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LIBERTY - slippery when wet

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Published on Sep 4, 2009

This Liberty song, Slippery When Wet, is an demo from 1997 meant for their unreleased second album.

Welcome to the YouTube channel of Liberty, one of the funkiest UK R&B bands. Core members of Liberty are Kevin Sutherland, David Lyall & Glen Scott. Frank Burke, Jamie Nutt and many others have come, gone and come back to the band over the years.

If you are into funk, p-funk, R&B and soul then you need to listen to these archives.

Liberty was formed in the 1980's by a group of school friends who wanted to write & perform the kind of music they loved, like Cameo, George Clinton, Prince, Zapp and The Time. Things progressed onto the London gig circuit where they were playing venues such as The Hippodrome, Powerhaus, Mean Fiddler, The Limelight and the Rock Garden. Their first foreign shows were in Cyprus where they spent a month touring clubs on the island.

Back in London Liberty were gaining a celebrity following. Princes band The NPG, Mica Paris, Juliet Roberts, Heatwave and The Christians were just some of the names now spotted at the boy's gigs. They were now often playing at Xenon's nightclub and other London venues such as The Orange, WKD's, Funk Uncut at Dingwalls, Oxygen, Knee Deep at Ormonds and The Grand in Clapham (televised on ITV).

Liberty then won the Capital Radio/Coca-Cola Young Band of the Year Competition (the first one ever in the early 1990's), played at The Capital Music Festival and supported Wet Wet Wet on their two sold out dates at Wembley Arena where they also held their first UK television interview backstage on ITVs The Big City. A week later the boys were in Lille, France playing to a packed venue at the Festival Rap n Funk Style. Liberty also went on to support Heatwave in concert at The Ritzy in Streatham.

This period of live success also saw the release of Libertys critically acclaimed debut album 'Special Edition' in the UK and Europe via a small independent label. The first single release from the album was 'Who Is She?'.

Libertys next tour abroad was to The Canary Islands where they were to support Latoya Jackson and perform at The Festival Deksi Tenerife, a concert in Santa Cruz's 100 year old ex-bullring arena filmed for Spanish and Russian television.

The next single to be released was the self-financed A Rose By Any Other Name. It led to their breakthrough onto BBC Radio One. Steve Edwards, the shows DJ said on air "Liberty are one of the funkiest bands in the UK". One of the mixes also appeared on the European compilation album Denz Da Denz.

Liberty's debut UK/European album was then released in America by label 'Century Vista' under the new title 'Real Funk'. Their first US single taken from the album was the ballad 'Destiny'.

Liberty started being asked to work on sessions and tours as well as writing and producing for other artists both collectively and individually. The boys have worked around the world with artists such as Basement Jaxx (those funky backing vocals on Red Alert single which reached to no.4 in the UK charts), Blue, Westlife, Eternal, Rose Royce, Dave Stewart, Alexander ONeal, Shola Ama, Sounds of Blackness, Dr Roberts, Paul Weller, Bond and many more.

Then in May 2001 Liberty found out that Richard Branson's record company V2 had signed the 'losers' from the Popstars tv show and called them Liberty (the winners were Hear'say). The band immediately contacted The Band Register who had just previously advised V2 not to use the name ( V2 had contacted The Band Register to clear use of the name, a common practise in the industry). V2 had ignored that advice. They also refused to change the name despite countless letters from Liberty. An injunction in the courts was the only avenue left open. A successful High Court name trial followed in Jan 2002 in which our Liberty won the injunction and V2 were forced to change the name of their band (now Liberty X).

Will Liberty ever return live to the stage? Watch this space. In the meantime enjoy these rare performances.

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