Eyeless In Gaza

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s famous novel, this UK outfit is the brainchild of vocalists/musicians Martyn Bates and Peter Becker. Known for their tortured vocals and impressive arranging skills, the band established a reasonable following on the independent circuit with their 1981 debut, Photographs As Memories. Several more albums for Cherry Red Records saw them alternate between a melodramatic and meandering style that increasingly veered towards improvisation.

Bates subsequently teamed up with former Primitives bass player Steve Gullaghan in Hungry I, also working solo. Eyeless In Gaza re-formed in 1992, releasing an album titled Fabulous Library the following year as a trio comprising Bates, Becker and chanteuse Elizabeth S. Reverting to the original two-piece line-up later in 1993, the two recorded and toured Europe and the USA extensively with self-styled ‘performance poet’ Anne Clark, also collaborating with...

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