The Chords formed in 1978, recording their first BBC Radio 1 session for DJ John Peel in early July. They also featured, along with some of their fans, on the cover of Time Out magazine. Amongst their early supporters were Paul Weller, who saw one of their first concerts, and Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey, who signed the group to his JP Productions company. They performed their second single ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ on TOTP in 1980. Their debut album ‘So Far Away’ made the Top 30 in May 1980, bracketed by further singles.
Helmed by original member Chris Pope, The Chords UK releasede their second studio album ‘Nowhere Land’ which features 12 songs, including lead track ‘Hipsters Of London’, all written by Chris Pope.
Chris Pope was described by Paul Weller as “The best Songwriter of his Generation,” cited by Uncut as “Savage as Townshend with Toothache” and had his songs hailed by Mojo as, “Perceptive, razor sharp vignettes on the British way of life”. Record collector called him, “One of his generation’s most gifted songwriters”, and Vive Le Rock described him as a “well-respected voice of contemporary rock ‘n’ roll”.
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