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Ash / Campling
The Birthday Party
Dead Can Dance
Gilbert / Lewis
The Glee Club
The Happy Family
J / Halkett
Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares
Red House Painters
This Mortal Coil
Ultra Vivid Scene
The Wolfgang Press
|Ash / Campling|
Left for Beggars Banquet as Tones On
Left 4AD for Beggars Banquet and greater fame. Most members have
done solo stuff (Peter Murphy), plus formed other bands (Love and
Rockets). A "best-of" album called Crackle was
released by Beggar's Banquet in the US, and they reformed in July
1998 to play a series of concerts, starting on July 10th in LA. A
live album and video will follow. More details here. Regarding their
longer term future, they don't have solid plans to record again
although they did set down in the studio to do some recordings
during the tour (as reported by Rolling Stone). Both Peter Murphy
and Love and Rockets have had albums out recently.
Had a very successful album "Star" on 4AD, shortly after which they
became media darhlings. Fred Abong left Belly fairly early on,
and Leslie Langston was brought in to do some more recording
sessions for Star and/or its b-sides. Gail
Greenwood joined the band sometime around then, but she didn't
actually record anything with them until
King. This second album "King" was not so successful, and
they broke up.
Gail Greenwood (most recent of three bassists, and the one with the most tenure) is now a full-fledged member of L7, who have a new album out, which is being completely ignored by everyone.
Tanya went on to have a solo career and released a new LP in September 1997 - "Lovesongs for Underdogs" on 4AD, which was reasonably successful. As of January 1999, she is still signed to 4AD and Reprise and will have a new album out sometime towards the end of 1999.
She had three albums on 4AD: Love, Heidi Berry and
Miracle. Unfortunately none of these created much "buzz" although
you'd never understand why this would be if you listened to
them. We're not really sure when, how and if Heidi Berry left 4AD;
presumably sales of her albums weren't particularly good. Her new
project is called Lost Girls and according to Tim
Hall, "is essentially Heidi + Patrick Fitzgerald (ex-of
Kitchens of Distinction & Fruit). It's coming out in January
 on a new label Bad Parents Records. Distribution is going
to be by Cargo...Tracks are: Needle's Eye/A Reason To Live/Seen
Unfortunately, Cargo went belly up soon after this announcement but Darla Records seem to list it in their mail order section, so it is available.
|heidi berry archive|
Decided that 4AD wasn't for them and released an album
Lamprey on Matador.
|bettie serveert archive|
|The Birthday Party|
Nick Cave goes solo, and recently had a very successful album "The
Boatman's Call" with the Bad Seeds. One of the best albums of
1997, indeed. Mute released a Best of Nick Cave LP in
May 1998. Mick Harvey also has an album out recently, and has
worked with PJ Harvey on her new album Is this
Desire?. Other members have joined other groups. The
Birthday Party will have an album of live recording(s) released by
4AD in April 1999, possibly only through mail order.
Left 4AD for Fontana and Capitol, who released Four Calandar
Cafe and Milk and Kisses plus numerous
singles. Left Fontana sometime in 1997 and were recording on
their own label, Bella Union and using their own studio,
"September Sound". However, the record was never finished and the
band broke up in February 1998 with this
announcement. Simon Raymonde's first solo album was actually
released before the split on Bella Union and called Blame
Report from November 1997 AP magazine said that "Liz has moved to Bristol and is working with Massive Attack. Robin is producing Guy Chadwick from House of Love fame and Simon is overseeing posthumous release from Billy Mackenzie of Associates". Indeed, Liz Fraser has been guest vocal on a number of songs since. She has sung songs on recent LP's by Craig Armstrong and Massive Attack, and a song on the closing credits to the film Winter's Guest. Tracks from her first solo LP have been heard, and it's probable that it will be publically available sometime in 1999. Robin and Simon are concentrating on producing albums and on their record label.
Ivo-Watts Russell is currently editing a "best-of" compilation for release sometime in 1999. According to Simon Raymonde, "latest from 4AD is that the compilation will take the form of a 20-or-so track cd, plus a limited edition with a bonus cd of other unreleased stuff, like live tracks, like some TV performances, radio stuff etc. There will most likely be a single release of Carolyn's Fingers."
|cocteau twins archive|
the retrospective compilation
No one's quite sure. Nothing's been heard from them since the
World Cup Theme and of course the "M/A/R/R/S"
collaboration with A R Kane, called Pump up the
Volume. Things got pretty legally nasty for them with
this record and may have left a bitter taste in their mouths.
|Dead Can Dance|
Dead Can Dance were supposed to record and release and album
sometime in 1999 after they had done a short tour, but after the
tour was organized it was mysteriously cancelled amid rumours that
Dead Can Dance were no more and Lisa Gerrard preferred to do
soundtrack music for a Michael Mann film (an excuse which had been
used to cancel a previous tour that she was supposed to do). The
official announcement came a little later on 9th December 1999 and
stated that they "decided to bring to an end their musical
collabaration as Dead Can Dance in order to concentrate on their
respective solo works."
It's hardly suprising that this split occurred; the last album Spiritchaser was created through the postal service without Lisa and Brendan having much contact (it showed) and in the past few years, amongst the cancelled tours, they have started to forge their own careers. Lisa Gerrard has had two mildly successful albums, The Mirror Pool and Duality (the latter with a different percussionist, Pieter Bourke) whilst Brendan Parry has supposedly been working on a solo album for a number of years now.
As for the material which was supposed to emerge on the scheduled Dead Can Dance album, that is most likely to end up on the Brendan Parry album which should be released sometime in 1999. Given that his solo work so far (on the fantastic Toward The Within Video/CD) has been very folky, expect it to be chock full of acoustic guitars and songs about lost acquaintances. According to 4AD, Brendan is somewhat a perfectionist, so expect to hear something more towards the end of 1999.
|dead can dance quit|
dead can dance archive
The members are scattered among the UK and USA. Richard Thomas had a
stint with J&MC then Moose, and then Butterfly Child before they were
dropped by the now-defunct record label Dedicated. More recently, he's
had a number of releases on the leaf
label, but which don't sound like Dif Juz.
Dif Juz's non-4AD output was limited to a mini-album Who Says So and a chaotic tape of demos Time Clock Turn Back from the Pleasantly Surprised series. An album of unreleased stuff was planned by Independent Project Records, but it never came to pass.
Dif Juz's hard-to-find EP's are going to be re-released in the US as an album called Soundpool in March 1999, and will include the extra track No Motion which comes from the Lonely as an Eyesore compilation. More information here.
|dif juz archive|
butterfly child archive
Moved to Virgin, then faded away for a while. They released a
new album Wide Awake sometime around summer 1995
(possibly on Virgin) in Europe and mid-1997 on Pure Records in
the US along with the single for Driving.
On Sept 22 1997, Erikas Napjas said: "Both the single and the album are utterly terrible. While there was some character to Frazier Chorus before, now it's pure elevator music." Alternatively, Matthew Thomson said on October 1998 that "Wide awake isn't that bad for God's sake. Tim Freeman's laid back, jazzy style might not be to everyone's taste, but as mellow late-evening mood-setting stuff it's really jolly good."
|frazier chorus archive|
Her most recent album release was treated somewhat strangely by
4AD; it was released with little promotion in the US around July
1998 before it was released with equally little promotion in the
UK some months later. The official line from 4AD was that
everything was OK but this was obviously not the case. Stian
Sandberg said in January 1999 that:
" I wrote to Lisa's management a couple of weeks ago and got a reply, (from Lisa herself, praise the Lord) that wasn't very uplifting. She said she was done in the business, and no longer on 4AD. "
Possibly bad experiences with the Smashing Pumpkins, and a rather bad tour with the Eels (see archives), probably contributed to her decision to quit the music business completely. She is an archeologist by trade.
|lisa germano archive|
|Gilbert / Lewis|
Wire, Wir plus various other projects. Now recording for Mute
records. Bruce Gilbert has done remixes for Bowery Electric
and Scala for instance.
|The Glee Club|
Released an album on 4AD in the US only; in the UK the same album
was released on Sentana. Apparently the US release was a favour,
so they were never actually signed and/or dropped by
4AD. According to Jack Huynh, in October 1998, "I bumped
into hugh at a show not too distant ago and he told me that he was
working with a women from around here. apparently, they had finish
an album and was sort of shopping for a deal. i belive he also
mention that johanne had a kid and was being a good mother these
|The Happy Family|
After one album and single, Nick Currie went on to form Momus.
Keyboardist Mark Cox joins The Wolfgang Press. A retrospective
containing all their stuff was co-released by 4AD and
TeenBeat. [note in the last two, I may be thinking of Andrew
Gray instead of Mark Cox]
Left 4AD after Ivo released Clearskin without
getting their permission to. Andrew Norman wrote on 1 Jul 97:
"Insides are now on Third Stone, home of the late Bark
Psychosis and (on the offshoot Space Age label) Sonic Boom in
his many guises. They have a track on the recent A
Taste of Third Stone Records vol 2 sampler, and while I
was never a big Insides fan (apart from "Clear Skin") it
sounds pretty good to me". Kirstie Yates may be
involved in another project called "outcast".
|J / Halkett|
Part of the Bauhaus splinters, David J follows Daniel Ash into
Love And Rockets after this, as well as releasing solo albums.
|Forms The The who have a bunch of albums. Burning Blue Soul has been re-released by 4AD twice - the first as a "HAD" release, the second time on CD with a "The The-esque" cover whilst The The were doing rather well for themselves. Burning Blue Soul will be re-released again in the US on February 23th 1999 - "Another in the gradual US reissue series of product to be rescued from Warner deletions".|
Lush had a troubled time after the release of their
Lovelife album in March 1996, which should have been
a smash hit but actually had disappointing sales despite the best
efforts of 4AD's promotion department. Their US tour wasn't
successful, Chris Acland - the drummer - suffered from depression
and committed suicide in October 1996, which left Lush's future in
doubt. Initially they were going to carry on, but finally called
it a day in November 1997. The official announcement came in
February 1998. Guitarist and singer Emma Anderson has formed her
own band Sing-Sing, and released their first EP, Feels Like
Summer on Bella Union early October 1998. There was also
one side of a Fierce Panda seven inch which Andrew Norman said was
"only for die-hard Lush fans".
Lush lead singer Miki Berenyi is also working on solo material. Phil King joined the Jesus And Mary Chain as bassist on their last tour.
Several albums on another label.
Various members became The Wolfgang Press with Mark Cox from
Left 4AD, recorded Stop Start, from which the
minor hit Ink and Paper comes, then resurfaced a
few years later with the TVT album Pillow Lips
featuring a new version of their biggest hit I Melt With
You. They toured and then dove back into
obscurity. There are various reports of small tours in the
States - however, the singer is the only original member of
|modern english archive|
An unconfirmed rumor has one member selling off a box of mint
copies of their single in a recent Melody Maker ad.
|Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares|
Were never really "on" 4AD, since the two volumes where
licensed from another record label in France. About the
individual women from the 4AD recordings, who knows; but the
current choir now officially tours under the same name and
have released a multitude of further albums.
Wire, Wir, three solo albums. Continues to remain active.
Recently released an album called Bastard. Has
his own record label.
|colin newman archive|
Was working with singer Toni Halliday (ex-Curve) on a new band
called Bud, but that project was cancelled and Halliday is
back with Curve now.
Disbanded sometime after their Slow Buildings LP
was released and not a commercial success, circa December
1996. Ian Masters had already gone onto Spoonfed Hybrid and
projects with Warren Defever before this album. Ian Masters is
now working on his Friendly Science
Enregisterments label - see http://www.dfuse.com/spoons/
- as well as being a graphic designer for IPC magazines.
Other members of Pale Saints went onto other bands after they split. Colleen Browne said in April 1998: "I can tell you that Graeme Naysmith and Chris Cooper are still in Leeds and are currently in a band called Lorimer with their friend Phil Pettler, who was once in Leeds-based band The Edsel Auctioneer. I had stints in London-based bands Rialto (eastwest) and Warm Jets (Island) and am currently in an unsigned band called White Hotel with drummer Jean-Marc Butty, who played with PJ Harvey for 3 years during the To Bring You My Love period and singer/songwriter/guitarist Ken Low who has played on some Barry Adamson (once of The Bad Seeds) albums."
|pale saints archive|
Called it quits in April 1993. Black Francis went solo as "Frank
Black", released two albums on 4AD, the last of which was called
Teenager of the Year, left 4AD for American
Recordings, released an album called The Cult of Ray
and subsequently either dropped by/left them when they heard his
follow-up and said it was too uncommercial. He's called this Frank
Black and the Catholics and the release was delayed after
being embroiled in legal fuzz with American. There's a good
interview with Charles regarding his recent problems here.
Finally, the album was released in Europe on Play It Again Sam,
and was released in the US through spinART on September 8,
1998. Frank Black is touring Europe between September 18 -
Kim Deal left for The Breeders, and then formed a garage band called "The Amps" and released an album on 4AD called Pacer. Is subsequently recording under "The Breeders" again. The Breeders line-up is substantially different now - No Tanya, Jim, Kelly or Josephine. The new Breeders line-up has spent much time in the studio and an album is due sometime during 1999.
Joey Santiago has his own band called Martini's now - a locally-based LA band who have recently released an album. Michael Scholtz sain in November 1998: "The band features ex-pixie joey santiago on guitar, joining Linda Mallari (vocals, gtr, piano, co-wrote the songs with mr. s), Rachel Haden (b, b. vox), and Dawn Richardson (d). Sorry to report that three listens haven't revealed anything particularly thrilling in the cd's contents. Female-led american alternarock, nothing too distinctive in the writing or arrangement that i can detect."
David Lovering drummed for the band "Cracker" whist touring for a while, but has since been replaced by Johnny Hott (ex-House of Freaks).
A Pixies retrospective album called Death to the Pixies came out October 1997 in a variety of formats, some of them including a live recording, followed by a mid-price album of BBC sessions on July 6th 1998 - see here for more information. This will probably be the last Pixies release, ever.
|Red House Painters|
Dropped by 4AD shortly before releasing their new album
Songs for a Blue Guitar. The album was released
through Supreme Recordings, an offshoot of Island. Rumour was
that Ivo didn't like all the guitar solos, but it's more
likely they got dropped due to pressure from Warners, who 4AD
had a distribution deal with at the time - lots of other artists on
4AD got dropped around then as well.
Mark Kozelek has recently been getting a John Denver tribute album together, and Red House Painters will be contributing a song to that. More details here. They also have an unreleased song called Midnight in the Bay on a tribute album for Harvey Milk which was released April 22 1998 to raise money for the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco: a limited edition of 1000. This song was from the Songs for a Blue Guitar sessions.
The new Red House Painters album will be called Old Ramon on Supreme Recordings, an off-shoot of Island. Unfortunately, Island Records has been sucked into the Universal conglomerate recently and although Mark Kozelek was kept on the roster, the release date is somewhat elastic. The first part was due for release in January 1999 and the second part was to follow shortly afterwards. Who knows when it will be released now.
4AD will also have a RHP retrospective out sometime in the second quarter of 1999.
|red house painters archive|
Various members went on to form Mass, then The Wolfgang
Had one EP and worked on the "This Mortal Coil project". After
this, had at least one album on some other label. Apparently
pretty dire dance-pop.
Scheer had a number of singles and one album called
Infliction on 4AD, but the relationship was a
somewhat uneasy one due to the fact that Scheer were an unabashed
heavy metal group - not exactly a typical 4AD genre. Whilst their
second LP was in production (and a preview track for this on the
Anakin compilation of 1998 releases), they grew
somewhat distant to 4AD and set up their own website, record
Scheer's feelings were made known to 4AD around January 1998 and their departure was finalized in August. They then started their own record label called Schism Records (see http://www.schismrecords.com/) and were supposed to "have lots of material for the new album". However, I've heard that Scheer split up sometime during January 1999 and their website hasn't been updated for a long long time.
scheer's departure announcement
A self-released LP called Dagger and Guitar and
a track called As She Weeps which was included
on Lydia Lunch's Hysterie compilation.
The singer, Jim Beattie, resurfaced mid-1997 with "Adventures in
Stereo", which has just recently become very successful, caught on
the wave of Glasgow interest amongst their peers Mogwai, Arab
Strap, Belle and Sebastian, etc.
Left 4AD for Rough Trade. A new EP Hush came out in
August 94. Mike from Swallow has a new project called "Busy Going
Crazy". A review of their album compared it to "chemical
brothers, MBV, and third eye foundation". Robert MacLeod
said on 27 Jun 97: "There were a couple of 12''s on a
home-grownish label called 'White Lines' by the Swallow guy,
Mason, circa 1994-1995. The band is called 'Busy Going Crazy' i
forget the titles, one was 'some-thing summer suns' maybe. Sorta
unremarkable take on jungle, a little to contrived for me. The
Swallow singer was on one or two tracks which stood out
It's been stated that Tarnation were dropped by 4AD early 1998 due
to financial pressures deriving from the split with Warners.
Since then, not much had happened except that, according to Paula
Fraser, "We have a show on Valentines day  in San
Francisco. We don't have a label yet so, I don't know when or if
we will record another record. The band line up has completely
changed again. The people I have played with in the past came and
went for different reasons. Some couldn't tour because of their
jobs or families. Some went on to start their own band or
concentrate on their other bands. I have gone under the name
Tarnation even though I have played with 5 different guitar
players, 6 different bass players and 3 different drummers over
the years. So, I decided that this would be a good time to just
start going under my own name being in between record labels and
Paula Frazer has since worked with a group called The Czars at the September Sound studios, so expect an album from them on Bella Union records sometime soon.
|This Mortal Coil|
The project was dissolved after the release of
Blood. Ivo has recently been recording another
TMC-like project under the name "The Hope Blister", still doing
covers but using only one singer. The album "...smile's o.k." was
released on 25th May 1998: more details here.
Jeremy Orr says: "Leslie Langston left the band after
their third LP, Hunkpapa. She was replaced by
Fred Abong for The Real Ramona, but he left with
Tanya Donelly to play in her Belly (bad pun) after that tour.
Leslie, who is apparently still friends with everyone, came
back to play bass on Red Heaven, but she never
did play live with them again, so former roadie Bernard
Georges was brought in for the RH tour, and thus
the band remained a three-piece through the rest of their
existence until their end in 1997". Leslie also
resurfaced momentarily on The Wolfgang Press's
Tanya Donnely left after The Real Ramona. The reason she left (according to either the Melody Maker or NME) is that she and Kristin "loved each other too much". Presumably that meant difference of opinion. Tanya went on to form Belly (see above) and took the bass player, Fred Abong, with her.
Kristin went on with Throwing Muses with new bass player and released new albums Red Heaven (which she thinks was one of the best, but her fans disagree) University (much improved) and finally Limbo (ditto). But everyone agreed that they never again reached the lofty heights they used to, and Throwing Muses broke up for financial reasons mid-1997.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Kristin released an absolutely startling solo record called Hips and Makers in 1994 and released her second Strange Angels on 2nd February 1998. A Throwing Muses retrospective called In a Doghouse was released in September 1998 through Rykodisc and 4AD. It's the first time that the first self-titled LP has been available domestically in the US, and includes the elusive Chains Changed EP and demos from before their days at 4AD, plus a video for Fish which you can view on your friendly PC or Macintosh computer. Check the archives for more information.
Kristin Hersh's third solo LP, Murder, Misery and then Goodnight consists of Appalachian folk songs and was released through mail order in November 1998. Jeremy Orr says "Sounds like a career-killer to me" but I wonder if Kristin had anything but a hobby in the first place. In addition, she's just finished recording another album called sky hotel. It's not likely that we'll hear this anytime soon however as lots of licensing arrangements have to be made first (her deal with Rykodisc recently came to a close). More details when they are hot off the press! She is also planning on putting together a band to record, possibly called "low eye." It will include Bernard Georges, Trina Shoemaker, and Martin McCarrick. David Narcizo was performing on Tanya Donelly's Lovesongs for Underdogs tour, and is now working on a project called Lakuna (meaning: "a space where something has been omitted or has come out; missing part; gap; hiatus...any of the very small cavities in bone that are filled with bone cells") which will be mostly a studio thing with electronics and loops and so forth. He's just send the tapes off to 4AD and so Something will probably be released sometime in 1999 on 4AD, although nothing else is known yet.
|throwing muses archive|
|Ultra Vivid Scene|
Was booted off 4AD for spending too much money on session
musicians and after the sales of "Rev" and the supporting tour
weren't outstanding. At least, that's the rumour. It may not
be the entire truth, but it's a damn shame whatever happened.
In March of 1998 a small item appeared in Alternative Press: "Kurt Ralske, whose Ultra Vivid Scene records in the late '80s and early '90s fused 4AD-style swirl-pop with a deeply hypnotic groove, has taken a leap into the deep waters of electronica. And as far as Ralske is concerned, he'll be happy to remain floating there forever. 'I'm not really so interested in pop music these days,' he said". Indeed, his new project is called Cathars. The Alternative Press wabsite says that he will be releasing music on the Miau Miau Record Label: more information from firstname.lastname@example.org.
It possible he's more interested in producing than recording now; He's been mentioned as producing a number of albums the last couple of years, for people like Mistle Thrush and Richard Davies. There's a full list of engineering and production credits in the archive.
|ultra vivid scene archive|
Released one album "Leaves me Blind" on Guernica; their next album
"Dream It Down" was released in 1994 on PolyGram. In 1995 the
Underground Lovers opted to leave their major label Polydor in
Australia. Shortly after female vocalist/keyboardist Philippa
Nihill left the band. Underground Lovers continued as a four piece
and started up own label Mainstream Recordings. Album "Rushall
Station" was released in 1996, plus "Dead Sad" ep by Philippa
Nihill. In 1997, Underground Lovers next album "Ways t'burn" was
recorded and released. In the same year vocalist Vincent Giarrusso
and guitarist Glenn Bennie released "Whitey Trickster" album under
the name GBVG. In late1998 GBVG released a cover version of Can's
"I want more". By the end of1998 Glenn and Vincent remain as the
only original members in the Underground Lovers. "Cold Feeling"
single was released December 1998 and "Cold Feeling" album set for
release in early 1999.
Called it quits after Perfect Teeth and reformed
(minus drummer Phil) as Air Miami. Mark Robinson formed Olympic
Death Squad (see archives directory
for more information. Mark runs his record label, Teen Beat, and
has a new band called "Flin Flon". Phil Krauth, Unrest's drummer
has just released his third solo album One Two
Three.... Teenbeat have a sampler highlighting their
releases for 1998 - see their website for more information.
Air Miami's World Cup Fever was posthumously released as a 7'' single on Teenbeat records on June 15th to co-incide with [you've guessed it] the soccer world cup. Flin Flon's debut album came out in September 1998, but apparently doesn't sound like either Air Miami or Unrest.
|unrest / air miami archive|
|The Wolfgang Press|
Mysteriously dropped by 4AD sometime after releasing
Funky Little Demons. An unsubstantiated rumour
has it that they spent a fortune in a record shop and charged
it to 4AD, who were mightly upset when they found out. The
official reason might be less interesting. Colleen Browne from
Pale Saints said they were dropped "because the American
side of things (WEA) thought they weren't selling enough
albums. Shame, as they were the longest-running signing to
4AD. They had also just released that song which Tom Jones
ended up covering". She means A Girl Like
More rumours have it that they might be signed to Trent Reznor's [Nine Inch Nails] record label, Nothing records. That rumour is now looking more unsubstantiated these days. It's probable that the Wolfgang Press no longer exist.
|wolfgang press archive|
Had two non-4AD albums then disappeared. One member turned up
in The Rossburger Report, a group Ivo was going to sign, then
backed out on.
|xmal deutschland archive|
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