Downliners Sect (60s UK R&B/beat band)

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The Downliners Sect are a British rhythm and blues band of the beat boom era, formed in 1963 when the existing Downliners band split up.

Stylistically, they were similar to The Yardbirds, The Pretty Things and the Rolling Stones, playing basic R&B on their first album The Sect. Critic Richie Unterberger wrote: "The Sect didn't as much interpret the sound of Chess Records as attack it, with a finesse that made the Pretty Things seem positively suave in comparison."

The name of the band came from Jerry Lee Lewis B-side 'Down The Line'. The band was iconic during its time in the early 60s partly due to Don Craine's deerstalker cap which he wore to mock the aristocracy. The band has many fans who have achieved commercial success, including Van Morrison, Steve Marriott, and Rod Stewart, the later two had even auditioned for a place in the band but were turned down due to the fact that they both wanted to be frontmen while Don Craine and Keith Grant were happy being the frontmen.

They subsequently modified their musical style, and after an EP of 'sick' songs (e.g. "I Want My Baby Back") they experimented with both country ("The Country Sect") and rock ("Rock Sect's In"). They later collaborated with Billy Childish's Thee Headcoats, and released two albums under the name Thee Headcoats Sect. They performed regularly at the 51 club in Great Newport Street near Leicester Square tube station in London on a Friday or Saturday night, from which came the first EP featuring songs like Beautiful Delilah, Little Egypt etc. The EP started off with the sound of the bells of Big Ben, similar to the beginning of a song by The Bulldog Breed called Paper Man on the Nova Deram label album Made in England. The lead guitarist was evidently inspired by the evenings he spent watching Terry Clempson (Gibson) play his Gibson 335. The Downliners Sect were similar in style to Gary Farr and the T bones and their single "Baby what's wrong with you", was released around the same time as Farr's "How many more times". Studio 51 was also known as the Ken Colyer club and indeed the Rolling Stones made many performances at this club, but you could say the Downliners Sect were almost residents. < Rod Harrison, guitarist with Asgaerd and school friend of Terry Clempson>

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 The Sect Downliners Sect 1
1965 The Country Sect Downliners Sect 1
1966 Glendora / I'll Find Out Downliners Sect 1
1966 The Rock Sect's In Downliners Sect 1
2002 Sectuality The Downliners Sect 1
Savage Return Downliners Sect 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Baby What's Wrong / Be a Sect Maniac Downliners Sect 1
1964 Little Egypt / Sect Appeal Downliners Sect 1
1964 Find Out What's Happening / Insecticide Downliners Sect 1
1965 Wreck of the Old '97 / Leader of the Sect Downliners Sect 1
1966 He Was a Square / All Night Worker Downliners Sect 1
1966 The Cost of Living / Everything I've Got to Give Downliners Sect 1
1979 Cadillac / Roll Over Beethoven Downliners Sect 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Nite in Gt. Newport Street Downliners Sect 1
1965 The Sect Sing Sick Songs Downliners Sect 1

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