|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in 1981 in Middleton, Manchester, England this highly promising but ill-fated band was formed by Mark Burgess (vocals, bass), Reg Smithies (guitar), Dave Fielding (guitar) and Brian Schofield (drums), although the latter was soon replaced by John Lever. After some successful BBC radio sessions, the band was signed to the CBS Records subsidiary Epic and released In Shreds in March 1982. Its lack of success resulted in the band switching to the independent label Statik, where they issued As High As You Can Go and A Person Isnt Safe Anywhere These Days. Their Script Of The Bridge and What Does Anything Mean? Basically revealed them as a promising guitar-based outfit with a strong melodic sense. Regular touring won them a contract with Geffen Records and their third album, Strange Times, was very well received by the critics. Just as a breakthrough beckoned, however, their manager Tony Fletcher died, and amid the ensuing...