GRAFFITI

Graff

Welcome to the official GRAFFITI website

This site is dedicated to celebrating the music of a band that achieved a lot in the 1990's. We hope you enjoy browsing through this site as much as we have enjoyed ploughing through the old photos and recordings! It all seems like yesterday!

Classic line-up...

Left to right in opposite photo:

Tony Stock: Keyboards
Marcus Flynn: Guitars
Adrian Todd: Drums
Rick Chase: Vocals
Jim Page: Bass

BIOGRAPHY

Graffiti first saw the light of day in late '87 when vocalist Rick Chase, after spending a brief spell with Irish rockers Mama's Boys, teamed up with guitarist Marcus Flynn and keyboard player Tony Stock.

With the original line-up, Graffiti released a double A-side 7" vinyl single with the tracks "Rock The World" and "Stay". This was very well received by the UK rock press. After recruiting Adrian Todd to the drum stool, the band went through some personnel changes in the bass department before Jim Page joined the ranks in Feb. 1990. (This being the classic Graffiti line-up).

It was then immediately apparent that the band had that "something else" entwined beneath the surface of their song structures that shone through. Although unsigned at the time, they showed professionalism, finesse and polish. In short, Graffiti possessed a quality that not many bands in the UK are able to achieve.

Based in Oxfordshire, this melodic quintet harnessed a modern day Styx/Honeymoon Suite feel, with the stadia stature and warmth of Magnum, yet behind it all, the superb, soaring guitar work of Flynn gave the added power, resulting in BIG songs, BIG vocals, and at the time, many believed, a BIG future!

1990 saw important developments in Graffiti's progress for rock stardom, and the year was highlighted with the release of their "Big Noise" EP, which contained three tracks from the bands' Autumn Radio One session.
Track listing:
Shine a light, If you want lust, Is it really love.

The "Big noise" EP was their second release. They had previously released their debut single "Stay" in 1989 which gained some excellent feedback and reviews within the music industry. Dave Ling of RAW Magazine called the quintet "A class band with an ear tuned for melody", and Dave Shack (Now high up in RCA records, and married to TV personality Nikki Chapman) went as far as hailing the single as "Magic!"
The track "Stay" was also released World-wide on a Belgian compilation CD called "Metal Thunder" in 1991.

On the live front, Graffiti gained recognition at home and abroad, headlining many venues including The Marquee in London, and The Roxy in Los Angeles. Rock City News, one of the Hollywood music papers, praised the band highly, and hoped they'd return to the States "real soon", calling Graffiti "One of the more talented melodic hard rock bands to emerge from the UK in a long while".

Apart from countless appearances at the London Marquee Club, other live appearances included the London Hippodrome, the International Music Festival in Sopot, Poland (Three consecutive years), FM Station & The Roxy Los Angeles, plus many other smaller UK circuit gigs inluding The Royal Standard, Walthamstow, & The Stick of Rock, London.

The main reason for the demise of this promising band was bad decision making from their record company which resulted in Graffiti's debut album "Obsession" hardly seeing the light of day. (This being the reason for many other talented bands biting the dust along the way).

As previously mentioned, Graffiti went through several line-up changes along the way. With the founder members of Rick Chase, Marcus Flynn and Tony Stock, other members were...

Bass:
Paul Gray (Eddie & The Hotrods/The Damned/UFO)
Steve Mills (It Bites, Bonnie Tyler)
Stevie B
Jez Goddard

Drums:
Adam Armstrong
Martin Clapson
Paul Disley

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STAY

Debut single
"Stay"/"Rock the World"

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