1979 – Present
Dave Dark & The Sharks
Rich Wilde cut his teeth in Bransholme High School bands such as Herr Brane & Chaos and Ice Farm back in the mid 70s. In October 1979 he released his only solo single, the synth-heavy “The Lady Wants To Be Alone” on the Lincoln-based label Dead Good Records.
The single received favourable reviews and was re-released in 1980 by London label Ovation Records. It achieved regular airplay on Radio 1 (Richard Skinner was a particular fan) and on Radio Luxembourg but failed to make the UK charts – however, it was a local hit, reaching number six in the Sydney Scarborough singles chart.
After “The Lady Wants To Be Alone”, Wilde took a lengthy break from music to pursue a career in electronics and audio engineering, eventually moving to Scarborough in 1995. He would form the band Dave Dark & The Sharks in 2004, with that band releasing two albums to date – 2009’s The Gazebo Effect and 2015’s The Large Hadron Kaleidoscope.
The Lady Wants To Be Alone (7″) – Dead Good Records, 1979
The Lady Wants To Be Alone (7″) – Ovation Records, 1980