After a brief spell of incarceration, Hoax Kirkby was born on the stroke of midnight, 1st July 1983.
Legend has it that during his arrival, 3 cloaked men travelled by horseback from Aigburth Vale to Croxteth Mill Lane Hospital to commemorate the birth.
Each provided an offering of a cassette tape: one - a copy of sergeant pepper’s lonely hearts club band, another - a copy of the dark side of the moon, and the other - a copy of his own music which wasn’t very good.
Hoax’s talent for music was recognised at a young age, when at the age of 2, he exchanged his Formula 1 scalextric for a 1967 Gibson Les Paul. This guitar would become the catalyst of Hoax’s music career.
Following spells in numerous bands and touring extensively throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s, Hoax was sent into rehab at the age of 9 to battle his long-standing addiction to alcohol and drugs.
His agent at the time, Jonathon Table, revealed that Hoax spiralled out of control after a bitter, divorced, middle-aged drunk woman told him that Father Christmas didn’t exist.
This coming from his mother left Hoax confused, and consequently - a frown appeared on his forehead, which is still visible today.
As traumatic as this experience was, it would become the stepping stone behind Hoax’s natural ability to describe feeling and emotion through the art of music.
On exiting rehab in 1994, Hoax became a recluse, with one close friend saying that he was ‘listening to a lot of Smiths at the time’.
To counteract his rock n roll past, Hoax decided on his 11th birthday that he would banish his songs from the public domain, and locked all previous recordings into what he would personally refer to as his ‘vault’.
Vast amounts of mediums and clairvoyants attempted to predict the amount of songs that where held within Hoax’s vault, with estimates ranging from 23-47, to as high as 80-110. Many magically-minded celebrities of the time provided figures, including Mystic Meg and Paul Daniels, who predicted exact figures of 66 and 67 respectively. Hoax would later confirm that ’Daniels got it right’.
But now, 20 years on, and following a lot of contractual and financial guarantees from a leading record company, Hoax has agreed to re-open his vault and release a selection of his songs for people’s ears.
As time progresses, more will follow …
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