Green Beach Annoying The Neighbours3

Green Beach's debut cassette EP cover


Green Beach was formed in 1985 by Malcolm Birtwell from West Runton, Dave Lewis from Sheringham and Bill Allard from Southrepps and were part of a scene generally termed as the Cromerzone. North Norfolk had a vibrant local music scene at this time. Malcolm Birtwell taught himself guitar by ear by copying early Cure songs from Three Imaginary Boys and Seventeen Seconds albums and was latterly much influenced by the Smiths' Johnny Marr; as a result stylistically they were often likened to The Smiths. Malcolm Birtwell was the songwriter of Green Beach. Dave Lewis had played drums in various bands notably C-View Bagpipes with Alistair Murphy, Diana Hare and Steve Gilbert, but when he joined Green Beach he took up bass guitar having been much impressed by Mark King of Level 42. Bill Allard had also been in a number of bands such as Passchendaele, since Paston School, with Jem French and Steve Little to name but a few. Bill was much influenced by heavy metal music such as Iron Maiden, but his musical tastes, like those of his fellow band members, was quite diverse. Green Beach rehearsed twice a week in Moons Disco, Village Inn, West Runton, courtesy of Chris Wren the landlord and so tended to gig around the coast, at the Melbourne Lounge in Cromer, Moons Disco to the rear of The Village Inn, next door to the by now defunct West Runton Pavilion. They also played at The Jacquard Club supporting Lawrence and the Comfortable Society. Part of their first ever gig at West Runton Village Inn can be seen on Facebook at The West Runton Village Inn appreciation society.

It was rumoured that Green Beach were reforming for a Cromerzone Reunion in 2010. The lineup would have been Malcolm Birtwell (Green Beach), Bill Allard (Green Beach, Passchendaele & All That Glitters) and Jem French (Passchendaele and Skreeming Hordes). Sadly this reunion did not take place for reasons unknown. Malcolm now plays guitar, sings and composes music in his latest band U-WATT.

Me circa87

Malcypoos c1987/88


Line up

Final line-up 1986

Malcolm Birtwell - Guitar, Vocals & Songwriter
Dave Lewis - Bass
Bill Allard - Drums

Other known members in the embryonic stages-

Steve Gilbert on Bass

Alan Farquhar on Bass & Guitar

Keith Westhead on Bass


Annoying the Neighbours

Recorded and produced by Alistair Murphy at Cromerzone

Released 1986:

Caution to the wind
Green Beach
Still Waiting
Living your life as a lie

Malcolm also appeared on Where's Bill Allard Now - Compilation (Jewels In The Crown) with a self penned song "Nightmare" under the name of Green Beach but playing all the instruments, singing the vocal parts and programming the drum machine track. At this time Malcolm was between Green Beach and his next band Nofix D'Bode


The Jewels In The Crown


Nofix D'Bode or as Malcolm preferred to call them, No Fixed Underwear


Malcolm (Half Century Boy) at his 50th Birthday Party with Better The Devil