Tyla

Tyla (born Timothy Taylor) is an English rock musician, best known for his work with The Dogs D’Amour as well as an extensive solo catalogue. As well as performing vocals, guitars and other instruments, he also illustrates the album covers in his own recognisable style.

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Tyla
Birth name Timothy Taylor
Origin Wolverhampton, England
Genres Rock
Glam rock
Occupation(s) Singer
songwriter
Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
vocals
Bass
Years active 1983–present
Labels Various
Associated acts The Dogs D’Amour
Spike & Tyla’s Hot Knives
The Poet & The Dragon
Weird Girlfriend
Kitsch
Website http://www.thetylajpallasband.com
Musical artist

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Main article: The Dogs D’Amour

In 1982 Tyla was serving as guitarist for the band Bordello Boys. When vocalist Ned Christie joined the band he brought with him a change of name, which was the beginning of The Dogs D’Amour. On the back of the second of two recording sessions, The Dogs D’Amour were signed to Kumibeat Records in Finland.

The recording and release of The State We’re’ In was problematic. Ned Christie left the band prior to the recording, resulting in Tyla adopting the role of both guitars and vocals. Additionally, the production encountered a number of issues, most notably the album producer remixing everything to add synths, against the band’s wishes. The album was released on vinyl in Finland but Kumibeat Records folded shortly after. The Kumibeat mix has never been released on CD or in any format outside of Finland. A cassette-sourced copy of the original mix has since been released, although has been criticised for its sound quality.

Following the Kumibeat saga, guitarist Dave Kusworth left the band and joined Nikki Sudden in Jacobites. Tyla rebuilt the band from scratch, adopting longtime guitarist Jo ‘Dog’ and returning drummer Bam, who had been around in the band’s formative years. These three members form the basis of what would later come to be regarded as the band’s ‘classic’ line-up, although long-time bassist Steve James didn’t appear until 1987.

Two sessions in 1985 and 1986 formed the basis of (Un)authorised Bootleg Album, which was one of two releases that came out in 1988. It featured tracks which had been live staples in the run up to the release of the band’s second official album In The Dynamite Jet Saloon. Although (Un)authorised Bootleg Album was originally only released in limited quantities on vinyl, it is still considered part of the band’s official discography. Chronologically speaking, it is, unofficially, the band’s second album.

The band’s official second album In The Dynamite Jet Saloon, featured classic tracks such as ‘Last Bandit’ and ‘How Come It Never Rains’, which have become staples of both The Dogs D’Amour and Tyla’s solo set-lists. For many people this was their introduction to the band.

In 1989 the band released their third official album A Graveyard of Empty Bottles. The album was more acoustic than any of their previous records. The band’s then label, China Records, was unsure of this direction and restricted the album to only featuring eight songs. Demos and re-recordings of the omitted tracks have since emerged in later years on various releases.

Errol Flynn, titled King of the Thieves in the US for copyright reasons, returned to the style of In The Dynamite Jet Saloon. This was also true of 1990’s Straight, which was the band’s first album to be recorded in the USA

In 1991 the band famously split up on stage, with Tyla slashing his chest open with a bottle during the set. Following the split the label released a compilation Dog Hits & Bootleg, which also included the first CD pressing of (Un)Authorized Bootleg.

In 1993 the band reformed, minus Jo Dog, who was replaced by former Crybabys guitarist Darrell Bath. More Unchartered Heights of Disgrace was the only official record from this line-up.

The band broke up for a second time and, with the exception of a compilation entitled Skeletons in 1997, nothing was heard of the band until 1999 when Tyla announced that the band had once again reformed. The second reunion was prompted by a wave of Internet tribute sites that had appeared dedicated to the band in the late 1990s.

For the second reunion bassist Steve James sat out and was replaced by Bam’s wife Share, who also contributed much to the backing vocals of Happy Ever After, released in 2000. The style of the album owes much to Tyla’s solo albums in the late 90s, Libertine and Gothic. Indeed, Happy Ever After features a number of re-recorded songs and re-used riffs.

An album of demos from the Happy Ever After sessions, Seconds, was made available to members of the bands fanclub as part of the Dog’s Dinner box set.

After a tour opening for Alice Cooper the band broke up again, this time for over ten years.

In 2013, Paul Hornby, drummer on the band’s first album and onetime member of The Quireboys was discovered to be ill and The Dogs D’Amour reformed for a number of charity gigs. An EP of four new songs, entitled Cyber Recordings was also released.

The band remains active on social media and has hinted at possible new material and tour plans in 2014.

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