Norwich band back in the limelight and looking for lost drummer

Dance Naked were briefly a five-piece.  Left to right,  Alan Rider, Roger Foyster, Cary Meadows, and at the front Kleo Kay. The man in the sunglasses who was with them for a short while is Alex Novak. Submitted picture. Dance Naked were briefly a five-piece. Left to right, Alan Rider, Roger Foyster, Cary Meadows, and at the front Kleo Kay. The man in the sunglasses who was with them for a short while is Alex Novak. Submitted picture.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
9:26 AM

Throughout the late 1980s, they slogged their way across the UK, writing music and playing gigs in an attempt to hit the big time.

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Dance Naked. L-R Alan Rider, Roger Foyster, Cary Meadows, and Kleo Kay. Submitted picture.Dance Naked. L-R Alan Rider, Roger Foyster, Cary Meadows, and Kleo Kay. Submitted picture.

Now, more than a quarter of a century on, a former Norwich band - Dance Naked - have been thrust back into the limelight, after being approached by a record company keen to remaster their songs and release an album.

The band are even considering reforming again, to capitalise on their new found success, but are facing an unusual problem - they cannot find their drummer.

The post-punk band formed in 1986 and had a strong following in the city. When it split up four years later, the group members - Alan Rider, keyboards and bass guitar, Kleo Kay, vocals, Roger Foyster, vocals, and Cary Meadows, drums - thought they would be consigned to musical history.

But fast forward to 2014 and enter the German label Aufnahame + Wiedergabe, which has approached the band about re-mastering their songs, and releasing an album.

The result was that an album - ‘Point of Change’ - has been released worldwide and the band members have been interviewed by the likes of postpunk.com and brutalresonance.com and have begun reaching out to a whole new generation of fans.

The possible reunion, though, is jeopardised by the failure to locate Mr Meadows - who had left the band in 1987.

He was last known of while drumming with Norwich band Yoghurt Belly in the late 1990s, but has not been seen or heard of since by fellow Dance Naked members. However, it is believed he is still living somewhere in Norfolk.

Mr Rider said: “We would like to give Cary the good news and see what happens after that. We last saw Cary in 1987, three years before we broke up. If we could get back in touch with Cary, who knows what could happen.”

He added: “There’s been a world-wide resurgence of interest 
in bands from the ‘80s that weren’t probably that well-known at 
the time. And there’s a lot of interest in the US about the new album, which you can also get in the UK.”

Mr Rider, who works in computers, and Ms Kay, who is an Egyptologist, are now based in London, but they regularly return to Norfolk.

Mr Foyster is still based in the area, at Holkham, where he is an artist blacksmith.

The band was formed in 1986 when former Stress man Mr Rider linked up with Mr Kay, Mr Foyster and Mr Meadows from the Norwich-based band Garden of Delights that had recently broken up.

Dance Naked’s distinctive was apparently compared favourably to early Bauhaus.

Following a period of gigging around the UK and writing material they recorded and released two albums, ‘The Hidden God‘ and ‘Colour Dance’, on the Adventures In Reality Recordings label on cassette in 1986 and early 1987. They appeared on a large number of compilations worldwide and were featured in numerous fanzines and magazines internationally, gathering radio play in Europe and the States. Following a further period of touring around the UK, they split in 1990.

Do you know where Mr Meadows is now? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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