Thursday, 12 June 2014

Laugh - Peel Session 9/3/1986

All you need is laugh, laugh is all you need.
Laugh are either best remembered for their surefire indie pop classic, Take Your Time Yeah!, or the fact that their drummer Spence Birtwhistle later joined The Fall in time for their least palatable album Are You Are Missing Winner?, and would famously depart the group with two other bandmates midway through a US tour promoting possibly their finest outing to date, Fall Heads Roll.
Laugh formed in Manchester in 1985 with a line-up of Martin Wright (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Ian Bendelow (guitar), Martin Mittler (bass), and Birtwistle; The Smiths odd job man Craig Gannon was also in the group at some point. The original version of Take Your Time Yeah! was issued as a flexi disc in December 1985, given away free with issue 9 of Manchester-based fanzine, Debris.
The song was reprised for this their first of two sessions they recorded for Peel, and would be re-recorded again for their debut single proper, which didn't see release until 1987. The group went on to release a further three singles before eventually unleashing their one and only long player in 1988.
By 1990 Bendelow and Birtwhistle had departed, the latter joining The Bodines for their final single, Decide. Laugh morphed into Intastella with a new singer (and a dancer) on board, and moved into a more dance-orientated style prevalent of the times. Signing with a major label, they soldiered on well into the mid-90s, cutting two albums and several singles that reached the lower echelons of the mainstream charts, but commercial success would continue to elude them.
The flexi version of Take Your Time Yeah! is now available on the new deluxe edition of the NME's C86 compilation, released at the start of the week, while the 7" version was included on last year's exhaustive Scared To Get Happy box set.
Never Had It So Bad
Paul McCartney
Hey, I'm Still Thinking
Take Your Time Yeah!
Note: I could only find band photos of Intastella on Google Images, so a pic of the debut single sleeve art will have to suffice.

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