Below are comments sent to the old Decorators site from fans.  Please add your own in the comments box below.

  • ‘The Decorators were a really good band but I think they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, I saw them play plenty of times.’
  • ‘I only saw them a couple of times live, and have a couple of records (which I’ve taped and play on long drives in the car from time to time). But I thought they were great – and have been really sorry they disappeared without trace.’
  • ‘I personally think the Decorators were brilliant and way ahead of their time.’
  • ‘See Mick all the time. Still one of the great writers and sings like a dream, current music made with some of his oldest and drunkenest friends and is beautiful and full of poetry…in my opinion Bevan is a man of strange powers. Seek and ye shall find.’
  • ‘I was a good friend of Johnny Gilani and Allan Buroughs when I was at school and I went to see a few of their bands including The Decorators who I saw supporting The Sound at the Moonlight Club in North London…It’s such a long time ago now I’m not sure I can remember much else about them, needless to say I haven’t kept in touch. Having said that Johnny did help to inspire me to form my own bands one of which (my dog has no nose – headlined at the Moonlight several times in the late 80s and early 90s as well as playing all over Europe.”


  1. robin hines
    April 21, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    Great band they could create a powerful driving sound would see them whenever they played at the Kings head Acton and around london really enjoyed the terrace gig at the Barbican 83 . They were cool!!


    • admin
      April 24, 2015 @ 11:34 am

      Hi Robin, thanks for dropping by. I didn’t get to see the Decs at the Barbican gig, sounds like it was fun. Do you have any thoughts on why the band didn’t make the big time?


  2. Johnny
    May 23, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

    Hi Martin, in the spirit of “where are they now” here’s an album we recorded recently:
    Oh, the Amanda de Grey photos were taken at the Moonlight Club in West Hampstead, probably 1982.
    Thanks for keeping all of this alive,


    • admin
      May 29, 2015 @ 5:56 am

      Hi Johnny, thanks for commenting. What are you playing on the Dogstooth album?


    • Christopher Gasiorek
      December 24, 2016 @ 11:13 pm

      Hi Johnny, greetings from me and my brother Andy (Gus). Are you still West London based? Would be great to hear from you! Chris Gasiorek


  3. Johnny
    June 18, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

    Hi Martin, playing guitar, singing, and some drumming


  4. MATTY
    June 23, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    i would like to comment on why the decorators went missing along with some other fantastic bands for example
    1/, 2/ play, 3/ drinking electricity , 4/ perfect vision, 5/ shoc corridor ,6/ the fallout club . and to a certain extent an american band called the rubinoos who still put stuff out and are fantastic.
    these bands along with the decorators played music for the ear not the masses we allowed the music industry and press to dilute our thoughts with utter garbage such as boy bands girl groups teeny bop idols that catered for the 7 -12 yearold age groups ,
    in the last 20 years you can count on one hand the amount of times any of the above bands have had airtime on a big radio station take for instance the band cabaret voltaire how influential were they british dance music is only here because of them playing stuff 10 years ahead of its time .
    and you can not take away the influence of the decorators and the other band i have mentioned on the music played in what i call the underground the little clubs .
    a couple of years ago i saw gary numan perform at sunderland university and yet in 81 he sold out wembly three nights running and the press helped towards his media downfall as they did to hundreds of bands who refused to doff there caps to them
    sorry about the rant but i feel that british music is in a sorry state because we let bands such as those mentioned slip through the net
    cheers matty


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