Artists: Random Hold

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David Ferguson and David Rhodes worked with the Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno led band, 801, before forming Random Hold. They were later joined by former bandmates from 801, Simon Ainley and Bill MacCormick.  Bill had also been a member of the bands Quiet Sun, Matching Mole, Gong and This Heat. When Simon left, drummer Peter Phipps from the Gary Glitter Band joined the line up.

Peter Gabriel had by now signed the band to his Gailforce label and they were produced by Peter Hammill in order to release an album. In 1980 Random Hold joined Peter Gabriel for the U.K and North American legs of his world tour as they complemented his own vision and added their own dimension. So impressed were the American label with the band, that when the Gabriel tour was finished they were encouraged to extend their stay to perform in clubs and colleges.

The band split, with David Rhodes becoming Peter Gabriel's guitarist and co- conspirator on numerous projects.  Peter Phipps rejoined the Glitter Band and Bill MacCormick pursued a career in politics. David Ferguson briefly formed a new version of the band, recording an album for RCA then for Atlantic Records under the name, Nine Ways To Win. David then became a successful composer for film and television, until being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Following surgery and treatment he re- formed Random Hold and recorded one last album before he died in June 2009.

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