Mike Steed

Mike Steed

Bass, vocals

Mike first shot to prominence in the music world when he landed the gig with English goth rockers Flesh For Lulu in the 1980's. The band gained a good footing in the USA with tours there and chart successes borne out of songs featured in John Hughes movies Uncle Buck and Some Kind Of Wonderful.

Mike's career has coincided frequently throughout the nineties and noughties with that of longtime friend Ian Gibbons : Love Affair, Chip Hawkes Tremeloes, Elvis da Costa and the Impostors (alongside Gypie Mayo), and even the much-banned and sadly missed Judge Dread.

Steedy and Bob Henrit have also teamed up many times since 2006 : Chip Hawkes crops up again here, and also a rip roaring widdly diddly diddly Irish band called Backa Beyond which had weekly residences in Soho and the old O'Neills in Muswell Hill.

After the sad passing of Jim Rodford in 2018 Mike was reunited with Bob again, playing for Russ Ballard, which led to spin-offs backing Mike Berry and Chris Andrews, and 2 stints as an honorary Roulette. In 2019 the Henrit/Steed alliance guested with cult US surf rockers The Malibooz at their 3 nights at The Cavern, and even blagged a rendition of Blue Suede Shoes with The Quarrymen.

Mike has racked up many other musical credits away from his Kinks connections, with various 60s/70s artists. He had 6 very happy years in The Marmalade. There have been extended stints in The Rubettes and The Pacemakers, and short touring spells for Mike Pender, PJ Proby, Dave Berry and Herman's Hermits.

In 2013/14, when Jim Rodford was away with the Zombies and Nobby Dalton was having a bit of knee/hip surgery, Mike did enjoy 3 engagements with the KOKs. He calls them the BBC sessions. Bognor, Belgium and Cambridge.

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