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Stephen W. Parsons

Stephen W. Parsons (born 19 June 1951, in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire), also known as Steve Parsons, Stephen Parsons, Snips, Mr. Snips, SWP, is an English musician, composer, songwriter and record producer.

Steve Parsons
Birth nameStephen W. Parsons
Also known asSnips, Mr. Snips, SWP
Born (1951-06-19)19 June 1951 (age 70)
Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, songwriter, record producer
Websitehttp://www.stephenwparsons.com/

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Steve Parsons debuted his musical career in the Hull scene, where (in the years 1968–1972) he played in several Beat music groups (21st Century, Spanish Leather, Flesh, Chest Fever and Nothineverappens). His talent was spotted by Island Records and, after a successful audition, he received an offer to join the newly created supergroup Sharks as lead singer and songwriter. The band included Chris Spedding and ex-Free bassist Andy Fraser. It was initially managed by Island founder Chris Blackwell.

The initial album, First Water, was released in 1973. The band travelled in a Sharkmobile (a customised Pontiac LeMans with a fin on the roof and teeth on the grill) and supported Roxy Music on their first UK tour. After this tour Fraser left the band due to musical differences and he was replaced by Busta 'Cherry' Jones from Memphis, Tennessee. The band added Nick Judd on keyboards and recorded their second album Jab It in Yore Eye. Sharks successfully toured the US in 1974, but were unable to build on this as they broke up at the end of the year.

As Mr. Snips, he joined the Baker Gurvitz Army in 1975 and sang on both their second album Elysian Encounter and their third Hearts on Fire. The band toured extensively in Europe and the US before breaking up. He then contributed vocals and songs to Ginger Baker's solo album Ginger Baker and Friends in 1977.

In the same year he contributed a vocal performance to the Intergalactic Touring Band, a science fiction concept album released on Passport Records in the US and Charisma Records in the UK. Other featured vocalists included Ben E. King and Arthur Brown.

In 1978, he released his first solo album Snips and the Video Kings on the Jet Records label. He toured with the Video Kings which included John Bentley, Clem Clempson, Graham Deakin and bassist Jackie Badger. The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Parsons also contributed songs to Chris Spedding's Guitar Graffiti album for RAK Records. In November, Parsons produced what was planned to be Adam and the Ants' second single for Decca Records, "I'm A Xerox Machine"/"Kick" recorded at RAK Studios, but the Ants were dropped from Decca before the single could be released. (Retitled Zerox, rerecorded May 1979 with Adam Ant self-producing and with a changed B-side Whip In My Valise, the single was eventually released on Do It Records in summer 1979.)

In 1979, Parsons married Jackie Badger and, as Snips, then signed to MAM Records, who released a single 9 O’Clock which he co-produced with Midge Ure.

Spedding then produced the Snips album La Rocca in 1981 for EMI and the pair reunited briefly for live performances on a North American tour in the same year. Also in 1981, Parsons, as a film director, shot videos for acts from the Cherry Red Records including Men Without Hats.

In 1982, he began a career as a composer producer for film and TV, under his real name Stephen Parsons. His early work included public information films for the COI and corporate work. From 1984 until 2005, he worked for advertising clients both in the UK and the US as a composer/producer of music for TV and film. In 1988, he changed his screen credit to Stephen W Parsons to avoid confusion with a composer of Christian music named Stephen Parsons. His UK television credits include Call Red and two series of Fat Friends. In the US he worked on Push for the ABC network in 1998. In partnership with Francis Haines, he wrote the music for the Channel 4 animated documentary Abductees.

His film credits include Howling II, Charlie, Funny Man, Journal of a Contract Killer and Nine Miles Down. Feature film scores in partnership with Francis Haines include Conspiracy of Silence (which won US National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Freedom of Expression 2004 award and Director John Deery won the Hartley-Merrill screenwriting award), Another 9½ Weeks, and Split Second.

Parsons produced and composed music for a number of instrumental albums between 1985 and 1997, including Dreams of Gold for Filmtrax, Passion for Theta Records and The Institute of Formal Research for Bubblehead Records. IoFR features solos by Zoot Horn Rollo, Guy Barker, Chris Spedding and Mick Taylor. Parsons also contributed four instrumental tracks to the Dungeons & Dragons First Quest concept album in 1986.

In 1989, he produced singer Steve Marriott's last album 30 Seconds to Midnite for Castle Records.

As screenwriter/producer and composer, his production company shot a pilot film for a television series based on the concepts of writer H.P. Lovecraft. The 45 min. pilot was released on DVD by Lurker Films in 2000 entitled Rough Magik (aka Dreams of Cthulhu). His contribution to the Lovecraft Mythos is detailed in The Lurker in the Lobby, a reference volume for film and TV adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft.

In 2011, as Stephen Parsons, he formed the band King Mob, which included Glen Matlock, Chris Spedding, Martin Chambers and rockabilly guitarist Sixteen. In 2012 they released the album Force 9 (produced by Parsons) on the SPV Steamhammer label.

Also in 2012, as SWP, he began writing a series of articles for the online magazine Trebuchet, which offer a personal view of the history and development of counter culture. His specialist subjects include: Philip K. Dick, Charles Manson and H. P. Lovecraft.

In 2013, he co-wrote and co-produced the Chris Spedding album Joyland for Cleopatra Records. Guest stars on the album included Bryan Ferry, Johnny Marr, Ian McShane and the late Andy Fraser.

In the same year he developed a health food company dedicated to California style blending. The brand is now known as Huna Blends and was the subject of a feature in the November 2015 issue of Women's Health magazine.

In late 2015, he reunited with Chris Spedding to perform Sharks songs as a tribute to Andy Fraser who passed away earlier in the year. In 2017, Sharks released the new album Killers of the Deep (rated by Classic Rock magazine as one of the top 50 albums of the year so far). The new line up (including Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols) has so far toured the UK and Japan winning acclaim for their high energy and slightly chaotic stage shows.

The 21st Century revival of Sharks has been filmed for over two years and Parsons is now editing the material into a feature documentary entitled One Last Thrill.

Solo

  • Video King (1978)
  • 9 O'Clock (1980)
  • La Rocca! (1981)
  • Passion (1988)

With Sharks

  • First Water (1973)
  • Jab It in Yore Eye (1974)
  • Music Breakout (produced in 1974, released in 2016, under the title Car Crash Tapes)
  • Like a Black Van Parked on a Dark Curve (1995)
  • Killers of the Deep (2017)

With Baker Gurvitz Army

With Ginger Baker

  • Ginger Baker and Friends (1977)

With Chris Spedding

  • Guitar Graffiti (1978)
  • Joyland (2013)

With King Mob

  • Force 9 (2012)
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Stephen W. Parsons
Stephen W Parsons Article Talk Language Watch Edit Stephen W Parsons born 19 June 1951 in Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire also known as Steve Parsons Stephen Parsons Snips Mr Snips SWP is an English musician composer songwriter and record producer Steve ParsonsBirth nameStephen W ParsonsAlso known asSnips Mr Snips SWPBorn 1951 06 19 19 June 1951 age 70 Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire EnglandGenresRockOccupation s Musician composer songwriter record producerWebsitehttp www stephenwparsons com Contents 1 Career 2 Discography 3 Selected film soundtracks 4 References 5 External linksCareer EditSteve Parsons debuted his musical career in the Hull scene where in the years 1968 1972 he played in several Beat music groups 21st Century Spanish Leather Flesh Chest Fever and Nothineverappens His talent was spotted by Island Records and after a successful audition he received an offer to join the newly created supergroup Sharks as lead singer and songwriter The band included Chris Spedding and ex Free bassist Andy Fraser It was initially managed by Island founder Chris Blackwell 1 The initial album First Water was released in 1973 The band travelled in a Sharkmobile a customised Pontiac LeMans with a fin on the roof and teeth on the grill and supported Roxy Music on their first UK tour After this tour Fraser left the band due to musical differences and he was replaced by Busta Cherry Jones from Memphis Tennessee The band added Nick Judd on keyboards and recorded their second album Jab It in Yore Eye Sharks successfully toured the US in 1974 but were unable to build on this as they broke up at the end of the year 2 As Mr Snips he joined the Baker Gurvitz Army in 1975 and sang on both their second album Elysian Encounter and their third Hearts on Fire The band toured extensively in Europe and the US before breaking up He then contributed vocals and songs to Ginger Baker s solo album Ginger Baker and Friends in 1977 3 In the same year he contributed a vocal performance to the Intergalactic Touring Band a science fiction concept album released on Passport Records in the US and Charisma Records in the UK Other featured vocalists included Ben E King and Arthur Brown 4 5 In 1978 he released his first solo album Snips and the Video Kings on the Jet Records label He toured with the Video Kings which included John Bentley Clem Clempson Graham Deakin and bassist Jackie Badger The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite Parsons also contributed songs to Chris Spedding s Guitar Graffiti album for RAK Records In November Parsons produced what was planned to be Adam and the Ants second single for Decca Records I m A Xerox Machine Kick recorded at RAK Studios but the Ants were dropped from Decca before the single could be released Retitled Zerox rerecorded May 1979 with Adam Ant self producing and with a changed B side Whip In My Valise the single was eventually released on Do It Records in summer 1979 6 7 In 1979 Parsons married Jackie Badger and as Snips then signed to MAM Records who released a single 9 O Clock which he co produced with Midge Ure 8 9 Spedding then produced the Snips album La Rocca in 1981 for EMI and the pair reunited briefly for live performances on a North American tour in the same year Also in 1981 Parsons as a film director shot videos for acts from the Cherry Red Records including Men Without Hats 10 11 In 1982 he began a career as a composer producer for film and TV under his real name Stephen Parsons His early work included public information films for the COI and corporate work From 1984 until 2005 he worked for advertising clients both in the UK and the US as a composer producer of music for TV and film In 1988 he changed his screen credit to Stephen W Parsons to avoid confusion with a composer of Christian music named Stephen Parsons His UK television credits include Call Red and two series of Fat Friends In the US he worked on Push for the ABC network in 1998 In partnership with Francis Haines he wrote the music for the Channel 4 animated documentary Abductees 12 His film credits include Howling II 13 Charlie Funny Man Journal of a Contract Killer and Nine Miles Down Feature film scores in partnership with Francis Haines include Conspiracy of Silence which won US National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Freedom of Expression 2004 award and Director John Deery won the Hartley Merrill screenwriting award Another 9 Weeks and Split Second 12 Parsons produced and composed music for a number of instrumental albums between 1985 and 1997 including Dreams of Gold for Filmtrax 14 Passion for Theta Records 15 and The Institute of Formal Research for Bubblehead Records IoFR features solos by Zoot Horn Rollo Guy Barker Chris Spedding and Mick Taylor 16 Parsons also contributed four instrumental tracks to the Dungeons amp Dragons First Quest concept album in 1986 17 In 1989 he produced singer Steve Marriott s last album 30 Seconds to Midnite for Castle Records 18 As screenwriter producer and composer his production company shot a pilot film for a television series based on the concepts of writer H P Lovecraft The 45 min pilot was released on DVD by Lurker Films in 2000 entitled Rough Magik aka Dreams of Cthulhu 19 His contribution to the Lovecraft Mythos is detailed in The Lurker in the Lobby a reference volume for film and TV adaptations of H P Lovecraft 20 In 2011 as Stephen Parsons he formed the band King Mob which included Glen Matlock Chris Spedding Martin Chambers and rockabilly guitarist Sixteen In 2012 they released the album Force 9 produced by Parsons on the SPV Steamhammer label 21 22 Also in 2012 as SWP he began writing a series of articles for the online magazine Trebuchet which offer a personal view of the history and development of counter culture His specialist subjects include Philip K Dick Charles Manson and H P Lovecraft 23 In 2013 he co wrote and co produced the Chris Spedding album Joyland for Cleopatra Records Guest stars on the album included Bryan Ferry Johnny Marr Ian McShane and the late Andy Fraser 24 In the same year he developed a health food company dedicated to California style blending The brand is now known as Huna Blends and was the subject of a feature in the November 2015 issue of Women s Health magazine 25 In late 2015 he reunited with Chris Spedding to perform Sharks songs as a tribute to Andy Fraser who passed away earlier in the year In 2017 Sharks released the new album Killers of the Deep rated by Classic Rock magazine as one of the top 50 albums of the year so far 26 The new line up including Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols has so far toured the UK and Japan winning acclaim for their high energy and slightly chaotic stage shows 27 The 21st Century revival of Sharks has been filmed for over two years and Parsons is now editing the material into a feature documentary entitled One Last Thrill 28 Discography EditSolo Video King 1978 9 O Clock 1980 La Rocca 1981 Passion 1988 With Sharks First Water 1973 Jab It in Yore Eye 1974 Music Breakout produced in 1974 released in 2016 under the title Car Crash Tapes Like a Black Van Parked on a Dark Curve 1995 Killers of the Deep 2017 With Baker Gurvitz Army Elysian Encounter 1975 Hearts on Fire 1976 With Ginger Baker Ginger Baker and Friends 1977 With Chris Spedding Guitar Graffiti 1978 Joyland 2013 With King Mob Force 9 2012 Selected film soundtracks EditHowling II 1985 Split Second 1992 with Francis Haines Funny Man 1994 Another 9 Weeks 1997 with Francis Haines Conspiracy of Silence 2003 with Francis Haines Charlie 2003 Journal of a Contract Killer 2008 Nine Miles Down 2009 References Edit Steve Snips Parson s reflection of Hull Hull Echo 6 September 2017 Retrieved 1 December 2017 Sharks Killers on the Loose Again 4 52 am 13 November 2016 Retrieved 1 December 2017 Richard Keith Wolff Steve Parsons aka Mr Snips Interview Retrieved 1 December 2017 Intergalactic Touring Band discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Intergalactic Touring Band tribute website Retrieved 1 December 2017 Antshows amp Events Antcatalogue included with Kings of the Wild Frontier by Adam and the Ants CBS 84549 1980 Ant Adam 2007 Stand and Deliver The Autobiography London Pan Books ISBN 978 0 330 44012 7 p135 Jackie Badger 4 March 2011 1978 Snips The Ramones and Chris Spedding Retrieved 1 December 2017 Snips Stephen Alfred Wilson Parsons discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Snips La Rocca Let It Rock Retrieved 1 December 2017 Jackie Badger 27 January 2012 1979 Snips wedding Adam Ant Lou Reed Link Wray 9 O clock Retrieved 1 December 2017 a b Stephen W Parsons IMDb Retrieved 1 December 2017 Steve Parsons amp Babel The Howling burning the ground Retrieved 21 January 2021 Steve Parsons Dreams of Gold discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Stephen Parsons Passion discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 The Institute of Formal Research discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Various First Quest The Music discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Steve Marriott 30 Seconds To Midnite discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Rough Magik IMDb Retrieved 1 December 2017 Andrew Migliore John Strysik 2006 Lurker in the Lobby A Guide to the Cinema of H P Lovecraft Night Shade Books Retrieved 1 December 2017 King Mob Force 9 discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Chris Spedding King Mob Interview Exclusive Uber Rock 12 November 2011 Retrieved 1 December 2017 Trebuchet Magazine in discussion Musician Director and Writer Stephen Snips Parsons Trebuchet Magazine Retrieved 1 December 2017 Chris Spedding Joyland discogs Retrieved 1 December 2017 Amy Hopkinson 9 May 2017 19 Healthy Women Reveal The One Thing They Do Every Day Women s Health Retrieved 1 December 2017 David Quantic Killers of the Deep Vets return shows they ve still got the bite Classic Rock Jim Rowland 1 October 2017 Sharks London The Lexington 24 September 2017 Uber Rock Retrieved 14 November 2017 Gerry Ranson 22 June 2017 Sharks on Film Rampage Vive Le Rock Retrieved 14 November 2017 External links EditOfficial website Stephen W 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