The Papers – Space Oddity

Published on: 2021-11-02

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Celebrating David Bowie’s 73rd birthday the band decided to record a version of his 1969 hit “Space Oddity”. With a reggae, “world music” approach the song has a unique vibe while remaining true to the original.

The Papers are a Seven piece “World Music”UK band combining Celtic folk, psychedelia, and reggae. The band draw on Irish heritage and a life in Brixton. They reimagine new versions of songs, and write their own, adding diverse influences.

Signed by Maison Rouge Studios (in 1980) (Ian Anderson) and Panache Music, Their first single How many More (for the third world war) did well enough to make a splash on the London indie chart, with airplay across the globe and plaudits from radio 1 DJ Mike Read and John Peel. Second up, Reggae on the Radio should have gone further, but management and contractual problems torpedoed their progress. Despite this they became the cause celebrity headliners at the 20000+ punter Tree Fairs in East Anglia and they were the belles of London’s Rock against Racism. A No Nukes Music tour saw them play Glastonbury, and a ton of London venues: Ronnie Scotts, the Rock Garden, The Marquee, and The Greyhound Fulham. Internationally they have played in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Seattle.

John Fitzsimons, the lead singer started out in a glam rock band with Martin Newell (The Cleaners from Venus) and along the way played with Simon Crowe (Boomtown Rats) and opened for such luminous names as Supertramp, Osibisa, Jimmy Page, and Fairport Convention. Mike Fitzsimons, (twin brother) played with Brighton stars The Piranhas while Norman Marsh was in demand on the prog rock scene. Dexy d’Angelo (trumpet) played with the Midnight Runners. Rob Bright, the guitarist made it big on the New Faces TV Show (he did not want us to mention that!) . Alice Fitzquail adds BVs and ideas and Bob Smith adds sparkles.

Since reforming they have released one album (Paintbox) and four singles: Live Your Dreams, (featuring Barrack Obama), Cowgirl Kiss, Living in the Rhythm of Life, and Here Comes The World Again. Their fan base now stretches to China, Shi lanka, and Tibet.

Band: Vocals/ guitar: John Fitzsimons. Bass/ vocals. Mike Fitzsimons, Drums: Norman Marsh. Guitar: Rob Bright Trumpet: Dexy D’Angelo. Vocals : Alice Fitzquail. Keys: Robert Smith. Fiddle: Mac Moulton.

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Influences; Donal Lunney, Moving Hearts, Hugh Masekela, Mary Coughlan, The Clash. Christy Moore, David Bowie, The Police, Mary Black, The Beat, The Specials, Bob Marley, The Upsetters

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