the Duffs (1986-91)

“Like the sea when the sand tries to suck it away, I make waves….”

the Duffs 1 the Duffs 2 the Duffs 3

(immediately above, l – r) Ian, myself, Pete & Peter

Peter Franklin: vocals, guitars
Jon Seagroatt: saxes, percussion
Ian Staples: bass
Pete Gardner: drums

Amongst all the metaphorical loose change, bus tickets, dead wasps etc. that I found down the back of the external hard-drive cushions during a recent spring-clean, I found these little gems; recordings of the Duffs, a fantastic Oxfordshire-based band that I joined in the late 1980s.

The other three members of the band lived on narrowboats on the canals around Banbury at the time. I would drive up from Southend-on-Sea for rehearsals and gigs in a wheezingly decrepit, hand-painted, long-wheelbase Transit that burned oil at such a rate that I had to stop every so often and top up the reservoir.

These recordings were made by the legendary and greatly-missed Richard Haynes at Dungeon Studio in Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire.

4 thoughts on “the Duffs (1986-91)

    1. Hi Liz,

      Thanks for your kind comment! There are some more Duff tracks, but I need to discuss with the others what to do with them. I’m in favour of a (pay-whatever-you-like) downloadable album on a site like Bandcamp, but we haven’t had a chance to discuss it yet……

      I must say I did enjoy hearing the songs again myself!

      I’ll keep you posted.



  1. A great Band.
    They did a gig at Banbury United FC to raise money to help raise money for the Seaman’s strike in the 80″s. My son who played in the backing band was a fan is still active in the Northampton music scene.


    1. Thanks, Conrad – I remember the gig at the FC. Best regards to your son; glad to hear he’s still playing.


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