One The Juggler Biography
Period of performances: 1983/1985
Lineup members at the Marquee:
Rokko aka Sham Morris (vocals, acoustic guitar), Lin Minchin (lead guitar), Lushi (bass, guitar), Steve Nicol (drums), Travis (drums), Bob Nanook (drums), Mick Rossi aka Momo Sex (lead guitar), Charlie Mead (bass), Steve Bray (drums).
Based in the South London area, Rokko aka Sham Morris got together with childhood friend Lushi (aka Jerry) and formed a band called the Reptiles. Around 1980, guitarist Colin Minchin (aka Lin) was introduced to the band by jazz guitarist Billy Jenkins, and along with John the Bomb on bass and Dom from Poland on drums. They played for a year or two before fizzling out.
Another year down the line Rokko reformed the band with Lushi, Lin, Steve Nicol of Eddie and the Hot Rods on drums, and unofficial member Ian Trimmer on sax. They chose the name One the Juggler, a reference to Tarot cards which suited they?re gypsy look.
In the early summer of 1982 and with a new line up, they recorded a four track demo at a local studio in Greenwich, South London, and had so much interest from record companies that they had to employ a lawyer to sort out their affairs. They decided to go for the Regard deal ( a subsidiary of RCA). The beginning of 1983 brought the much awaited release of their first single Passion Killer. It was only a minor hit, reaching the top 60, but received rave reviews. They toured Israel for a week around February, one gig supporting Marc Almond.
On the 19th of January 1983, One the Jugler played for the first time at the Marquee club. Billy Jenkins replaced Lin on guitar for a couple of months, causing a stir on stage with his crazy caveman antics at the Marquee Club, and going by the name of Django Clang. Not wanting to go back on the road at this point, he took over Rokko's job running Wood Wharf Rehearsal Studios in Greenwich, and Lin was asked to return. After already having been show- cased at the Elvis Costello Christmas shows 1982, they were to make guest appearance at two Eurythmics' shows, and a Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul show, before releasing a second single.
Damage is Done, produced by Steve Short, received no chart success, but a cult following was amassing and rumours of their exciting live performances were making their way through the grape vine. A summer appearance at the Reading Festival, had gone down a blast, turning the most sceptical of journalists and awarding them the honour of 'the years best new band'. Also Travis, a drummer from North Wales, formerly with the Smart and the Nips replaced Steve Nicol. A tour supporting Big Country coincided with the release of their third single Django?s Coming. It had been produced by Steve Churchyard, with the b side credited to Steve Alu. Billy Jenkins played guest guitar, and Mel Collins of Camel's fame played saxophone.
1984 saw the release of the debut album "Nearly a Sin" and the single "Are You the One?" Bob Nanook (Craig Plummer) joined as drummer in early 1984. An English tour followed by a French tour(where Mick Rossi of Slaughter & the Dogs joined briefly), and then at the end of the year another single not appearing on either album "It Hurts" produced by John Porter, featuring backing vocals by Tracee McVie, piano Johnny Mason, saxophone, Ian Trimmer and Mel Collins. The end of the year also saw more line-up changes with Momo Sex (of Ligotage) on guitar, Steve Bray on drums, Charlie Mead on bass, and of course the appearance of the legendary Mick Ronson.
1985 brought the release of the second album "Some Strange Fashion" produced by Mick Ronson, who took over most of the playing himself. Some touring ensued but unfortunately after the November tour, they were to be no more. One the Jugler played at the Marquee Club for the last time on the 30th of November 1985. There was rumoured to be some trouble with RCA over the release of the second album and no promotion, and then not a peek. Over a two year period, they played at the Marquee at least ten times, with several different line ups, including surprise appearances by Mick Ronson on guitar and Tracee McVie dressed in full nun regalia doing backing vocals. One of the nights the stage background was decorated with a parachute.
Rokko went on to work further with Mick Ronson, and more recently has recorded an album with a band Spiv UK. Lin Minchin is working with pre Juggler pals, Tennis Shoes and Geezerbird. Steve Nicol is back in the driving seat with Eddie and the Hot Rods. Lushi recorded with the Boom Boom Room in 1986, and it is rumoured that he recorded with Rokko within the last couple of years.
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