Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 2000s


The Flatmates were formed in Bristol, England, by Subway Organization label boss and guitarist Martin Whitehead in the summer of 1985, while he was promoting gigs. Whitehead recruited Rocker (drums), and was soon joined by Deb Haynes (vocals) and Kath Beach (bass), spurred on by the sounds of the Velvet Underground, Blondie, the Stooges and the Ramones. After Beach was replaced by Sarah Fletcher in 1986, the Flatmates issued the frothy ‘I Could Be In Heaven’ on Subway. ‘Happy All The Time’ continued the power pop vein the following year, which also saw Joel O’Bierne drafted in as the new drummer. The Flatmates’ third single, ‘You’re Gonna Cry’ (1987), was followed by ‘Shimmer’ (1988), the latter featuring guitarist Tim Rippington’s debut. Like its predecessors, this fared well in the independent charts and justified the release of the band’s BBC radio session for disc jockey Janice Long....

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