Me looking like Anne of Green Gables with the afro-Caribbean band The Republic performing at Clapham Common in 1982. The Republic was a band before its time. There were nine of us, from almost as many countries, dabbling with politics and Afro/Caribbean/Latin influences.

We were signed to Charlie Gillet’s Oval Records and recorded an EP called Three Songs By The Republic (which included a song criticising the Falklands War) and a single called One Chance. An American DJ who had come across this single in a club and loved it recently contacted me. The Republic made it to the Front Cover of Melody Maker, NME and City Limits, we had a documentary made about us by Granada TV and we were destined for success.

Alas, we were deemed too political by radio and after a couple of years gave up the ghost. – SJM