The Reegs

Gary Lavery: (vocals, keyboards)
Reg Smithies: (guitar, bass, vocals, percussion)
Dave Fielding: (guitar, vocals)

After a successful American tour and the tragic death of their Manager and good friend Tony Fletcher [ Kennedy Street Enterprises] The Chameleons UK drifted apart, although the band never officially broke up. Mark and John quickly formed the Sun And The Moon and Dave and Reg some time after began rehearsing together as 'The Reegs'.

They were asked by a friend of Dave's Brother from the new independent label 'Imaginary Records' to record a track for a Kinks tribute album. In a way as Dave has confirmed in some interviews, ' was the guys from Imaginary who got The Reegs rolling really'.

There was only one last thing. Reg wasn't comfortable with the vocals so Gary Lavery a friend of the band finally joined them. Gary used to play with local band 'Partisan Grey' as support for The Chameleons during their early days so it was not difficult for him to get along with the lads

The Reegs first works were some recordings for tribute albums: 'The Last time' by The Rolling Stones [Recorded under the moniker of 'Three Imaginary Boys'] and a nod to the Velvet Underground's 'All Tomorrow Parties' followed by two LP's, 'Return Of The Sea Monkeys' and then 'Rock The Magic Rock'.
There are also a couple of CD singles ['As You Leave' and 'You told me before'] with very interesting B sides and two more 12" edited in Vinyl 'See My Friends' [April 1989] and 'Chorus Of The Lost' [August 1990].
Other unreleased tracks were played live like 'Subject to status' or 'Bosnia' which were supposed to be on an upcoming album that never saw the light.

The Reegs played some gigs in England mainly up north in small local venues like The Roadhouse in Manchester, The Duchess of York in Leeds, The Witchwood in Ashton -under-Lyne or Kaleida and Night&Day in Manchester city center.
They also supported 'The Wedding Present' on few occasions.

Although there are no official videos of the band, a bootleg was recorded in The Tivoly in Buckley-

Ladies and gentleman The Reegs, Manchester best kept secret!

Dave Fielding-Electric and Acoustic Guitar/ Keyboards/ Harmonica/ Vocals and E bow

Reg Smithies-Electric and Acoustic Guitars/ Keyboards/ Bass Guitars/ Vocals

Gary Lavery- Lead Vocals/ Keyboards and Programing


The Reegs - Rock The Magic Rock album art The Reegs Rock The Magic Rock (Album) Imaginary Records UK 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Reegs - Chorus Of The Lost album art The Reegs Chorus Of The Lost Imaginary Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Reegs - See My Friends album art The Reegs See My Friends (Single) Imaginary Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
THEMUS 002 The Reegs - You Told Me Before EP album art The Reegs You Told Me Before EP(CD, Single) Columbus Records (2) THEMUS 002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Themus 001 The Reegs - As You Leave album art The Reegs As You Leave(CD, Single) Columbus Records (2) Themus 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version


The Reegs - Return Of The Seamonkeys album art The Reegs Return Of The Seamonkeys (Comp) Imaginary Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
BAMCD02 The Reegs - The Reegs album art The Reegs The Reegs(2xCD, Comp, RM) Blue Apple Music BAMCD02 UK 2009 Sell This Version


none The Reegs - Themus Records Promotional Only album art The Reegs Themus Records Promotional Only(CD, Promo) Themus Records none UK 2002 Sell This Version


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December 5, 2019
edited 7 months ago
The project from the other less famous guys from the Chameleons.

Highly recommended!

They have the old Chameleons guitar sound. the weird atmosphere of Echo And The Bunnymen and Faith-Era Cure influences.

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