The Purple Frizbeez
The Purple Frizbeez are a seven piece
Funk/Reggae band. Although this is not a solid description of their musical style, in fact
they are very difficult to pigeonhole into any particular musical genre.
They originate from Hailsham and
Heathfield in East Sussex. The band first started in 1988, when three of the original
members played a gig at an art college in Farnham, Surrey. At the time they didn't have
any real ambition to become an active gigging band, and were quite content playing music
for the sake of it, and generally having fun. As time went on, they acquired a bass
guitarist and a percussionist.
The band soon realised that they had the
potential for performing in front of a crowd. Consequently they started playing gigs in
and around the Eastbourne area, which seemed to get a good response from the local gig
going public. After about eight months they were joined by a conga/percussionist. A month
later the band decided to have a rethink on the rhythm section, as there were now three
musicians in this section. The line up then went as follows:
Lead Guitar and Vocals, Keyboard and
Vocals, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion and Congas, Drums and Percussion.
The band played with this line up for
another seven months until, whilst playing a gig on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry, they
decided to take a break for while. A year later the band all met in a local pub and
decided that the time was right to get together again and play some local gigs.
Unfortunately the band had now lost the bass guitarist, as he had to move up north, and
subsequently managed to find a very successful replacement, who had known most of the band
for some time. Another new member in the form of a rhythm guitarist joined at this time
completing the final line up of:
Mike Murphy -
Lead Guitar & Vocals, Chris Murphy - Keyboards &
Vocals, Andy Gillies - Rhythm Guitar, Norman
Walker - Bass Guitar, Andy Stokes - Drums &
Vocals, Phil Gozna & Harvey
Malthouse - Congas & Percussion.
Since reforming, and writing a new set,
the band managed to keep themselves busy playing gigs around East Sussex, and gaining a
The band recorded
an album on to DAT tape, which has now been mastered to an eleven track cassette tape, and
just recently it has been remastered and cut on CD. If you would like a copy on either
cassette or CD, please email Mick for further details.
The Purple Frizbeez
sadly disbanded in early 1993, but not before bringing a lot of fun into many peoples
lives in and around East Sussex. Mike went off to do his own thing musically, and has
produced some really wicked tunes since. (Check out some of his reggae tracks from the CD,
The Last Songs On Earth). Chris joined a very successful band
called The Dharmas who
succeeded in getting themselves a record deal, and releasing a collection of CD singles,
although Chris has now left The Dharmas,
he briefly joined their incarnation, called Steadman for an
extended tour of the USA and has also kept busy making his own brand of
funky music and painting some of the beautiful
scenery around Sussex. Andy Gillies joined a local band for a couple of years called These
Hankered Crazy Lemmings, and has since married, and settled down to a hectic family life.
Norman went off to music school to study more about his bass playing. Andy Stokes went to
play percussion in a duo with his brother, and now makes puppets for a workshop in
Eastbourne. Phil guest played in another local band for a short while, ("More
Mushrooms Vicar") and was last heard of working in Psychiatric Nursing in the
Eastbourne area, and Harvey is now a woodsman, living in an idyllic setting in the
Hadlow Down area.
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individual band members.
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pictures of the band.
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