The Boys


Became the Action

The Action.jpg

and later, Mighty Baby (at the Art College)

Mighty Baby

(again, thanks to Geoff, who of course has listed all their Birdcage gigs)


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “The Boys

  1. Wonderful memories of the Birdcage nights!!!

  2. I haven’t seen a better live band. Those sweet harmonies!

  3. isn`t it strange that The Action had such a huge following- Mod King Paul Weller is on record in saying they were the one band he wished he had seen- George Martin, no less, produced their album with all the Birdcage favourites on it- they were on one of the biggest record companies EMI with its huge marketing departments yet they never got near a hit single. Even now looking the band , minus Reg King, filmes just a few years back they sounded brilliant doing “In my Lonely Room” available on You Tube-there agin I suppose you could say more or less the same about The Alan Bown Set.

  4. That seems right to me although it’s not necessarily that unusual in terms of record sales. I think the Action were terrific but similarly, I still think that “New Religion” is a fabulous album. Then you start a list of bands from then that did enjoy hit records and you realise that record sales tell a very limited story (consider Hedgehoppers Anonymous, the Honeycombs, the Fortunes, Unit 4 + 2, the Ivy League, Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours, the Troggs etc). maybe in the end, the kind of respect people still have for the Action counts for more (Phil Collins is another huge fan). What a wonderful band they were.

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