Originally formed in 1986, by Val Cowell (lead vocals & rhythm guitar),
and Richard Hayes (lead & slide Guitar), the band has seen many line ups
in the years since. Whilst Val and Richard have been the consistent
driving force, the rhythm section has seen some changes. Ever since the
beginning the band has toured constantly, playing in a wide variety of
venues, including the now legendary Marquee Club (both Wardour St and
Charing Cross Rd) on a great many occasions.
1986 - 1991 -
In the beginning there is Ray Knott (Chicken Shack/Babe Ruth/Liquid
Gold) and Chris Sharley (Sassafras, Mick Clarke Band). This line up
records one album’s worth of material (and releases it untitled in
cassette format, remember them?).
Ray & Chris leave for pastures new and are replaced by Malcolm Foster on
Bass (Pretenders) and Andy Wells on Drums (Meatloaf/Romeo’s Daughter).
Chris Taylor takes over on Bass, and Neil Salmon joins on drums. Another
untitled cassette LP is recorded and sells like hotcakes at gigs.
Neil Salmon leaves and Harry James (Thunder/Magnum) takes over on drums.
The band records their first CD, entitled “Bad Influence”, released in
Chris Taylor leaves and in steps Chris Childs (Then Jericho/Sam Fox/Go
West/Thunder etc etc). Once again the touring goes on and on and on. By
now this band has certainly paid their dues..
“One Way Love” is recorded. National airplay is achieved when BBC Radio 2
takes an interest (in the guise of Paul Jones), a live studio slot
follows, as well as subsequent featured live concerts.
Bad Influence releases their first Live LP - “Here There and Everywhere”
Once again the sales are phenomenal, helped along by the Radio 2 airplay.
the brand new CD for 2005. Featuring
11 brand new songs, all written by the band, and produced by Chris Childs,
it’s the strongest most cohesive recording to date, and shows the band is
going from strength to strength.
– With the taking of a backseat from Chris Childs for a while due to other musical commitments, Val, Rich and Harry
are very happy to welcome Peter Stoud (Papa George Band and Peter Green's Splinter Group) and
Bob Skeat (Wishbone Ash) to the Bass stand . This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Val and Richard forming the
band. (New album in progress)
– Pete Stroud (Peter Green/Buddy Whittington)
sticks around and the band and Pete are working on long awaited CD ,
everyone's' busy schedules permitting!!
the release of the bands' 6th CD "CAROUSEL" with the new
song writing collaboration. This title includes 11 original
songs and 2 covers taken from Dixie Chicks/Keb Mo and Lucinda
While last year saw B.I. gigging up and down the country
promoting "Carousel", 2011 sees the band taking a retrospective journey
as they mark their 25th Anniversary.
2012 - After some fantastic gigs to mark last years' big
25...Val, Richard, Pete and Harry are now putting together a live album
collection...Gigging...business as usual !!
2013/2014 - Following the successful shows with Status Quo at the
end of 2012, it's business as usual and the gathering of songs for our
live and studio albums to come. We are very happy that Clive Jenner (Proclaimers
and Groove Armada) joins us regularly on drums whilst Mr. James pursues
all avenues large!! That includes Peter Stroud (Welsh) on drums also and
Chas Cronk (Strawbs) and Nigel Hardy (The Proof) on bass.
2015/2016 - It's our 30th Anniversary!!!! Thankyou!!!
"BAD INFLUENCE" are based in South London and led by singer/rhythm
guitarist VAL COWELL and lead/slide guitar player RICHARD HAYES. The
band has existed for 25 years and has received much critical acclaim for
both their original songs and their strong covers of Tom Petty to Bonnie Raitt to Fleetwood Mac etc.
They have appeared on all types of stage and radio and released six CDs.
Their latest CD is 'CAROUSEL' from which four tracks were recorded for
Paul Jones' Radio 2 Show.
Val has been described as having "a tidal wave of a voice that can take
on the mantle of our greatest singers", while the band's overall
performances receive reports such as.. "Bad Influence always leave their
audiences handsomely entertained".
Their experienced and tight rhythm section has long time drummer HARRY
JAMES (Thunder/Magnum) and the more recent addition of bass player PETE
STROUD (Peter Green Splinter Group/Buddy Whittington Band).
Bad Influence have definitely paid their 'dues' and are now considered
by many to be one of the top acts in their field, delivering their sound
of powerful vocals alongside classic guitar driver rock solid blues.
For information on upcoming shows, CDs, mail order merchandise or just
about any aspect of Bad Influence, check out the website, or make contact
via the following methods:-
Telephone: 020 8642 6668
Current CD “Carousel” - OUT NOW.
Available from the website, live shows, and all good record shops
(Universal National UK Distribution).
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