The Movies

The Movies were an English adult-oriented rock band from Cambridge that premiered with a 1975 album on A&M, followed by the 1977–78 albums Double A  and Bullets Through the Barrier and the 1980–81 RCA titles India and Motor Motor Motor. Its three co-founders came from the 1973 Sovereign one-off Public Foot the Roman.

Members: Greg Knowles (guitar), Jon Cole (vocals, guitar), Julian Diggle (percussion, vocals, harmonica, keyboards), Jamie Lane (drums, 1974-80), Durban Betancourt-Laverde (bass, 1974-75), Dag Small (keyboards, 1974-75), Dave Quinn (bass, 1975-78), Mick Parker (keyboards, 1975-81), Colin Gibson (bass, 1978-81)


Background

The Movies commenced in 1974 when guitarist Greg Knowles, keyboardist Dag Small, and drummer Jamie Lane regrouped after the breakup of Public Foot the Roman, their prior band that issued a 1973 self-titled album on Sovereign. For their new band, they enlisted ex-Ora percussionist Julian Diggle and two newcomers: guitarist–singer Jon Cole and Venezuelan-born bassist Durban Betancourt-Laverde.

They scored a deal with Firefly, a short-lived A&M subsidiary that also housed hard-rockers Hustler. The Movies recorded their first album at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, and AIR Studios, London, with producer Pete Gage, the former guitarist of The Zephyrs, Dada, and Vinegar Joe. Gage connected The Movies with one of his other clients, singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. They served as her backing band on the UK tour behind her 1975 A&M release Back to the Night.


The Movies

The Movies released their self-titled debut album in 1975 on A&M.

The Movies features two songs (“Look For My Light,” “Fancy Man”) by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Jon Cole, who co-wrote the remaining tracks with Durban Laverde and Julian Diggle. Keyboardist Dag Small plays ARP synthesizer and Fender Rhodes electric piano.

A1. “Black Country Lady” (5:04)
A2. “Candy Bar” (5:05)
A3. “Look For My Light” (5:00)
A4. “Fancy Man” (5:01)
B1. “Ladies In Waiting” (5:18)
B2. “Get Out and Get Under” (4:32)
B3. “Like a Fool” (3:53)
B4. “Son, Son, Son” (5:07)
B5. “Charity Performance” (4:44) Second Guitar Solo – Jon Cole

Recorded At – TPA Studios, London
Recorded At – Rockfield Studios
Recorded At – Air Studios
Producer – Peter Gage
Engineer – Chris Kimsey, Denny Bridges, Robin Freeman
Engineer [Assistant] – Jonathan Kelly

Congas, Timbales, Percussion, Harmonica, Backing Vocals – Julian Diggle
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Jamie Lane
Electric Bass, Percussion [Additional], Backing Vocals – Durban Laverde
Electric Piano [Fender], Synthesizer [A.r.p.], Backing Vocals – Dag Small
Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals – Greg Knowles
Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar – Jon Cole

Photography By – Clive Arrowsmith


Double A

The Movies released their second album, Double A, in August 1977 on GTO. Jon Cole wrote nine songs, including “Heaven On the Street,” “Playground Hero,” “(In the) Big Boys’ Band,” and “Living the Life.”

Alto saxophonist Ray Warleigh guests on “She’s a Be-Bopper,” about a virtuoso female jazz saxist. Julian Diggle sings his own contribution, “True Love Trouble,” which features guest soprano saxist Stan Sulzmann.

A1. “Heaven On the Street” (3:47)
A2. “Yo-Yo” (5:55)
A3. “True Love Trouble” (2:51)
A4. “Rumour” (2:00)
A5. “Playground Hero” (6:59)
B1. “Big Boys Band” (5:02)
B2. “Boogaloo” (3:51)
B3. “She’s a Be-Bopper” (2:58)
B4. “Living the Life” (4:46)
B5. “Chasing Angels” (4:03)

Recorded At – Advision Studios
Producer – Ray Singer
Engineered At – Utopia Studios
Engineer – Paul Hardiman
Producer [Additional Overdubs And Mix], Engineer [Additional Overdubs And Mix] – James Guthrie

Arranged By [Brass] – Richard Niles

Bass Guitar, Vocals – Dave Quinn
Drums, Vocals – Jamie Lane
Electric Piano [Fender], Organ [Hammond], Synthesizer [Moog], Clarinet, Vocals – Mick Parker
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Greg Knowles
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Guitar [Slide] – Jon Cole
Percussion, Congas, Timbales, Harmonica, Vocals – Julian Diggle

Design, Illustration – Michael Ross
Photography By – Martyn Goddard


Bullets Through the Barrier 

The Movies released their third album, Bullets Through the Barrier, in June 1978 on GTO.

Jon Cole lone-wrote three songs (“No Class,” “Nobody Loves an Iceberg,” “Blow It All Up and Start All Over Again”) and co-wrote the rest with drummer Jamie Lane (“Merci and Bye, Bye”), guitarist Greg Knowles (“Love On the Run”), and keyboardist Mick Parker (“The Last Train,” “Horror Story,” “Berlin”). One track (“Vacant Possession”) features writing input by bassist Dave Quinn and percussionist Julian Diggle.

A1. “The Last Train” (5:41)
A2. “No Class” (4:00)
A3. “Horror Story” (4:16)
A4. “Berlin” (6:49) The Voice Of Berlin – Jeannie Simmons
B1. “Blow It All Up and Start All Over Again” (2:14)
B2. “Love On the Run” (6:36)
B3. “Nobody Loves an Iceberg” (3:49)
B4. “Vacant Possession” (4:59)
B5. “Merci and Bye, Bye” (4:39)

Recorded At – Utopia Studios
Producer, Engineer – James Guthrie

Bass – Dave Quinn
Drums, Backing Vocals – Jamie Lane
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Greg Knowles
Guitar, Slide, Lead Vocals – Jon Cole
Keyboards – Mick Parker
Percussion, Backing Vocals – Julian Diggle

First-press UK copies appeared on transparent white vinyl.


India

The Movies released their fourth album, India, in February 1980 on RCA. Jon Cole wrote everything apart from the Greg Knowles co-write “Must Be the Angel” and the group-composed “8 A.M.”

A1. “Must Be the Angel” (3:17)
A2. “Bardot” (3:02)
A3. “See Through Me” (4:51)
A4. “Rocket” (3:09)
A5. “Love Is a Sacrifice” (4:15)
B1. “From Casablanca” (4:45)
B2. “Have Another Body” (4:37)
B3. “India” (5:57)
B4. “8 A.M.” (3:18)

Recorded At – Sawmills Studio
Engineer [Mastering] – Gordon Vicary
Engineer, Engineer [Mastering Assistant] – Simon Frazer
Producer – The Movies

Drums, Vocals – Jamie Lane
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Greg Knowles
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Guitar [Slide] – Jon Cole
Bass – Colin Gibson
Percussion – Julian Diggle

Photography – Peter Ashworth
Sleeve, Photography – Rocking Russian


Motor Motor Motor

The Movies released their fifth album, Motor Motor Motor, in 1981 on RCA. It features ten songs by Jon Cole, including “Straight No More,” “Clockwise Into the Sun,” “Hard Heart,” and “Dancing In Space.”

A1. “Hello From Outer Space” (3:25)
A2. “Hard Heart” (3:37)
A3. “Dance Some More” (3:35)
A4. “Slavery Time” (3:59)
A5. “Clockwise Into the Sun” (3:47)
B1. “Motor Motor Motor” (3:24)
B2. “The Kind of Love That Shows” (2:50)
B3. “(No Tears for This) Tearaway” (3:27)
B4. “Straight No More” (4:26)
B5. “Dancing In Space” (4:18)

Recorded At – RCA Studios, New York
Engineer – Mike Getlin
Engineer [Assistant] – Ronnie Olson
Executive-Producer – Ed DeJoy
Producer – The Movies

Bass – Colin Gibson
Congas, Timbales, Keyboards, Harmonica – Julian Diggle
Guitar – Greg Knowles
Lead Vocals, Guitar – Jon Cole

Drums – Terry Popple


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