The Telescopes

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

Biography

Quintessential English indie band formed in 1988 by Stephen Lawrie (28 March 1969, East Hartford, Northumberland, England; vocals), Joanna Doran (b. Wednesbury, West Midlands, England; guitar, vocals), David Fitzgerald (b. 30 August 1966, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England; guitar), Robert Brooks (b. 11 April 1969, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England; bass) and Dominic Dillon (b. 26 September 1964, Bolton, Lancashire, England; drums). The Telescopes started out peddling a fearsome noise that owed much to the path laid earlier in the decade by the Jesus And Mary Chain. Their first release was on a flexi-disc (‘Forever Close Your Eyes’) shared with Loop and sold with the Sowing Seeds fanzine, after which came two temperamental singles (‘Kick The Wall’ and ‘7th# Disaster’) on Cheree Records followed by a contract with the US What Goes On label. Unfortunately, after a further brace of singles and one album in 1989, What Goes...

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