Scarlet Party

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This short-lived, Beatles -inspired quartet was formed in 1981 by brothers Graham Dye (b. 2 August 1961, Barking, Essex, England; vocals/guitar) and Steven Dye (b. 17 September 1963, Barking, Essex, England;…
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This short-lived, Beatles -inspired quartet was formed in 1981 by brothers Graham Dye (b. 2 August 1961, Barking, Essex, England; vocals/guitar) and Steven Dye (b. 17 September 1963, Barking, Essex, England; bass, vocals/keyboards), who were joined by Sean Heaphy (drums) and Mark Gilmour (guitar), younger brother of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Their strong composing ability led to their recording an album at the legendary Abbey Road studios, and performing live at the studio’s 50th anniversary party. Much media attention was given to their debut ‘101-Dam-Nations’, which was released on the reactivated Parlophone Records label 20 years after the Beatles’ debut. Graham Dye’s John Lennon -influenced vocals were another talking point and the band seemed set for stardom. This immaculate record surprisingly only reached the lower regions of the UK Top 50, and even more disappointing was that their strong follow-up, ‘Eyes Of Ice’, failed to chart. Although they toured, supporting Steve Hackett, Huey Lewis and Sad Cafe, the band disintegrated through lack of commercial success.

Dye returned in 1985 singing lead vocal on the Alan Parsons Project track ‘Light Of The World’, from Stereotomy, and again in 1990 with ‘Little Hans’ from Parsons’ Freudiana. In 1992, the brothers were working on new material to submit to the record company that failed to capitalize on their remarkably fresh talent a decade earlier. A CD of their unreleased Parlophone album is available privately from their website. In 2006 the brothers had come full circle, performing as The Songs Of Lennon/McCartney and simply playing cover versions of their first great musical influence.