Band Information:-


Fast Buck


Cherry Red Records are to release the entire FAST BUCK back catalogue. The first batch is out as a four CD box set

on their Lemon label complete with '70's photographs. (YEAH!)


December 3, 2019

The Ancient Mariner is a genuine lost classic, while other tracks like Movie Madness, Standing On Broken Glass and Rebel Without A Cause all point to what could have been a dynamite second album

You know that feeling when something has unaccountably passed you by and you simply can’t understand why or how it happened? Like if there’s a big news story and you had an early night and woke up the next day to find everyone talking about it. Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the arrival of Fast Buck into my world. The thing is, not only is this a ‘70s band which I would normally be all over, but their sole album came out in 1976, a year when I turned 15 and devoured every word of the music press that I could possibly find. But Fast Buck? Nope. But maybe there is nothing remarkable about them, you may say. Wrong again, as not only was Scott Gorham a founder member before he left to join Thin Lizzy, but they also recorded the original version of Night Games, made famous by Graham Bonnet a few years later. I know, right!

And the thing is, it’s not as if this is one of those albums you look back at and think ‘what were those guys on when they signed up this lot?’ (you know the ones I’m sure). No, the Fast Buck debut album is actually an excellent piece of work. But let’s look at this box as a whole first, and see what these four discs extrapolated from a single album band are made up of.

The first disc contains the album and nine more tracks recorded around the same time, that’s the easy one. After that sole album release, the band got their own studio set up and recorded a host of other tracks which sadly never found a release. These are on the second and third discs. Disc Four has seventeen live tracks plus a radio interview. Pretty nice spread of material there, so let’s look at it in a bit more detail.

Straight away let’s just say that the first disc is essential listening for anyone who likes that particularly ‘mid-‘70s’ sound purveyed by long-lost acts such as Dirty Tricks, Boxer, Detective or the John Verity Band, for example. That mid-tempo slightly blues-influenced hard rock that has an indefinable ‘something’ about it that pricks your ears up. The album starts off like that, for sure, but then opens out still further when the band stretch themselves just a bit more – Under It All, The Mirror and Sometime Man to name a few high points. In truth there isn’t really a single dud among the ten tracks. The really surprising thing, though, is just how good the nine bonus tracks are. The Ancient Mariner is a genuine lost classic, while other tracks like Movie Madness, Standing On Broken Glass and Rebel Without A Cause all point to what could have been a dynamite second album. There’s also their original recording of Night Games, which may lack the big production of the hit, or Bonnet’s undeniably stronger vocal, but otherwise the arrangement is all in place and it’s good.

So, one essential disc down. Disc Four is another one which is a cracker, as the nineteen tracks recorded at two shows demonstrate that they could cut the proverbial mustard just as well on stage. And, amazingly, given the 62 studio tracks on offer here, there are several which aren’t present in any form elsewhere, including Route 66 morphed into the more prosaic M4, which leads us to suggest they only appeared in the live show (and if so, why). It’s a great live rock disc, with the band coming across as engaging performers between songs also.

Discs two and three are less essential, having peaks and definite troughs. As well as the rock material, the band had country influences and these were starting to be explored in their studio. Disc Two contains these more country efforts, along with a smattering of other demos, while Disc Three is more rock-oriented. It may be fair to say that the country material may have less admirers, but in fact two of the standout tracks from either of these discs come from that area. The country-rock arrangement of the traditional Ballad Of Jesse James which opens the second disc is a masterful arrangement, guaranteed to drive itself into your brain as a not-unwelcome earworm. Even better is the six-minute Ballad Of William Murdoch (they don’t all start with the word ‘ballad’ I hasten to add), which is based on a real-life Cornish steam engineer dating back to the 18th century. It sent me scurrying to the internet to find out more about the man, and it has to be said that if the track had been recorded by Dire Straits it would be in millions of homes by now.

The booklet contained within the clamshell box has the story of the band as penned by guitarist Ed Hamilton, and his thoughts and memories are priceless. If you missed these guys first time out, discover them now. Discs one and four are worth the price of admission alone and, while it could be argued that the other two discs could have been combined into one, other people’s preferences would undoubtedly differ, so what would you leave off? I really don’t know how the Cherry Red guys keep finding these things to unearth, but thankfully they do!




The origina Fast Buck album is now available, on Rabbit  Records   ( RABCD 1)  as well as the long awaited follow up album

'Night Games' (Fast Buck-Too!) also on Rabbit  Records   (RABCD 2)

FAST BUCK ' Country Cuts ' a CD double album, is now available on Rabbit  Records (RABCD 11/12)

FAST BUCK Anthology ! (RABCD-3)

There will also be available soon, a set of 'Live' albums from FAST BUCK's resident Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes at the Red Lion in Brentford, also some from other venues.


The current Fast Buck duo also have albums out 'Plugged' - (Live at The Oaks) on Rabbit Records ( RABCD 7) and a studio album

' Then There Were Two ' on Rabbit Records (RABCD 6)

They also have a special maxi (Three track) single out on Rabbit Records (RABCD CDS 1) ' The Ballad of William Murdoch ' the proceeds of which go to help the building of the worlds first horseless carriage. This has now been completed. (Check the Murdoch Flyer Project page)


We are reconvening the full (and loud) FIREDOGS  blues/rock band, featuring, Simon Elledge and all four drums, and for a change, Ed Hamilton on guitar and vocals,

just as soon as we have the new line up

A double album of material recorded live at the Red Lion, Twickenham, is in 'Ed's Gander Bag'

( 'Too Pockin' Loud' )  is available on Rabbit Records, ( RABCD 4 and 5)

Ed also has a 50's Rock and Roll trio calledThe Copy Cats, playing Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochrane, Rick Nelson etc.

The Copy Cats just need to find a drummer!

They do have a very good album available however-Do You Wanna Dance-'Nearly Live' (RABCD 19) and recorded at the Oaks, West Hyde. (Check the Rabbit Records Page)

Ed, Dave, Mike and Dick have put a new line up together called Buck IT!, which is now going to revert to the original Fast Buck band

Ed is also doing some solo gigs, and currently has two solo albums of original material available, Church Street and Trick of the Light. (Check the Rabbit Records Page)

He began doing solo gigs when Dick snapped a finger tendon, then carried on as he 'unaccountably' got more gigs.

He also formed a duo with John Heywood called Bookem and Riskit, but Mr Heywood has disappeared over the horizon pursued by ex-wives and creditors,

so Ed put together A & E with Mr Andy Locke, sadly now defunct!

He does all these things basically, because he's a pig for it!


and finally

Coming Soon-from Rabbit Records!   


Fast Buck

So Far, So WHAT !


Ed Hamilton

Muriel Plays Piano-----

Ed's Diner?

and(Da, da, da da, da, da ,daaaaaaaaaaaaa!

The Bobtales Childrens story series

with readings from Jon Pertwee, Brian Cant, Sarah Greene, Derek Griffiths, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden

Can you contain yourselves?

  Fast Buck

The Copy Cats

 'Woke Up This Mo'nin'

The Firedogs