Archive October 2002
Stuart Jones Memoirs & Reviews

Back in 77, Bob Marley & the Wailers had broken through to the mainstream with the classic Stand up For Your Rights and No Woman No Cry. Around the same time the Sex Pistols were in full flow and the old order of rock music was being swept away. Punk and reggae seemed to share the same fan base - generally, if you liked punk you liked reggae.

As well as Bob Marley, there was Peter Tosh, the Gladiators, Pablo Moses, Gregory Isaacs, and Lee 'Scratch' Perry, to name but a few. Meanwhile, UB40 and the Clash had started the white reggae thing. All these artists were having a big influence and Brighton had it's own crop of reggae-based outfits, among them Ijax Allstars, Idrenes, One-Drop and Eye to Eye.

Eye to Eye featured the evergreen drummer Geoff Ansell, later of the Ammonites, Los Me Sombreros and post-Tom Hark Piranhas. Later still Geoff was to guest on the Brighton-based Feline Jive EP. Geoff has been on the Brighton music scene throughout the last 25 years and is currently with alternative country band, the Blue Hearts, along with Scott Warman.

Drummer Geoff Ansell in his days with reggae based Eye to Eye. Click on his mugshot to check out the band

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