The Hamsters

Based in Southend, Essex, England, this blues rock trio was formed at a rehearsal on 1 April 1987 by ex-Kursaal Flyers member ‘Snail’s Pace Slim’ (b. Barry Martin, Essex, England; guitar/vocals).…
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Based in Southend, Essex, England, this blues rock trio was formed at a rehearsal on 1 April 1987 by ex-Kursaal Flyers member ‘Snail’s Pace Slim’ (b. Barry Martin, Essex, England; guitar/vocals). Named after an alias used by the Sex Pistols, Martin, Andy ‘Zsa Zsa’ Billups (bass) and Rev. Otis (drums) began playing locally, their powerful live performances belying the inoffensiveness of their name. Setting up their own mailing list to promote records and gigs, they currently hold over 20, 000 names on database, justifying their strong belief in self-promotion. Perennial regulars on the club/pub circuit in the south of England, the enthusiasm of the band’s loyal live following easily outweighs the harsh criticism meted out to them by members of the press. They have also released several albums to date, including their 1990 CD debut Electric Hamsterland, which consisted entirely of Jimi Hendrix cover versions.