Retro: A trip through Northamptonshire’s musical heritage

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A Kettering band who have just released their debut album are the latest from this corner of Northamptonshire to hit the big time.

Temples, made up of Kettering quartet James Bagshaw, Thomas Warmsley, Sam Toms and Adam Smith, are the latest in a line of bands and artists from our area.

James Bagshaw when he was in Sukie

James Bagshaw when he was in Sukie

A quick trawl through the Telegraph archives reveals the area has contributed to the rock and pop worlds in recent decades.

We have even photographed some of the members of Temples when they were with other bands during their younger days.

Temples have released their debut album, Sun Structures, to much fanfare.

The record has received positive reviews in a number of publications.

They even played a few songs at Kettering’s HMV store last week to promote the album.

Already in their fledgling career, the band have supported Primal Scream, The Vaccines, Suede and even the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park.

Temples may be releasing their album in 2014, but their psychedelic sound owes far more to the 1960s than it does to anything you might hear from their contemporary peers.

The Telegraph pictured Temples lead singer James Bagshaw in 2008 when he was part of an earlier Kettering band, Sukie.

Bass player Thomas Warmsley has also featured, pictured in 2005 when he was a member of the band Tortion.

Heading back to the 1980s, a man who has since made his home in Finedon was topping the charts as part of pop duo The Communards.

The Rev Richard Coles, a Northampton native who was educated at The Wellingborough School, is, these days, better known as the parish priest of St Mary the Virgin Church in Finedon.

However, as one half of The Communards in the mid-1980s Coles, alongside Jimmy Somerville, recorded three top 10 hits – Don’t Leave Me This Way, which reached number one, So Cold the Night and Never Can Say Goodbye.

Coles and Somerville had known each other for several years. They started The Communards after Somerville’s previous group, Bronski Beat, split.

A more sedate life awaited after The Communards split in 1988, with Coles beginning training to become a priest some years later.

He was ordained in 2005 and moved to Finedon in 2011 after serving in a number of other parishes.

His former musical partner Somerville has gone on to record a string of solo albums.

Several years before the Communards were topping the charts, another band with its origins in our area made its own mark on the top of the charts.

Rockabilly revival band Coast to Coast featured Rothwell man Alan Mills as lead singer.

The band recorded one top ten hit in 1981, (Do) The Hucklebuck, which was a cover version of an earlier song by rock ‘n’ roll artist Chubby Checker and reached number three in the singles chart.

Coast to Coast then appeared on Top of the Pops performing the song, although Mills had left the band by this point.

However, Mills’ vocals were used in the Top of the Pops performance, which was mimed by the band’s new frontman, Sandy Fontaine.

A video of the Top of the Pops gig, with Mills’ vocals, can still be found on YouTube.

Coast to Coast were pictured more than a decade later by Telegraph photographer Alison Bagley in 1992.