The Technique were formed during 1963 as a bit of fun between friends - Ian Wrigley, Derek McCulloch, Peter Rostern, Mel Brierley and Stuart Adams.
Mel Brierley left the band after approximately two years and was replaced by Les Andrew.
Peter Rostern emigrated to Canada shortly after this whereupon Derek took over as singer/guitarist.
During this period of time they played local gigs, Hill’s Stores, Astoria, The Catacombes and The Broadway Hotel (a regular venue and where I saw them the most). The band gradually changed it's style of music from early Rock & Roll and pop songs to Soul music and Tamla Motown. They were often billed as “ The 4- Piece Band with the 7-Piece sound”, their biggest assets being Derek’s soulful voice and Ian’s wizardry and expertise musically and vocally.
Life was fun - four guys who enjoyed each other’s company laughed with and at each other. In 1969 they were offered a four month's residency in the Bahamas but turned down the offer. It was felt that careers and education had to take priority. Subsequently they were replaced by a band from the West Midlands. This band encountered Chas Chandler there (ex Animals and Manager of Jimi Hendrix) who changed their name from ‘Ambrose Slade’ to ‘Slade’ !
Sadly Les Andrew left the band as his architectural studies were becoming very demanding but they were lucky in finding a local drummer (Dave Farnell from Rochdale) who had the same sense of humour and fitted in just perfectly.
They played anything from 2-3 nights a week to sometimes 7 nights a week. They battled on the circuit with bands like Mud, Sweet and Paper Lace, prior to all these bands finding fame. 'Sweet' turned up to see The Technique at a gig they were doing at Storthfield Country Club, Derbyshire .Since 'Sweet' had brought their gear The Technique asked them to come on stage and they played four numbers together! Over the years they toured the country playing clubs and universities.
During this time they supported many bands - Genesis, Pink Floyd, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Medicine Head, Status Quo, Gary Glitter, Amen Corner, Hot Chocolate, Chris Farlowe, Cliff Bennett, Tremeloes, Geno Washington, Flowerpot Men, Ivy League, Zoot Money, Family and even Freddie Starr. But one of the best moments was meeting the Four Tops at a gig in Sheffield.
Derek left the band in 1975 to concentrate on being an agent and manager and was replaced by two new members. Although the band was still tight and sounded good there was something missing that had been there all those years. The fun, friendship, laughter, camaraderie had gone and it became a bit of a chore.
Ian and Stuart decided to leave in 1977 and retire gracefully. They all feel priveleged to have had all those special years together- Ian, Derek, Pete, Mel, Les and Dave in what was the best era of music.
Hope you are well.
The reunion was a great idea. It really promises to be a super day. I will be flying into Manchester on Wednesday October 7th and staying at the Travelodge on Manchester Street. I am really looking forward to the event.
Although I have maintained contact with Ian Wrigley and managed to stay with him and Faye every few years, I have not seen the other members of the Techniques since a visit that I made to Oldham in 1969. This is a great opportunity to reconnect
I saw Les Andrews bio yesterday on the web site and managed to track him down and chat.
Thank you for all your efforts.