Origin: London, England  
Genres: NWOBHM
Page online: May 7, 2019
Last update/review: April 4, 2020

Thunderstick

The enigmatic figure known as Thunderstick (real name Barry Purkis) had a cup of coffe with Iron Maiden in that band's infancy, but he made a real name for himself when he joined Samson for that band's first three albums during the rise of the NWOBHM movement. His hyperactive drumming style was a joy to listen to, but it didn't stop there, as he'd adopted a hooded/masked stage persona replete with a cage surrounding his drum kit. With Samson moving in a bluesier direction, Thunderstick departed and embarked on a short solo career, consisting of an EP and LP in the mid-eighties. The '84 album, Beauty And The Beasts, was a bit more in the hard rock mold with a slight punk edge, though that signature drumming could still be heard. By the late eighties the band was done, but in 2017, Purkis, saddened by the death of former vocalist Jodee Valentine a year earlier, decided to revive the Thunderstick name for a new album, Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Recent album: Something Wicked This Way Came, released on March 20, 2020.

Current Members

Raven Blackwing

vocals

Lee Quenby

guitars

Vinny Konrad

guitars

Rex Thunderbolt

bass

Thunderstick (Barry Purkis)

drums (ex-Samson)

Former Members/Guests

Anna Maria Carmella Borg

vocals

Jodee Valentine (Joanne Baccala)

vocals RIP: April 22, 2016, osteoarthritis, age 56

Lucie V

vocals

Chris Martin

guitars

Neil Hay

guitars

Dave Kilford

guitars

Martin Shellard

guitars

Ben Reeve

bass



Discography


Feel Like Rock'n'Roll?  EP
1983 Thunderbolt
  1. Feel like Rock 'n' Roll?
  2. Alescia
  3. Runaround
  4. Buried Alive
  • Anna Maria Carmella Borg
  • Chris Martin
  • Neil Hay
  • Ben Reeve
  • Thunderstick



Beauty And The Beasts  
1984 Thunderbolt
  1. Contact Angel
  2. Afraid of the Dark
  3. Another Turnaround
  4. Heartbeat
  5. Rich Girls
  6. In the Name of the Father
  7. Long Way to Go
  • Jodee Valentine
  • Chris Martin
  • Neil Hay
  • Ben Reeve
  • Thunderstick



Echoes From The Analogue Asylum  COMPILATION
2011
  1. Heartbeat (in the Night)
  2. Rich Girls (Don't Cry)
  3. In the Name of the Father / Echoes from the Asylum
  4. Long Way to Go
  5. Contact Angel
  6. Afraid of the Dark
  7. Another Turnaround
  8. Feel Like Rock 'n' Roll?
  9. Alecia
  10. Runaround
  11. Buried Alive
  12. Heartbeat (in the Night) (Instrumental Version)
  13. Afraid of the Dark (Instrumental Version)
  14. You Get Me in Pieces (Love Letter to Jack)
  15. Feel Like Rock 'n' Roll? (Alternative Mix)
  16. Long Way to Go (Reprise)



Something Wicked This Way Comes  
2017 independent
  1. Dark Night
  2. Don't Touch I'll Scream
  3. Go Sleep With The Enemy (I Dare Ya)
  4. The Shining
  5. Encumbrance
  6. Fly 'n' Mighty
  7. Lights (Take Me Away)
  8. Blackwing
  9. Thunder Thunder
  10. I Close My Eyes
  • Lucie V
  • Dave Kilford
  • Martin Shellard
  • Rex Thunderbolt
  • Thunderstick



Something Wicked This Way Came  LIVE
2020 Roulette
  1. Intro
  2. Riding With The Angels
  3. Go Sleep With the Enemy (I Dare Ya)
  4. Earth Mother
  5. Buried Alive
  6. Dark Night Black Light Monologue Teenage Suicide)
  7. Dark Night Black Light
  8. Vice Versa
  9. Witches Trial
  10. Blackwing ...... The Curse
  11. Dark Princess Thunder
  12. Thunder Thunder
  13. Time Warp
  • Thunderstick




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