Stax Century

Paul 'Mole' Morris - Vocals
Darren Ward - Guitar
Steve Brown - Bass
Steve Morris - Drums
Jason Sherwin - Bass
David Rollisson - Keyboards

Stax Century's beginnings go back to 1980 in Southend-On-Sea (Essex, UK).
Paul Morris told Southend Punk (see link below): "In the Winter of 1980 two lads wanted to be pop stars...we can't be that I said, we ain't got a band, so let's start one". So, a band was duly put together. Mole: "Stax was formed...we got it from turning the pages of the NME and pointing to words. Well the first recording was 'Waiting for The Witch Trials', which was Philip Smith on Bass and Vocals and me on Drums, which I got from a tax rebate, and walking past Honky Tonk Music (a musical instrument store based in Southend) I saw some drums in the window and I bought the buggers for 300 quid".

Mole said "Well, I met Steve Morris (also known as Mole) and he took over my drums, so they made me sing the bastards...things didn't go too well with Phil so instead of sacking him we all left the band and reformed as Stax Century'. So, 'After three rehearsals we had nine playable tunes and played our first gig at The Monico on Canvey Island on September 22nd, 1982."

The band's line up would remain pretty stable in the coming years, although personnel changes did include the band's line up featuring Jason Sherwin on Bass at one time (a tenure ending at an infamous gig at Crocs, a venue in Rayleigh, Essex, where he attacked the drummer MID SONG in front of a packed audience). Also, in the mid-'80s the band added a keyboard to their sound, played by David Rollisson. Stax Century were together for most of the 1980's and regularly played around London and the South-East.


Singles & EPs

CJ-1 Stax Century - Untitled Split E.P. album art Stax Century / Manito (5) Stax Century / Manito (5) - Untitled Split E.P.(7", EP) Canvey Jank Records CJ-1 UK 1981 Sell This Version