No metal for us.....! After months of auditions we finally got the
ball rolling and started to play gigs. With a handful of rocking songs,
we soon became popular with the local nutcases, punks, scooter boys and
anyone who wanted to get down! In 1986 we got our first break with the
legendary Oi ! Records, on the strength of a boombox tape ! Our first
release was Oi ! classic "Skins 'n' Punks volume 3"
Recorded on a Saturday with beer and chips! Very well received it was
too!! However even before the disc hit the stores we were in need of a
new rhythm section. We didn't mess about... Things were happening. With
a new bass player and drummer on board we got picked up by none other
than LINK RECORDS!!! We forged ahead, with new songs, gigs around the
country and prepared to go into the studio to record the next album.
This one!! "We Are What We Are"
We had taken a lot longer to record this than the previous one.
However, we had fallen slightly short and had to resort to a few covers
and a re-recorded version of the crowd favourite, " Clockwork Land" Gigs
were not easy to come by back then especially for an Oi! band with a
particular boisterous and beer loving crew in tow! Timo had managed to
procure a gig at the legendary Princess Charlotte. He had somehow
convinced the owner to book The Glory with a fantastic fib that we were
a "Blues band"!! He fell for it! and needless to say, it was the first
and last time we played there.
It was now 1989 and what should have been a productive period for us
... was not. Difficulty getting gigs and the dreaded writers block.
Frustration set in and we made the decision to put the band on hiatus
for a while. Myself and, on again off again drummer Gaz Johnson, left
for the U.S. to pave the way for The Glory to tap into the hugely
popular Oi! explosion going on at that time. Things looked promising. We
blagged Al Sullivan (bass), formerly of Moonstomp. Purchased equipment,
practised, lined up gigs and waited. Family commitments prevented Timo
from making the journey to "the promised land". We played some gigs
without him but it wasn't the same. Gaz headed home... I stayed.
Over the years that have passed, we have gotten together many times
to rehearse in England, you know, for our "comeback gig"!! Myself and
Timo with Gaz and either Steve or Colin. We have even worked on a few
new songs that never got passed "worked on".
So 2010 rolled around and i decided to get my arse in gear and make
things happen. In June of that year The Glory did an East coast tour of
the U.S. ! Al Sullivan came back and performed bass duties. Did we pack
stadiums? Haha! No! did we have a good time? Yes, we did !! And we
proved something. That we could still do it !! Those songs still had
bollocks! And ... They STILL DO!! Will we get together and play them
again? Live? Yes, I'm sure we will at some point. But for now, play this
loud as you like, and we hope to see you again..... soon !! Oi! Oi!
Mark McGee Feb 2015
Kev Timson July 2016 typed all this out under duress :)