Friday, 24 August 2012

VICTORIAN PARENTS - Dead Red Grass Of Home (7" 1981)


Unless you were a resident actively out on the town in Lichfield, Staffordshire or a regular attendee at Comsat Angels gigs, chances are this band will be unfamiliar to most of you.

As an 11/12 year old who in pre-pubescent naivety probably thought that all bands, if not orginating from London, then certainly deemed it necessary to decamp to the capital in order to achieve fame and fotune, it was a revelation to discover a band who not only came from my hometown but one that made records too!


Steve Johnson (vocals/guitar), Clinton Beale (guitar), David Phizacklea (bass) and Roy Thomas (drums) released this self-financed debut single in early 1981 on their own Ellie Jay label (cat. no. EJSP 9579) - copies of which are probably still being used as draft excluders on the fire exit door to the stockroom of the Lichfield branch of WH Smiths. A five track cassette version was simultaneously released which included three bonus tracks recorded live at (I think) the Lichfield Arts Centre.

The single garnered interest from Polydor records who put out follow up single, All American Hero, and an album, Silence Follows (which I hope to post at a later date - time and band consent permiting) before the year was out.

Despite the high hopes Polydor had for the band, a UK tour supporting the Comsat Angels, jaunts across Europe, and an appearance on the (Old Grey) Whistle Test (clips of which can be found on youtube), the album's release met with poor sales and no further releases were forthcoming, the band quietly calling it a day in December 1982.

For more info, memorabelia etc etc, please visit the Victorian Parents Facebook page.





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