were an alternative rock
band from Belfast
, Northern Ireland
formed in 1984. Taking their name from a street in the Stranmillis
area of their native city, the original line-up was Oscar (Thomas) Askin (vocals), Linda Clandinning (keyboards), Neil Lawson (bass guitar), Jackie Forgie (guitar) and Robert Wakeman (drums).
After releasing two singles on their own Goliath
label, they moved to London
and signed to their manager Dave Bedford's Fire Records
with Forgie being replaced by future The House of Love
guitarist Terry Bickers
. After an EP on Fire Records (Hallelujah Chorus and Other Coyote Yelps
) and a subsequent LP, Bickers departed to join The House of Love, to be replaced by John Watt (previously of Kissed Air and currently composer for BBC's Dragons' Den). Wakeman also left, his replacement being ex-Big Self
drummer Owen Howell.
Their next release, "Fontana Eyes" was arguably their best, receiving heavy airplay,
although they split soon after, in 1986. Singer Oscar was offered the job of replacing Ian McCulloch
in Echo & the Bunnymen
but declined, and went on to work in corporate events as MD of the Technical Production company Metro Ecosse. Drummer Wakeman later resurfaced in the band Salad
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