Click on the link here for Audio Player – That Petrol Emotion – In session for John Peel – December 16, 1986 – BBC Radio 1
Formed from the remnants of The Undertones, Derry Hitmakers and The Calling, That Petrol Emotion had expectations out of the gate, and quickly dispelled them with a sound described as more edgy than anything resembling any of the previous bands.
A moderately successful band, with over 15 singles to their credit and 6 albums before going on hiatus, the Northern Irish/London-based with American lead singer band showed up on the UK charts several times over the course of their tenure. Not much of a ripple in the U.S., but well regarded just about everywhere else.
In case they fell off your radar at the time, or you’re just getting acquainted with them now – this session for John Peel comes in at the front end of their career and around the time of their fourth album, Natural Kind Of Joy.
After an amicable split in 1994, the band put it back together in 2008 for a series of concerts and festivals, including an appearance at SXSW in 2009. They have been on indefinite hiatus since 2010 with most members re-grouping under the name The Everlasting Yeah in 2012.
The ever-changing playing field of Rock. But a good sample of what That Petrol Emotion were all about in 1986.
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