Sometimes, bands become the designated darlings of the Press, and the struggle to meet expectations just gets in the way of the ability to grow.
Sadly, The Bardots, which formed in 1989 were hailed early-on by the Press as “the next big thing” – a debut flexi-disc was issued in 1990 and a follow-up single whetted the appetites. And when the debut full-length lp came out in 1994, the hype got out of control.
So by the end of 1994, guitarist and founding member Andy Murphy left the band and The Bardots went into free-fall, finally splitting up by the end of that year.
But for a short period of time things were looking exciting. And this session, done for John Peel on June 6, 1992, gives some indication that the Press excitement was justified to a large degree. Almost totally unknown outside the UK, The Bardots were one of those bands following in the footsteps of the new face of Indie – the one which had roots in Shoegaze and Psych and would have, had cooler heads prevailed, settled in nicely with the emergence of Madchester.
Crank it up and decide for yourself. Unfortunately, it’s a short session – a little under 9 minutes it can be frustrating. But it’s better than nothing. So enjoy.
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