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Posted in Bands, News by Generator on Friday 23rd of July 2010

Gateshead Council are putting out an appeal to find members of the band Hurrah! who filmed one of their music video’s on the top of the Get Carter car park in Gateshead.

Rare film of the band has been discovered on the video-sharing website YouTube, showing the Trinity Square car park and the rest of the town centre as it was in the early 80’s.

The film shows the band performing their third hit single ‘Who’d Have Thought’, which reached number 7 in the UK Indie chart in 1984, at the very top of the 15 storey car park.

Now, Gateshead Council wants to make contact with the original band members to record their impressions of the car park before its demolition is complete and the setting for their video disappears for good.

Hurrah! enjoyed some commercial success after signing for Kitchenware Records, eventually releasing 10 singles and 4 albums between 1982 and 1991. They supported a number of major bands, including U2 at Wembley Arena in 1987, and David Bowie at festivals in Sweden.

In 1988 they had the rare distinction of being one of only a handful of Western musicians to tour Iraq, Egypt and Jordan at the invitation of the British Arts Council.

The council is therefore appealing for original band members Paul Handyside, David ‘Taffy’ Hughes and David Porthouse to come forward so they can share their memories of the filming and their feelings about the demolition of the iconic car park.

The Gen can exclusively reveal that members of Hurrah!  are still actively involved in creating music and that Taffy Hughes is currently one half of the band The Girl With The Replaceable Head who have just released their debut album Death in Gateshead.

Paul Handyside of Hurrah! has produced and released several albums with the band Bronze and currently is working on the follow-up release to the astounding solo album Future's Dream.

Sheila Johnston, Director of Development and Enterprise, says: “We have recently discovered this amazing piece of film on YouTube and we’d love to hear more about it from the people involved, as it adds a bit more to the history of the building.

Earlier this month, Gateshead Council and Spenhill, the regeneration subsidiary of Tesco, confirmed that demolition of the Owen Luder-designed Trinity Square car park will begin on Monday 26th July 2010.

It will take approximately eight weeks to demolish the structure which provided the backdrop to the cult film Get Carter starring Michael Caine.

Gateshead Council is now looking for stories and pictures from people involved in the original building of the car park, or who have been involved in it over the past 40 years.

The video is available to view here.


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