Twickenham schoolboys Mark Keds (vocals, guitar) and Morgan Nicholls (bass, guitar) took their first steps towards ‘rock stardom’ at the frighteningly young age of 11 years old.
Formed in the early 1980’s their first band ‘Wild Division’ acquired a drummer, Cass Browne (aka Cass Code or Cass Traitor) before becoming ‘The Psychotics’ but it was in October 1986 that the group first took to the stage at the Clarendon in Hammersmith as the Senseless Things.
By the summer of 1987 a former BBC clerk named Ben Harding had joined as guitarist (Nicholls reverting to the bass) and the band had begun touring with bands such as Mega City4, Snuff and Perfect Daze.
The band’s first ‘release’ was a free single insert in issue 6 of the fanzine ‘Sniffin’ Rock’ but in March 1988 the ‘Sense’ were invited to record a session for John Peel and, with such support in their corner, went on to produce their first commercial release, 12-inch single ‘Up And Coming’. A mini-album ‘Postcard C.V.’ hit the shelves soon after.
Displaying exquisite timing the band signed to What Goes On Records just as they went bust but Decoy Records stepped in before the band finally settled at Epic.
Debut album ‘The First Of Too Many’ yielded the band their first top 20 single and a tour supporting Blur in the US before the band headed East to Japan.
Follow up albums, 1993’s ‘Empire Of The Senseless’ and 1995’s ‘Taking Care Of Business’, failed to break the band into the commercial strata anticipated by their label and the resultant contract withdrawal spelt the end for the Senseless Things.
Mark Keds went on to form Jolt , Trip Fontaine , The Lams and Like A Bitch, as well as a very brief stint playing with The Wildhearts.
Ben Harding joined 3 Colours Red before swapping the music business for PR and Morgan Nicholls joined Vent 414 (with Miles Hunt of The Wonderstuff) before playing with The Streets and becoming an integral part of Muse’s live act.
Cass Browne has worked with Dakota, Urge Overkill and Gorillaz.
In March 2007 the Senseless Things (minus Nicholls who was touring with Muse) came back together on stage to celebrate the life of Darren ‘Wiz’ Browne of Mega City 4 who died in December 2006.
Morgan Nicholls missed the Senseless Things’s first ever gig as he was studying for his o-levels at the time.
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