Roger Lucey

Durban-based folk-rock singer who became popular on the live folk and club circuit in the mid to late 1970s.

His first album The Road Is Much Longer (1979) included outspoken political songs and was censored by the record company after receiving legal advice. A second album, Half Alive was released in 1980. The South African security police targeted Lucey, effectively putting an end to his career although he carried on in a part-time capacity for a few years, releasing two songs on Shifty Records compilations and re-emerging as Tighthead Fourie and the Loose Forwards in the mid-1980s.

After a break from music for a few years he released Running For Cover in 1991 and then another break before making a comeback towards the end of the 1990s with Back In From The Anger (unreleased, 1996 by several songs from this album were included on the compilation 21 Years Down The Road released in 2000).

His story was featured in the documentary film Stopping The Music (2002). Since then he has continued to compose and perform both in South Africa and overseas and has released two further albums, Homeroad (2004) and Now Is The Time (2015).

Tighthead Fourie & The Loose Forwards

Tighthead Fourie was Roger Lucey under another (country) guise.

Formed in Johannesburg in 1984: Tighthead Fourie/Roger Lucey (guitar, vocals), Ray Stadig/Johnny Blundell (guitar), Gene Parkering/Brian Rath (drums), Lorenzo Marks/Dave Marks (bass), Ben Zeen/Warrick Sony (bass), Sakkie de Kock/Lloyd Ross (bass), Tennessee Ferreira/Will Von Will (vocals) and Slim Gedagte/Peter Davidson (vocals). (Different bass players were used on various songs).

Released the single “Whiskey Strait Up”/”No Easy Walk to Freedom in 1984”. Other songs were recorded but not released.