(c’82-87) David Bailey (guitar/vocals), Michael Bailey (bass/backing vocals) and Greg Turner (drums).

Five O’Clock High with band van. Picture courtesy of Michael Bailey

In May ’82 the trio formed She’s Gone Wild, later renaming the band Carnival, then Strawberry Statement before locking in on Five O’Clock High in late ’84. The band were managed by Colin Bidwell and The Bailey’s father and mixed self penned tracks such as “Great Brain Robbery”, “Giving Guns to the Natives”, “All Ours” and “For More” with covers of 60’s classics like the Who’s “The Kids Are Alright”, The Beatles “Money” and The Troggs “Wild Thing”.

Five O’Clock High at The Pit, Knaphill

They regularly performed at local haunts such as Knaphill’s Vernon Van Go Go and the Community Centre (aka The Pit), Capstan’s Wine Bar, St. John’s and The Royal, Guildford. The bands first London gig was at the La Beat Route, Greek Street, Soho in ’84, going on to appear at The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, supporting The Self with XL on 20 May ’85 and The Tramshed “New Band Nite” on 10th June. Comparisons to The Jam were common, Turner even used Rick Buckler’s old drum kit. At some point the boys recorded 5 tracks at Godalming’s Catch 44 studio.

Around New Year’s Day ’86 they released a three track (“All Ours”, “For More” and “Giving Guns to the Natives”) cassette demo EP, which featured Lisa Woolf (nee White) playing a classical score upside down on “Giving Guns to the Natives”. ’86 also saw the trio supporting The Primitives at The Bull & Gate and returning to La Beat Route. They were also definitely supporting the Cardiacs at the very last concert at The Old Schoolhouse, Woking; along with The Body Politic and Steel Bill & the Buffalos. After almost five years together the band dispersed in early ’87.

Flyer for the last concert at The Old Schoolhouse. Source: Mark Kettett

On 12 August 2021 we lost Michael Bailey. David Bailey went on to be a founding member of Vox Pop in ’92, moved to Spain, was involved in the The Real Me and Acoustic River Collective (ARC) – a group of musicians based in Almeria – and is currently recording as part of Left Bank Two.


All Ours

Festive Street

Giving Guns to the Natives

Great Brain Robbery