Tanya Hyde and the Tormentors


1977 - 1978

Pete Sutton on guitar, vocals and songwriting, Steve Wilcock on drums and Dan Brown on bass at the beginning - followed by Nick Biggins and then Manny. Vocals by Tanya Hyde.

The band blazed an erratic trail through the usual punk venues, locally, notably The Horn of Plenty. Bob and Jan Andrews, the proprietors of The Horn let the band rehearse there every Sunday lunchtime in return for free gigs. Their up-tempo high energy rock was the soundtrack to the Andrews children's Sunday afternoons, notably their signature tune "Til it Stings."

They also played the coveted Rock Garden - supporting a jet-lagged Talking Heads on their first ever appearance in England - Hope and Anchor and Vortex along with other gigs on the London punk circuit, supporting The Damned, The Stranglers and The Slits among many others.

In June 1977 Bernard Rhodes put them into the Clash tour starting in St Albans but the tour was famously pulled because of the perceived violence by paranoid councils.
The band split in 1977.

Tanya went on to join a Luton based band for a few months the K'os before going onto record the anti - punk, tongue in cheek disco style single Herr Wunderbarr in 1979 for Waldos records- written and produced by Brian Marshall. Dan Brown joined The Fixx and toured the USA and Japan having singles high in the charts in both countries.

Tanya Hyde (aka Shirley Ascher)