Today is the birthday of Dave Hawes, bassist for British psychedelic pop rockers Catherine
Wheel. Influenced by groups such as the Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine and Ride,
Catherine Wheel has risen from being a club outfit in England to a rising alternative act with
the potential for stardom. Friends Rob Dickinson and Brian Futter spent the late '80s
playing in various groups around Yarmouth, England, and decided to join forces in 1990.
Dickinson was originally the drummer, but graduated to the microphone and hired Neil
Sims to take his place at the kit. Birthday boy Hawes joined the group in 1991 after
answering an ad in a musician's newspaper.
The band worked on a demo, recording early tunes such as "Black Metallic" and "Upside
Down," and Hawes decided on the name Catherine Wheel for the quartet. Local clubs
welcomed the group, and after their first gig they were offered studio time to record a 12"
for "She's My Friend," a track which was soon played on John Peel's radio show. Mercury nabbed the band, and released Ferment in 1992. 1993's Chrome spawned their biggest hit, "Waydown." 1995's Happy Days was a cult hit, as was this year's Adam & Eve. The band toured this summer with Live in Europe, but recently canceled a swing through the U.S. for the fall.
Other birthdays: Tim Rice, 53; Dave Loggins, 50; Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and
Palmer), 50; Dona Fargo, 38; Ronnie Hammond (Atlanta Rhythm Section), 47 and Frank
Maudsley (A Flock Of Seagulls), 39.