The Darling Buds are an indie rock band from Newport, South Wales. The band formed in 1986 and were named after the H. E. Bates novel The Darling Buds of May – a title taken in turn, from the third line of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May". Influenced by the catchy simple sound of the early Beatles as well as that of Blondie, the band created melodic, hook-driven, short-duration singles. They were considered part of the short lived "Blonde" movement (indie rock band fronted by blonde female singer with all other members being dark-haired males) along with the likes of The Primitives and Transvision Vamp, but also referenced the C86 scene of a few years earlier.

Links To Peel

Peel played the band's debut single in 1987 and continued supporting the group through the late 80's. In an interview with Eyeplug, singer Andrea Lewis mentioned one of the highest point in the band's career was doing sessions for John Peel's show:

"Doing the John Peel sessions was a particular high as we all looked up to him so much, and when he played our first single on his show we couldn’t believe it."[1]

Festive Fifty Entries


Two sessions are available on an unofficial release called Peel Sessions 1987 (cassette, Not On Label, 1988)

The Darling Buds - I Couldn't Remember (Peel Session '87)

The Darling Buds - I Couldn't Remember (Peel Session '87)

1. Recorded: 1987-03-29. Broadcast: 08 April 1987. Repeated: 28 April 1987, 28 December 1987

  • I Couldn't Remember / It's All Up To You / Mary's Got To Go / The Other Night

2. Recorded: 1987-08-23. Broadcast: 02 September 1987. Repeated: 21 September 1987, 14 December 1987

  • Shame On You / Think Of Me / My Valentine / Spin

3. Recorded:1989-02-07. Broadcast: 20 February 1989. Repeated: 15 March 1989

  • The Things We Do For Love / Different Daze / She's Not Crying / It's All Up To You (Flip Flop)

Other Shows Played

The Darling Buds - Shame On You

The Darling Buds - Shame On You


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