The Brilliant Corners + The Tony Head Experience + DJ Rocker Rosehip
Friday 20th June 2014 @ The Lexington, London
The Brilliant Corners, a British indie pop band from Bristol, England, recorded throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s. The group formed in 1983, taking their name from a Thelonious Monk jazz album. The line-up included Davey Woodward, Chris Galvin, Winston Forbes, Bob Morris (drums) and Dan. A later addition was Phil Elvins on guitar.
The band’s first releases were an early example of indie pop, with three singles being released in 1984 on their own SS20 label. Debut (mini-)album ‘Growing Up Absurd’ appeared the following year. With 1986 seeing an explosion of indie pop groups, their May ‘Fruit Machine’ EP saw them gain both attention and radio airplay, followed by a second mini-album, ‘What’s In A Word’. ‘Brian Rix’, a re-recorded version of a track from the LP, with added trumpet, and a tribute to Rix, the “king of farce”, was issued as a single, the proceeds going to Mencap, the charity of which Rix was chairman. The video, featuring Woodward running Rix-like around a couch with his trousers around his ankles, was shown on The Tube, further raising the band’s profile.
In March 1988 the band set up another label – McQueen – and released third album ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’, followed by a collection of their sought-after early singles, Everything I Ever Wanted. Two more albums followed in 1989 ‘Joyride’ and 1990 ‘Hooked’ produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey), followed by a second compilation, 1991′s ‘Creamy Stuff’. They released one last effort, 1993′s ‘A History Of White Trash’, before splitting up.
Woodward and Galvin formed The Experimental Pop Band in 1995. Galvin died from cancer in 1998.
The band unexpectedly reformed last year to play a concert for the ‘Scared To Get Happy’ indie pop anthology. This will be their first headline London club show in 20 years....and their last.
Plus support from The Tony Head Experience.
The Tony Head Experience are a grungy indie pop band from Street in Somerset, who originally existed between 1991-1994 and are best known for their 'Debbie One' single which was an indie club and radio hit throughout the world. The single was also played a number of times on Radio 1 by John Peel and Annie Nightingale, and picked up favourable reviews in the music press of the day - the band widely described as a mix of Pixies dynamics and Blondie melodies - with Elisa Thompson's vocals sweetly driving the songs forward.
The band released a number of singles and flexi-discs during their original time together, toured the UK relentlessly (and Germany) and
finally split in 1994. Now they are back with their first show sin 20 YEARS, a new single and their long-awaited debut album.
'Like Nirvana fronted by a tired and emotional Chrissie Hynde, this is the sort of sound some of us expected from the last PJ Harvey album - with tunes.' NME (1993)
'A confection of distorted, irresistible, new wave indie rock from the awfully named but marvellous Tony Head Experience.' Melody Maker (1994)
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