Yes, Merton Mick is back in The Bureau although these days he has less hair than me!
The last time I saw The Bureau was in 2005 at The Borderline in London to promote the CD and first UK release of their 1981 album. It was the original line up apart from the drummer Stoker. He was replaced by Crispin Taylor who also toured with Dexys back in 2003.
Nah not the toora loora stuff, the Searching for the Young Soul Rebels era Dexys with all the brass and the Mean Streets clobber !
I missed the 1st line up of Dexys with the donkey jackets & wooly hats. The time I got into them it was all hoodies & boxing boots. I still remember seeing the band on the 1980 Xmas ToTPs doing 'Geno' and here is the very clip -
In the late fall of 1989, PS! received a phone call from Stoker. Stoker's voice mail message said he had heard the single, "Bad Thing", from the Taste of Philly compilation - and thought that they might have something in common! An elated Manos - realizing that the drummer of one of his favorite artists had called - quickly got back to Stoker. After a short meeting, the two decided to begin pre-production for the first PS! release. Stoker has since gone on to become a top flight record producer in LA and now lives in Southern California with his family. Stoker has produced albums for major artists such as Ice Cube, two-tone ska legends The Specials, and third wave ska favorites, Hep Cat. Stoker has also remixed hits for artists such as Sting, and has produced musical tracks for movies, such as the film, "Demolition Man".
Yep Stoker is a great bloke who was also fun to hangout with, but unfortunately he got involed with record company polictics on both "Todays Specials" and the far better "Guilty" album in the mid 1990,s. I caught him trying to match drum sounds with the first Specials album, but as he explained thats what he had been told/paid to do.. Shame.. but ild like to work with him again tho* A cool drummer too!