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 The TKO Horns were the brass section formed in 1982 when Big Jimmy Paterson (trombone), Paul Speare (tenor sax) and Brian Maurice (alto sax) left Dexys. After a brief spell touring with Paul Young's Q Tips they began performing on a regular basis with Elvis Costello, first as "The Royal Guard Horns" and then as "The Imperial Horns". The trio also performed as session musicians on John Watts' 1983 album, "The Iceberg Model". Another former Dexys sax player, Geoff Blythe soon replaced Maurice and Dave Plews (trumpet) was added as "The TKO Horns" - renamed after the Elvis Costello song, 'TKO (Boxing Day)' - featured prominently on Costello's 1983 album 'Punch The Clock'. Over the next few years they performed with numerous artists including Madness, Squeeze, Howard Jones, Nick Lowe and The Fixx. The formation became fluid, with Paterson the only constant - as Paul Speare left, Brian Maurice rejoined and eventually Dave Plews was replaced by ex-Blues Band trumpeter, Dick Hanson.

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 During the lifetime of the TKO Horns, Jimmy Paterson also played on Elvis Costello's 1984 album, "Goodbye Cruel World" and the following year returned to Dexys as a hired hand on "Don't Stand Me Down" as well as joining up with Paul Young once more for his album "The Secret of Association". Paul Speare subsequently appeared on The Special A.K.A.'s 'Nelson Mandella' while Dave Plews went on to perform with the Eurythmics. Paterson and Blythe later featured on recordings by The Blue Ox Babes and unreleased material from These Tender Virtues as well as the 1988 LP "End Of The Millenium Psychosis Blues" by That Petrol Emotion before teaming up again in 1989 as part of The Neighbourhood.

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Since the late 80's, Geoff Blythe has been a member of Irish-American group Black 47  and, more recently, performed on the 2008 Bureau album, "...And Another Thing"  before reuniting with Jimmy Paterson once more in 2011 to record the excellent "Lost In Space" album under the name of 'GI Blythe' (right) which also featured The Bureau's Archie Brown on vocals alongside former Dexys Midnight Runners drummer, Crispin Taylor. Finally (for now), Jimmy Paterson became a part of Dexys yet again in 2012, playing on the album, "One Day I'm Going To Soar" and performing live regularly with the band over the months which followed. Over 30 years on from their inception, the legacy of The TKO Horns lives on...

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Discography:

1983 ~ Jim Paterson (trombone), Brian Maurice* (sax), Paul Speare (sax/flute)

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'The Iceberg Model' - John Watts

Tracks: 'Interference' ; 'Man In Someone Else's Skin' ; 'I Smelt Roses (In The Underground)' ; 'I Was In Love With You' ; 'Money And Power' ; 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' ; 'Mayday Mayday' ; 'Menagerie 
Makers' ; 'A Face To Remember' ; 'Iceberg Model'

 * Brian Maurice is credited under his real name, "Brian Brummit" and the brass section is not given a title. Mick Donnelly also plays tenor saxophone on this album. 


 

1983 ~ Jim Paterson (trombone), Geoff Blythe (sax), Paul Speare (sax); Dave Plews (trumpet):

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'Punch The Clock' - Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Tracks: 'TKO (Boxing Day)' ; 'The Invisible Man' ; 'Let Them All Talk' ; 'The Greatest Thing' ; 'The World And His Wife'*


Additional live tracks on 2003 re-issue: 'Possession' ; 'Secondary Modern' ; 'Watch Your Step' ; 'Back Stabbers/King Horse' - recorded live at University of Texas, 07/09/83.

As-yet unreleased TV recordings of the TKO Horns performing on 'Party Party' ; 'Every Day I Write The Book' ; 'TKO (Boxing Day)' and 'Let Them All Talk' - and a live concert broadcast on German TV show 'Rockpalast' - also exist.

* 'The World And His Wife' features Stuart Robson on trumpet and flugelhorn.




1984 ~ Jim Paterson (trombone), Geoff Blythe (sax), Paul Speare (sax), Dave Plews (trumpet): 

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'Every Man Has A Woman (The Songs Of Yoko Ono)' - Various Artists

Track: 'Walking On Thin Ice' - Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

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'Keep Moving' - Madness

Track: 'Keep Moving'.

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'Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit' - Nick Lowe

Track: 'L.A.F.S. - Love At First Sight'.

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'Difford & Tilbrook' - Chris Difford & Glen Tilbrook

Track: 'Action Speaks Faster'.

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'Rough Justice' (12" single) - Portion Control

Track: 'Rough Justice'.



1985 ~ Jim Paterson (trombone), Alan Whetton (sax), Brian Maurice (sax), Dave Plews (trumpet): 

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'Dream Into Action' - Howard Jones

Tracks including: 'Life In One Day'; 'Things Can Only Get Better'.

 

1986 ~ Jim Paterson (trombone), Geoff Blythe (sax), Brian Maurice (sax), Dick Hanson (trumpet):

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'Walkabout' - The Fixx

Tracks: 'Can't Finish', 'One Look Up'.
 

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'When The Wind Blows (Original Soundtrack)' - Various Artists

Track: 'What Have They Done' - Squeeze

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Visit: elviscostello.info for a comprehensive list of the TKO Horns live apearances.

Visit: www.paulspeare.com to see Paul Speare's website.

 
The "TKO Horns" Title Header was designed by (the legend that is) John O'Connor.