GONE AND PROBABLY TOTALLY FORGOTTEN

salad

Hands up if you can name the band in the picture above…..

OK….some of you may have cheated in that you’ve alerts to the mp3 and were able say with some confidence that it is Salad.

But how many of you can name the four members who made up the band???????????

That’s a bit more tricky isn’t it……………….

Formed in 1992 by vocalist Marijne van der Vlugy, (a Dutch-born model and one time VJ on MTV), guitarist Paul Kennedy, bassist Pete Brown and drummer Rob Wakeman, two singles released on their own Waldorf label in the latter half of 1993 got a few London-based meeja folk awfully excited and the band were touted by some as the next big thing as so often happens when a good-looking female singer backed by three nondescript and interchangeable blokes form a band….especially when they form a band in London.

An indie offshoot of Island Records threw a shedload of money at them and bosses watched on aghast as subsequent singles failed to crack the Top 40. I’m guessing though that a bit of touring, either as support to high-profile acts or via the small venue UK circuit that became so popular at the height of Britpop, got Salad a bit of a following as the debut LP, Drink Me, reached #16 in the charts upon its release in May 1995. But still the hit single proved elusive.

Two years on, a follow-up LP was released to complete disinterest – #127 for one week only would probably have meant sales in the hundreds. The band was dropped and split almost immediately.

According to wiki:-

Van der Vlugt now writes and sings with Cowboy Racer, whose song “Yellow Horse” featured on the U.S. television show, Grey’s Anatomy. Pete Brown and Rob Wakeman established the popular entertainment site, BoreMe, which Pete Brown now runs on his own. Charley Stone played guitar with Spy51, but their website has not been updated since 2001. She also performed some live dates with Fosca in Sweden in March 2008. Rob Wakeman released a few Tech House and Techno singles between 1999 and 2002, including Legs With Wings on City Rockers (2002). Rob Wakeman, together with Jo Addison, formed the band Lapwing in 1999, appearing on various compilation albums from labels including Mind Horizon Recordings and Dishy.

All I knew of them before looking all this up was that I have one of their early songs on an Indie Top 20 compilation CD from the day. Turns out it was the second 45 on their own label – the sort of thing that I found interesting to listen to maybe three or four times all told before I decided it was merely so-so. I just played it again for the first time in nearly 20 years. It’s still so-so, but given that A&R men of the time have long desired to discover arty-sounding bands who will crossover into the lifestyle sections of the weekend newspaper supplements nobody should be really surprised that this did stir a bit of interest:-

mp3 : Salad – Diminished Clothes

Enjoy

6 thoughts on “GONE AND PROBABLY TOTALLY FORGOTTEN

  1. SWC interviewed Salad when he was a student and the guitarist was a massive Lewis Carroll fan – and dragged him up a massive hill in Guildford to show him Lewis Carrolls grave is the pissing rain. SWC was not impressed.

  2. Drink the Elixir was memorable, in the sense that it is the only song of theirs I can recall. Still catchy hook.

  3. Only song I ever had of theirs was a duet with Terry Hall on the War Child lp, Help, came out late summerish 95, and covered dream a little dream of me. Quite liked it in a poppy kind of way, though I didn’t see how it fitted in with Britpop, and had no idea who Salad were.

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