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Rosetta Stone

From: Downpatrick, N.IRL

Active: 1973-84

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Rosetta Stone began in 1973 as a schoolboy band formed by brothers Damian, Terry and Colin McKee and their friend Ian Mitchell. They went through a variety of names (including Albatross and Bang) and by 1975 were known as the Young City Stars, who were popular in local clubs. The Young City Stars supported the Bay City Rollers at the ABC Theatre in Belfast on December 22nd 1975. Ian Mitchell subsequently joined the Rollers in April 1976 and was catapulted into pop stardom for a few heady months before bowing out due to mental exhaustion before the end of the year. He then rejoined the Young City Stars in late 1976, playing guitar alongside his replacement Andy LeGear (ex Wooden Shoe). Now with the might of the Rollers management behind them, they became Rosetta Stone and signed a deal with the Private Stock label. Their debut LP came out in May 1978. A second album was released in Japan only in January 1979, after which Mitchell left the band. He was replaced by Paul Lerwill.

If Rosetta Stone's 70s output is dismissed by some as teenybopper fodder, their new wave influenced 80s output is usually more warmly received. They released six singles on three labels between 1980-82, including arguably their best recording "I Don't Like School". Three tracks from this peruod (the third A-side and both sides of the fourth single) were covers of songs taken from the 1980 solo debut LP by a pre-fame Bryan Adams, then virtually unknown at this time outside his native Canada (except perhaps to Sweeney Todd fans). They had some success in Canada as a result. Paul Lerwill left after the next single 'Goodbye Guitar Man' , a nederglam cover from 1973. He made way for Enda Walsh in 1982, who appears on the bands final single 'Straight From the Heart', another Bryan Adams tune. A 12-inch edition was also issued in Canada.

Rosetta Stone split in 1984. Ian Mitchell later fronted numerous glam/metal bands including his own Ian Mitchell Band (mid-79) but success eluded him. I also recall reading a scandalous story in the gossip column in Sounds circa 1981 about a porn magazine photo shoot involving members of the band. Paul Lerwill changed his name to Gregory Gray to completely disassociate himself with Rosetta Stone management and was later involved in Perfect Crime before launching a solo career. Enda Lewis later worked with Van Morrison.

Rosetta Stone have reformed sporadically for one-off gigs over the years.



Discography

• Sunshine of Your Love / Steel Willie
7" - Private Stock - PVT 118 - UK - 1977 - no PS
7" - Private Stock/EMI-Bovema - 5C 006-99490 - NL - 1977 - PS
7" - Private Stock/EMI-Electrola - 1C 006-99490 - Germany - 1977 - diff PS
7" - Private Stock - EMR 20333 - Japan - 1977 - diff PS
12" - Private Stock/EMI - 3C 052-99490 Z - Italy - 1977 - diff PS




• If Paradise Is Half as Nice / Penny
7" - Private Stock - EMR-20363 - Japan - 1977 - PS
• If Paradise Is Half as Nice / Drive On
7" - Private Stock - PVT 131 - UK - 1978 - PS
7" - Private Stock/EMI-Electrola - 1C 006-60 366 - Germany - 1978 - diff PS


• s/t EP
7" flexi - no label - ST 1001 - Japan - 1977 - PS, gatefold, booklet, promo giveaway

Notes: One-sided interview/message flexi disc in lavish full-colour 10-page booklet sleeve, given away with Japanese weekly magazine Seventeen.



• Shiela / I Don't Like It
also as free 7" with Rock Pictures in UK (no promo markings)
7" - Private Stock PVT 158 - UK - 1978 - PS
7" - Private Stock/EMI-Electrola 1C 006-61396 - Germany - 1978 - PS
7" - Private Stock EMR-20464 - Japan - 1978 - diff PS
Produced by Jonathan King.


• Rock Pictures
LP - Private Stock/Toshiba-EMI - EMS-80970 - Japan - December 1977 - gatefold cover with obi, inner sleeve, insert
LP - Private Stock - PVLP 1031 - UK - May 1978 - embossed gatefold cover, with free single in PS (PVT 158)
LP - Private Stock/EMI Electrola - 1C 064-60 437 - Germany - May 1978 - gatefold cover
CD - Airmail Recordings Archive - AIRAC-1483 - Japan - 2008 - jewelcase and replica sleeve editions
• s/t (different cover artwork)
LP - Private Stock Records - PS 7011 - USA - May 1978
Produced by Roger Greenaway.


• Try It On / Gonna Grab It
7" - Private Stock/EMI-Electrola 1C 006-62160 - Germany - 1978 - PS
7" - Private Stock EMR-20521 - Japan - 1978 - diff PS


• Caught In The Act
LP - Private Stock/Toshiba-EMI - EMS-81155 - Japan - January 1979 - obi + insert
CD - Airmail Recordings Archive - AIRAC-1484 - Japan - 2008 - jewelcase and replica sleeve editions
Produced by Alan Blakley (Trememloes)


• If You Could See Me Now (Loving Arms) / Boys In Action
7" - Ariola - ARO 203 - UK - 1980 - PS
7" - Ariola - 100 949 - Germany - 1980 - PS, with sticker
7" - Ariola - ARL 37001 - Italy - 1980 - diff PS


• If You Could See Me Now (Loving Arms) // Boys In Action / It's All Been Done Before
7" - Ariola - ARO203 - UK - 1980 - promo, no PS


• I Don't Like School / When I Get Back to You
7" - Ariola - 102 055 - Germany - 1980 - PS


• Hiding From Love / When You're Standing There
7" - Limo Records/PRT LIMO 1 - UK - 1981 - no PS
7" - TTR/Warner WEAN 18 472 - NL - 1981 - PS


• Remember / London Girls
7" - Limo Records/PRT LIMO 5 - UK - 1981 - no PS


• Goodbye Guitar Man // When You're Standing There / Hiding From Love
7" - Ariola - 102 708-100 - Germany - 1981 - PS
• Goodbye Guitar Man / When You're Standing There
7" - Ariola - KO7S-7019 - Japan - 1981 - PS
• Goodbye Guitar Man / Hiding From Love
7" - Arabella - 103116 - France - 1981 - PS


• Straight From the Heart / Too Bad (You Won't Be Back)
7" - Ready Records - SR 026 - Canada - 1982 - PS
7" - Sire Records - 929935-7 - UK - November 1982 - no PS


• Hiding From Love EP
12" - Ready Records ER 021 - Canada - 1982 - PS
Compilation of single tracks



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See Also: Gregory Gray

External Links: http://70steenpop.blogspot.com/



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