Long Tall Shorty – where do you start? In 1978 I suppose – formed by Tony Perfect as a leading light in the Mod Revival movement releasing the iconic singles “By Your Love/1970’s Boy” and “Win or Lose” amongst others.
The power, energy and excitement was always present in their live sound gaining them a dedicated live following with residencies at the 100 Club and Marquee the highlight of many of a teenage dream, sadly for a generation they split up in 1982.
Reforming in 2000 they have released several albums including “Completely Perfect”, “A Bird In The Hand” and the much heralded Rhythm and Blues album “Women & Trouble”.
The line has always been a fluid feature of Long Tall Shorty and now features a stripped down three piece, Tony Perfect - Vocals/Guitar, John Woodward – Bass and Jim Piddington on Drums. Along with the stripped down line-up Shorty have pioneered a new style of music “Giffer Punk” and have taken this away from the traditional haunts of Soho and Central London to the far flung reaches of Europe to spread the Giffer sound.
Tony Perfect recently said “There’s nothing wrong with what we were doing but we realised there’s a load of kids out there crying out for something Giffer, so we’re givin’ it to them.”
The Sounds of Giffer City” came out on 8th October 2009 on Time For Action Records. Since then Shorty have been tirelessly playing gigs to pronmote the LP taking in the UK and Europe.
Recording of the follow up LP, tentatively titled "Kick Out The Shams" is being recorded for release around the beginning of June... stayed tuned on that one.
A busy summer ahead then with shows with SHAM 69 (for the record, these are not the shams that need kicking out, its another bunch of shams), Secret Affair, Pauline Black, King Kurt, King Hammond, Lambrettas to name a few.
Watch this space for further developments from Giffer City.