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"He said, 'Hank, you cannot wear your specs on stage. We do not do that in the entertainment industry'."WRIGHT touched a raw nerve.Marvin had been self-conscious about his glasses since first acquiring them as a schoolboy."Someone said the other day that growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional. With his new project consisting of several key band members that emerged from the DIY Watford scene, Gold Key guitarist Laurent ‘Lags’ Barnard (Gallows, Krokodil, Moones) provides us with an exclusive essay about the history of a subculture on the fringes of London So what do I think of Watford now?The Shadows re-formed in 1973 and came second in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1975 with Let Me Be The One but their best days were behind them and - apart from the odd reunion tour - Marvin has the odd reunion tour - Marvin has spent the intervening decades concentrating on a solo career.
Marvin went on to appear in a TV show with Cliff Richard and Una Stubbs before forming a three-piece with Welch and another musician Johnny Farrar.We then had our first rehearsal in Cliff's parents' house.It was a council house and the front room became our rehearsal room."Marvin and Welch were joined by a bass player and drummer and called themselves The Drifters.Proof of his enduring appeal came two years ago when Saatchi and Saatchi made a commercial for a Mattessons snack featuring a cast of schoolboys sporting wigs of Hank's distinctive bob, lookalike specs and strumming Apache on Fender Stratocasters, the mould-breaking guitar Marvin helped to make famous.When it came to the Cockney rhyming slang punchline, "Mattessons Fridge Raiders - for when you're Hank Marvin" (Cockney rhyming slang for starving) it was correctly assumed his place in the cultural pantheon was so established no further explanation was needed.
We met, said hello, sort of sneered at each other and then got on a Green Line bus to where he lived in Cheshunt."The journey was great because we got talking.