The Raw Herbs were a four-piece London band who released most of their material in what was a very brief career on Medium Cool, a Manchester-based label. The members were Derek Parker (vocals, guitar), Kevin Bache (guitar), Steven Archibald (bass), and Brian Alexis (drums).
There were just four singles during their two-year existence between 1986 and 1988 but they were regarded highly enough to also score a Radio 1 session for Janice Long who, at the time, broadcast in the early evening slot. The track on CD86 is in fact a b-side from their final single recorded for Rooster Records which, as far as I can tell, was their own label as I haven’t been able to find anything else released on that particular imprint:-
mp3 : The Raw Herbs – He Blows In
I’ve been able to track down the A-side of the 45:-
mp3 : The Raw Herbs – The Second Time
They’re decent enough quality indie-pop without being ground-breaking. And the a-side is better than the track included on CD86.
The lead singer went on to be part of a group called Horse Latitudes who, in 1990, released an LP entitled September Songs on Cherry Red Records. This particular band should, on no account be confused with a more recent combo using the same name – they are a death metal outfit from Finland and about as far removed from the C86 sounds as imaginable.
I’ve also learned that the drummer died in 2011 after suffering a deep-vein thrombosis.
Here’s a link to a fan site.