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were a British shoegazing band that formed in 1988 in Oxford, England, consisting of Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence "Loz" Colbert, and Steve Queralt. The band were initially part of the "shoegazing" scene that emerged in England during the early 1990s. Following the break-up of the band in 1996, members moved on to various other projects, most notably Bell who became the bassist for Oasis. In 2001, the band members were briefly reunited for a one-off performance for a television show. Their debut album Nowhere has been named one of the greatest albums of the shoegazing genre, Nowhere was voted number 74 on Pitchfork Media's list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1990s, and the single "Vapour Trail" was voted at number 145 on Pitchfork's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s. The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. (more on wikipedia)

Links To PeelEdit

The band were discovered by Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain, through a demo that was in the possession of DJ Gary Crowley in 1989. Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records through Jim Reid liked their demo and signed them on. Peel discovered the band through Creation Records and invited the band to do two sessions for his show. When the band released their third album Carnival Of Light in 1994, Peel was disappointed with their change of style of music and didn't play any of their tracks from that album. The band itself also was critical of their album and by the end of 1994 some of them sarcastically called it the Carnival Of Shite. At the end of 1995, the band were split into what musical direction they would take, Mark Gardener, the singer wanted the band to use dance elements, while the others disagreed. By 1996, the band split up, until 2001 when they briefly reunited for a one off TV performance.

Festive Fifty EntriesEdit


All their sessions are available on Waves (2003, Ignition Records)

1. Recorded: 1990-02-04. Broadcast: 26 February 1990. Repeated: 10 April 1990, 29 December 1990

  • Like A Daydream / Dreams Burn Down / Perfect Time / Sight Of You

2. Recorded: 1990-09-16. Broadcast: 29 September 1990. Repeated: 16 December 1990, Peel Festive Period 1990 Part 1

  • Severance / Here And Now / All I Can See / Decay

Other Shows PlayedEdit

(The list below was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is incomplete. Please add further information if known.)






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