The Siddeleys are one of those bands that have cropped up in conversation with fellow indie-geeks a fair few times but I always have to shrug my shoulders and admit I know nothing. Their inclusion on CD86 and place in this series has led me to do a wee bit of research and listen to most of the very few songs released while they were together and I’ve liked what I’ve heard.

They initially comprised of Johnny Johnson (vocals), Andrew Brown (bass), Allan Kingdom (guitar), and Phil Goodman (drums) and debut single What Went Wrong This Time came out on the Medium Cool label in July 1987 and a very positive review in the NME described it as “A gentle teasing lament with cool female vocals and a lilting backing which trickles around the back of the nervous system with deceptive charm”.

It was a year before any follow-up was released by which time the drummer and his replacement had both left perhaps indicating not everything in the garden was rosy.  The second release was a four-track EP on Sombrero Records after which they recorded two Peel Sessions, the second of which was in May 1989, but plans for a third single were dashed when the record label ran out of money and no other offers emerged.  The Siddeleys called it a day soon afterwards.

They are regarded as one of the great lost bands of the era and such has been the level of interest over the years that it came as no surprise when a compilation of the two singles and the Peel Sessions were brought together on a new CD entitled Slum Clearance in 2001.

The track on CD 86 was the debut single:-

mp3 : The Siddeleys – What Went Wrong This Time?

There were two tracks on the b-side, the latter of which is really quite splendid:-

mp3 : The Siddeleys – No Names….
mp3 : The Siddeleys – My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon


3 thoughts on “NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 33 of 48)

  1. Ooh, a biggie for me, and one that I think you will want to explore further, Johnny was often called the female Morrissey for lyrics like:

    Sometimes I think I’d rather be beneath a train
    Than ever having to say goodbye to you again

  2. Lyrically they are amusing in places, but I think the vocals have a tendency to be a bit flat and tuneless. It’s not awful, but nothing I’ve heard here convinces me that they’re one of the great lost bands.

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