Eddie Mooney & The Grave

"In the summer of 1978 I did a demo of "I Bought Three Eggs" in a cellar in the Manchester student house that I was living in. I played the recording over the telephone to the voicemail of TJM Records in Manchester, who at the time included bands such as Slaughter and the Dogs and Frantic Elevators (featuring Mick Hucknall, later of Simply Red). The telephone recording was heard by Mark Standley of TJM band V2, who told label boss Tony Davidson he had to put this bizzarre song out! Tony rang me and arranged a studio session at Smile Studios, Upper Chorlton Street in south Manchester, produced by myslef and Steve Foley. The night before the session I quickly wrote the B-side, "Zombie" and the following day I turned up with drummer Chris Fisher and rhythm guitarist Mike Rowbottom. The session took place late in 1978, around December I recall. As Mike wasn't really a lead guitarist, I played lead guitar on "I Bought Three Eggs" as well as lead vocals and bass guitar. TJM first released the tracks on the "Identity Parade" sampler LP and almost immediately "Eggs" got BBC Radio 1airplay by John Peel and Peter Powell. At this point the band hadn't even done a live gig but such was the success of the track that we were booked to appear on a variety of punk and new wave shows with the liikes of the Cure, Joy Division, V2, the Damned and others. The track was scheduled as a single release as TJM 16 but the label went bust just as the single came out. Very few were pressed and the release was chaotic. Eddie Mooney and the Grave continued up to 1980 before splitting. Many years later in the mid 90s, I appeared at the "Holidays In the Sun" festivals in Blackpool and Morecambe, with the Damned, Buzzcocks, Slaughter & the Dogs and many others, this time backed by V2. In February 2006, "Eggs" appeared on CD for the first time on the "White Dopes on Punk" compilation - without my knowledge!"

Eddie Mooney February 2009