Gotcha was formed in 1996 by founding members:-
Chris Hooper, demostraiting his keyboard brilliance, charisma and Backing
vocals. Ritchie MacPherson,
who posssesed a magnificent mastery over the guitar, as well as dark humour
and a sense of the surreal. Jon Green brought his excellent bass playing,
backing vocals and mediation (and was likely to be voted most likeable band
member), Gary Bailey, his fantastic Drumming and his Sid James laugh, (knickers,
wah wah wah), He also owned all of the lights, strobes, smoke machines etc.
and Brian Ellison, his guitar playing, vocal
talents and frontman skills he had, until recently, been using on Ballroom
Glitz. He also had a wealth of agency and venue contacts.
Early media interest in the new band,being featured on "BBC Radio, Hereford
and Worcester", for example, lead to them being sought after to play
at music venues, weddings, parties etc. Their first gig was "The Feathers
Hotel" in Ledbury. Other gigs, quickly followed, such as the Hotel Metropole,
NEC, "The 'Original' Robin". "The Works.", They played
venues, far and wide, such as Newport, Blackpool, Coventry, Bloxswitch. and
were very much in demand.
The band was very much of the party, good-time variety, Playing upbeat party
songs. They arrived on stage to the rousing melody of "Also
They covered a diverse range of artists such as "Queen",
"Gary Glitter", "Vic Reeves", "Van
John" and "T-Rex"/"Marc
Playing tracks like:- "Nellie The Elephant" ("The
Toy Dolls" version), "All
I need is a Miracle" (or Mackeral as it was known by the band), "Centrefold",
"Minnie The Moocher",
(allowing Gary to show off) and "The
Ghostbusters theme" -
(way before Jedward).
After a successful 12 months, Brian decided to
persue other projects and left the band, his frontman role was taken over
by a new band member "Tim Booth", who had previously sang as part
of duo with his wife.
The change in line up didn't initally change the band style, but they focused
on more local gigs, The band eventualy morphed into "The Mutts Nuts".
However family commitments stopped certain band members from being available
for rehersals and gigs. Ritchie,
left to join Ballroom Glitz and proved impossible
to replace, and as is often the case when members leave, the band slowly drifted
Incorporating "THE MUTZ NUTZ"