Spring 1980 saw WEA records sign the now 5-peice Reluctant Stereotypes. Over the next 18 months the Stereotypes hit the road, released a handful of ska inspired singles, toured with The Specials and Paul Young's Q Tips and produced a quirky album called 'The Label' which received some nice reviews from people like Trouser Press but in the wider world passed by largely unnoticed.
'With prominent horn work, boppy dance rhythms and high musical standards .. The Label is an ace record by a skilled and inventive band' - Trouser Press 1989
The Reluctant Stereotypes constant gigging honed Tony Wall and Colin Heanes into a tight drum and bass team and Paul King into a formidable front man plus, as originally hoped, it had been fun. But WEA were not committed to the group. With the Reluctant Stereotypes enthusiasm starting to wane the band were booked onto the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. This lucky break didnít save the bands career but it would have a major impact on the King story.
Appearing alongside Adam & the Ants, the Reluctant Stereotypes filmed two tracks that were videoed by a bunch of music stoners from Folkestone who loved the groupís idiosyncratic performance and insisted their mate Perry Haines take a look.