Bass Dance originated in Birmingham, UK, and were made up of brothers Basil and Colin Gabbidon on Vocals/ Guitar and Drums/ Percussion respectively, David ‘Deiko’ Perry on Guitar/ Backing Vocals, William Minto on Bass and Alex Williams on Percussion/ Backing Vocals. The Gabbidon brothers had been founding members of the band Steel Pulse, which had originated in Handsworth near Birmingham in 1975 and enjoyed a fair amount of success during the early 1980s. Feeling that they wanted to expand their musical avenues, they left the band and formed Bass Dance, making their first TV appearance on Channel 4’s Clubmix in 1985.
The band toured Britain and played a one off show in Los Angeles to build up a fanbase for this new venture (and also for the love of playing, always their main driving force) before eventually coming round to recording their debut album, Loud, in 1989. It would then be released through Revolver Records in 1990, followed by the FM-Revolver Release of the single Lying In The Arms Of Mary, a standalone single. Here the band’s relationship with the label would end.
They went on playing gigs around Europe, introducing more and more people to the music of Bass Dance, but wouldn’t record a follow up until 1995, when they released the EP Everybody Plays The Fool followed by the LP Louder. The band finally stopped for good in 1997, playing their final concert in the August of that year. Colin and Basil have since become the centrepiece for their own band, Gabbidon, and still play music now. Steel Pulse are also still active, though with only two of the original members.