Dave Parsons at the age of seventeen was the founder member of Sham 69, forming the band with Jimmy Pursey back in 1977, during the Punk years Sham 69 were the most successful Punk rock band in the U.K having more hits than any other band.
Sham 69 broke up around 1980 at which point Dave brought in American singer Stiv Bators (ex Dead Boys singer) as his new front man/singer, the band was called 'The Wanderers'. The band put out two singles and the controversial album “Only lovers left alive”, after touring England and America the band split up when Dave was hospitalised for two months with hepatitis.
During the early part of the 1980s Dave formed a band called Framed with singer/bassist Enid Williams, formerly from the all girl rock band 'Girlschool', they played many gigs in and around London and released one single on Thunderbay records called “Wonderland” – this track has been re-written for inclusion on his latest solo album ‘UNSTABLE’.
In 1986 Dave and Jimmy set about reforming Sham 69, recording there renaissance album ‘Volunteer’ in London’s Maison Rouge studios and touring Europe, USA and Japan.
Dave and Jimmy continued with Sham 69 up until 2006 recording numerous albums and scoring a top ten single in that year with their world cup football song ‘Hurry up England’.
During this period Dave released his first solo album ‘Reconcile’ to much critical acclaim.
Post 2006 Dave kept the Sham 69 name going with a backup band to fulfil his desire to tour and play the Sham 69 songs to people all over the world who had never before had the chance to see them performed live.
2011 see’s the release of his second solo album ‘UNSTABLE’ a collection of new songs and some much loved older materiel that at the time never properly saw the light of day. Dave said “It’s an album I’m very proud of, it all comes from the heart and is one of the few albums of my own materiel that still fires me up every time I listen to it”.
News from official website of the Sham 69
In July 2011 Sham 69 re-formed with the original line-up
PURSEY REFORMS ORIGINAL SHAM 69
Jimmy Pursey (vocals), Dave Parsons (guitar), Dave Tregunna (bass), Mark Cain (drums).
Jimmy Pursey, founder member and singer with legendary punk band, Sham 69, is
reforming the band for a show at London’s new venue, Electric Brixton, on Saturday
29th October 2011.
- 1 Hope And Faith
- 2 Framed
- 3 Can You Hear Me Now
- 4 Another Way
- 5 Easy
- 6 Gotta Get Outta This Place
- 7 Wonderland
- 8 Shangri-La
- 9 Love To Hate
- 10 Devon
- 11 Giving It Up
- 12 Living In The Machine
- 13 Union Man
- 14 Free Man
Framed - www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkk54FoA0Qc
Wonderland - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsWPHsa5Viw
New solo album from guitarist of Sham 69,Parsons has long
established himself as one of punk's best player,in this album
you can listen punk rock but also,acoustic guitar, piano and nice pop vocal harmonies.