of Mick Kent on bass, Mick Cook (ex Home) on drums, and a second guitarist; Dave Wellbelove. I saw this version of the Groundhogs on at least a couple of occasions; once at Teesside Polytechnic students union (I think in 1975, but it may have been 1976), and once at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt in 1976. I also vaguely recall seeing them at Newcastle University ballroom, but that could be my memory playing tricks. It was great to see The Groundhogs back in action again, but it seemed strange to see Dave Wellbelove sharing guitar duites with Tony. This line-up was much more rock-oriented, moving further away from the blues, and released two albums: Crosscut Saw and Black Diamond. Both are respectable, with a couple of highlight tracks on each, but they don’t reach the heights of Split and Thank Christ for the Bomb. A live album from this period, entitled Groundhogs UK Tour 1976, was released in 2004, and features the tracks: Boogie Withus; Promiscuity; Corn Cob; Eleventh Hour; Crosscut Saw; Fulfilment; Light My Light; Split Part 2; Cherry Red, drawing heavily from the Crosscut Saw album. Sadly this version of the Groundhogs was shortlived and the band was to split again in 1976, with Tony going solo, and fronting a new band Terraplane.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on January 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Saw this line up at Redcar Coatham Bowl 24/10/76 on The Black Diamond tour. Unicorn were the support band. Groundhogs set list was Boogie Withus, Your Love Keeps Me Alive, Live Right, Country Blues, I Love Miss Ogyny, Light My Light, Split P2. Encore Cherry Red.


  2. Posted by vintagerock on January 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    My mates went to the Redcar gig. I couldn’t make it; I think I was seeing Frampton at Manchester Belle Vue that night.


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