commonly known as Jazz, was the concert guitarist for Transvision
Vamp. Martin Hallett, commonly known as Mallett, was the
concert drummer for Transvision Vamp. Jazz and Mallett both
hail from London, and were recruited in April 1989 to "flesh
out" Transvision Vamp's live sound for the Velveteen
tour. Jazz would play guitar in support of Nick Sayer to give a
much fuller sound to the concerts. While it was fine for Tex Axile
to pose as both the keyboardist and drummer for video and television
appearances, Mallett took over drums when playing live, while Tex
watched over the complex sequencer set-up and played keyboards.
Tex and Dave Parsons all got on as good mates. Being friends as
well as bandmates was crucial during the sometimes stressful lifestyle
of being on the road and on stage. It was important to the Vamp's
on tour that everyone fit in and be comfortable with each other
in order to put on the best shows possible. Apparently it took a
while to come across that combination, but once Transvision Vamp
found Jazz and Mallett, it was the right match.
Jazz and Mallett
were such an asset to Transvision Vamp's live sound and stage
presence, that they both stayed on to tour in support of Little
Magnets Verses The Bubble Of Babble.
Pol Burton was
born in Great Britain on July 1, 1964. What happened between then
and the late 80's is a mystery to me, but I'd love to find out more!
He obviously picked up a knack for playing the drums.
Pol Burton was
part of the original line-up of Transvision Vamp when their debut
album came out in 1988. Pol was considered the "live" drummer during
the Pop Art era. You'll see him alongside the rest of the band on
the cover of Pop Art, as well as some versions of the singles "Revolution
Baby", "Tell That Girl To Shut Up", and "I Want
Your Love." Pol played in early concert appearances, and can
also be spotted drumming away in the "Revolution Baby"
and "Sister Moon" videos. There is some debate over whether
Pol was in the video for "I Want Your Love." During the
opening sequence, while Wendy runs up the stairs, there is a chap
that looks much like Pol sitting on the stairs with a pair of drumsticks.
It may be just a model in these shots, but the message sent is clear
nevertheless - Pol was left outside of the band from then on. It
is said that Pol's
gig ended up only lasting two months (though four singles would
seem to suggest a longer time span), after which band management
felt it was best to keep all video and television appearances to
Pol was in at
least one other band fairly recently, or two if you want to get
technical. The band started out as "Angora" and seems
to have been comprised mainly of Rose Carlotti, Steve Beswick, Farzana
Fiaz, and our good ol' Pol Burton on drums. They even released a
7" single! However, the band soon changed their name to "Tom
Patrol", taken from the British slang for prostitute hunting.
That wasn't the only change either, Pol actually switched from drums
to guitar! Tom Patrol gave it their best shot playing gigs around
London and attempting to sell thier music online. As with many other
local bands, the money soon ran out, the members seemed to lose
interest, and that was the end of our Tom Patrol.
In a display
of decency, someone has captured some sound bites (which are actually
quite good!) and photos (I'm guessing that's Pol with the guitar
pictured to the right) from the defunct Tom Patrol website here
-- Thanks to
Bernadette Giacomazzo's In
Music We Trust article and our good ol' Vamp conversations for
Pol's Tom Patrol info.