Paul Eccentric: voice, percussion; Mark Gordon: drums; Ian
Newman: bass & double bass; Beef Grant: piano; Dave Reynolds:
guitar; Louisa Crescenti: sax; Steve Joy: trumpet & 2nd guitar;
Jen Good & Lucy Hall: b vox.
The Odd Eccentric were formed in Watford in 1984 and soon became
stalwarts of the British and European live music circuit;
appearing regularly in London at such venues as The Marquee, The
Mean Fiddler and The 100 Club, until their apparent demise in
1991 on the eve of their third Danish tour. They released two
singles, an EP and an album during this time for a succession of
independent record labels and had a considerable amount of radio
airplay, but never quite managed to break the bigtime in their
home country with their idiosyncratic brand of polka-punk. They
were, however, something of a hit in Scandinavia; as two early
90s tours will attest. (for more information on the band's early
years see the 'bands' page at www.pauleccentric.co.uk)
*In 2006 Doopop Records, the owners of the band's publishing
rights since 1999, released a retrospective album, collecting
together all of The Odd Eccentric's original 80s recordings,
along with some previously unreleased material, remastered for
the digital age under the title 'ODDS'N SODS'.
The band reformed, ostensibly for a one off gig in Watford to
promote the new album, but the night was so well received that
they decided to book a series of gigs at their old stomping
grounds over the following months. Sadly, before they could get
themselves to their second booking, long time lead guitarist and
champion of their reunion Ali Ramage, died. The remaining
original members; with the exceptions of singer Paul and drummer
Mark, decided not to continue with the tour after this, but
Paul; who until the reunion had been reluctant to return to the
band, had by now been bitten by the bug and written a new set of
A new lineup was formed around the original ideas and with a set
comprising brand new songs along with all their previous
classics, The Odd Eccentric were now back, bigger, better and
louder than ever before.
In July 2010 The Odds played the London Fringe and in 2011, the
main stage at The Music On The Moor Festival in Hertfordshire.
They are currently taking bookings for 2012 when they will also
be releasing their first new recording for 20 years! Book now:
'a musically sophisticated and visually crazed act' ~The Review
'combining humour with innovative talent, having one foot
planted firmly either side of the borderline between genius and
~The Watford Observer
'london's mest anarkistiske efterspurgte band'
'totally original lunacy' ~Focus
'the brink of idiocy with the essence of cult'
~The Watford Observer