The Flaming Stars

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


A raucous quintet formed in Camden, north London, England, in November 1994, the Flaming Stars took their name from an Elvis Presley movie. Initial media comparisons placed them within the doomed romantic tradition of Gallon Drunk or the Tindersticks - unsurprising, given vocalist/keyboard player Max Decharne’s previous employment as Gallon Drunk’s drummer. He had also been a member of the Earls Of Suave, from whom Paul Dempsey (bass), Johnny Johnson (guitar/harmonica) and Joe Whitney (drums) were also drawn. Johnson and Dempsey had previously also played with Thee Headcoats and the Stingrays. Mark Hosking was then drafted in to provide additional guitar as the Flaming Stars took shape in order to fulfil a support slot at short notice. They made their debut on London-based Vinyl Japan with the typically moribund Hospital, Heaven Or Hell EP in March 1995, a record distinguished by the presence of the impressive ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’ - which...

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