1983 – 1986
Norm Kirby (vocals)
Mick Buxton (lead guitar)
Lawrence Abel (bass)
Duncan O’Connor (drums)
Jim Christon (drums)
Les Holdstock (drums)
John Hunter (keyboards)
Shaun Sedgwick (lead guitar)
Ron Fothergill (keyboards)
About One Of The Waiters
One Of The Waiters started life in February 1983 with a gig at The Duke Of Cumberland in North Ferriby, after simply changing their name from The Criminals. For Norm Kirby (lead vocal), Lawrence Abel (bass guitar), Mick Buxton (lead guitar) and Duncan O’Connor (drums) it was business as usual, playing songs written by Lawrence Abel which still had a strong Glam Rock and Punk Rock influence.
They were also gigging hard (becoming regulars at top new Hull venue Dingwalls) and in September 1983 recorded a further demo tape at Ken Giles’ Studio in Bridlington, this time with John Spence at the controls.
The band also re-recorded an earlier song, Cold In New York, using Les Zeiga-Fleurs’ mobile studio. This was included on the compilation cassette The Twilight Zone in on Zeiga Recordings in 1984.
However, February 1984 saw the first of many line up changes. After playing at The Ocean Club in Hornsea drummer Duncan O’Connor departed the group to be replaced by Jim Christon, who managed one gig at Hull Welly Club in April 1984 before leaving to seek his fortune in London.
Les Holdstock took over the vacant drum seat, and this brought a dramatic change of direction for One Of The Waiters. The songs took on a more commercial edge and over the next two years only one gig was played, a showcase at Hull Waterfront Club in October 1985.
The group became a recording act in the hope of attracting record company interest, cutting five demo tapes between December 1984 and February 1986 (all at Steve Larkman’s Angel Studio in Hull). Some success was achieved as more than one major label showed interest and requested more material, while the band also reached the final stage of a Sony Tapes Battle of the Bands competition.
Line up changes continued unabated though. John Hunter joined to augment the band on keyboards in May 1985, Mick Buxton moved on in November 1985 to be replaced on lead guitar by Shaun Sedgwick, and in May 1986 John Hunter left to be replaced on keyboards by Ron Fothergill.
They did, however, return to live action in September 1986 by entering the Humberside Rock Open competition, reaching the final in November 1986 at Scunthorpe Baths Hall. The lack of live gigging practice weighed heavily against them on the night though, The Gargoyles deservedly taking the winners prize.
A few days later One Of The Waiters were no more, with all members going their separate ways. A sad end to a story that began as The Criminals early in 1981.
The Twilight Zone (cassette compilation) – Zeiga Recordings, 1984 (track: Cold In New York)