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Monday, 6 June 2011

Manchester's Most Forgotten Band


Remember these? Yargo are possibly Manchester's most forgotten band, formed in the mid 80s, they released the fantastic Bodybeat album on their own label in 1987. Mixing reggae, soul, pop, and blues and fronted by the rich vocals of Basil Clarke they really should've been bigger. A 1989 album on a major label, Communicate, flopped by major label standards although they received widespread coverage in the northwest by soundtracking the titles to Anthony H Wilson's The Other Side Of Midnight telly show (which had The Stone Roses playing Waterfall live amongst others). They also featured trumpet from Andy Diagram who later went on to James. Criminally Manchester's acid house/indie band heaven/'idiot-joy showland' (cheers MES) moved on without them.

8 comments:

George said...

Looking forward to the Kid Congo Powers track. Did you tell your brother that The Firs Of Love is one of the 10 best albums of all time?

George said...

Or even The Fire of Love.

davyh said...

Forgotten you say? First I've heard of them!

swiss adam said...

Maybe they were just forgotten round here.

swiss adam said...

George- yeah I told him something along those lines

Scott said...

Haven't heard this for over 20 years. Great track that deserved to be huge. One of the great things 'bout blogging is to introduce/remind folks of great long lost tracks like this. Thanks.

Simon said...

Funnily enough I got hold of this album for the first time in nearly 20 years just the other week. Great album. They were brilliant, I always wonder what would have happened if they'd been about for Trip Hop, I think they would have been huge.

stevoid said...

A proper blast from the past.Loved their theme tune to 'the other side of midnight' years ago.