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20 Feb
Hey Marsha – My Optimism Flamed

Liverpool’s Hey Marsha formed in 1986 with George Wilson (guitar & vocals), Steve Pettitt (bass & backing vocals), Steve Sefton (drums & backing vocals), and Kathy Morrison (keyboards). They released their first recording “Everbody’s Friend” on the legendary “Modesty Kills” compilation LP, the debut on the Audio Visual label (Run by Ken Kelly who was in Get That Smile and Innervision). Their next release came in 1988, a 4 track 7″ single called “Optimism” (also on Audio Visual), features my favorite track “My Optimism Flamed,” which you can hear below.

The follow up “In A Living Hell” 12″ was released two years later in 1990. The band became a three piece with bassist Pettitt replaced by Steve Jarrett and drummer Sefton by Damian Walsh leaving only original member George Wilson. Their sound also changed and unfortunately not for the better (losing their way like most good 80s bands did in the 90s).

I’m not sure if there were any other Hey Marsha releases, but do pick up their “Optimism” 7″ if you ever see it. The rarer “Modesty Kills” LP is also quite nice to have and I’m planning on writing a separate post about that one soon.

Listen to Hey Marsha – My Optimism Flamed

“Everbody’s Friend” on Modesty Kills LP, Audio Visual (AVA 001), 1987
“Optimism” 7″, Audio Visual (AVV 001), 1988
“In A Living Hell” 12″ Audio Visual (AVV 003), 1990

Anyone know what AVV 002 was?


  1. In 1991, Wilson, Jarret & Walshy went on to form MOD-Retro band ‘The Numbers’ with additional guitarist Les Tudor. The band released a Single ‘Another Day’ on London-label Homegrown Records, and toured with The Cranberries and Cast, and were quite popular in Italy (through the Mod Rally scene). The band changed tact in 1993 and became ‘The Maximum Who’ – a tribute band to The Who, performing all over the UK and in Europe Only recently has this band stopped performing

    Comment by Eddie Wicker — 19 Apr @ 8:18 am

  2. Thanks Eddie. I had no idea they were in The Numbers. And a Who cover band? Quite interesting.

    Comment by ed — 19 Apr @ 11:06 am

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