Far from having anything to do with a tribute to Rush’s bass player, UK rock band Martin Wilson and Andrew Barrot took their name from a school book titled Geddex Axe 1921-1922. Coming together in 1980 with Andy Millard (vocals), Dave Clayton (drums) and Mick Peace (bass), the band decided to follow in the footsteps of fellow Sheffield citizens Def Leppard and record a self-financed EP. Entitled Return Of The Gods, it failed to generate the public interest that Def Leppard had aroused. After one further single, ‘Sharpen Your Wits’, the band underwent a major personnel change, with Barrot joining Baby Tuckoo (and later Chrome Molly), Millard and Clayton quitting, and being replaced with Nick Brown, Tony Rose and John Burke, respectively. A revamped live set included the progressive ‘Valley Of The Kings’ (sadly unrecorded) and cover versions of Kiss songs. The Bullet label picked up the band and released an improved 12-inch single, ‘Escape From New York’, but it failed to gain any ground for them and by 1983 they had again broken up.
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