Sunday, 22 February 2015

Tracking Down The Regents : The Bic, Desire Higher and Tragedy

Regular readers may recall my delayed discovery of late 70s/early 80s one hit wonder band The Regents (see previous post here)

After some digging around, I found that the two female backing singers who delivered such quirky kooky performances were actually called Kath Best and Bic Brack (and not Bric Brak as I'd previously found on one site and subsequently reported) Kath was the dark haired one and Bic the blonde (and not, as persistent YouTube rumour suggested, the young Lesley Sharp!)

I haven't found much on Kath Best, though there is an actress out there with that name - could this be her? But it seems Bic continued in the music business with this late 80s clubby hit uploaded by Ben Brack (brother? husband?) with the following description...

This is a videoclip from the late-eighties. Bic Brack and Martin Sheller produced the music and shot the video in their flat. Bic and Ben Brack did the edit and applied the Fairlight FX. They are the pioneer producers for the clubscene in the mid-eighties






Martin Sheller was also the lead singer in The Regents, as well as co-writer and co-producer of their material, so its clear to me that following The Regents split, he and Bic went solo and that they were either very good friends and flatmates at the time, or were an item. A German music site shows they released a 12" called Musica Pop in 1983 as The Bic and the site shared some images





Sheller's bandmate/co-songwriter/producer in The Regents was Damien Pew, whose wife/partner Jules Pew is responsible for a couple of uploads of The Regents's performances on YouTube. She reports there that Sheller sadly died in 1999. I learnt from YouTube that The Regents guitarist Brian Gaylor has also died in a hang gliding accident.

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  1. I used to know Bic in the late 70s/ early 80s, we were at St. Martin's Art College together and shared a squat in Euston. Later my partner managed a project Martin was ding with another singer. Bic and he were married atone pint.Ben Brack was Bic's brother. Bic was great fun as a person. And yes that is indeed Kath Best.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience, knowledge and insight!

      Since posting this blog entry I came to learnt hat Ben was Bic's brother and that Bic and Martin were together, but did not know they were married. Thanks! Thanks too for shedding light on Kath Best!

      I've come to really love this band's music and now have their album, a single and the Pop Musica single from The Bic too

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    2. I think this also might be Kath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXl3eFefnWQ

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    3. I think you're right! Thanks :)

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    1. Thanks for the clarification. As I say getting info second hand from various other sites, there are often an awful lot of errors...including name spellings. The YT comment states Brian.

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  3. You may also be interested to note that Martin and Bic are the parents of Oscar Scheller - seems to have been a letter change in name somewhere - better known as just Oscar, the fast rising and much lauded 22 year old musician.

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    1. Ooh yes, very interested to learn! Thank you :D

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    2. See this article which mentions the Regents in relation to Oscar's mum (proper name Rebecca) and the fact that she does his backing vocals: http://www.thebeatjuice.com/chats/2014/07/19/5758/a-chat-with-oscar-our-fav-one-man-band/

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    3. More info in this article about Oscar that mentions his mum (proper name Rebecca) being in the Regents and that she does his backing vocals! http://www.thebeatjuice.com/chats/2014/07/19/5758/a-chat-with-oscar-our-fav-one-man-band/

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    4. Prinkipo1917, thank you so much!

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  4. Martin Sheller and Damian Pew were in a band called "Out To Lunch" before The Regents.
    http://www.45cat.com/artist/out-to-lunch

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  5. Martin Sheller and Damian Pew were in a band named "Out To Lunch" before they formed The Regents.
    http://www.45cat.com/artist/out-to-lunch
    Martin Sheller was also member of Funtopia.
    https://www.discogs.com/de/artist/53010-Funtopia

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