Dave Evans

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While there are many performers named Dave Evans, only one is closely associated with a series of protest songs released during the time of the British Falklands War with Argentina. Guitarist Evans was…
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While there are many performers named Dave Evans, only one is closely associated with a series of protest songs released during the time of the British Falklands War with Argentina. Guitarist Evans was a member of the Samples, whose most famous song, entitled "Dead Hero," was actually written about the first World War. Nonetheless, certain aspects of censorship hounded the release of the record in the highly government-controlled British music press and broadcast media, a factor that still didn't prevent the single from selling close to 7,500 copies.

The group hailed from Worcester and were managed by Chris Berry, a promoter associated with a record label that was actually called No Future, which like many other indie rock labels, didn't seem to have much of one either. The members didn't exactly wait for Berry's interest to ripen before making moves, self-releasing a single declaring the band's own "Vendetta" in 1980. Many moshers munched a sample of the Samples on a No Future compilation entitled A Country Fit for Heroes, a disc that has been instantly transformed into a country and western compilation by discographers who drop the first word of the title. In an event almost too typical of the music business to bother repeating, Evans and bandmates recorded another single for No Future that was never released because Berry gave up on the label. The song's title: "Nobody Cares."