Bram Tchaikovsky (born Peter Bramall) began playing in local pub rock bands in Lincolnshire, England, in the late '60s. In the 1970's he formed the All-Time Heroes, with James Roper playing bass, Majo playing keyboards, and Keith Line playing drums. They recorded some demos and also landed themselves a spot supporting Man on tour, but by this time they had become Roper. They changed their name again, reverting to a shorter version of their first name, Heroes, and put out a cover version of Bruce Springsteen's "Growing Up". He joined the Motors in 1977.

In 1978 while waiting on pre-production work for the second Motors album, Tchaikovsky took the opportunity to do some recording of his own. The resulting single, "Sarah Smiles," drew enough interest for him to leave the Motors and form his own band Battleaxe - later Bram Tchaikovsky. In addition to its leader, the band Bram Tchaikovsky consisted of Mike Broadbent (bass, keyboards) and Keith Boyce (drums).
They signed to Radar label in 1978 along with Stiff expatriates Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. The band showed a great deal of promise with their first album "Strange Man Changed Man" fitting in nicely with the growing power pop movement. The unforgettable "Girl of My Dreams," a true high point of the time, became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Tchaikovsky continued on through rapid personnel changes for two more albums "The Russians Are Coming" (released in the U.S. as "Pressure") in 1980 and "Funland" in 1981. A considerable drop in sales prompted Tchaikovsky to dissolve the band and retire from the music business.