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1086796.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:50 pm Reply with quote

Seemples and great fun. One person posts a fictional band name, the next person posts that band's musical style and a canned biography, then a band name of their own for the next person to do the same.


Poster A: Wired Banana

Poster B: A psychedelic four piece who emerged from the wider scene around Jefferson Airplane in 1967. Though enormously talented, they never really made it because most of the time they were too stoned to hold their instruments the right way up.


And so on.

So... First band:

Green Vanilla



1086835.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:43 pm Reply with quote

Short-live Milli-Vanilli tribute band.
Made 4 appearances on German TV in the 90s before splitting up over so-called 'musical differences'

The Wilting Blueberries
(For whom, it must be admitted, I had created a whole history in my head while making dinner earlier)

Spud McLaren
1086841.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:57 pm Reply with quote

Emo 5-piece from Withernsea who disappeared in 2009 when swept away on a giant lilo off the coast of Odessa. Greatest hit: She's My Pencil Case.


1086848.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:38 pm Reply with quote

Late 60s/early 70s folk/jazz/didgeridoo fusion band.
Made Incredible String Band lyrics seem rational by comaprison.
A fluid, ever-changing line-up with very few consistent members, mainly due to substance abuse and memory problems resulting.
Famously at Glastonbury in 1971, only the drummer, Perkin Stoate-Wobbler, turned up.
One album was put together in 1970, made on reprocessed paper. 'My Unicorn's haemorrrhoids are better' sold approx 25 copies, most for use as roach material.

Platinum Gonad (One for Neotenic?)

1086852.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:59 pm Reply with quote

Comaprison. Wonderful neologism.

1086863.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:07 pm Reply with quote

Damn night shifts......

1086884.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:00 am Reply with quote


Hardcore four-piece that came together in 1983 in Minneapolis. Unlike their contemporaries from the local scene like Hüsker Dü they were less interested in exploring the artistic possibilities of the genre than in its use as an agitprop medium. This led to repeated investigations by various US law enforcement agencies, numerous arrests on trumped up charges and the attempted confiscation of their first album Red Flags over Beverly Hills, all of which they eventually tried to escape by setting up camp in Mexico. Down there, the rhythm unit, consisting of bassplayer Randy Gunderson and drummer James Handelman, got caught up in the crossfire between two feuding gangs in Juarez and sadly didn't survive. After that traumatic incident, the band limped on for another three years with ever changing rythm units, but never managed to recover its past form. In 1989 they finally called it a day and their guitarist, Mark St. Claire, was found dead a short time later.

Gosh, I so needed that one out of my system. *LOL*

And now back to...

Platinum Gonad



Big Martin
1086887.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:15 am Reply with quote

Platinum Gonad

A very experimental prog-rock band from the late 60s. Eventually dropped by their record label when it was realised that none of them could actually play. Despite this they continued touring around the university circuit until everyone else realised this too. When, in a rare moment of sobriety, the band members worked this out too, the band imploded in a huge argument to the extent that those still living still don't speak to or of the others.

Next band:

Steelport, Campbell, Pigs on White

1086893.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:55 am Reply with quote

Steelport, Campbell, Pigs on White were a five-piece that grew from the Madchester Rave scene in 1988. Thanks to singer Hughie Campbell's widespread extended family they quickly scored gigs all over the UK university circuit and signed a three album deal with Hacienda in early 1989. Their first album Bigger on the Inside went from zero to three in July 1989 and ended up on number one for six weeks, acclaimed by fans and critics alike for its anarchic mixture of trippy sixties harmonies and harsh postpunk rythms. Unfortunately they did not find themselves able to withstand the pressure that created for the second album, 1991's Desperate to come with something Cool, which hence sucked logs and was a staple of second hand bargain basements all over the UK and Ireland well into the late nineties. The break they allowed themselves to recapture their powers after that was a bit longer than musical trends allow for, so when 1995's Ian Brown produced Grumpy Smiley Face hit the shops people were largely no longer interested despite the album's undeniable musical merit. The album was only rediscovered when the Sheffield scene broke and cited it as a major influence, and is now a low steady seller allowing the band's members a life in reasonable comfort on the royalties. Steelport, Campbell, Pigs on White still play the occasional reunion gig in Lancashire but now make their main livings as session musicians.

Father Dougal's Feeling for Snow



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1086908.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:55 am Reply with quote

Father Dougal's Feeling for Snow.

Scottish group led by a priest. so named after he stuck his arm outside to check the weather.
Musical style mostly religious based.

Next one:

Dry white toast.

1086940.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:00 am Reply with quote

Dry White Toast: a Blues Brothers cover band from Latvia that only plays Elwood's part. Originally a full band called The Brothers Blu (Jak and Elvod Blu), the two brothers who fronted it split up because of an argument over a fork (presumably standing on cutlery didn't help their demeanour). Elvod became Dry White Toast while Jak formed The Fried Chickens.

Next band: Do Do Don't.

1086946.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:11 am Reply with quote

Do Do Don't were a synth pop duo founded in 1982 on the back of the general boom in the genre by Essex boys James Marwood and Jeremy Hatton. Famed for their gravity defying spikey hairstyles more than for their music, they became a one hit wonder with their second single Boingdee Boing for the Boys which still gets played in an eighties revival context. There were rumours around at the time that the two were a couple, which made them quite exciting for the kind of demographic that got excited about such things in the early eighties, but that was actually bollocks, they were both as straight as they come. As with so many one hit wonders of the time, no one is quite sure what happened to them, though there are persistent rumours that one of them now packs shelves at South Mimms Services.

Crash Bang Wallop



Big Martin
1086954.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:12 am Reply with quote

Inspired by the likes of the Sex Pistols, Crash Bang Wallop were a hard-hitting punk band with all the usual aray of safety pins, mohawks and unlikely names. Scumbag Rotter, their lead singer, was famous for his digesting of all sorts of animals on stage and the accuracy of his spitting abiliity. Eventually, the fans tired of seeing animals eaten and being spat upon and the adoring crowds dwindled to a hardcore few and the band split.
Scumbag Rotter has now reverted to his original name of Dave Wilson and works as a care assistant in an old pepoles home.


Stert Flats

1086968.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:33 pm Reply with quote

Stert Flats were a Ska Revival seven piece who had it all except for luck. Founded by students at the University of East London in 1978 as Desmond's Famous Rude Boys, the band went through several name and line-up changes in quick succession until in mid-1979 it hardened under the name best known today and with the now legendary line-up of Jeremy Trotter - vox, Jamie Wilcox - git, Nelson "Mandela" Jones - bass, Carry Langford - dr, Brendan McGrath - keys, Carl Canecutter - sax and Rowan Thompson - tr. In that line-up they recorded a couple of demos and got themselves a regular gig at the club down the road famed for its attendance by first generation Caribbean immigrants. Here they were spotted by Jerry Dammers, who had really only meant to go to the Gent's but wound up staying the entire night. He signed them for Two Tone there and then and arranged for a tour of small venues all around the UK to get them started. Tragically, the van they were travelling in overturned on the M6 during the second week of the tour and all seven were killed instantly. Their legacy is the EP Chess in Colour posthumously assembled from the demos and an unsurpassed reputation as a live band among everyone who was there at the time, which by now are about a hundred times more people than physically possible.

The Clarkson Controversy



Big Martin
1087149.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:57 am Reply with quote

A renowned jazz-fusion outfit, the Clarkson Controversy were bases around Eddie Clarkson's electric piano and soprano sax skill. Making such genre "hit" albums like Jaguar Jazz, Furtive Ferrari and Like a Porsche, they wowed fans. Unfortunately, the death of drummer Bill Wilkie in a bizarre party stunt put such a damper on things that the surviving band members decided to call it a day.


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