1975 – 1976
Eric Goulden (guitar, vocals)
Professor Sir Arthur Smee (drums, vocals)
Graham Beck (Instapiano, echo unit, vocals)
A 3-piece ‘rock n roll’ art school band. Formed from the ashes of Addis & The Fliptops in 1975, with Eric Goulden (later to sign to Stiff Records as Wreckless Eric) on guitar & vocals, Professor Sir Arthur Smee on drums & vocals, and Graham Beck, on Instapiano, echo unit & vocals. Both Eric & Graham were art students at the Hull Regional College Of Art & Design, with Arthur (real name: Mike Holden) a Road Construction Manager for the local Council.
A Thursday evening residency was taken up (upstairs) at The Bull on Beverley Road, where a sizeable audience was built up over the year the band lasted. Admission price was 20p! Due to Eric heading off to London – where fame, but not necessarily fortune, beckoned – and Graham going to Newcastle University to take up a teaching qualification, the band parted company on a friendly high note.
Numerous songs had been written and performed by all three members, most notably Eric’s “Whole Wide World” (later recorded for Stiff Records – coming out as a 7″ single and on his first album, Wreckless Eric). No recordings exist, apart from a reel-to-reel 1/4″ tape of Ruby & The Takeaways’ last performance (24th June 1976), which is in Eric’s possession, and a cassette version owned by Graham.
Eric now lives in the US, but occasionally returns to Hull whilst on tour to play mainly solo shows. Sometimes, Graham joins him on stage to help out on keyboards, where they relive their student days!