Memories by Gary Derrick....
Odin was started by Gary Derrick & an old school friend.
Somebody brought Derek Sanderson along one day, because he played keyboards.
Starting out by playing all the usual cover songs that pub bands do but quickly getting bored with it, Gary and Derek started to write.
Gary was fond of writing words, and Derek was good with melodies. This became the real foundation of Odin.
It was not long before the problems that haunt bands started haunting Odin.
The guitarist's girlfriend decided that she was not happy with him being in a band, (something to do with the possibility of groupies). He went!
His replacement seemed to be in love with his wah-wah pedal (he would not play without it)
He had to go too!
An advert in Melody Maker found a few more likely candidates to take up the position of guitarist for Odin.
During a couple of weeks of auditions we met John Culley and Colin Tench.
Derek rang me up and said "I canʼt choose between the two of them, but Colin rings me up
everyday to see if we have decided yet". .. Ha ha.. I am a bit persistant(Colin).
I said to Derek why donʼt we ask them both to join, thus adding a new dimension to
the band. We asked them both and John said yes, Colin however had never done that before, but was up for it.
John had been in Cressida ( www.progarchives.com/album.asp ) and
Black Widow www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Widow/39155428632 before
moving from Leicester to London.
Back to rehearsals, John, ever the consumate musician would play anything you asked
him too. ( when we wrote Alcatraz, Gary whistled an idea for the ending solo, and john
dutifully played it)
Colin however was the man who took a tape recorder with him. he would then go away
and work on his part. ( sometimes play more technical parts than John) other times just
playing two notes. Colin was happy to compliment rather than try to take over.
He seemed to see John as the man who can,and was happy to be a part of it all.
As time went on, the drummer became unreliable, sometimes only just making it to gigs with
minutes to spare.
So we held auditions for a new drummer. Within the first song one of the drummers had broken 2 sticks.
We thought this guy means it, so we offered him the job. This was Cliff deighton.
At our first gig with Cliff, he arrived with his hand bandaged up due to an accident at work.
During the first song, his blood was all over the drum kit. It was turning into a punk gig!
Unfortunately, we also had to find a new singer at around the same time. Aargh!! Carl Lucas shone at the auditions and we were finally the band that could take accomplish great thngs. The trouble was that finding good gigs was very hard at that time. We played anywhere that they would let us and occasionally supported other bands, including Tony McPhee and the Groundhogs.We found a huge pub in North London that gave us the confidence that we were getting somewhere. Within a couple of weeks we had the coveted Saturday night slot and increased our audience weekly. Odin's poster, designed and drawn by Anne Tench was so popular that we had to put them higher up on the walls so as to stop them being stolen. It didn't work tho'!
We bought our own PA, it was enormous it used to belong to Deep Purple so we
We must have had one of the biggest PA systems of any pub band. But then, we were not
just a pub band.
We were offered a space on an LP ( remember those) It was to be a continuation of a
book written about music at pub and club level. The song Alcatraz was picked.
They said it was a very atmospheric track, but they were not keen on the the singer(Grrrr).
Colin found a singer called Tony Butler with an angelic voice.
We went to a studio in London on a Saturday morning, the rest of the band had not
met Tony, it was a trust thing. If Colin said he was good we trusted him.
We were not disappointed. Tony sang that song with a passion we had never seen or
heard before. (It's funny how 50% of people prefer Luke now)
The track was then accepted for inclusion on the LP.
The trouble was with the contract. We had our Solicitor look at it ( well Colinʼs brother anyway)
It was not going to us any favors, so we pulled out of the deal..
We recorded some of our songs at a studio belonging to Alex Foulcer, ( he played a
bigger part in our lives later)
The resulting cassettes(remember those?) went off in all directions to record companies.
In reply, we got the usual photocopied letters of rejection "Itʼs not what we are looking
for, but please donʼt hesitate to send us anything you do in future." ( that covers all the
bases. After all, you may write the next number 1. They would not want to miss out on that
We did get a fantastic letter from EMI. It was a thanks but no thanks photocopy, but at the
bottom, 2 different people said "We like this but those above us say no."
That was enough encouragement to give us belief in what we had.
Unfortunately, our favourite gig disappeared as they decided a pool table and a TV were better than bands.
In the end, forced to see the reality of the situation. We never really splt up, we just stopped and did other things.
One of those things was the formation of BunChakeze by 3 members of Odin.........