A UK rock quintet based in Leamington Spa, Chevy formed in 1980 around a nucleus of Martin Cure (vocals), Steve Walwyn (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Shanahan (guitar, vocals), Bob Poole (bass, vocals) and Chas Chaplin (drums). Their initial reputation was earned at early support slots to Alvin Lee and Hawkwind, before they made their recording debut with a self-titled track on the Metal For Muthas 2 compilation. This was followed by their debut single, ‘Too Much Loving’, and a debut album for Avatar Records. The Taker drew on local influences such as Status Quo but primarily relied on a distillation of Americanised rock themes. This proved popular neither with critics nor audiences, and their first album was also to be their last.