Saturday, 19 December 2009

Where are they now?

Nick Appleton, who was also a member of the London based band the Black Cillas, is now an animator working in London. See and which contains updates to 2008. Ben briefly managed the Black Cillas and band released one much admired single, Sebastian, in 1986. This was re-released on the compilation album ‘The Sounds of Leamington Spa No 5, released in 2005 (we think) on Firestation Records. The band also provided one track on the 1987 Timebox Album (and are the band featured on the front cover, playing live at the Bull & Gate) and one track 'Live and Independent at the Bay 63', a VHS release (Nightingale Films).

Ben Challis is a music lawyer and TV producer and he works for the world famous Glastonbury Festival, amongst other things. He is also co-founder of Ben publishes monthly updates on music law - see and you can see more on the Glastonbury Festival at

Russell Lax was a member of the hugely successful OYSTER BAND and toured almost continuously with the band in the late eighties until 1990. See

Steve Harris is now a Michelin starred chef and he and brother Phil run the Sportsman in Whitstable. See and see Phil managed the Ignerents and was the main photographer of the band's early career.

Brothers (and sisters!): Phil, Chris and Steve's younger brother, Damian Harris, currently records and performs as the Midfield General and also ran Fat Boy Slim's 'Skint Records' for a number of years. You can see Damian’s website at and see . Their sister, Gabriel, works with Steve and Phil in their restaurant business. Ben's brother, Aiden (Tig) Challis, was the drummer of another local band, Wasteland. Wasteland released the Wasteland EP (Disaster Records, 1979) which featured Ono / Bombsite Baby / Our Radio Nation Burns (Bombsite Baby was written by Ben Challis along with original Ignerent Mark Leighton) and Wasteland released a second vinyl offering Leave Me Alone b/w Friends, Romans Countrymen on Invicta Records in 1980. For more see Tig died in January 2009.

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