Tik and Tok

Tik and Tok

Tik and Tok

Electronica, Experimental, Techno
From: London, United Kingdom

Band Members

  • TIKKY - PRINCE OF DESIRE - Robot - Wriiter - Singer - Everything

About Band


In 1979 mime artists extraordinaire Tim Dry and Barbie Wilde united with disco champion dancers Robert Pereno, LA Richards and Karen Sparks to produce Shock; a rock / mime/burlesque/music troupe. In April 1980 they recruited another mime Sean Crawford who had a unique robotic act called Plastic Joe. The line up changed with the departure of Karen and the quick introduction and departure of Penny Dunlop who was finally replaced with long legged Carole Caplin. Shock performed in clubs like The Hacienda (Manchester) The Warehouse (Leeds) and The Blitz (London) With costumes from designers Kahn and Bell they found themselves in the vanguard of the New Romantic cult of the early '80's, alongside Boy George, Duran Duran, Adam Ant and Spandau Ballet. It was from the Blitz that their first record 'Angel Face' came, with production by Rusty Egan (Visage) and Richard Burgess (Landscape). In 81 Shock billed with Ultravox at the legendary 'People's Palace Valentine's Ball' atthe Rainbow Theatre. This was the moment when the New Romantic scene exploded and went from being an obscure cult to a global trend. Again Shock was at the front of things in the US when in March ÷81 in Downtown Manhattan they were asked to support a new artist called Prince.And the list of who they have worked with goes on but Shock did catch the eye of one super star which led onto their biggest live concert in April '81 and that was with Gary Numan at Wembley Arena.


Whilst in Shock Tim and Sean did do a robotic piece together but the true birth of the characters Tik and Tok in their white faces, bow ties and tail jackets was on 24th July 1980, busking outside San Lorenzo's restaurant in Beauchamp Place. The busking proved to be very lucrative and Tik and Tok moved on to create the pitch in the new Covent Garden Piazza which has now become a world renowned place of street entertainment. It was like standing by a cash machine that just didn't stop throwing money out. Tik and Tok went on to appear on innumerable TV shows (including The Royal Variety Show 1983), supported Duran Duran at Birmingham Odeon in '82, worked with Vangelis at his home studio, were themselves supported by a fledgling Depeche Mode, got a huge amount of press coverage and released 5 singles and a well received album on the Survival label in the UK, Germany and Japan. They went to Tokyo for a while and had featured roles in the third Star Wars movie "Return Of The Jedi ". Last, but by no means least, they were the support act on Gary Numan's comeback tour "Warriors" in 1983. Following the Warriors Tour they released 3 singles in 1984, all doing bottom end of top 75 OK, and the same year saw in the August "INTOLERANCE" hit the streets. But even by the Time the album came out, their growing frustrations with the business was eating away and following a gig in the October of 84  in London, the duo decide they would stop being Tik and Tok. 1985 they were no more and was a year that we saw Tim Dry (Tikky) form a band called "IKON" but this couldn't and would never mend the whole left by the parting of Tik and Tok. When you live, sleep (not literally) eat and share everything with someone for 4 years or so like Tim and Sean had done, then this was something that Tim would have to come top terms with on his own. Did relese a single a cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps b/w Wango, under the name of The Wang Bros. Single flopped but the song and release  still a good collectors item and available if you look. Find out what Tim Dry was doing from 1985 upto present day by visiting my newest website www.falling-upwards.co.uk where I have compiled a website that will have everything from  TimDry's life, work and from his soul... Work is in process but there is still quite a bit to do.

So...2002 I (Ziggy Allen) came into contact with Tim Dry  by chance. He had only two weeks previous  removed all T&T content from his own site PICTURES - LOUDER THAN WORDS www.timdry.co.uk  saying he had to move on and concentrate on his now career. In my foolish wisdom I offered to do something and together we set about creating the Official Website. Sept 07 marks 4 years online and we currently have over 70,000 hits and the interest in T&T had survived twenty years of nothing.......

Briefly in 2005 the boys regrouped and performed again in Japan and a few gigs around London. The web interest lead to them recording a new album DREAM ORPHANS which you can sample right here....
Along with an EP "Slightly Deranged"  we also got two more helpings in the shape of  "INTOLERANCE"  The Remixes and Hi- Lo - Fi a collection of their early 4 track demos, which actually is some of their best stuff.

Sadly the interest in the band wasn't enough to sustain them  full time and so having families to feed this time round, had to go their seperate ways for a second time... This time though I feel T&T the story has now come full circle and actually feels complete. Where as before there felt like they had left it hanging in the air....

This time things will be different. I've no intentions of folding neither the website nor the fan forum, so their will always be T&T info and material available for people who want it.

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Website: www.tikandtok.co.uk
Website: www.timdry.co.uk

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