1978 – 1979
Norm Kirby (vocals)
Shaun Sedgwick (lead guitar)
Robert Spaven (rhythm guitar)
Lawrence Abel (bass)
Paul Broderick (drums)
Alan Thorp (rhythm guitar / saxophone)
Animation was formed in 1978 when three East Hull lads, Norm Kirby (lead vocal), Robert Spaven (rhythm guitar) and Paul Broderick (drums) placed an ad in Gough & Davy and were subsequently joined by Shaun Sedgwick (lead guitar) and Lawrence Abel (bass guitar) from the Boothferry Estate.
Rehearsals took place in a church hall in Abbey Street off Holderness Road. The band’s set was shaped around the songs of Robert Spaven, with a strong Talking Heads, Television and Magazine influence.
The band made their live debut in January 1979 at Queens Gardens College, under their original name of The Shapes. This stuck until the NME featured a group from Leamington Spa with the same moniker – hence a change of name. The new band name – Animation – was first used in April 1979 for a gig at the legendary Leeds Fan Club.
The next three months brought regular gigs, the highlight being in May 1979 at Humberside Theatre (Spring Street) as support to local ska heroes Akrylyk Vyktymz (later known as simply The Akrylykz).
A six track demo tape was also recorded at Revolvo Studios in Mayfield Street, Hull. However, following a June 1979 gig at Hull’s Ocean 11 Club Robert Spaven left the band and also left a large hole in the songwriting department. Robert went on to become Robert Holmes and found fame with Poor Howard, Red Guitars and as a Virgin Records solo artist.
Alan Thorp was brought in as a replacement on rhythm guitar and saxophone and Animation continued for two more gigs – a Rock Against Racism benefit at Hull Wellington Lane Community Centre, and a final bow at Hull Spring Street Festival in September 1979.
Demo track listing: “Happy Family” (Spaven), “Bodies In The Pools” (Spaven), “Someone Else’s Wine” (Sedgwick), “Food For Thought” (Spaven), “If It’s You” (Spaven), “Ask Your Husband” (Spaven).