John Reid

Under Appreciated

One intrepid soul, John Reed stumbled upon an intriguing ad in the December 1968 edition of New Musical Express that had a photograph of a five-piece band called the Klubs that had just put out a single on Cam Records.  (Ironically, one of the bandmembers turned out to be a man named John Reid). 
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In 2003 and/or 2004Phantom Import Distribution and then Wooden Hill Records put out a CD also called Midnight Love Cycle that included the tracks from the Midnight Love Cycle LP plus five songs from the 2000 concert by the Klubs at the Cavern Club; two of these live songs – “Train to Nowhere” and “A Simple Song” – were not among the 12 songs on the original LP.  Rounding out the bonus tracks are four very nice post-Klubs songs:  “Unknown” by Strife from 1972 (featuring John Reid), two songs called “We Will Always be Together” and “One Last Time” by the Lettermen (not the American band called the Lettermen, needless to say) that included Trevor Griffiths (also from 1972), and a 1999 demo of “I Wonder” by John Reid that featured Norris Easterbrook on bass. 


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The Klubs formed at the Birkenhead Institute for Boys, located in a borough called Wirral, which is across the Mersey River from Liverpool.  Originally a band by the name of the Klubs was put together in just two days so that they could enter an R&B contest on the Isle of Man in September 1965 – and they actually won the contest. 


By the end of the year, the line-up had settled into a sextet:  Paddy Breen (vocals), Alan Walker (vocals, harmonica), Trevor Griffiths (lead guitar), John Reid (rhythm guitar), Norris Easterbrook (bass), and Kenny Marshall (drums).  In the early years, they were a hard-driving rhythm and blues band that performed a lot of covers of Rolling Stones and Pretty Things songs. 


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The Klubs’ popularity had begun to decline by 1969, and the band eventually trimmed down to a power trio:  John Reid (vocals, guitar), Paddy Breen (vocals, bass) and Peter Sinclair-Tidy (drums).  They recorded two songs that year, a stripped-down version of “Can’t Ebenezer See My Mind?” plus The Stripper; neither was released, however.  Both are also included on the Midnight Love Cycle CD and are quite good, though they suffer from production issues.  Briefly called the Klubbs, they later performed as WarhogNorris Easterbrook now calls the latter group “a heavy metal dirge band”. 


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After the Klubs broke up, John Reid joined another local band called Strife in about 1972 that released two albums in the mid-1970’s.  Fittingly, Strife was on stage for the final show at the Cavern Club when it was closed in March 1973 (though another source says that Jan Akkerman, formerly of the Dutch band Focus was the final performer there in May 1973). 


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(left to right:  Trevor GriffithsPete Tidy, John ReidPaddy BreenNorris Easterbrook


Anyway, word’s out now about the Klubs, even if no one has gotten around to putting anything in Wikipedia or Allmusic about them.  The band has a website – – and they also have a listing on the online British Music Archive: 


(July 2013)


Last edited: March 22, 2021