"We put on gigs in Bristol under the name of the Frathouse.
Coming up November we have the Hangee V, Mfc Chicken and The Fleshtones in December.
Support slot is usualy from one of our two local bands Los Imbeciles or Hi Class Joes and great…"
"There are loads of bands playing around the Uk. Check out my band The Hi Class Joes from Bristol, MFC Chicken and King Salami from London, Les Bof and the Brutes from Scotland. The Staggs from Wigan and the Romleys from Liverpool, The Arousers…"
"Its very difficult to be absolutely period perfect. The Hi Class Joes are trying to replicate the sound and look of an early British Beat band. We dress the part and also use all vintage equipment. I would have to say that we are probably…"
"Be carefull though. I heard a story a few years back. Someone had a set list in their bag and the immigration official did an internet search and found out they were touring. They were refused entry."
"Hello Simon. We are playing two gigs in London. 1st gig is at the Blues Kitchen in Camden. Its free and its on the 24th Aug. 2nd gig is at the Beat Convention at Crouch end on 22nd September. Hopefully our lp will be out by then. Thanks for…"
"We had our website front page dedicated solely to "Mr Bertie" (fans of the Basil Brush show will understand this epithet) for a week back in April.
Two previous musicians to so move us on passing on were the late, great Captain…"
Groups may come and go but the Hi Class Joes are here to stay!
Virtually unknown outside the West Country, although not for much longer, the Joes possess a dynamism and polish on a par with the top recording stars.
The group's manager Richard Down insisted on producing their first disc, the extremely catchy Boom Boom (Everybody Fall Down), after catching the band at their monthly residency at the Locarno in Bristol. The sound on the disc could almost have been taken from their live stage show. Full of energy and drive - the song bounces along until the last ringing chord.
Five guys named Joe
Joe James (Lead vocals)
Tried various jobs in industry but didn't take to them, so great was his love for music. Joe James' full-blooded knockout vocals are a Hi Class Joes trademark. His favourite food is shepherd's pie.
Joe Crabtree (Lead guitar and close harmonies)
An ex-choir boy who gave up a promising career in office accounting to play guitar for the Hi Class Joes. Also an electronics boffin - when not playing guitar he spends his time tinkering with the band's amplifers and PA equipment.
Joe Ash (Bass and backing vocals)
Worked as a costing clerk and storeman before turning professional. Joe Ash has played in numerous local beat combos, he left his last group after hearing the Joes were on the lookout for a bass player. His favourite drink is Cola.
Joe “Cookie” Cook (Drums)
Left his career as head chef on an international cruise ship to play drums for the Joes. Enjoys collecting records by instrumental groups and reading science fiction. His favourite drink is Dandelion and Burdock.
Joe Lynch (Harmonica and backing vocals)
Turned professional following a career as an insurance salesman. Originally from London, Joe Lynch can often be found playing blues harp at various R&B sessions across Bristol. His favourite drink is a pint of mild.
What the press say about the Joes...
“Listen to their sound, watch them onstage and experience that small excitement which then gets bigger inside you. The Hi Class Joes are going to be one of the best bands on the scene for many years.”
Lord William of Buckinghamshire, Big New Beat magazine
“The fans in the theatre have a fire in their eyes. With an almost contemptuous ease, the Hi Class Joes hit the stage and slam the audience back into their seats. They finished their set of R&B-type numbers with the audience standing and screaming on their seats, begging for more.”
Reverend John Charles, Beat Sounds magazine
“Sensational. Brilliant. Out of this world. Just some of the phrases I overheard when leaving the auditorium theatre. With their lively discs, exciting stage performances and hilarious radio shows - everything is positively swinging for the Joes!”
Maureen Cox, Boyfriend magazine
Favorite Music/Influences (list some bands, musicians, genres, etc.):
The Big Three, Johnny Kid and the Pirates, The AppleJacks, The Hollies, Adam Faith,
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