Man first started off at the end of the sixties, called it a day towards the end of the seventies, then in the early eighties realized they could do nothing better than get together again. They have been through more lineups than you can shake a stick at, with various members coming and going at a rate which gives Pete Frame nightmares. (Pete loved Deke’s books, by the way). Micky, Martin and Deke have pretty much been the core of the Manband, though a while back Terry Williams had another spell after John (Pugwash) Weathers had kept the drum stool warm for a few years; and Phil Ryan returned for a brief period after a 20 year hiatus.
They defy categorization… guitar driven hard rock ? Well, yes, but they still have heavy influences from their early psychedelic era… bluesy… at times soulful… They have been influenced by the West Coast sound, especially Quicksilver Messenger Service, have worked with Dave Edmunds, they used to tour with Hawkwind… Impossible to sum up. Except that they are very, very good.