David Kilgour’s post 2nd break-up of the Clean band – a more laid-back attempt at West-Coast psychedelia-influenced pop-rock outfit. Joined by Flying Nun long-stayers Stephen Kilroy and Alf Donaldson, along with Geoff Hoani, Stephen put out a well liked debut EP, then didn’t resurface with a full-length release until 1993.
By the time of this release, Kilgour had started a prolific solo career, and had casually enlisted his Stephen buddies for backing on the releases – eventually naming them the Heavy Eights (long after Stephen had officially split).
Discography (picks in bold)
On paper chug sound like a bit of a super-band. Featuring the wonderful Norma O’Malley (formerly of criminally under-rated all-girl janglers Look Blue Go Purple) on vocals, along with Alf Danielson (Goblin Mix), Stephen Kilroy (Stephen and about a million other bands) and Alan Haig (Snapper, and for a while as drummer for the Verlaines).
This incarnation put out a self-released single before signing to Flying Nun, but soon after releasing their follow-up single, both Haig and Kilroy departed, making way for further luminaries Dave Mitchell (Goblin Mix, and of course the 3Ds and now Ghost Club) and Gary Sullivan (Jean-Paul Sartre Experience and then Solid Gold Hell) to fill the gaps. phew.
To me, their albums always seemed like potential wasted, particularly as Dave Mitchell seems to keep to his own devices, having more of a support role than a creative force. However, for power-pop fans – their 1997 sophomore effort Metalon is a pretty fine album in its own right.
After extensive problems with American label Alias Records, they called it quits in 1998 – with Mitchell moving to London and the other members returning to their subsequent other bands.
- Norma O’Malley (Organ/Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica, 1991? – 1997?)
- Alf Donaldson (Bass/Vocals/Guitar, 1991? – 1997?)
- Stephen Kilroy (Guitar, 1991? – 1992?)
- Alan Haig (Drums, 1992?)
- Dave Mitchell (Guitar/Percussion, 1994? – 1997?)
- Gary Sullivan (Drums, 1994?)
- Shaun O’Reilly (Harmonica, 1994?)
- Shaun Broadley (Drums, 1994 – 1997?)
- ‘Flowers’/’Gunnera’ 7″ Single [1992, Flying Nun, FN248]
- Kisser Cd Ep [1993, Flying Nun, FN263]
- Sassafras [1994, Flying Nun, Fn300]
- ‘Golden Mile’/’Concord’/’Cosmos’ Cd Single [1994, Flying Nun, Fn305]
- ‘Golden Mile’/’Concord’ 7″ Single [1994, Flying Nun, FN305]
- ‘Queen Bee’/’Dennis Potter’/’Metalon’/’Seam’ Cd Single [1996, Flying Nun, FN365]
- ‘Queen Bee’/’Dennis Potter’ 7″ Single [1996, Flying Nun, FN365]
- Metalon [1997, Alias, A117]