Kidz Next Door 1978 - 1981 Band Bio By Stephen Hope-Wynne
During the summer of 1978 Sex Pistols guitar and drum core Steve Jones and Paul Cook were collaborating with Sham 69 on a major joint act. At this time Jimmy Pursey Founder-Singer turned Producer of Sham69 secretly block-booked Polydor's Stanhope Garden, A&R studios on the top floor of their Central London offices. Jimmy's establishing Production Label ("Pursey's Package") was bulk-audition-recording dozens of independent, new wave punk groups from all over the UK, mainly from housing estates, no-go zones and pikie-caravan ghettos. 30 year pre-SNATCH. Pursey had booked the studios use 24 hours, 7 days a week, the entire summer. Consequently word got out and Major Artists and musicians such as Generation X, Clash, Angelic Upstarts, Uk Subs and Tony Visconti would pass by Polydor to see what Pursey was up to and sniff the upcoming talent. Central to the hub was JP's little brother Robbie Pursey fronting the band Kidz Next Door , formed (under orders from Jimmy) by songwriter/guitarist Angus (Stephen) Hope-Wynne. On a hot summer's sunday an unannounced slot came up for them to record the Kidz Next Door's maiden single both A & B sides but the band's bassist Grant Fleming and drummer Peter Woodley were overseas on sessions. The Pistols had bundled into the studio for the preceding, overnight sessions with the Sham-Pistols supergroup. At 07:00 hrs Angus (Stephen) was tasked to teach the bass line of his new song to Steve Jones who was still standing. It was "Tell Me Please" (later renamed "What's It All About") - a Celtic 6/8 pop tune A-side that Hope-Wynne and Pursey had improvised together the previous week while late night (between-session) carousing. B-side title "Kidz Next Door" a powerful, grinding syncopation was drummed by Jimmy Pursey himself. The single was released by WEA (Warner Bros) late '78. It sold and charted while KND toured in support to The Clash, The Jam, Dexies Midnight Runners, Angelic Upstarts, Cockney Rejects and Sham 69. Kidz Next Door became part of "Pursey 's Package" one of three bands signed to Warner Brothers which also included Long Tall Shorty and The Low Numbers. Long Tall Shorty's drummer was later to join Kidz Next Door and play with them during the second Cockney Rejects tour.
Steve & Paul of The Sex Pistols had sought to continue the Pistol's legacy by forming with Sham69 after the Pistols split up following the acrimonious US tour involving the deaths of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Steve Jones later went on to work with Iggy Pop (on the Easy Rider album), Bob Dylan and did projects with Guns'n' Roses and Duran Duran. Both Paul and Steve worked together with Johnny Thunders and Thin Lizzy.
At age 15 schoolboy Angus had replied to a melody maker ad to purchase a Sola Sound 50 Watt amplifier. The vendor was Steve Jones. The bereft owner of the (purloined amp) was Trevor Bolder (Spiders From Mars) it was stolen by S. Jones (see confession) from Hammersmith Odeon amid the final Ziggy Stardust gigs. Steve and Angus enjoyed remembering the exchange in the '78 Polydor sessions.