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Nightingales

Nightingales (a.k.a. The Nightingales) are a British post-punk/alternative rock band formed in 1979 in Birmingham, England by four members of Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects who had been part of The Clash's 'White Riot Tour'. The original members were Robert Lloyd on vocals, Joe Crow on guitar, Eamonn Duffy on bass and Paul Apperley on drums, all formerly of The Prefects. In 1986 the band stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley. The current line up features Robert Lloyd, Alan Apperley, Andreas Schmid on bass and ex-Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson.

Links To Peel

The Nightingales were championed by John Peel, who had earlier given sessions to the Prefects. He said of them:

"Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans". [1]

Footage of Peel attending a Nightingales gig was included in the 1981 BBC documentary Arena.

Before splitting in the late 80's, the band did eight sessions for Peel's show. The DJ was a strong supporter of Robert Lloyd's subsequent work.

Festive Fifty Entries

No entries during Peel's lifetime.

Post-Peel

Sessions

The Nightingales - Peel Session 198014:11

The Nightingales - Peel Session 1980

Eight sessions. Official session releases:
- The Nightingales EP (Peel Sessions EP) (Cherry Red Rec.,12 Cherry 44 - 09/1982)
- Flexi with How To Age & Heroin (Vindaloo VILP 2) Sept. 1985
- On Various Artists: Winters of Discontent: The Peel Sessions CD, 1991 (Strange Fruit, SFRCD 204)

1. Recorded: 1980-10-01. First broadcast: 13 October 1980. Repeated: 11 November 1980, 15 January 1981.

  • Start From Scratch / Butter Bricks / Torn / 12 Years

2. Recorded: 1981-07-06. First broadcast: 07 July 1981. Repeated: 11 August 1981, 10 September 1981.

  • Return Journey / (One) Mistake / Bush Beat / Inside Out

3. Recorded: 1982-03-03. First broadcast: 18 March 1982. Repeated: 19 April 1982, 15 December 1982.

  • Give 'Em Time / Which Hi-Fi / My Brilliant Career / The Son Of God's Mate

4. Recorded 1982-07-28. First broadcast: 28 July 1982. Repeated: 16 August 1982, 12 October 1982.

  • Joking Apart / It Lives Again / OK Chorale/The Crunch / Blood For Dirt

5. Recorded: 1983-03-28. First broadcast: 04 April 1983. Repeated: 20 April 1983, 12 May 1983, 22 June 1983.

  • Urban Ospreys / Yeah It's Okay / The Bending End / The Whys Of Acknowledgement / Only My Opinion

6. Recorded: 1983-12-05. First broadcast: 12 December 1983. Repeated: 09 January 1984.

  • Look Satisfied / All Talk / This / Not Man Enough

7. Recorded: 1985-03-03. Transmitted: 11 March 1985. Repeated: 26 March 1985, 22 April 1985, 16 December 1985.

  • How To Age / Heroin / First My Job / Part-Time Moral England

8. Recorded: 1986-03-18. First broadcast: 26 March 1986. Repeated: 14 April 1986, 13 May 1986.

  • Down In The Dumps / Coincidence / At The End Of The Day / Rockin' With Rita

Live

  1. Which Hi-Fi?
  2. Not Man Enough
  3. Surplus And Scarcity
  4. Crafty Fag

Other Shows Played

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

1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987

1988

  • 11 July 1988: Start From Scratch (12" - The Peel Sessions) Strange Fruit
  • 30 August 1988: Torn (12" - The Peel Sessions) Strange Fruit
1990s
Other

See Also

External Links

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