Another UK new wave act to emerge from the Liverpool art school student pool of the late 70s, the Yachts started life as the seven-piece Albert And The Cod Fish Warriors (who even supported the Sex Pistols on one of their infamous early gigs in 1976!
The Yachts formed April 1977 by art students; Henry Priestman (voc,keys) (later of It's Immaterial, Wah! Christians), JJ Campbell (voc) (later of It's Immaterial), Martin Dempsey (bass) (later of Pink Military, It's Immaterial), Martin J Watson (gtr), Bob Bellis (drms).
They played their debut gig at Eric's in Liverpool supporting Elvis Costello. This led Stiff records to sign them in October 1977 and they released one single before they departed (with Costello and Nick Lowe) for the newly formed RADAR. Campbell left at this point but Priestman in control they released several singles. They recorded their debut LP in New York and did a few US dates of the Joe Jackson "I'm The Man Tour" in 1979. Dempsey left in January 1980 to join Pink Military. The 2nd LP 'Without Radar' (1980) came out and they supported The Who in Europe.
Their final release 7" Fool Like You (1981) was on Demon Rds with Glyn Havard now on bass and they split later that year and Priestman spent some time with It's Immaterial before forming the Christians.
The Yachts also appeared on a 1977 single under the guise of Chuddy Nuddies.