ClintíníMax Comeback?
By Mike English
Tuesday 10 Apr 2018 11:24:00
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Clint’n’Max weren’t really a Teesside band. With one member born in Boro, though a Leeds supporting confirmed Stocktonian, and the other who had migrated between the East and West, South and North, they were hardly a band at all. Formed in 1986 through a desire to appear on stage, be chased by groupies and generally challenge, they were offered a deal to make an LP before they had rehearsed.

Clint n Max
They negotiated a better deal and then set to work. They played their first gig on the afternoon of 27th September 1986 to a capacity Room 19 at Darlington Arts Centre. Their second later that night was halted part way through when the Arts Centre switched off the electricity to the room.
They had made a name for themselves.

Clint newsAfter a series of gigs across the North East and West Yorkshire, and an invite to play at The Bull & Gate in London (they forgot), they built a loyal following, or at least an interest to see what all the fuss was about. Some even stayed for a second minute. Their poster campaigns highlighting the first and last three letters of their name with imagery to match, became the source of local media interest, but managers of Private Shops in the area got tired of clearing these from their windows and doors.

Their gig under the moniker of ‘Tony Cascarino and the third division blues’ packed out Middlesbrough’s Empire pub.

But a share of the gate didn’t help much towards paying for contact microphones or recording time of the 11.57 train to Manchester, so it was time for a change.
They realised that by ‘polishing that turd’ they could interest Arts Centres and get lucrative grants for commissioned pieces of work.

The LP had a title for each side and reflected their Roman Catholic upbringing (Chalice & Chains and Communion Bound). Some said this also reflected other interests as well.

This rarity has been known to command three figure offers - buy a copy if you can get one for less.

And then they were gone... or are they? Word reaches us that the pair met and are planning again. Don’t expect Heaton Park. Who knows what to expect, though a Tony Cascarino and the third division blues revival looks like a possibility.

To quote a line from the LP and nicked from a radio phone in show ‘eternity is a very long time’
Fingers crossed?




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