Streetlife formed in 1986 by Paul Dacre (Bongo Paul) and Cameron Spencer, they were joined by Mikey Dread (Mikey Dub) on bass guitar, who is now living in New Zealand. Cindy + Darrell Sam (RIP) vocals. Anex on Drums, Mike Howard on keyboards, Bobby Barrell on trumpet, plus Sean Read who now plays with Manic Street Preachers and Edwyn Collins.
Around 1987, Pip Colwell and Mark Ferris replaced Sean on brass, later joined by Tony Emerson (Spike) on trombone and Bob Barrell on trumpet (after Pip left), also Joe Boone and Karlos Armes replaced Darrell and Cindy. For a short time "Flab" from another local reggae band, The Liberators, was in the line up, as was Nick Johnson on bass who played several gigs including one at at York University.
Steve Barney (jeff beck pretenders) replaced Anex and Frank Holligan replaced Mikey Dub. Supported many goods names at the time including John Cooper Clarke, Potato 5, and Freddy McGregor etc. Entered into City Sounds competition on Anglia TV, probably the local X factor of its day, won the first heat and came runner up in the final. Played at The Gala, in St Stephens, UEA LCR, the UEA barn, Horsham K-block, Henham Festival, and The Jacquard, plus every Christmas at the Norwich Arts Centre (formerly "Premises") for about 5 years running. Last gig 1991 at NAC.
Recorded at Maida Vale studios in London etc, brought out as a 7inch, featuring the tracks "Equal Opportunites" and "Man of the Tribes".