|Following the splitting
up of his first band The Young Bucks Archie Brown played 2 gigs
with Secret Affair and remembers meeting
Rob Jones at the Marquee. Rob Jones had been playing for the previous
four years in a pop band called The High Numbers and met Archie when he
was doing a stand in stint on sax for Secret Affair. Drummer, Dave
Berk had played in punk bands (Johnny Moped and a short stint with
the Damned during
one of Rat Scabies periods swanning off) and mods the Small
Hours. Bass player Rolo McGinty had no previous pedigree but
went on to form and write songs with The Woodentops in the mid to late
Via ex-Young Bucks Seb Shelton and Dave Winthrop The Upset cut their teeth on support slots for Secret Affair, Shelton soon taking over management duties. In early 1980 they played some support slots for Dexys and were liked enough to be invited to take the job for the Intense Emotions Tour later that year.
The Upset played the long summer tour of 1980 with Dexys but were sacked from the tour after more than 30 dates just before the final showcase gig at the Kilburn National.Maybe, just maybe, one of Archie's new songs had something to do with their sacking from the Dexys tour, Only For Sheep. In a little while this song was to be the Bureau's first singleI've no idea what he's on about, have you?
Shelton's efforts and the Dexys tour led to The Upset getting a record deal with Phonogram. Their one and only single was released in September 1980 but failed to chart. An article in the UK music paper Sounds records the single reaching 182 in the UK music charts. Archie remembers the single finally getting higher than that but it never broke into the top 75. The Upset headlined a short national tour but Phonogram refused them financial backing and money was tight. Then came the offer for Archie and Rob to take jobs in The Bureau.................
Biography from Dexys Midnight Runners web site