Kimberley Rew is the lead guitarist for The Soft Boys, Katrina & The Waves * Writer of 'Walking Of Sunshine', 'Going Down To Liverpool' and 'Love Shine A Light' * Well-respected guitarist known for his wall of jangle and intricate lead guitar work as witnessed by anyone who saw the last Soft Boys tour, which included mostly fellow musicians! This is his 4th solo CD. The 2nd for Bongo Beat. Best reference point would be late 60s Kinks Guest Musicians: * Don Airey, keyboards; Colosseum, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple. Alex Cooper (drums) & Vince de la Cruz (bass), the Katrina & the Waves rhythmn section! Ian Gibbons, piano; was a member of the Kinks for 17 years! He has also worked with Roger Chapman, Ian Hunter and Dr Feelgood. Dave Mattacks, drums; Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Paul McCart. Ney, XTC, etc, one of the great UK session drummers A very busy writer and guitarist, Kimberley Rew has only released four solo albums within the last 25 years. He first came to notice in the late 70s as a member of Robyn Hitchcock's Soft Boys (a primary influence on REM). Essex Hideaway is his second CD on Bongo Beat, a label run by his friend Ralph Alfonso, who released the cult classic Soft Boys LP, Underwater Moonlight on Attic Records back in 1980, it's only North American release at the time. In 1981, Rew made a solo single backed by the dBs before forming Katrina and the Waves, writing most of the group's songs including the worldwide top ten hit 'Walking on Sunshine' (produced by Hitchcock's Pat Collier and REM's Scott Litt). The Bangles also covered Rew's 'Going Down to Liverpool'. At Rew's suggestion, the Waves sent their indie debut to Attic, and Ralph once again released two Canada-only Waves lps (now avail on Bongo Beat) before the group signed to EMI worldwide and 'Sunshine' rocketed around the charts worldwide. Katrina and the Waves toured; opening for the Kinks, the Beach Boys, and Squeeze among many others. Rew concurrently recorded and made guest appearances with Ashley Hutchings, Robyn Hitchcock, Julian Dawson and Boo Hewerdine.
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