CD86 has given us an excuse to look back at all sorts of bands, some far better-known than others, some who had no right to be lumped into a so-called movement and some who probably hadn’t been thought of by any of you in decades until prompted by a particular posting. What is for sure is that with the 30th Anniversary now just a few weeks away, you can count on many of the bands that have been in this series, along with many other contemporaries, getting more airings than normal.
I’ve left two of the best and most enduring till the last, starting off with The June Brides.
Again, there’s a case to be made that this lot had no right to be part of CD86. They had formed in London back in 1983 and the following year saw two cracking singles released on Pink Records. Twelve months later the debut LP (albeit it only had 8 tracks including the two old songs and a cover version) came out, again on Pink Records, and went to the top of the indie charts and was one of the best-selling and most popular of the genre in 1985.
Come 1986, the year that saw the birth of indie-pop according to one OTT statement on the sleeve of CD 86, The June Brides had moved to a new label called In-Tape on which there were two further singles as well as the honour of opening for The Smiths on their tour of Ireland. However, before the year was out the band had decided to call it a day with lead singer and songwriter Phil Wilson shortly afterwards embarking on a solo career.
The June Brides had an unusual and distinctive sound, making use of viola and trumpet as well as the usual guitars, bass and drums, and in Wilson they had a very talented songwriter albeit his vocal delivery was a bit of an acquired taste.
There’s this readily available compilation double CD out there, released in 2006 on Cherry Red Records which not only brings together all the June Brides tracks ever recorded, including the Peel Sessions and other material recorded for the BBC plus the solo work from Phil Wilson which followed the break up of the band, together with detailed sleeve-notes, rare pictures and a complete discography. No serious record collection is complete without it.
The song on CD 86 was one half of the double-A debut single:-
mp3 : The June Brides – Sunday to Saturday
While this equally unique number was on the other side:-
mp3 : The June Brides – In The Rain
Oh and for those of you with good memories…..you’re right to say that I did write about the band and this single back in February 2014. Click here if you dare.