Screen 3 were formed in 1980 and were initially heavily influenced by The Cure. The original line-up consisted of Neil Dyer (vocals/guitar), Richard Kett (bass) and Brett Cooper (drums). The trio added two trumpet players, Peter Jay and Jason Votier, in late 1981.
The band made their vinyl debut with two songs on the "Norwich – A Fine City" compilation album on Romans In Britain Records. This was followed by a seven-inch on Romans In Britain, "New Blood" b/w "European Journey", which helped secure the group a major deal with Epic Records (now part of Sony).
Screen 3's first single for Epic, "Hearts in Limbo", was recorded in 1982 at Rockfield Studios in Wales. It was produced by Roger Lomas, who also produced The Selecter, Bad Manners and The Modettes.
The next single, released early in 1983, was "Come Into My Jungle". The song received lots of radio play and positive reviews, but sales were disappointing. It was produced by Steve Brown, who produced the first Wham album and also worked with The Cult.
The group's third and final release for Epic was "City Of Souls", which was released as both a seven-inch single and a 12-inch EP. Having been dropped by Epic, the band used the cash remaining from the deal to put out another 12-inch single, "The Visitor", in the spring of 1984. The B-side featured tracks by two other Norwich bands, The Fire Hydrant Men and The Railway Children.
In addition to their vinyl releases, Screen 3 recorded three BBC Radio 1 sessions, two for John Peel and one for Kid Jensen. They played live with lots of different artists, either on tours or as one-offs, including Elvis Costello, Split Enz, Madness, The Teardrop Explodes, Aztec Camera, Men At Work, Level 42, The Passions, Bow Wow Wow, Modern English, James Chance and Wasted Youth.
Screen 3 split up in mid-1984. Neil Dyer and Peter Jay subsequently worked together in Big And Beautiful, before Peter left to form The Cas Carnaby Five with Tom Smith of Gee Mr Tracy. Jason Votier later played with The Stranglers for a couple of years, appearing on their live album, "All Live And All Of The Night".
The band reformed in 1990 with a line-up of Neil Dyer, Richard Kett, Brett Cooper and Jason Votier (on keyboards instead of trumpet). Richard and Jason didn't stay long, so Neil and Brett added long-time fan Keith Wyatt on bass. They gigged in the London area, playing exclusively new material and recording several demos, but no material was released. The group split up again in 1992.