Someone should contact the relevant authorities and put out a missing persons alert for Eton Crop: there is virtually no information about the group out in the junk-jumbled jungle of cyberspace whatsoever.
Eton Crop formed in 1979 in Nieuwkoop, South Holland, and released a total of 12 singles and four albums over the next 15 years. Frequent visitors to the UK, they toured with many of the "pre-C86" groups like The Membranes and The Three Johns, the latter with whom they shared a not too dissimilar musical approach. While many groups from that era downed tools towards the end of the decade, Eton Crop battled on into the mid-nineties, their last full length album, Get Real!, appearing (on cd) in 1992, eventually bowing out in 1994 with the 4 track ep Everybody.
Despite their longevity and high output, with many comparatively short-lived groups from that era reforming following reissues of their back catalogues and internet-generated interest ranging from those with first hand experience of the groups to a younger generation of fans not even born at the time, it seems the Crop have vanished from the face of the earth. A few of their artefacts have (ahem) cropped up on blogs in the past, but most of the links to the sonic delights have long expired. Even after much trawling through Google images I could only find the one band photo (posted above). But who knows, maybe they're still out there somewhere plotting their "next move" or playing the odd squat gig in a vacant room above Dr. Bongo's Coffee House.
The Crop recorded five sessions for Peel in the space of five years - a total of twenty tracks, eighteen of which are included in this post. Their third session from 1985 gained a limited commercial release in 1988. Cobbled together by my good self from tracks found on old cassettes, files on the John Peel Wiki, and the alluded-to Strange Fruit 12".
He Didn't Say Anything
Gay Boys On The Battlefield
Get Something For Doing Nothing
Quality In The Grooves
Boy Meets Tractor
It's My Dog, Maestro
You Won't Get Me Out In The Rain
A Bundle For A Dead Dog
Jolly Adventures With Janus McManus
A Jolly Cheerful Crowd
Pavel Morozov The Bastard
Beating The Sicilian*
Beating The Sicilian*
* Thanks to Stuart, missing track added 22/01/2014.
Update 6/4/2016: Upgrade of 2nd session aired on Gideon Coe's 6 Music show.
Now includes Quality In The Grooves!