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Merton parkas The Merton Parkas were formed in the Merton area of South London in the mid 1970s, by Danny Talbot (vocals and guitar), his brother, Mick Talbot (keyboards), Neil Hurrell (bass) and Simon Smith (drums). Merton parkasThey began life as the Sneakers but soon changed their name to match there home area and their new found love of all things Mod.

The Parkas were great and hard working band & were among the favourites at London's Bridgehouse, Canning Town. They were the first of the New Wave era mod bands to release a single, 'You Need Wheels', which was was a minor hit in Aug 79. They were recorded for the Mods Mayday album but contract complications with label Beggars Banquet, meant the set did not appear on the original album.

Merton parkasThey released a number of singles with BB including 'Plastic Smile', 'Give It To Me Now' and 'Put Me In The Picture', as well as one great album, Face In The Crowd. The album was a mix of covers and originals, it mixed the spirit of Punk with the style of Pub Rock. It was not cutting edge, but was great fun.

The band disbanded in late 1980. Simon Smith went on to form neo-pyschedelic cult band MOOD SIX, but it was keyboard player Mick Talbot who had most success with Paul Weller in the Style Council after notable stints with Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Bureau. He also worked extensivly with Galliano and Brit Pop Mod types Gene in the 1990s and also guested on The Jam's 'Setting Sons', The Chords 'So Far Away' albums.

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