The Reptiles were formed as a result
of the musical revolution created by the Beatles. Bob Dylan was my
hero then, and he still is. the song 'Just Like A Women' was for me
the song of the year. However, it was the Beatles who inspired me to
buy a guitar. In fact I did not buy one; I stole one! Yes, I repeat: I
stole one from my brother!
Let me explain: I being the first born and brought up by my grand
mother. It was the norm in those days, especially in Ireland, so I
have been told. Believe it or not I have eight brothers and four
sisters. Two brothers who unfortunately are now deceased. Each
Saturday and Sunday I would visit my mother's house. On one of those
visits, there on the sofa in the living room was a guitar. I could not
keep my eyes off it. Who owns the guitar, I asked? It belongs to Tom,
my mother said - Tom is the second-born brother.
When everyone was in the kitchen and having lunch I put the guitar
under my arm and ran all the way home to my grandmother's house. As
happy as 'Larry' I had become the owner of my first guitar.
The Reptiles did not go far musically or otherwise. But I must say it
was good while it lasted!
by Billy Bullman