Any Trouble formed in Crewe in 1980 and released four albums and a brace of singles across the first part of that decade. At the flashpoint of the post-punk new wave era, Any Trouble signed to Stiff with their debut album – Where Are All The Nice Girls? – receiving a Melody Maker front cover. It was produced by John Wood whose other credits include Nick Drake, Squeeze, Pink Floyd and Nico.
In 1981 the band embraced more of a new wave sound with a second Stiff album – Wheels In Motion – produced by Mike Howlett (OMD, Gang of Four, Teardrop Explodes). They then decamped to EMI America for two albums including the critically acclaimed double, Wrong End Of The Race. Touring the world, Any Trouble even inspired the name of a bar in downtown Madrid, where the music policy is strictly post-punk and anti-pop. Any Trouble Rock Madrid can be found at 6 Avenida de Baviera, Parque de las Avenidas.
The band split in the mid-80s with singer/guitarist Clive Gregson going on to tour extensively and recording five albums with Christine Collister. He then formed a trio with Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine and is a long-term member of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra, playing on her album Hearts In Mind. Nanci’s recording of Clive’s I Love This Town was A-listed by BBC Radio 2 in 2006.
The 00s has seen a great resurgence of interest in both Clive and Any Trouble’s work. First with the 2002 compilation of Any Trouble classics, Girls Are Always Right. The re-release of the Gregson & Collister catalogue (via Gott Discs) followed in 2006. Then in March 07 Where Are All The Nice Girls? received an expanded reissue and was hailed as “a real treat” by Phill Jupitus and “fantastic” by BBC Radio Merseyside. The reformed Any Trouble’s 2007 album - Life In Reverse - reunites them with Stiff Records and marks the start of a new chapter for the band, both on record and on stage.
The Complete Stiff Recordings