A BAND originally formed 29 years ago by a group of teenage school friends in Hucknall are looking to hit the big time — at the second time of asking.
The group, who are now known as Alberteen (pictured), were launched by sixth-form pupils at Hucknall National Comprehensive in the 1980s under the name Mango Groovy.
Adrian Berry and John Rose, who were born and bred in Hucknall, and Phil Shaw, who grew up in Papplewick, were original members.
They had some success and even supported the Scottish alternative rock band, Primal Scream.
After three years, each of the band members went their own way.
However, following in the footsteps of several bands who have re-united in recent years, they are back together and have released their latest single as a forerunner to a new album.
The track, ‘A Girl And A Gun’, is available on CD and for download online. The group’s second album, ‘Metal Book’, will go on sale in 2012.
Bass player Adrian (42), who is now a theatre producer in London, said: “It has become one of those things that bands are making it much later in life. The goalposts have shifted.”
Alberteen reformed after the original members returned to Hucknall for the funeral of Adrian’s mother.
They decided, “for a laugh”, to get back together. Guitarist John (43) now lives in Ravenshead, while Phil (43) is a professor of English at Leicester University. They have recruited Leicester-based musician Gareth Warden (27).
Within a year of reforming, Alberteen released the album ‘Rhythm Factory’, which was produced by Tjinder Singh, of Cornershop, who had a number one hit with ‘A Brimful Of Asher’.