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The YouTube Phenomenon, or, the richness of obscurity…..

Perhaps the least successful recording band I’ve been a part of ( when compared to the likes of Christie and BC Sweet) was Tubeless Hearts. Jointly formed by myself, the two Trevs, (Midgley and Sargent) and Simon Kay, and latterly featuring Adrian Foster, Tubeless Hearts was our baby, created amid the post-punk New Romanticism of 1981. It ran uninterrupted for an amazing 15 years, with just one personnel change. We were a great little band, toured with a few luminaries of the day, gigged 5 nights a week, did a few radio shows and the odd telly appearance. Our first single was a double A side, recorded at the studios where Def Leppard, just a few months before had recorded their breakthrough EP, indeed, we shared the same producer, Roy Neve.  It had a limited pressing on the Yorkshire-based Posh label.  Over the years, it has attained a sort of cult status among collectors as far afield as Australia and Japan, particularly “Posh records’ completists, who attempt to collect the entire label’s catalogue. I’ve seen it advertised for 50 euros!

Our next recording of note, many years later, featured our good friend, the Saxon guitarist Graham Oliver. It was a full length CD of original music, composed by me and Fos Foster, when the group has slimmed down to a three piece, though Trev Midgley  made an accidental guest appearance! Being skint musicians, we often reused tape, and found on the fade out of one of our new tracks, the remains of a Trev demo! It fitted so well with the outro of the song, that we asked Trev if it was okay to leave it in. it seemed right, as he’d been the driving force of the band for so many years.

This album, entitled ‘Three‘, released in 1994, has also gone on to achieve cult status, the subject of a review in the 100th issue of Powerplay rock magazine, it has become an AOR collector’s item, fetching, like its little brother, large sums on the internet.

But yesterday, I discovered the latest phenomenon. Complete strangers have begun to upload tracks onto Youtube, accompanied by only a shot of the cover.  Below , I include three examples. Firstly, the single Paperback Romance, written by Trev Midgley and Al Quinn, secondly, Telephone, written by me, (both from our debut single) and Thirdly Paradise Beach, written by me and Fos Foster. You can hear Trev’s track come in towards the end! We also took the liberty of sampling some seagull noises from a track by Welsh rockers Budgie called “Parents” on the very end fade out. (I’ve met them, they’re nice guys, so I’m sure they will forgive us!)

Despite any other success I have enjoyed with subsequent projects, I feel a special warmth that the music we made with Tubeless Hearts still endures. Achievement in this case is not measured in sales, but in the knowledge that you made something good, and lasting.

Why not also check out my latest post on moore:music HERE?

Kev Moore


March 14, 2010 - Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Kev Moore's Music, Music, personal, video, writing | , , , , , , , ,


  1. I guess you’d call this catalytic collaboration.
    For your enthusiasm and generosity,

    Comment by Michael Pokocky | March 14, 2010

  2. That is the band’s site?

    Comment by Youtube Video Downloader | March 15, 2010

  3. No, I guess its the site of the company whose technology was used to transfer the track to the net. Tubeless Hearts doesn’t have a website as the band no longer perform, but you can find out most of the band’s history via and also this article on one of my other blogs

    Comment by kevmoore | March 15, 2010

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