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Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1980s
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Formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1977 by Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals), and Michael Conroy (bass, vocals), and originally known as the Lepers. Richard Brown (drums) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of this durable indie rock band. A debut single, ‘Drowning Man’ was released in 1980 on the Limp Records label. The band’s full-length Mesh & Lace, released in suitably arty packaging by 4AD Records a year later, drew heavily on the gloom rock sound already patented by bands such as Joy Division, and had little originality or focus. The follow-up After The Snow, recorded by the same line-up, was a minor revelation, as they introduced warmth and strong guitar harmonies (most notably on the minor classic ‘I Melt With You’), rejecting the tinny bleakness of the debut. It was well received in the USA, and the band relocated to New York to consolidate a popularity encouraged by...

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