The two meet, and instantly a connection was apparent – there was, undoubtedly, a spark, and as such, this was the birth of the writing partnership that would become know the world over, echoing so many before them, as Windram-Ramsden. With a handful of loose ideas and rough gems, they set about to launch themselves at the stage. But before they could do this, they realised, they needed a rhythm section – the best rhythm section in the west, as it would turn out. Again, an ad was placed. But lighting never strikes twice. All applicants were duds.
Until the last… a young pianist named Wesley, who had fortunately read the ad. He turned up at Sheppard's Café, armed only with a guitar and a back-catalogue of old-jazz standards. Though a pianist by trade, Windram and Ramsden were so impressed by Wesley's guitar ability that they immediately said: "You're in. You're on bass". Now all that was needed was a drummer.
The band, now called Reichstag, named after the group's collective interest in the Weimar Republic period of German history, had been in-between drummers. And it was while playing a show with one of these "guns for hire", as they were snidely referred to behind the backs of the drummers, behind the kit, that destiny manifested itself. During the intermission, while Windram was stood at the bar, ordering a daiquiri, that a "ginger vision", named Richie, approached him. Dressed all in ginger – ginger pants, ginger shirt, dyed ginger hair – this Richie arrogantly proclaimed that he "could play drums better than fellow".
Windram mockingly dismissed him and returned to the stage. And so it was, that during an extended instrumental passage, that Richie leapt upon the stage and dragged the drummer from his stool and began to keep the beat himself. He has since not been asked to leave the stool. The band, its line up now complete, were about to become stars, but there one small nuisance that manifested itself, the band's name. Reichstag, they decided, was too ambiguous in its meaning – was it post-modern in its ironic fascist allusions, was it a tourist name, etc.
So it was decided then, that the name should changed. Many alternatives were suggested, including: - Byronic Heroes, Demeaning, Spasm of the Blue, The Super-Martyrs, but it was eventually decided upon that the band should be called The Cartoon All-Stars - And the rest, until the next instalment at least, is history. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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