Dick York &
The Originals

ABOUT

The label and publisher is NSCL Music Ltd, owned by Steve Smart, one of the original members of ‘Cry Dyaan’/‘Cryssis’  In 1976, Dick York, Steve Smart and Clive Kemp all attended Beauchamp’s Comprehensive School in Wickford, Essex. With the launching of the ‘Punk Rock’ era, all three decided to buy guitars and begin to play. Dick formed a band called ‘Sta Prest’, Steve joined the ‘Steve Hooker Band’, and Clive formed ‘The School Bullies’. 

Dick’s band ‘Sta-Prest’ became quite successful, signing with ‘Ronnie Scott’s Agency’ in London and, after much courting from the major labels EMI and Polydor, signed a recording contract with ‘Avatar Records’ and ‘Screen Works’. Clive and Steve both worked in the Sta -Prest family, teching for the band. 

‘Sta-Prest’ were linked to the ‘Post-Punk Mod Revival’ movement, and played with ‘Secret Affair’, ‘The Purple Hearts’ and ‘Merton Parkas’. Although they recorded the legendary single ‘School Days’, in 1977, after much contract wrangling, they finally released the song in 1980, allowing ‘Secret Affair’ to take the leading role within the movement with their first release ‘Time for Action’. 

Dick left ‘Sta-Prest’ in 1980 and formed ‘Cry Dyaan’ with Steve, Clive, and a young drummer called Vom Ritchie, who today plays with the ‘Euro Punk’ sensation ‘Die Toten Hosen’.  During the years with ‘Cry Dyaan’, Dick honed his song writing skills, and the band were celebrated as ‘the band to watch’ in 1982, when they won ‘Band of the Year’ through the BBC. However, once again dogged by poor management and broken promises, Dick, Clive and Steve decided to leave the band and get ‘proper jobs’. 

Dick became a policeman, Clive worked for a local authority, and Steve became an investment banker. Vom continued a career in music, playing with ‘Doctor and The Medics’ (of ‘Spirit in the Sky’ fame), afterwards moving to Germany to join ‘Die Toten Hosen’. 

In 2008, Vom contacted Dick and persuaded him to start his music career again. Dick retired from the police service, and the two formed a band called ‘Cryssis’. Dick wrote a collection of old songs, and the band found great success in Germany. ‘Cryssis’ have released two albums; ‘Simple Men’ and ‘Kursaal Nights’, touring with ‘The Drop Kick Murphy’s’, ‘Frank Turner’ and ‘Die Artze’. 

In 2014, Steve and Clive, who were now both retired from their ‘proper’ jobs, met up with Vom and Dick, and the ‘original four’ united for a show in Düsseldorf, to play ‘Cry Dyaan’ songs. 

Steve joined the ‘Cryssis’ family, and although the bands have not merged, they have played many shows together, ‘depping’ for the bands’ other members, ‘Trip Tom’ and ‘Thomas Schneider’. However, since they all got back together the ‘original three’ (Dick, Steve and Clive) have been meeting, playing, and enjoying their return to music in their retirement.  This has led to the recording of a new album released in June 2017. 

To fit with their history, the three have formed a new band called ‘Dick York and the Originals’. Vom Ritchie guests on the new album, completing the original line up.

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