The inspiration behind the name of Invisiblegirl Records and Music Publishing. Having witnessed some of the recording sessions at Strawberry Studios in and around 1980, including the session musician phenomena, their invisibility and importance.
The Invisible Girls
Martin and Steves group of session musicians, regularly called upon to help with Martins recording sessions and various compositions (most active 1977 to 1982). Steve said 'The Invisible Girls could be seen as a chameleon-like wrapper for a number of projects'.
Martin Hannett - playing bass guitar, programming beat box's and synths. The record producer.
Steve Hopkins - piano and keyboards. Steve had equal status to Martin in The Invisible Girls and attended most related sessions as musician, composer and sometimes production. He is currently known as Doctor (of Physics) Stephen Hopkins and has worked in this field for some time.
John Scott - Guitar. John has played in many groups over the years including Gerry And The Holograms.
Lyn Oakey - Guitar. Well known session musician and attended most of the Invisible Girls sessions. Listed here on John Cooper Clarke album Disguise in Love. Also listed as playing in Chris Sieveys group (Frank Sidebottom), along with other members of The Invisible Girls!
Stephanie Middleton-Adams - Violin.
Bill Nelson - Guitar. Be Bop Delux was fronted by Bill Nelson in the late 1970's, his current work projects can be found at www.billnelson.com.
John Cooper Clarke - Vocals, Martin Hannett - Bass Guitar. Steve Hopkins - Piano. Paul Burgess - Drums. Vini Reilly - Electric Guitar. Lyn Oakey - Tambourine and Electric Guitar. Dave Formula - Synth.
Kudos to musicians who performed live as The Invisible Girls when session musicians weren't available and had Martin and Steves endorsement. They include Robert Balmire - bass guitar (husband of Pauline Murray), toured with Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls and continues to tour with her as Penetration.
One John Cooper Clarke UK tour: Pete Barrett -keyboards, Ronnie Poole - bass guitar, Jim Morrison - guitar (no not that one), Dave Buck - drums. On John Cooper Clarkes third album Zip Style Method Steve was in charge of production for some of the album in Martins absence and brought in: Richard Darbyshire - guitar, Trevor Spencer - drums, Stevie Williams - bass. Martin brought in Toby - drums.
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