Wild Horses (British band)

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Wild Horses
Origin London, Great Britain
Genres Hard rock
Years active 1978–1981
Labels EMI Records, Zoom Club, Krescendo Records, Rock Candy
Associated acts UFO, Stampede
Past members Jimmy Bain
Brian Robertson
Jimmy McCulloch
Kenney Jones
Clive Edwards
Neil Carter
John Lockton
Reuben Archer
Laurence Archer
Frank Noon

Wild Horses were a British rock band, active during the late 1970s and early 1980s.


Wild Horses was formed in the summer of 1978 by ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson and ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain. At an early stage, the line-up featured former Stone the Crows and Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and former Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones, but eventually stabilized with the addition of drummer Clive Edwards (ex-Pat Travers, Uli Roth) and guitarist/keyboardist Neil Carter (ex-Wilder, Gilbert O'Sullivan). This line-up recorded the Trevor Rabin-produced eponymous album in 1980, released by EMI who signed the band after their 1979 Reading Festival appearance.

Carter left the band in August 1980 after the band's UK tour with Ted Nugent in order to join UFO and later Gary Moore. His replacement was guitarist John Lockton (ex-Next Band, Red Alert) whose first appearance was on the band's Japanese tour in the autumn of 1980 followed by the release of the Stand Your Ground album in the spring of 1981.

In June 1981, Robertson and Edwards both left Wild Horses in the wake of the band's Paris Theatre show in London. Robertson teamed up with Motörhead a year later and recorded Another Perfect Day in 1983, before moving on to join fellow Scotsman Frankie Miller on the Dancing in the Rain album in 1986. Edwards continued with a number of different acts, including Bernie Marsden's S.O.S., Grand Prix, and Lionheart.

Bain assembled a new Wild Horses line-up featuring Lockton, former Lautrec stepfather and son team, Reuben (vocals) and Laurence Archer (guitar), and The Def Leppard E.P. credited drummer Frank Noon. The Archers and Noon left only months later and went on to form their own band, Stampede, and Wild Horses ceased to exist, with Bain joining his former Rainbow bandmate Ronnie James Dio in Dio, while Lockton became a member of German hard rockers Victory.

Wild Horses members Laurence Archer and Clive Edwards were part of the UFO line-up that recorded the High Stakes & Dangerous Men and Lights Out in Tokyo albums in the early 1990s, before spending time in Medicine Head. After being involved with the reformed Stampede, Archer and Edwards launched X-UFO in the summer of 2011 along with Rocky Newton and Danny Peyronel.

Both Wild Horses and Stand Your Ground have seen repeated re-issues over the years, the first coming in 1993 via EMI-Toshiba Japan as part of the 'Legendary Masters' series. European re-issues, including various bonus tracks, followed in 1999 (Zoom Club), 2009 (Krescendo), and 2013 (Rock Candy).

On 25 February 2014, a bootleg quality Wild Horses live album, titled Live In Japan 1980, recorded at the band's Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo gig on 29 October 1980, was issued via Krescendo. The same recording had first surfaced in 2012 as a Japanese bootleg titled Heavy Ride.


Wild Horses Mk I

Wild Horses Mk II - UK tour 1978 line-up:

  • Jimmy Bain - bass/vocals
  • Brian Robertson - guitar
  • Neil Carter - guitar/keyboards
  • Dixie Lee - drums

Wild Horses Mk III - 'The First Album' line-up (1979/80):

  • Jimmy Bain - bass/vocals
  • Brian Robertson - guitar/vocals
  • Neil Carter -guitar/keyboards
  • Clive Edwards - drums

Wild Horses Mk IV - 'Stand Your Ground' line-up (1980/81):

  • Jimmy Bain - bass/vocals
  • Brian Robertson - guitar
  • John Lockton - guitar
  • Clive Edwards - drums

Wild Horses Mk V - final live line-up (1981):


Studio albums

  • Wild Horses (EMI, 1980 / Toshiba-EMI/Insideout, 1993 / Zoom Club 1999 / Krescendo 2009 / Rock Candy, 2013)[1]
  • Stand Your Ground (EMI, 1981 / Toshiba-EMI/Insideout, 1993 / Zoom Club 1999 / Krescendo, 2009 / Rock Candy, 2013)

Live albums

  • Live In Japan 1980 (Krescendo, 2014)

UK singles

  • "Criminal Tendencies" / "The Rapist" (EMI, 1979)
  • "Face Down" / "Dealer" (EMI, 1980)
  • "Flyaway" / "Blackmail" (EMI, 1980)
  • "I'll Give You Love" / "Rocky Mountain Way" (live) (EMI, 1981)
  • "I'll Give You Love" / "Rocky Mountain Way" (live) / "The Kid" / "Saturday Night" (live) (EMI, 1981 - double single pack)
  • "Everlasting Love" / "The Axe" (EMI, 1981)

Japan singles

  • "Face Down" / "Dealer" (EMI, 1980)
  • "Fly Away" / "The Rapist" (EMI, 1980)

See also


  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 602. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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