Born on 10th August 1960 in Hornchurch, Essex
Terry Edwards has been a mainstay of the British Indie scene since the early 80s, having first made a name for himself with John Peel favourites The Higsons (alongside The Fast Show’s Charlie Higson).
After several top-ten indie singles, a contract with Two-Tone Records and tours of the UK, Europe & America the band split & Edwards concentrated on the twin career paths of solo artist & session brass-player to the great & the good. His credits include work with Madness, Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Cave, Siouxsie Sioux, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols/Rich Kids), Spiritualized, Julian Cope, PJ Harvey, Tindersticks & many others. More recently he’s been playing with Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA, The Blockheads, Faust, Paul Weller and ‘Allo Darling.
Every Indie label worth it’s salt has at least one act that Edwards has recorded with – Factory, Rough Trade, Mute, Damaged Goods, Creation, Wiiija, Go! Discs, Cherry Red & Perfecto.
Terry regularly plays with Gallon Drunk (he’s been a member since 1993) and Lydia Lunch whom he has worked with for over 12 years & currently collaborates with as Big Sexy Noise (Lunch, Edwards, James Johnston & Ian White).
The diversity of the session work is mirrored in Terry’s solo career – an early flirtation with 50s sax-led Rhythm & Blues in his outfit New York New York, the culmination of which is his soundtrack-style recordings with BUtterfield 8, co-founded with Madness bassist Mark Bedford.
Terry Edwards & the Scapegoats introduced the world to what has become known as ‘jazz-punk’ with their mid-nineties albums My Wife Doesn’t Understand Me and I Didn’t Get Where I Am Today. These were precursed by a series of inventive cover version EPs – The Jesus & Mary Chain (trumpet-led instrumentals), The Fall (in ska style with a few members of Madness giving it authenticity), Miles Davis (speed-metal!) and The Cure (hi-life and dance-floor beats).
The untimely death of John Peel inspired an eponymous CD of improvised music which is echoed in recent performances by The Near Jazz Experience (Edwards, Bedford & Simon Charterton). There’s more – commissions by choreographer Charles Linehan, recordings for the BBC’s Psychoville and the stage-piece The Black Rider created by Tom Waits, William Burroughs & Robert Wilson where Terry got to work with the great Mr Waits (2004-6)
2010’s solo album Cliches sees another departure. Inspired by the Alex Chilton covers album of the same name, Terry pays homage to the Big Star frontman in the same way that Chilton’s record paid homage to his hero Chet Baker.
To paraphrase John Peel’s appraisal of The Fall – Terry Edwards, in a nutshell, is “always different – always the same”.