Saturday, April 02, 2005

Maybe tomorrow she will have sorrow

The Blue Orchids were formed in 1979 by Una Baines & Martin Bramah who were founding members of the Fall. The Blue Orchids don't sound like The Fall. At times, they sound like Opal playing with The Neats.

In 1980, The Blue Orchids released 45 of "The Flood"/"Disney Boys" on Rough Trade records. This was followed by the band's first LP THE GREATEST HIT (MONEY MOUNTAIN) which I think is the band's best work. There was a fine Blue Orchids song on the NME's C-81 cassette. In 1982, the Blue Orchids did a tour of Europe as Nico's backup band. There was a 4-song EP on Rough Trade and then the band went on a long hiatus.

The first time I heard The Inspiral Carpets and some of the other Madchester bands, I thought that they sounded like the Blue Orchids. Martin Bramah must've noticed something too because restarted the Blue Orchids with a new set of musicians at around the same time. This lineup was not as good as the early 80's band.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Neats? I have not thought of the Neats for a considerable period of time, like the amount of time since I last thought of the Neats would be sufficient to turn a zygote into a registered voter. Thank you for reminding me.

4/4/05 1:59 PM  

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