Molly Half Head

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s


This Manchester, England guitar band comprised Paul Bardsley (vocals), Phil Murphy (guitar), Aky (Graham Atkinson; bass) and Andy Pickering (drums), who came together after reading advertisements in Loot magazine. However, Molly Half Head have more unusual origins than the average indie band. An early incarnation of the group was reportedly an experimental coalition with a trombone player competing against a wall of noise and feedback. The band claim that said trombonist eventually went mad. Veterans of that incarnation, Pickering and Murphy had recruited Atkinson and Bardsley by the time the group signed to Manchester independent Playtime Records in 1992. After an encouraging reception at the 1993 In The City festival/conference, the band released their debut single, ‘Taste Of You’. Bearing in mind their own financial struggles, this was made available to the unemployed for 75 pence, and they also played a series of free-to-enter gigs. Despite this, they...

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