This page is made by Jukka Junttila in co-operation with Jeremy Gluck.
Jeremy Gluck was a Canadian who lived in London and had early sing in band called The Yohawks and The New Master Race. In London he and Robin Wills (ex- Lou Chysler et Les Noustiquaries) formed R.A.F. but it didn't took long before they changed the name to The Barracudas. Name was taken from an old The Standells song. The line-up was: Jeremy Gluck (vocals), Robin Wills (guitar & vocals), David Buckley (bass & vocals) and Nick Turner (drums). Band style in the beginning was some kind of neo-surf & punk.
The Barracudas supported band like the Clash and U.K. Subs and when record companies didn't seems to be interested in the band the made a D.I.Y. single I Want My Woody Back. This single was a minor hit and band was soon signed to Zonophone (sub-label of EMI). To EMI they recorded bunch of fine neo-surf song like Summer Fun and (I Wish It Could Be) 1965 Again and two sided (UP = surf punk and DOWN = dark stuff) LP Drop Out with the Barracudas.
After Drop Out Nick Turner left to join the Lords of the New Church, also David Buckley leave the band. New members where Jim Dickson (bass; ex- Surivors) and Graham Potter (drums). Band style became some sort of garage-rock. Chris Wilson (ex- Flaminí Groovies) joined the band in 1982. Albums Meantime and Endeavour to Preserve, were released only in France. In 1984 Graham left the band and Mark Sheppard come to drums.
January 2 1985 the band disbanded because of general frustration: no record deal, no money, few gigs. After 'cudas Jeremy Gluck made some solo records and formed The Civilisation Machine, Rob Wills new band was called The Fortunate Son, Chris Wilson formed Rock' n' Roll Gypsies. Time went on and The Barracudas still was a big cult name (many demo & live records were released) so it was time to reform in 1989 with line-up: Jeremy Gluck (lead vocals), Robin Wills (guitar), Steve Robinson (bass) and Jay Posner (drums). With this line-up they did make great Wait fo Everything LP and last for two years, before break up again.
Jeremy Gluck tells about the end: "After Wait fo Everything it became clear that we had neither the money nor opoortunity to really keep going and, after some demos and so on, decided to just let things end. We played our last show in Madrid in spring of 1993, a very messy affair (captured on the Live in Madrid Again cd) that was part of Record Runner's 10th anniversary celebration. Robin wrote some more songs, some quite good....but in 1994 I moved out of London to the south coast of Wales, where I live now very happily with my wife, children and dog, and pursue very different interests (see my Web page). Robin lives in London still, has 2 kids...the usual :-) Steve lives there too, working in a great vintage guitar shop.... So that is the end of the story! I suppose we did alright for a cult group..."
Created by JJu: February 20, 1996
London is a lonely placy, if You are the only surfer around!Last Updated: May 11, 1999
PS. ... and Finland is a lonely place, if You are the only Barracudas fan around.