I’ve one song by this lot, courtesy of it being in the Cherry Red C88 box set that was released in June 2017. Here’s the words from the booklet:-

The short-lived Holidaymakers, part of an Edinburgh scene spawned by the likes of the Shop Assistants and Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes were Adrian Smith (vocals/guitar), Neil Craig (guitar), Mark Cunningham (bass) and Richard Guy (drums). The jangly ‘Everyday’ graced the first Whoosh flexi (sharing honours with The Nivens’ ‘Let Loose Of My Knee’) and was followed by the majestic ‘Cininatti’, (Whoosh 004, 1988) two minutes or so of chiming guitars and assured, smouldering vocals that equalled Paul Simpson in The Wild Swans at his best. Alas, there was just one further release, 1989’s ‘Skyrider’, on the Gay Cowboy Recording Organisation, before the band rode off into the sunset.

mp3 : Holidaymakers – Cincinnati

Cincinnati is a good song, but the vocal delivery is nothing like that of Paul Simpson and this the description in the booklet is a bit misleading. I lived in Edinburgh from mid 85-mid 88, but it was a time I didn’t take much to do with music and I certainly have no recollection of Holidaymakers. Indeed, I can’t even recall seeing the sleeve in any record shops, despite me still spending many a lunchtime browsing those indie stores which weren’t too far from my city centre office.

I have managed to track down the b-side of the single:-

mp3 : Holidaymakers – Seventh Valley Girl



  1. Thank you for this joyous (unknown to me) single. It really is the perfect way to start an overcast Saturday. Even the art work is spot on. This will be pkayed a lot in the coming days.

  2. Intrigued by this posting and thoroughly enjoying both tracks I wondered how the band had managed to pass me by. It’s rectified now and I’ll search out the single.
    I thought I did recognise the label and that makes it even more puzzling as to why this particular single sneaked past. A brief swot on the internet clarifies that Woosh was home, for a short time, of 2 bands I would describe myself as a fan of; The Pooh Sticks and The Haywains. I know I own Woosh 007 which is probably why the label name was familiar. There will be time spent in searching for and listening to all 10 releases. Saturday just got better.

    For anyone interested:

    WOOSH 001 Split-Release – Woosh 1 Flexi (FLX) 1988
    WOOSH 002 Split-Release – Woosh 2 Flexi (FLX) 1988
    WOOSH 003 The Haywains – The Surfin Trowbridge E.P. (FLX) 1988
    WOOSH 004 The Holiday Makers – Cincinnati (7″) Nov 1988
    WOOSH 005 Nivens – Yesterday (7″) Nov 1988
    WOOSH 006 Split-Release – Woosh 6 Flexi (FLX) Apr 1989
    WOOSH 007 The Pooh Sticks – Hard On Love (FLX) Apr 1989
    WOOSH 008 Split-Release – Woosh 8 Flexi (FLX) 11.Dec 1989
    WOOSH 009 Nivens – Dialect Drug (7″) 1989
    WOOSH 010 Split-Release – Woosh 10 Flexi (FLX) Fall 1989

  3. Yet another track from the Cherry Red C(insert year here) CDs which I haven’t really had time to appreciate yet. Sounds like I should be listening to them more. Thanks (yet again) for bringing a lost gem to my attention!

  4. Hi JC – this turned out to be a track featuring a longtime internet buddy of mine from a totally unconnected message board – I’d never heard him mention it before so it was lovely to hear this

    He now plays with the 60s influenced BeatPack

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