Spider British Band
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Spider British Band
Origin Liverpool, United Kingdom
Genres Boogie rock, hard rock
Labels RCA, A&M, Pye
Dave "Sniffa" Bryce (guitar)
Colin Harkness (vocals)
Brian Burrows (bass
Rob E Burrows (drums)
For British band Spiders, see Spiders (British band). For other similarly named bands, see Spider (disambiguation)

Spider were a new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) band from Liverpool that formed in 1976.

The band, who were often compared to Status Quo, offered an upbeat sound, which was described as boogie rock. Spider released three albums in the 10 years they were together, titled Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies (1982)[1]Rough Justice (1984)[2] and Raise the Banner (For Rock 'n' Roll) (1986)[3]

The band split in 1986.


Spider formed in 1976, consisted of four young men from Wallasey, including 2 brothers, none of whom had played in bands before.

After releasing "Children of the Street" on the Alien Record Label, Spider were playing, on average 20 dates a month, which included a support slot on the Uriah Heep 1980 Winter Tour.[4]

1982 proved to be the band's most lucrative year. It began in late 1981 when the band were contracted to record for BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show.[5] The producer, Tony Wilson, introduced them to Maggi Farren, who set up a recording deal with Creole Records as well as getting the band a support slot on the 1981 Slade Winter Tour.

Spider released the single "Talkin' 'bout Rock 'n' Roll" with Creole, which featured as part of Radio 1's play list.[5] They then went into the studio to begin recording their first album Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies,[1] to be released on the Creole label also. However RCA, who had made a late bid for the band, and after negotiations, Spider signed a 6-year recording contract with the record label.

1982 continued with Spider packing out the Marquee Club once a month. They supported Alice Cooper on the British leg of his Special Forces Tour. They played at the Reading Festival on Sunday 29 August 1982,[6] as well as securing a support slot on the mammoth Gillan Tour in coincidence with the release of their first album.

Dave Bryce, guitarist, currently plays with London rock band AWOL.

Band members

  • Colin Harkness - lead vocals, guitar
  • Dave "Sniffa" Bryce - guitar, backing vocals
  • Brian Burrows - bass, backing vocals
  • Rob E. Burrows - drums



Year Album Name Format
1982 Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies 12" vinyl
1984 Rough Justice 12" vinyl
1986 Raise the Banner (For Rock 'n' Roll) 12" vinyl
2007 Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies CD
Rough Justice CD
2011 The Singles Collection CD box set
2012 The Complete Anthology CD box set


  • 1977: "Back to the Wall"
  • 1980: "Children of the Street"
  • 1980: "College Luv"
  • 1981: "All the Time"
  • 1982: "Talkin' 'Bout Rock 'n' Roll"
  • 1982: "Rock 'n' Roll Forever Will Last"
  • 1982: "Amazing Grace Medley" (Free with Rock 'n' Roll Forever Will Last)
  • 1983: "Why D'Ya Lie to Me"
  • 1984: "Here we go Rock 'n' Roll"
  • 1984: "Breakaway"
  • 1986: "Gimme Gimme It All"

See also


  1. ^ a b "IronMaid's NWOBHM space: Spider - Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies (160kbps) - 1982". Nwobhmstuff.blogspot.com. 2009-10-24. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "IronMaid's NWOBHM space: Spider - Rough Justice (192kbps) - 1984". Nwobhmstuff.blogspot.com. 2009-10-24. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "IronMaid's NWOBHM space: Spider - Raise the Banner (320kbps) - 1986". Nwobhmstuff.blogspot.com. 2009-10-22. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Official Uriah Heep Homepage". Uriah Heep. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived September 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Reading Rock Festival 1982". Ukrockfestivals.com. Retrieved . 

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