Hard Rock - Great Britain
Stretch were a 1970s British rock band that grew from the collaboration between Elmer Gantry (real name Dave Terry) and Kirby (real name Graham Gregory). Gantry was previously the frontman of Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. Kirby was previously a member of Curved Air.
This last Stretch' album is marked by changes in the formation and musical direction. See what the musicians said about the album:
Says Clifford Adams:“After the first Stretch album Elmer and Kirby wanted to change direction to become Status Quo Version II and I didn’t go along with that.
I did a couple of albums with them, but I had envisaged them playing more Average White Band material like ‘Why Did You Do It.’ Eventually I said I wasn’t putting up any more money.” Clifford ended his relationship with Stretch in 1979.
Stretch recorded ‘Forget The Past’ without Elmer. Their former singer was not best pleased. “I don’t think it went very well. They did one album and a few gigs.
I must admit that I was angry, so I was delighted when they got chronic reviews. It was very unspiritual of me, but I felt let down. Kirby and I should have stuck it out together. We had always worked well together, so I was kind of angry with him.”
Kirby explains: “It felt like the skids were under us. The whole thing went sour. We’d had initial success but two and a half years later we weren’t getting anywhere.
Elmer and I parted company and I tried to change direction with Stretch and make another album. I tried my best but it with hindsight it didn’t work.”
The final version of Stretch included future Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain.
Kirby: “What a drummer! He really was dynamite. We made the album and did some gigs but it lost momentum and Stretch folded up in 1979.”
Says Elmer: “Stretch was a good band, although it was hard to appreciate at the time because we were going through such emotional difficulties and we were very self-critical.”
Clearly Stretch had reached breaking point.