Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Take my love and run! Take it!

The Higsons formed in 1981, somewhere in Norwich. They were one of the bands on the 2Tone label, a home for many ska bands during the time, but they didn't quite fit the mold of most of their label-mates. In some ways, they actually remind me of A Certain Ratio, mixing and mashing sounds from different styles together and coming up with something new.

The band consisted of Simon Charterton ,Terry Edwards, Stuart McGeachin, Switch and Colin Williams. The members for the most part have seemed to melted away, although Terry Edwards has his own web site with a good amount of background info. Apparently he went on to play with quite a few other bands, including Julian Cope, Nick Cave, The Creatures, PJ Harvey, Robyn Hitchcock and the Jesus and Mary Chain, just to name a few.

At the Mick Sinclair archive, there's a nice little review of the band from a 1982 live show which is worth checking out. They also recorded quite a few sessions for the John Peel show which are collected on the CD It's A Wonderful Life, available here. There are also a few other releases over at Amazon.

Both of these tracks are from the 1982 single, "Tear The Whole Thing Down."

The Higsons - Tear The Whole Thing Down - REMOVED
The Higsons - Ylang Ylang - REMOVED


Blogger heath said...

ever heard Pigbag?

8:18 PM  
Blogger guanoboy said...

Pigbag? Nope...similar sound? Great name...definately stands out.

9:49 AM  

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