1. Howitt Road
HONEST JOHN PLAIN first came to the record buying public’s attention during 1977 when his band THE BOYS released their first ever single on the legendary NEMS label. Widely tipped to make it big The Boys had a set of killer songs written and sung by John. It was not to be but they managed to release four great albums before calling it a day in 1981.
During the 80’s John played in a number of bands including DIRTY STRANGERS (with KEITH RICHARDS and RON WOOD), MANNISH BOYS, BRAT BOY. In the early 90’s John formed with DARRELL BATH, The CRYBABYS and recorded the classics “Where Have All The Good Girls Gone” which in 1993 he included on the IAN HUNTER “Dirty Laundry” project which he also played and sang on.
Numerous groups have had hits over the years with his songs including the German group DIE TOTEN HOSEN “New Guitar In Town” and MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT who had massive hits in Japan with two versions of John’s songs.
After 25 years in the business Plain’s musical career is looking extremely healthy with a new Crybabys album due for release during July 2003. In the meantime Angel Air offers John’s brand new album recorded during autumn 2002.
Hunter style mock Cockney vocals…and memorable power Pop with Punk overtones and the end result is a fine album which deserves a large audience.
Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (July 2003)
…many of the songs on here would not sound out of place on a (Ian) Hunter or even on a Mott album…This is an interesting album that shows that even 26 years after his first single Honest John still has a lot to offer a new audience, particularly if that audience is partial to Ian Hunter-style material.
Kevin Rowland, ghostland.com (June 2003)
...if straight-to-hell rock 'n' roll is to your taste (and it jolly well ought to be), Honest John Plain & Amigos will certainly be to your taste.
Jo-Anne Greene, Goldmine(July 2003)