Dirty Tricks

Dirty Tricks were an English hard-rock band that released the 1975–77 Polydor albums Dirty Tricks, Night Man, and Hit & Run.

Members: Kenny Stewart (vocals), Johnny Fraser-Binnie (guitar, keyboards), Terry Horbury (bass), John Lee (drums), Andy Bierne (drums)


Dirty Tricks

Dirty Tricks released their self-titled debut album in 1975 on Polydor. It features two songs each by singer Kenny Stewart (“Call Me Up for Love,” “High Life”) and guitarist Johnny Fraser-Binnie (“Wait Till Saturday,” “Too Much Wine”), who co-wrote “Sunshine Day” and “Marcella.” Dirty Tricks also features one song by bassist Terry Horbury (“Back Off Evil”) and a co-write by Fraser-Binnie and drummer John Lee (“If You Believe In Me”).

1. “Wait Till Saturday” (5:18)
2. “Back Off Evil” (6:40)
3. “Sunshine Day” (4:10)
4. “If You Believe In Me” (2:25)
5. “Too Much Wine” (5:07)
6. “Call Me Up for Love” (2:51)
7. “Marcella” (3:59)
8. “High Life” (7:46)

Producer – Rodger Bain
Engineer – Dave Charles

Bass Guitar – Terry Horbury
Drums – John Lee
Guitar, Keyboards – Johnny Fraser-Binnie
Vocals – Kenny Stewart

Dirty Tricks lifted “Call Me Up For Love” as a single, backed with the non-album Horburry–Stewart track “Hire Car.” In 1977, they paired “Too Much Wine” with “Wait Till Saturday” as their third single.


Night Man

Dirty Tricks released their second album, Night Man, in 1976 on Polydor. It features one song (“Now You’re Gone”) by guitarist–keyboardist Johnny Fraser-Binnie, who co-wrote songs with drummer John Lee (“Weekend Raver”) and singer Kenny Stewart (“Fun Brigade,” “Night Man”). The remaining tracks are group-compositions apart from “Armageddon (Song for a Rainbow),” a lone-write by bassist Terry Horburry.

1. “Night Man” (6:03)
2. “Weekend Raver” (4:49)
3. “Armageddon (Song for a Rainbow)” (4:20)
4. “Fun Brigade” (4:29)
5. “Play Dirty” (4:51)
6. “Now You’re Gone” (4:10)
7. “You Got My Soul” (4:33)
8. “Black Diamond” (5:35)

Recorded at – Morgan Studios
Recorded at – Soundhouse Studios
Producer – Dirty Tricks

Bass – Terry Horburry
Drums, Percussion – John Lee
Guitar, Keyboards – Johnny Fraser-Binnie
Vocals – Kenny Stewart

Design, Photography By – Hipgnosis
Art Direction, Photography By – Mick Rock

Dirty Tricks placed “Night Man” as the b-side of their non-album Cat Stevens cover “I’m Gonna Get Me a Gun.”

US Night Man copies feature an altered tracklist that replaces “Weekend Raver” and “Fun Brigade” with re-recordings of the Dirty Tricks songs “Too Much Wine” with “Wait Till Saturday,” which Polydor paired as their third single.

John Lee cleared for drummer Andy Beirne.


Hit & Run

Dirty Tricks released their third album, Hit & Run, in 1977 on Polydor. Singer Kenny Stewart and guitarist Johnny Fraser-Binnie co-wrote four songs — “The Gambler,” “Walkin’ Tall,” “Lost In the Past,” and the epic “Lost In the Past” — and collaborated on three (“Hit and Run,” “Last Night of Freedom,” “Get Out on the Street”) with drummer Andy Beirne and bassist Terry Horbury, who lone-wrote “Road to Deriabah.”

1. “Hit and Run” (3:15)
2. “Get Out on the Street” (5:43)
3. “The Gambler” (5:24)
4. “Road to Deriabah” (4:16)
5. “I’ve Had These Dreams Before” (6:20)
6. “Walkin’ Tall” (3:54)
7. “Last Night of Freedom” (3:57)
8. “Lost In the Past” (4:39)

Sessions took place in London at Zodiac Sound and Sound House Studios.
Producer – Tony Visconti
Engineers – Graeme & Colin

Bass Guitar, Vocals – Terry Horbury
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Andy Beirne
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals – Johnny Fraser-Binnie
Vocals – Kenny Stewart

Art Direction, Design – Jo Mirowski
Artwork – Wadewood Associates
Photography By – Gered Mankowitz


Discography:

  • Dirty Tricks (1975)
  • Night Man (1976)
  • Hit & Run (1977)

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