Origin: Birmingham, England  
Genres: NWOBHM
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Quartz

Quartz was a NWOBHM oddity, a band with a hit-or-miss catalog that struggled for direction (bands who release live albums as their second album are often misguided) throughout their career. Amidst the chaos, however, was the outstanding Stand Up And Fight, one of the heaviest and brightest moments of the early NWOBHM period -- truly a classic. Elsewhere there were flashes of brilliance (such as the Sabbathy "Mainline Riders" from the first album, the Sabbath sound no doubt due to none other than Tony Iommi producing the album), but largely this was a band whose inconsistency did them in. Their initial run lasted until around 1983, but many years later (in 2011), a largely original lineup reformed.

Current Members

Mick Hopkins

guitars

Geoff Nicholls

guitars/keyboards (ex-Black Sabbath) RIP: January 28, 2017, lung cancer, age 68

Derek Arnold

bass

Malcolm Cope

drums

Former Members/Guests

Mike Taylor

vocals RIP: September 27, 2016, age 68

Geoff Bate

vocals

David Garner

vocals

Steve McLoughlin

bass



Discography



Quartz  
1977 MCA
  1. Mainline Riders
  2. Sugar Rain
  3. Street Fighting Lady
  4. Hustler
  5. Devils Brew
  6. Smokie
  7. Around And Around
  8. Pleasure Seekers
  9. Little Old Lady
  • Mike Taylor
  • Mick Hopkins
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Derek Arnold
  • Malcolm Cope




Live Quartz  LIVE
1979 Logo
  1. Street Fighting Lady
  2. Good Times
  3. Mainline Rider
  4. Belinda
  5. Count Dracula
  6. Around And Around
  7. Roll Over beethoven
  • Mike Taylor
  • Mick Hopkins
  • Derek Arnold
  • Malcolm Cope



Stand Up And Fight  
1980 MCA
  1. Stand Up And Fight
  2. Charlie Snow
  3. Can't Say No To You
  4. Revenge
  5. Stoking Up The Fires Of Hell
  6. Rock 'n' Roll Child
  7. Questions
  8. Wildfire
  • Mike Taylor
  • Mick Hopkins
  • Derek Arnold
  • Malcolm Cope




Against All Odds  
1983 Heavy Metal
  1. Just Another Man
  2. Madman
  3. Too Hard To Handle
  4. Hard Road
  5. Tell Me Why
  6. The Wake
  7. Buried Alive
  8. Silver Wheels
  9. Love 'em And Run
  10. Avalon
  11. Hell Livin' Without You
  • Geoff Bate
  • Mick Hopkins
  • Steve McLoughlin
  • Malcolm Cope



Resurrection  LIVE
1996 Pony Canyon
  1. Good Times
  2. Around And Around
  3. Street Fighting Lady
  4. Bird Man
  5. Dracula
  6. Main Line Rider
  7. Born To Rock The Nation
  8. Roll Over Beethoven
  9. Jailbait
  10. Belinda
  11. Nantucket Sleighride
  12. Pleasure Seekers



Satan's Serenade - The Quartz Anthology  COMPILATION
2004 Castle
  1. Mainline Riders
  2. Sugar Rain
  3. Street Fighting Lady
  4. Hustler
  5. Devil's Brew
  6. Smokie
  7. Around And Around
  8. Pleasure Seekers
  9. Little Old Lady
  10. Satan's Serenade
  11. Wildfire (Original non-album version with Geoff Nicholls)
  12. Can't Say No (Previously unreleased)
  13. I Can't Let Go (Previously unreleased)
  14. The Dealer (Previously unreleased)
  15. Circles (Previously unreleased)
  16. Nantucket Sleighride
  17. Back In The Band (Previously unreleased)
  18. Street Fighting Lady
  19. Goodtime Tonight
  20. Mainline Rider
  21. Belinda
  22. Birdman
  23. Around And Around
  24. Roll Over Beethoven
  25. Count Dracula
  26. The Hustler
  27. Born To Rock The Nation
  28. Jailbait
  29. Nantucket Sleighride
  30. Pleasure Seekers
  31. Circles
  32. Walking On Holy Water
  33. Bloody Fool



Live And Revisited  LIVE
2013 self-released
  1. Good Time Tonight
  2. Mainline Rider
  3. Back In The Band
  4. Wildfire (Extended Version)
  5. Stand Up And Fight / Charlie Snow
  6. Around And Around
  7. Satan's Serenade (Extended Version)
  • David Garner
  • Mick Hopkins
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Derek Arnold
  • Malcolm Cope



Too Hot To Handle  COMPILATION
2015 Skol
  1. Too Hot to Handle
  2. Crack the Sky
  3. Hard Road
  4. Just Another Man
  5. Silver Wheels
  6. Frontline
  7. Love 'em & Run
  8. Madman
  9. Buried Alive
  10. The Lawman
  11. Tell Me Why
  12. Revelations
  13. Avalon
  14. Right Above Myself
  15. Gold Digger
  16. It's Hell Livin' Without You



Fear No Evil  
2016 High Roller
  1. Fear No Evil
  2. Rock Bottom
  3. The Stalker
  4. Rapture
  5. Zombie Resurrection
  6. Barren Land
  7. Walking on Holy Water
  8. Dangerous Game
  9. Born to Rock the Nation
  10. Riot in the City
  11. Dead Man's World
  12. Scream at the Devil
  • David Garner
  • Mick Hopkins
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Derek Arnold
  • Malcolm Cope




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