NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 27 of 48)

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Creation Records thought they were onto a good thing with The Loft. The four piece’s first two singles – Why Does The Rain and Up The Hill and Down The Slope in late 1984 and early 1985 had picked up a fair amount of critical acclaim and sold reasonably well for a purely indie-based label.  Theirs was the sort of music that had mainstream radio chart potential.

But The Loft called it a day in mid 1985 and out of the ashes emerged The Weather Prophets just under a year later with Pete Astor (vocals/guitar) and Dave Morgan (drums) joined by Oisin Little (guitar) and David Goulding (bass).

The debut single, Almost Prayed, wasn’t all that far removed from the sound of The Loft and by the end of the year a second single and a German import LP that had come out on an overseas imprint of Rough Trade Records had seen many tip them for great things in 1987.

By now Alan McGhee had been given money by Warner Brothers to form a new label which he named Elevation Records and its first releases involved The Weather Prophets – two singles (one of which was a re-recording of The Loft’s debut 45) and an album.  But pop music and critical acclaim have always had a fickle relationship and those who had supported the band through the Creation years were disparaging with the Elevation releases although musically there wasn’t much between them.

The band went back to Creation in 1988 and released two more singles and an album which was a little bit rockier than previous efforts but still success eluded them. The band broke up in late 1988 at which point Pete Astor pursued a solo career and Messrs Morgan and Goulding became part of a new alt/country group called The Rockingirds.

The Weather Prophets are still fondly remembered and regarded as one of the ‘should’ve been’ bands of the era and so it is no surprise that they were included on the CD86 double CD. The song was one of the b-sides on their 12″ debut single for Creation back in may 1986:-

mp3 : The Weather Prophets – Like Frankie Lymon

The actual single itself is a belter:-

mp3 : The Weather Prophets – Almost Prayed

Enjoy

 

7 thoughts on “NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 27 of 48)

  1. Almost prayed is a classic . Remember getting mayflower and being disappointed that nothing else matched the single and hardly played it. Funnily enough appreciate it alot more now

  2. ‘Almost Prayed’ was on every mixtape I made for friends from ’86 to ’90 or so. Timeless. Astor never came close to this one again.

  3. Chiming in with agreement here…Almost Prayed defines the “C86” scene for me. I just never got the impression, sadly for Creation, that Peter Astor was all that bothered by fame. This might also be why I have enjoyed his career so much.

  4. I’ve commented previously about Almost Prayed being one of my Top 3 from the C86 scene. I liked most of what i heard from this band. Dug out Mayflower album a few weeks ago in anticipation of this one coming up, but haven’t had chance to play it yet…

  5. “Like Frankie Lymon” is utterly gorgeous; I originally picked it up on Creation Compilation “Purveyors of Taste”, which not only introduced me to other bands like Biff Bang Pow, Felt and Meat Whiplash (as well as including the flawless “Velocity Girl”, but also had the added plus of a picture of an inflatable doll on the front cover which totally outraged my mother.

  6. Late to the game, but how can I not chime in. Almost Prayed. Still after the millionth listen can get be choked up.

    I thought all the post Loft projects were solid. I was just listening to the Wishing Stones LP and it totally holds up. Fire in the Hole by Caretaker Race is a great example of some compound meter pop that doesn’t feel math-rock-esque. Makes me wonder what the Loft could have achieved if they’d just kept it together.

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