Bernoldus Niemand

In 1983 James Phillips recorded the single “Hou My Vas Korporaal”/”My Broken Heart” using the pseudonym Bernoldus Niemand (Bernoldus Nobody) as a separate musical identity to his work in his own right.

He followed this up with another single, “Boksburg Bommer”/“Jody” in 1984 and then released the album Wie Is Bernoldus Niemand in 1985.

Having retired the Bernoldus Niemand persona in 1985 he resurrected it for the Afrikaans Voelvry tour in 1989.

Cherry Faced Lurchers

Formed in Johannesburg in 1984. James Phillips (guitar, vocals). Lee Edwards (bass), Michael de la Hunt (drums) replaced by Richard Vos.

Released the album Live At Jamesons in 1985.

Recorded The Otherwhite Album in the late 1980s but it was not released until 1992.

Final album was Sunny Skies (1993) released as James Philips and the Lurchers with James Phillips, Lee Edwards and various new members and session musicians.

The Cherry Faced Lurchers developed a cult following in the 1980s and performed live over the years, including the performance of many songs that have not been released on any of their albums.

James Phillips died in 1995 from injuries incurred in a car accident.

Corporal Punishment

Formed in Springs in 1980. James Phillips (guitar, vocals), Carl Raubenheimer (bass, vocals), Herbie Parkin (rhythm guitar), Mark Bennet (keyboard, vocals) and Chris Hattingh (drums). Hattingh was replaced on drums by Henry Jantzen.

Recorded two songs for the WEA Records Six of the Best (1979) compilation: “Victim’s Victim” and “Goddess of Depression”. Released the 7 inch EP “Fridays and Saturdays” in 1980, including four songs: “In The Night”, “Brain Damage”, “Johnny’s Conscience” and “Rock And Rolls Royce”.

The band broke up but James Phillips, Carl Raubenheimer and Steve Howells (drums) reformed the band in 1982 to record new versions of original Corporal Punishment songs in the Shifty Records studios. These recordings together with original Corporal Punishment recordings were released on cassette along with the James Phillips and Carl Raubenheimer project, Illegal Gathering, in 1986.

Illegal Gathering

Formed in Cape Town in 1981 by Carl Raubenheimer (guitar, vocals) and James Phillips (guitar, vocals) with (initially) Brett Murray (bass) and Brian Rath (drums). After an initial attempt at getting things going Murray and Rath left and were replaced with David Ledbetter (bass, guitar, vocals) and Wayne Raath (drums) when the band reconstituted later in 1981.

In early 1982 they recorded a few songs, some of which ended up on marginal compilations (for example, “Emphasis Shift” and “Buttons Your Lip” on the 1983 Regional Jive cassette compilation and “”Johnny Cool” on the 1984 Out Of The Blue compilation LP).