band mem­bers who got away

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

Max Raf­ferty The Kooks

Raf­ferty (above) was an orig­i­nal mem­ber of The Kooks, hav­ing been asked to play bass with the band as they started to record de­mos. Fol­low­ing a cou­ple of years with The Kooks – tak­ing in the record­ing of their de­but album, Inside In/Inside Out – Raf­ferty was re­moved from a win­ter 2005 UK tour by the band’s tour man­ager. Raf­ferty sub­se­quently un­der­went ther­apy and re­turned as a full-time mem­ber in Jan­uary 2007. Mat­ters didn’t re­ally im­prove, how­ever, and ear­lier this year he again left the band, this time for good. His de­par­ture was an­nounced via a con­cise state­ment on The Kooks’ MyS­pace page.

See Kooks singer Luke Pritchard on Raf­ferty (main fea­ture).

Glen Mat­lock The Sex Pis­tols

Glen Mat­lock (above, left) was in the thick of it from the very start of The Sex Pis­tols – in the Sex shop, co-writ­ing most of the songs on Never Mind the Bol­locks Here’s the Sex Pis­tols (in­clud­ing the best-ever quar­tet of con­se­quen­tially re­leased sin­gles, An­ar­chy in the UK, God Save the Queen, Pretty Va­cant and Hol­i­days in the Sun). Booted out of the band by man­ager Mal­colm McLaren for hav­ing the au­dac­ity to ad­mit to lik­ing The Bea­tles, Mat­lock is now back in the fold as the Pis­tols reap the div­i­dends de­nied to them in the late 1970s.

Syd Bar­rett Pink Floyd

Bar­rett (be­low, left) was recog­nised as the frag­mented ge­nius be­hind the first phase of Pink Floyd – the psychedelia-driven mid to late 1960s. Yet his well-doc­u­mented in­ges­tion of psy­chotropic drugs and other chem­i­cals pushed him over the brink and im­pinged on the band’s am­bi­tions. It’s not that he was given the boot – he was just left be­hind, as his re­place­ment, David Gil­mour, re­calls in the book Crazy Di­a­mond: “Nor­mally, we would pick him up . . . but one day some­one asked, ‘Shall we pick Syd up?’ and some­one else replied, ‘No, let’s not bother.’ We never went to pick him up again. It’s as sim­ple as that.”

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