N is for Nine Below Zero
Fronted by old schoolmates Dennis Greaves on guitar and Mark Feltham on blues harp, Nine Below Zero were formed in the late seventies and achieved huge acclaim in the early eighties playing old school rhythm and blues in smoked filled rooms. As youngsters at Walworth Comprehensive, Greaves, Peter Clarke and Kenny Bradley (future members of 9BZ) would bunk off school and sneak into the Thomas A Beckett to watch bands doing their soundchecks at the pub-rock venue. Managed by another local, Mickey Modern, the band appeared on the pilot episode of The Young Ones performing 11 Plus 11. Another song titled East Street SE17 was an early b-side. Thirty seven years later and they are still going strong and currently fulfilling a number of British dates.