The X Certs
New Wave / Punk
Record Label Zama Music (a few rare copies) and Race Records
Their My Space is http://www.myspace.com/xcerts1978 but you have to be logged in and a friend to hear the audio and it's worth hearing! Screen right are pages from Alternative Sounds - Coventry's Music Fanzine from 1979 edited by Martin Bowes.
Originally called the Monitors. The X Certs created a lot of X Citement in Coventry as I recall c 1979 / 80 during a period when Coventry's music scene had took off again in the wake of punk and the Two Tone movement. A young Dave Pepper had played in his first band - Phoenix for the Hobo Workshop at the Holyhead Youth Centre in 1974. The first stirrings of what was to come were beginning their with Charley Anderson and some of the future Specials and Selecter teaming up with Neol Davies in the basement, two bands played for us who later merged into the Reluctant Sterotypes - Analog and Trigon with Paul Sampsom, Steve Edgson, Paul Brook etc and Neil OConnor. Dave was about 16 or 17 then. By 1978 the scene was kicking and Dave was asked to join The X Certs and magic happened!
From bass player Gary Summer's
" The X-Certs, from Coventry, England, began life in 1978 and lasted for 3 years. Zero Summers (Kev) had started playing The Flys - check them out on myspace, you’ll be glad you did!) we got rolling.
Our image was pretty low key as we thought the music spoke for us. Our following was pretty good, but the more visual bands of the time (the Specials/Selecter/God’s Toys) grabbed a huge fan base in Coventry. We won the Battle of the Bands at Warwick Uni. and suddenly 'got confidence'. Dill of God's Toys (a superb Cov. band see them on youtube) felt cheated. We'd probably agree with him. Gig after gig, a few recording sessions and interest from record companies materialised and then we sort of drifted apart really. The threat of the single release of 'FEELING IN THE
Gary says they had about 40 songs but most are on cassettes with little blips but Gary has manage to rescue some of them for his My Space
From Gary's My Space - a note on their song Satisfied"Just a quick note to say a big thanks to the people who've given me positive feedback about 'Satisfied'. Me, Dave Pep and Kev were at the start of a practice session and I had this idea to shove a song into gear that would hit everyone as an opener to a gig. We had played a song called 'Here's the Weekend' ever since we had got together as the opener to gigs and after a couple of years of the same song we felt it was time for a change. 'Weekend' was kind of our equivalent of Quo's 'Juniors Wailing'. Satisfied seemed a good alternative. I sang the tune for Pep and Kev and they kicked into this manic guitar/drumming (with that exhausting double bass drum kick) and we were off. We wrote it in 15 mins. and we were over the moon. We played it live first time at the Hope and Anchor, London. It set the mood for the gig proper and it