Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club – Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club (1979)
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Bruce Woolley (born 11 November 1953) is an English writer, performer, record producer and composer.
Bruce Woolley was born in Loughborough, England on 11 November 1953 and was educated at Loughborough Grammar School, where he learned electric guitar and began to write songs and where he met his future wife, Tessa. He lived in Shepshed, playing the UK pub and club circuit extensively for some years, before landing his first professional engagement in 1974 with Ivor Kenney’s Dance Band at Leicester Palais. After a transfer to Derby Tiffany’s, Bruce left Ivor and the Mecca circuit for London in 1976 to pursue a career in songwriting, after being offered a publishing contract with Everblue Music in Piccadilly. 10 years’ writing finally paid off with his first hit “Dancing With Dr Bop” for Australian group the Studs – a number one record. After a short tour of the Orient as guitarist for Tina Charles, this was followed by his first English hit “Baby Blue” for Dusty Springfield, co-written with Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, and soon after that in 1979 he had his first international hit, the Ivor Novello Award-nominated “Video Killed The Radio Star” – also co-written with Horn and Downes, who later became The Buggles
This LP from 1979 features the song “Video Killed The Radio Star”. Ironically, the song became somewhat of a self fulfilling prophecy for Bruce Woolley. He released a rocking version of the song in 1979, but it was eclipsed by The Buggles version thanks to MTV showing their music video repeatedly.
BW&TCC were similar to The Buggles but rocked harder and also featured Thomas Dolby who would become famous very shortly with his solo LPs. The album shows similarities to Bowie, Sparks, Devo, Talking Heads and Brian Briggs. The band is tight and lively and Woolley’s singing and lyrics are a lot of fun. The album was released in the US as a self titled LP and released in Europe as “English Garden”.
Around that time he established the new wave music outfit The Camera Club with a young Thomas Dolby on keyboards, Matthew Seligman on bass, Dave Birch on guitar and the late Rod Johnson on drums. Seligman at the same time joined The Soft Boys, and was consequently replaced by Nigel Ross-Scott (later to join Re-Flex). The Camera Club released their debut album English Garden in 1979 and toured England, America and Canada. They disbanded after two years largely spent on the road and following disagreements with CBS Records, who refused to release their second album.
1. English Garden – 3:03
2. Video Killed The Radio Star – 2:54
3. Dancing With The Sporting Boys – 3:27
4. Johnny – 3:02
5. No Surrender – 3:35
6. Flying Man – 2:50
7. You Got Class (Written-By – S. Gent) – 2:11
8. W.W.9. (Instrumental) 3:50 Clean / Clean – (3:50
9. Get Away William – 3:14
10. Goodbye To Yesterday / Goodbye To Yesterday (Reprise) (Written-By – M. Seligman, R. Johnson) – 5:59
11. You’re The Circus (I’m The Clown) (Written-By – G. Adcock) – 3:31
- Recorded At – Eden Studios
- Manufactured By – Columbia Records
- Manufactured By – CBS Inc.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
- Copyright (c) – CBS Records
- Bass – Matthew Seligman
- Design [Cover] – Janet Perr
- Drums – Rod Johnson
- Engineer – Richard Goldblatt
- Engineer [Assistant] – Nick T. Froom
- Guitar – David Birch
- Keyboards – Tom Dolby
- Producer – Mike Hurst
- Vocals – Bruce Woolley
Recorded at Eden Studios, London.
Styles: New Wave/Punk
Label – Columbia Records