Nutz

Nutz was an English hard rock band from Liverpool that released the 1974–76 A&M albums Nutz, Nutz Two, and Hard Nutz, followed by the 1977 concert disc Live Cutz. When the New Wave of British Heavy Metal arrived, Nutz reconstituted as Rage for the 1981–83 Carrere albums Out of Control, Nice ‘n’ Dirty, and Run for the Night.

Members: Dave Lloyd (vocals), Mick Devonport (guitar), Keith Mulholland (bass), Kenny Newton (keyboards), John Mylett (drums)

Background

Nutz evolved from Jiminy Crikitt, a Liverpool pop-rock group that cut the 1970 MCA single “Love Is a See Saw” / “Isabella.” Crikitt featured guitarist Mike Davenport, bassist Keith Mulholland, drummer Ronnie Hodge, and singer Roy “Wicky” White.

In 1971, Hodge and White cleared out for drummer John Mylett and singer Dave Lloyd. After two years on the Northeast live circuit, they adopted the mononymic nameplate Nutz and signed with A&M Records. They opened for Queen on the early 1974 UK tour behind Queen II.


Nutz

Nutz released their self-titled debut album in July 1974 on A&M. Lead guitarist Mick Devonport wrote eight tracks, including “Spoke In a Wheel,” “Love Will Last Forever,” and the lead single “As Far as the Eye Can See.” Singer–guitarist Dave Lloyd wrote the second single “Round & Round” and the epic “Can’t Tell Her Why,” one of two songs (along with “Light of Day”) with keyboards by late-period Free member John “Rabbit” Bundrick, a subsequent Who auxiliary and member of Back Street Crawler.

A1. “Poor Man” (2:18)
A2. “Ain’t No Thanks to You” (4:16)
A3. “Spoke In a Wheel” (3:33)
A4. “I Can’t Unwind” (2:53)
A5. “Can’t Tell Her Why” (4:55)
B1. “As Far As the Eye Can See” (3:34)
B2. “Love Will Last Forever” (2:32)
B3. “Light of Day” (4:27)
B4. “Round & Round” (3:44)
B5. “Joke” (3:46) features brass arrangements by industry veteran Chris Hughes.

Bass Guitar – Keith Mulholland
Drums – John Mylett
Guitar – Dave Lloyd
Lead Guitar – Mick Devonport

Producer – John Anthony
Recorded At – Rockfield Studios

“As Far as the Eye Can See” appeared on June 7 as the first single backed with the non-album “Just for the Crack,” a group-written track.

“Round & Round” became the second single on August 9 (b/w “Light of Day”).


Nutz Too…

Nutz released their second album, Nutz Too…, in July 1975 on A&M. Singer–guitarist Dave Lloyd wrote the first three tracks on Side Two. Guitarist Mick Devonport wrote seven tracks, including “Nature Intended”, “I Want Never Gets,” and “Is It All For Real.” Side One contains the Gypsy cover “Change’s Coming,” released as the third Nutz single. Nutz Too… features auxiliary keyboardist Paul Carrack, currently of Ace.

A1. “Nature Intended” (2:50)
A2. “I Want Never Gets” (4:14)
A3. “Take It From Me” (3:55)
A4. “Change’s Coming” (3:16) originated as a 1971 non-album a-side by English folk-rockers Gypsy; written by guitarist Robin Pizer
A5. “Dear Diary” (2:58)
A6. “Is It All for Real” (2:54)
B1. “Cool Me Down” (4:48)
B2. “R.S.D.” (3:38)
B3. “The Love You Lost” (3:33)
B4. “Sinner” (2:55)
B5. “Knife Edge” (3:20)

Recorded At – Trident Studios
Producer – John Anthony
Engineer – Ted Sharp

Art Direction – Fabio Nicoli
Design, Photography [Back Cover] – Geoff Halpin
Photography [Front Cover] – Mike Berkofsky

Nutz backed the single “Change’s Coming” with the non-album b-side “Long Ships.”

In 1976, American karaoke rocker Steve Drake bootlegged Nutz Too… as Cool Me Down under the phony bandname No Dice (no relation to the UK band) on the tax scam label Western Hemisphere.


Hard Nutz

Nutz released their third album, Hard Nutz, in June 1977 on A&M. Guitarist Mick Devonport wrote four songs (“Seeing Is Believing,” I Know The Feeling,” “Beast of the Field,” “Sick and Tired”) and co-wrote one (“Down On My Knees”) with singer–guitarist Dave Lloyd, who wrote “Pushed Around.” Side One closes with “Wallbanger,” joint written by the band, including newly hired keyboardist Kenny Newton. Liverpool producer Mike Bersin wrote “Loser” and “From Here to Anywhere.” Nutz close the album with the Bob Dylan cover “One More Cup of Coffee.”

A1. “Seeing Is Believing” (5:54)
A2. “I Know the Feeling” (4:09)
A3. “Loser” (3:24)
A4. “From Here to Anywhere” (5:06)
A5. “Wallbanger” (3:51)
B1. “Pushed Around” (4:07)
B2. “Beast of the Field” (4:15)
B3. “Sick and Tired” (4:17)
B4. “Down On My Knees” (3:48)
B5. “One More Cup of Coffee” (4:38)

Recorded At – Sarm Studios
Producer – John Sinclair
Producer, Engineer – Gary Lyons
Engineer – David Hall, Gary Langan

Art Direction – Fabio Nicoli
Photography By [Back Cover] – Alan Messer
Photography By [Front Cover] – Clive Arrowsmith

Nutz released “Sick and Tired” (b/w “Wallbanger”) in January 1977 as the lead single; followed by the April release “One More Cup of Coffee” (b/w “Down on My Knees”).


Live Cutz

In late 1977, Nutz released Live Cutz, a document of their recent Nottingham Boat Club concert. The setlist contains four songs from Hard Nutz (“Loser,” “Wallbanger,” “Pushed Around,” “Seeing Is Believing”), plus one from Nutz (“Joke”) and two from Nutz Two (“Knife Edge,” “R.S.D.”). Cutz features two unique songs: guitarist Mick Devonport’s “Can Be Loved” and the group-written “You Better Watch Out.”

A1. “Seeing Is Believing” (6:16)
A2. “Loser” (4:48)
A3. “Pushed Around” (3:17)
A4. “You Better Watch Out” (6:30)
B1. “R.S.D.” (4:00)
B2. “Joke” (3:30)
B3. “Can Be Loved” (2:43)
B4. “Wallbanger” (9:07)
B5. “Knife Edge” (3:00)

Nutz recorded Live Cutz at the Nottingham Boat Club with the Island Mobile.
Producer – Nutz and John Eden
Engineer – Greg Cobb, John Eden, Tim Painter

Bass Guitar – Keith Mulholland
Drums – John Mylett
Guitar – Mick Devonport
Keyboards – Kenny Newton
Vocals – Dave Lloyd

Artwork – Michael Ross
Illustration – Paul Allen
Photography By – Robert Ellis


Discography:

  • Nutz (1974)
  • Nutz Too… (1975)
  • Hard Nutz (1976)
  • Live Cutz (1977 – live album)

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