Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Old Stuff: The Jangle, Part 3: The Loft, The Weather Prophets, Biff Bang Pow, Felt, The Primitives, The Wolfhounds

This is the third installment of our showcase of the '80s jangle pop bands. Listen and enjoy!

The Loft was formed in 1980 with four members, including guitarist/vocalist Peter Astor and drummer Dave Morgan, and recorded for Alan McGee's Creation label. Plagued by deep interpersonal squabbles, the band broke up in 1985.

The Weather Prophets was formed in 1985 by Astor and Morgan after The Loft shut down. The original, but temporary, bassist was Alan McGee, who also was the founder and head of their label, Creation. Astor then added a permanent bassist and rhythm guitarist. The Weather Prophets had a short life span, but the compilation Blue Skies & Free Rides: The best of 1986-1989 is worth the coin you'd spend for it.

Biff Bang Pow has a connection with the above bands -- it was the band formed by Alan McGee of Creation and Dick Green. The band was formed in 1981 and disbanded in 1991.

Felt had a ten year run from 1979 to 1989. It was the project of Lawrence Haywood, who was a fan of Tom Verlaine and Television. If you like what you hear, try he compilation Stains on a Decade.

The Primitives

The Wolfhounds were an English group that recorded in the late '80s and 1990. While generally considered part of the C-86 scene, their music tended to be a bit darker and grittier.

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