Music Biography




Gerry Laffy (born 4 January 1960 in Hoxton, London) is a singer and guitarist who has played in the bands Girl, London Cowboys, Sheer Greed, John Taylor, and Ultravox among others. Girl are still cited as an influence by many major artists 40 years later, even though they disbanded after only three short years, allegedly due to their record company and mismanagement.

Gerry has released over 30 albums; he has played in venues as diverse as Wembley Arena, Taipei Hard Rock Cafe, the Reading Festival and the now infamous Girl three-night residency at the former Marquee Club in Wardour Street and just about every club on the infamous Sunset Strip. Girl were first discovered by promoter Jon Lindsay, a partner of the legendary manager of The Who, Kit Lambert. Lambert and Lindsay were seeking out bands to sign to Lambert's new record company during the fledgling Nu Romantics era. The band were first introduced to music publisher Simon Napier-Bell of Nomis but eventually signed a recording deal with Jet Records.


Gerry has been offered gigs with several 'name' bands but declined them all due to his other commitments in his multi-faceted career. He owns his own GL Records and all his own released material. The Girl studio recordings are owned by Sanctuary Music/Universal, but the entire Girl catalogue is now under licence to Cherry Red Records until 2025.

In 1978, Laffy was a founding member of the band Girl with Philip Lewis. The band recorded three albums and put out two (Sheer Greed 1980 and Wasted Youth 1982) they split up in December 1982. Killing Time was finally released in 1998, and three live albums and an anthology were released subsequently.

After Girl disintegrated, Laffy joined the London Cowboys, (with former members of The Idols, Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls), which released two albums (studio: Dance Crazy, and Live at the Milkweg in Amsterdam) in 1985.

In 1986 he played guitar on some demos of Duran Duran's 'Notorious' album when their guitarist Andy Taylor failed to appear.


The same year he was a stage guest with the Stray Cats gig at the Whisky A Go-Go in LA, a charity concert where Gerry was invited on stage with the Cats along with actor Bruce Willis (harmonica) Ian McLagan (keyboards for Small Faces, Faces, Rolling Stones) and Skunk Baxter (guitarist Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers) heady company indeed.





Gerry has been a stage guest with LA Guns at several London shows over the years alongside his old band mate Philip Lewis who heads up the US rockers.

In 1990, Laffy founded GL Records and released his debut solo album Money & the Magic. The song "Shoot 'Em Down" from this album was included on the European soundtrack to the film Highlander II: The Quickening.

In 1992 Gerry formed a band Sheer Greed with some of Girl's alumni, who put out two albums. In 1992 a studio album: 'Sublime to the Ridiculous' and 'Live in London' in 1993. The line up was Gerry on guitars & vocals, Simon Laffy on bass, Pete Barnacle on drums. A further guitarist Neil Gabbitas was added for the live recording and some live shows. The album's executive Producer was Phil Collen (Def Leppard). The track 'Everybody Wants' reunited Girl members for the first time since the band's demise. Recorded at Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott's house/studio in Dublin, engineered by the band's house engineer Pete Woodroffe, and LA where Philip Lewis (LA Guns) wrote and performed the middle 8 section. Writers on this one song were Laffy, Collen, Lewis and Tony Fennell (Ultravox, Enuzz Z Nuff). Gerry Laffy wrote all the other songs on this release.

In 1994 Gerry Laffy & Simon Laffy released an album called 'Lying with Angels' on which the brothers alternately write & take lead roles.

Also in 1994 Gerry made a guest guitar appearance and co-wrote a track on the Ultravox album 'Revelation' this was at the invitation of then singer Tony Fennell and sole original member Billy Currie.

From mid-1997 to December 2000, Laffy was lead guitarist in Terroristen, John Taylor's band while on a 3 year hiatus from Duran Duran. Terroristen recorded constantly and gigged all over the United States and Japan, also playing in Taiwan and Germany.

In 2001, he released a second solo album 'All Day Long'. Self performed, written and produced except 2 tracks with drummer Larry Aberman (Terroristen, Foreigner, Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughan) who also engineered the sessions for 'Never Know Much' and 'Heaven Lost'.

In 2005, Gerry was a guest vocalist with ex-Freddie Mercury guitarist (in Sour Milk Sea) Chris Chesney on his album Diabolical Liberties.

In 2007, a third solo album - 'The Icebox Studio Sessions' was released. Self-performed, written and produced. Engineered by Glenn Gillard.


In July 2009 Girl were approached to reform for a 30th Anniversary tour of Japan & UK in 2010. 'It is yet to be confirmed lol' says Gerry with a wry smile. 'A rich Japanese man wanted us to do it, so I said $1 million for 6 shows and to record an album. He said $100,000, I said 'Phil Collen earns that a week so fuck off. I think his mouth is STILL open lol. I was told 'No one speaks to Mr xxx like that'...'so I said fuck you too' Lol.

In 2013, after a brush with death after contracting septicaemia Gerry dusted off his Fostex MR16 to record again for the first time since 2007. In the early spring, at home, he wrote, produced and performed all instruments on 'Just A Little Blurred' (with a guest Craig Bundy on bass on a reworking of the Girl classic 'My Number') this was released in March. After being hospitalised twice that year Laffy pulled through with such conviction that he even found room to make a second album in the same year. 'Wrecked but Not Crushed' was entirely made by Laffy alone, again at home. It was released in September 2013. Both released on GL Records.

In July 2016 Rock Candy Records re-released the first 2 Girl albums ‘Sheer Greed’ 1980 and ‘Wasted Youth’ 1982. These 2 albums entered the Japanese International import chart at No.7 & 8 respectively proving that even after 35 years and various friendship dissolved that this little band Girl (Spring 1979 - Dec 1982) still has a legacy intact.

2020: Another attempt to get the band to reform in 2020 by Cherry Red Records to coincide with the Girl catalogue box sets releases never happened. Although all band members are still on friendly terms and Philip, Phil, Gerry, Simon and Dave all agreed to do something the Covid-19 pandemic hit and scuppered any possible plans. That meant a 40th anniversary reunion in 2020 was not on the cards. Gerry said 'Steve Hammonds at Cherry Red asked us to play and film a few shows (Tokyo, London, and maybe New York). We all said yes, why not. To be honest with this one exception I have long felt a reunion is pointless anyhow, we were 20, we looked great, we played great, it was just right, just then. To try and rehash it 40 years later seems a bit redundant. As far as I'm concerned now this excuse to do a few shows has been kiboshed I very much doubt it will ever happen, much as I love those guys'.


Discography

1980 - Girl: Sheer Greed
1982 - Girl: Wasted Youth
1998 - Girl: Killing Time
1999 - Girl: Live at the Marquee
1999 - Girl: Live in Osaka, Japan
2002 - Girl: My Number: The Anthology
1985 - London Cowboys: Dance Crazy
1985 - London Cowboys: Live at The Milkweg
1990 - Gerry Laffy: Money & The Magic
1990 - Highlander II European Soundtrack
1992 - Sheer Greed: Sublime to the Ridiculous
1993 - Sheer Greed: Live in London
1994 - G & S Laffy: Lying With Angels
1994 - Ultravox: Revelation
1997 - John Taylor, Feelings Are Good
1998 - John Taylor Terroristen, 5.30.98
1998 - Roxy Music Tribute Album
1999 - John Taylor, Meltdown (1992)
1999 - John Taylor, Juicy Jeans Promo
1999 - John Taylor, The Japan Album
2000 - John Taylor, Japanese
2000 - John Taylor, Live Cuts
2001 - John Taylor, Techno For Two
2001 - Gerry Laffy: All Day Long
2005 - Chris Chesney & Gerry Laffy - Diabolical Liberties
2006 - Girl - The Rare DVD Collection
2007 - Gerry Laffy - The Icebox Studio
2013 - Gerry Laffy - Just A Little Blurred
2013 - Gerry Laffy - Wrecked But Not Crushed
2013 - Girl - Live at the Greyhound 1982
2013 - Girl - Live at The Paris Theatre 1980
2016 - Girl: Sheer Greed - Rock Candy Records re-release
2016 - Girl: Wasted Youth - Rock Candy Records re-release
2019 - Gerry Laffy - Rocks (limited edition compilation) - GL Records
2020 - Girl: Sheer Greed Box set - Cherry Red Records
2020 - Girl: Wasted Youth Box set - Cherry Red Records


In 2020 Cherry Red Records released two box sets of all available Girl material facilitated by Gerry Laffy.
All the material was remastered by renowned producer Andy Pearce.

Girl: Sheer Greed / Girl - Live in Osaka ’82, 2CD Edition with Poster then released shortly after was

Girl: Wasted Youth, 6CD Expanded Box Set
“1982 Girl - Wasted Youth”
“Killing Time” (recorded in 1982 but unreleased until 1991)
1980 Girl - Live at London’s Marquee Club
1980 Girl - Live in Tokyo
1982 Girl - Live at Fulham’s Greyhound
1982: Girl - Live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon and at Birmingham Odeon.

Cherry Red also obtained the entire Gerry Laffy catalogue available 2020 for download and streaming.

1990 - Gerry Laffy: Money & the Magic
1992 - Sheer Greed - Sublime to the Ridiculous
1993 - Sheer Greed - Live in London
1994 - Gerry & Simon Laffy - Lying with Angels
2001 - Gerry Laffy - All Day Long
2007 - Gerry Laffy - The Icebox Studio Sessions
2013 - Gerry Laffy - Just a Little Blurred
2013 – Gerry Laffy - Wrecked But Not Crushed

Full Wiki bio

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