We intend to inform all interested parties about the history of the band called ‘Click Click’. No doubt some of you think you know the entire story. Perhaps you do, but if your curiosity has been aroused, this site will answer all of your questions…
This website was alive and running from the year 2001 to October 2006. Below is some of the content that I have found on wayback machine.
Those Nervous Surgeons: Tim Wilson (Bass) – Derek E Smith (Drums) – Adrian Smith (Guitar/Wasp/Voice)
The Surgeons were formed during 1976, just as Punk was taking over the entire British music movement.
The Surgeons were occasionally augmented by Mark Turney or Dave Buckingham on guitar.
They were in a band called Those Nervous Surgeons at the time, playing freeform improvised rock. Tim (the bass player) brought a WASP along to a rehearsal one night and Adrian spent the next couple of hours working out how to use it. After that things took a very interesting turn.
They managed to find a Farfisa organ in a second hand shop, bought a Copycat echo-unit and took our improvisation’s to another level. They were all influenced by Sun Ra and Stockhausen at the time…
Click Click (Version 1): Derek E. Smith (Drums) – Adrian Smith (Bass/Voice) – Richard Camp (Guitar)
The band that recorded the 4 track silver single and various other tunes. Funk based guitar rock, bass and drums anchoring the sporadic disjointed guitar of Rick Camp (now playing with Blind Dog Beerbelly).
Rick and Derek were two massive ego’s waiting to explode. Mostly these explosions happened during gigs and nobody in the audience noticed. I think now that some of the tension came from the fact that both guys really knew how to play and wouldn’t tolerate mistakes. In the end something had to give and I’m ashamed to say it was Adrian. Adrian simply packed his gear away one night and walked away from a very tight and original rock band.
Click Click (Version2): Derek E. Smith (Drums etc) Adrian Smith (Voice/Wasp/Tapes)
Nobody in England was doing anything remotely interesting in the field of electronics (Cabaret Voltaire excepted). Derek introduced me to Tago Mago (Can) and Adrian went on a vinyl hunt to find more Teutonic music(s). Faust and Neu were just breaking and Adrian had seen the possibilities of repetition in music.
Until that point Adrian was listening to Weather Report, Miles Davis and Zappa and wondering if he would ever become a real musician. The answer turned out to be NO, but then he discovered an interview with Brian Eno and realized he didn’t have to become a musician to produce good music. From then on it was only a matter of time (and a good selection of tape recorders) before Adrian came up with something interesting.
What were the band’s influences?
Adrian Smith: Stockhausen. Can. Neu. DAF. Frank Zappa. Captain Beefheart. The Residents, Faust. Derek E. Smith. Pete Hosier. Jon Morris. Jenny Viola. Graham Stronach. The repetitive nature of the German underground (circa 72-88). Onibaba
Derek Smith: As above (plus Adrian of course!!). Sun Ra. Miles Davis. Blade Runner. Clive Barker. Drugs. Anti-Religion. War. Peace. Life in Luton. Alan Fisch. PIL. A small house in Redruth, Cornwall. The sound of Stag Beetles mating. Tea. Stravinsky. Ligeti. Morton Subotnik and all the other electronic pioneer’s of the 50’s and 60’s.
The records have fixed Derek up with the impression that they are one of these uncountable electro bands currently populating the music scene. Most of the people believe that they are a Belgian band. But their concert fairly surprised him. How do people face you after a concert?
A lot of people are apparently confused after their concerts because they don’t stand behind of mountains of synths making pretty music. Their sound is much harder.
One of the oldest songs ‘Sweet Stuff‘ is on the Belgian sampler ‘Electronic Body Music‘. Do they think they are a part of this ‘new electronic movement‘?
It’s record company hype. They chose ‘Sweet Stuff‘ because it represents their style of music. Today they don’t see themselves as a part of the electronic body music scene. It’s good when people who listen to the song on the sampler like it and buy other records and discover the things they are doing currently. Their new album is different from their older songs. They wanted more melody, vocals and substance on the new album. They never made ‘Electronic Body Music‘ in the past and they will not do so in the future.
In my genealogy, music has never found a favorite spot. It is only my great grandfather who is said to had an interest in folk music. He never got into the profession but only sang to his to his friends once he had one too many. So you can imagine how shocking it was when my parents and siblings noted that I had developed an interest in performing music.
Everybody thought that I would be a journalist but that is not what I envisioned. At least not after I had interacted with a few of my friends who wanted to be composing and staging songs.
The genesis of our band
One day I was having my usual stroll in our nearby public park when I noticed a group of 3 boys who were playing some sweet melody. It was not such a great performance but I got attracted to the scene and moved closer. I spent half an hour admiring their gusto and I was not alone to notice it. A considerable throng of people had gathered around them and they were really having fun. I noticed one of the boys was from my neighborhoods and I made sure that I talked to him after their small show.
I requested him to introduce me to his friends since I had enjoyed their act. I got introduced to the band leader who wanted to know whether I had any skills in arts and performance. The only thing I knew by then was dancing and I was good at it since I had won some competitions in my junior school. On the instruments, I told him that I had an interest in learning the guitar. It was a tricky proposal I was making but he gave me the benefit of doubt and promised to consult with his two friends and give me feedback in a short while. It came sooner than I expected and I was given an invitation for their next day performance.
It was not easy to be part of a group that had been together for a year. I did my stunts to their beats and it was not that bad after all. I kept practicing and soon I was catching up on their expertise. I tried singing and it was such an experience and I dedicated my time to it. After weeks of rigorous practice, I was able to compose an entire song which according to the leader was a definite hit. I got praise from the rest of the team and my confidence of ever making it to be a musician grew exponentially.
Flying into stardom
I never knew how I ended up being such a great performer but it was practice which led me there. I became the group’s lead singer and fame was coming my way. We got invitations to perform gigs at high-end places and the feeling of stars was in all of us. One of our uplifting times was when we got an invitation to perform at a breast cancer charity event. It was a plus for the cause and of course our group’s prosperity.
There was one particular time we shared the same stage with great groups such Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, and Fall out Boy. We may not have reached the fame of these groups but sharing the same platform with them was a breakthrough we needed.
After this performance, we got top invites within the U.S. and for the first time we got nominated to for the best young band of the year. By now I had proven to those who criticized my choice of career that it is was not all in vain. I have been to great places, met influential people and I’m sure it would have not been this satisfying if I chose another path. Recently we had a Europe tour and we were likened to the greats of the Beatles and it was such an honour to perform before royals in Britain, Spain and Denmark.
Loving what we do
It has not been success in a silver platter since we had to work for what has come our way. We have had runs for weight loss and generally keep our health on the safer side. We do it because we love it and that is why victory has been our daily bread. Our fans have been such a great support and that is why we keep the promise of getting better each year.