Oxford English Doctionary definition of MIRACLE: Marvellous event due to some supposed supernatural agency...
THE STROLLERS - VOTED FEB'S BRUMBEAT NUMBER 1. BAND!!!!!
"It's a mystery to me" he said "The Stats don't lie". "Of course Stats don't lie" I said, they're inanimate figures, it's the dickhead with his finger on the button that does the lyin' part". So either a MIRACLE has occurred here at Brumbeat or it's:
It's NOT PRETTY and it's written in red so it must be important.
John and I had/have been discussing admitting bands from outside Birmingham. Well he opened the door to bands from Wolverhampton and now our hallowed pages are sullied by cabaret groups, armed with smart suits and polished acts, a far cry from the antics of 'proper' bands playing RandB to sweaty crowds. Let me clarify one thing here, I don't include Walsall bands in that 'Wolverhampton' category.
Not only have we been infiltrated but it would appear that they have come armed with their schoolboy antics of vote rigging, like teenage groups did to win the Midland Beat "Group of the year" title back in the early sixties, like The Talismen from Cheltenham for example.
Well we're older than 15 and you're fooling no-one!!
"Can you prove it" some guilty bastard is thinking now.... "I don't have to matey" - it's Trial by Peers!. Now I have a little experience in the world of "being in a band' and have played the length and breadth of the Black Country but never did I come across a band that was anywhere near as good as Traffic.
The Strollers must have been SOME act for the short time they existed (62-63)
Steve Winwood was between 12 and 14 during that time and just coming to his RandB pinnacle with his voice sounding as soulful as Ray Charles and as powerful as any I have ever heard, his piano skills already legendary, he was one of the best guitarists around, and gigging with Spencer Davis. - Just as a comparison to The Strollers or any Wolverhampton band. I was between 12 and 14 at the same time, in Brum, playing guitar too but that's where any similarity ends.
I still wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt though, so considered other options. Including someone 'inadvertantly' pressing the Enter key a couple of hundred times.
THE INVESTIGATION COMMENCES.
I first went to Wikipedia to see if a Miracle had occurred recently - Nothing!
A Google entry revealed four references to The Strollers, "Ah, now we're getting somewhere" I thought. My hopes faded however when I discovered that the four entries were in fact all the same article! Their Brumbeat.Net bio, copyrighted to John Woodhouse and Brian Nicholls but placed on different sites. At least it was a lead, so I investigated those inferior Brummie music sites further and yes, the article was there, there were no comments on the Forum pages from admiring fans but at least I had two more suspects!!
(Rattish smell beginning to get up yer nose yet?).
Now I believe that the readers of Bulls Head Bob are bright as a shiny new silver sixpence and won't be fooled into thinking a miracle had actually occurred. Well a couple of you probably DO think a Miracle has happened and you would be writing about it yourself if only the authorities hadn't removed all your sharp objects.
I thought I'd approach it from another angle. I took to the streets of Sedgely with a placard asking "Did you Vote for The Strollers?" I have to report that almost immediately, I found a person who said he had and was not the only one!.