Lineup 1: Neil Keeler, Chris Peters, Jason Cork, Richard Jelfs.
Lineup 2: Neil Keeler, Chris Peters, Jason Cork, Richard Jelfs, Malcolm Birtwell
Lineup 3: Chris Peters, Jason Cork, Richard Jelfs, Malcolm Birtwell
Chris Peters and Neil Keeler met at Cromer High School and after hours of jamming and writing songs finally decided to put a band together. The band became known as 'Terra Nova', and included another Cromer High School member, Richard 'Bod' Jelfs on drums. The band later changed its name to 'Never Say Die' and then to probably the most impressive band name ever, 'Nofix D'Bode'. The band enlisted Chris' Paston College buddy Jason Cork on vocals and legendary local guitar god Malcolm Birtwell (formally of Green Beach) on guitar. The band played many gigs in the North Norfolk area, including gigs at The Melbourne Hotel in Cromer and the Village Inn in West Runton. They also managed to become the resident band at Northrepps Country Club throughout the summer of 1987, playing a selection of horrible cover versions by the likes of Simply Red and Curiosity Killed the Cat. The band also recorded a double A-sided single, Hey You/ Why Don't You Make It Right at Raven Recording Studios in the Autumn of 1987. This is where we were introduced to the legend that is Howard Turner. At this time the band were also heavily involved with the Cromerzone movement, lead by local impresario Alistair Murphy, this later resulted in the ‘Jewels In The Crown’ charity gigs put on throughout North Norfolk in aid of ‘Break’. In early 88 Neil was tempted away from Nofix D'bode by diva temptress Lynda Gotts to form The Real McCoy, a boy girl, synth duo reminiscent of the early 80's pop sensation, Yazoo. No Fixed Underwear as Malcolm now named the band, plodded on for a few more months but finally decided to call it a day after the notorious Repham High School gig, where the band were mobbed by a vicious gang of school girls. Post Neil there were a number of gigs at The Melbourne, The Ingleside, The Leisure Lee Club Holt amongst others, however once Chris departed to join The Charge, Nofix D'Bode disappeared without trace. Jason is no longer singing and Bod no longer drums but Chris, Neil and Malcolm went on to other things and are still much involved in music.
Post Nofix D'BodeEdit
Chris Peters went on to be in The Charge, The Kaotixx and Liqueur (The Cure tribute band which are more like The Cure than The Cure)
Neil Keeler went on to be in The Real McCoy, The Charge and now has his own music studio in which he records original material and collaborates with other musicians.
Malcolm Birtwell (after a long hiatus) went on to form Better The Devil which transformed into Almost Angels and currently he is rehearsing in his new band U-WATT.