John Sussewell

Roundhouse, London

WELL, Joe Cocker wasn’t there.- at least I don’t think he was. After a very hard weekend of various rock ‘n’ roll activities the strain began to tell and I left the Roundhouse a quarter of an hour or so before Kokomo came off the stage. Perhaps it would be more truthful therefore if I

NME Review, Sheffield

NME Review of Roundhouse with Carol Grimes and FBI


Interesting take on John Susswell’s name.

“Listen to the voices” was probably “What You Waiting For“.

New Victoria Theatre, London

One of the most satisfying pleasures for any music fan is to see a band for which one predicts great things fulfil its potential and rise to stardom. Kokomo, agreed, are not exactly stars, but it was nevertheless just as exciting to see this fabulous band, which I used to watch almost weekly in London’s pub-rock

Civic Hall, Guildford: photos and NME review

Thanks to Paul Pickett for the photos

Man Made Laws demo recording


From John Sussewell, drummer on this track (and the Rise & Shine album):
Man Made Laws” written by Frank Collins. Performed by Kokomo as a demo in London, this tune never made it to another album on Columbia. I know that at the time it could easily be said that the “market” wasn’t ready for this rendition. Are we any more ready today? I think not – so just be Prepared.
This is just a studio performance of a “demonstration” material. I know Columbia Records at that Time wasn’t prepared for forward thinking. All we did as a band was rehearse the song. All I did as the drummer was borrow from Steve Gadd’s licks on Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways to Lose a Lover” and with a totally different pulse. Properly produced and mixed (with Everyone on board), this song would kick butt Today (some 37 years later since first recorded off of Tottenham Court Road/London).
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